Former New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was long considered to be a front runner for the head coaching job with the Atlanta Falcons.
However, the Falcons decided to go with Raheem Morris to lead their team in 2024 which reportedly did not make Belichick so happy.
Former Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, who served as the team’s GM from 2008 to 2020, made an appearance on Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub and gave his thoughts on the situation.
“But in the end, there was an inner group in there, right?” Dimitroff said, via Boston.com. “Look, any time Bill goes into an organization, you would assume whatever your thoughts are about him, he deserves the right to run it. . . . Maybe there was a group inside the building who kept pushing back to Arthur. Let’s call it the way it is. Any organization wants to keep their world, right? Presidents want to keep their world.”
Later in the interview, Dimitroff stated that Falcons CEO Rich McKay wouldn’t have been able to work with Belichick.
“You saw the discussion about Rich McKay, right?” Dimitroff said. “Rich is very talented. He knows a lot. The fact that he and Bill would have to work together — or not work together — wasn’t going to happen. And Arthur had made a bold statement saying, ‘That was not an issue.’”
It certainly seems that Falcons owner Arthur Blank was on board with bringing in Belichick but was convinced otherwise by the front office.