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New Falcons coach will have say at GM

Thomas Dimitroff could still get fired if the new head coach of the Atlanta Falcons wants the team to go in a different direction.

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The new head coach of the Atlanta Falcons will have a say in Thomas Dimitroff's future with the team, according to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Falcons' owner Arthur Blank elected not to fire Dimitroff in December when he fired head coach Mike Smith, but has made it clear the team's new head coach will have the choice to keep the general manager around. Depending on who is hired, that could spell trouble for Dimitroff after seven seasons as the GM for the Falcons.

Dimitroff, who said last week that he bears responsibility for the "downfall of the organization," had a very successful first five years at the helm of the Falcons, but the team finished 10-22 in the last two seasons.

One possible solution that could keep Dimitroff in Atlanta would be the hiring of Josh McDaniels as head coach. Dimitroff has pushed for the New England Patriots' offensive coordinator and former Denver Broncos' head coach as a candidate and the pair worked together in the past in New England. The lack of stability in Atlanta could be a sticking point for McDaniels though, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

The Falcons finished 6-10 in 2014 and had the NFL's worst defense, yielding nearly 400 yards per game. The Atlanta offense, however, finished the year ranked eighth in the NFL.