Data: Falcons got least (10-22) from most ($279.3 million)

Steven Jackson could be among Falcons' cuts this offseason. (Curtis Compton, AJC)

Steven Jackson could be among Falcons’ cuts this offseason. (Curtis Compton, AJC)

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has acknowledged personnel mistakes over the last two seasons played a role in the team sliding to records of 4-12 and 6-10. But it turns out the team not only lost a bunch of games, they burned more payroll in those losses than any other team.

UPDATE: Here’s a link to my full column on potential Falcons’ roster changes.

According to NFL Players Association salary figures, via USA Today, the top-spending teams for the 2013 and 2014 seasons were Green Bay ($296.9 million, 116 percent of the allotted salary cap total of $256 million), the Falcons ($279.3 million, 109.1 percent), Seattle ($274.9 million, 107.4 percent), Chicago ($271.5 million, 106 percent) and Denver Broncos ($269.8 million, 105.4 percent).

Bottom line results from those two seasons: Seattle had a record of 25-7 and went to two Super Bowls, winning one. Denver went 25-7 and lost to Seattle in a Super Bowl. Green Bay went 20-11-1 and went to an NFC title game. The Bears did almost as poorly as the 10-22 Falcons, going 13-19 with no playoff berths.

The depressing math: The Falcons paid $27.93 million per victory.

The information was in a story that pointed out that the New England Patriots, who won the Super Bowl, ironically will have to spend more money to be aligned with mandates in the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The CBA states teams must spend 89 percent of the salary cap over two four-year periods (2013-16 and 2017-20). The players’ union says one-third of the teams are below the league’s spending floor, including Oakland ($205.3 million, 80.2 percent) and New England ($211.7 million, 82.7 percent).

How should the Falcons spend their money this offseason? I’ll have some suggestions late in a full column on MyAJC.com. But they have some major roster decisions to make this offseason. Among the players: running back Steven Jackson, tackle Sam Baker, guard Justin Blalock, defensive lineman John Babineaux, wide receiver Harry Douglas, defensive end Osi Umenyiora and linebacker/end Kroy Biermann.The Falcons generally start to make moves after the scouting combine, which runs today through next Monday, but some teams have already made cuts.

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buellerbuellerbueller
buellerbuellerbueller

The "winning formula" is a new stadium with corporate buyers of club level.   It might helps to field a winner, but most of the corporate types are from somewhere else so they're probably rooting for the other team anyway.    The Falcons will never be a true home town team- can't be actually- zero allegiance

FreeAgentFan
FreeAgentFan

Why does Jake Matthews get such a pass -- cause he is a hard worker and his dad and family tree were great players? 


If you were born at the pro bowl that does not make you an All-Pro just like if you were born in a garage that does not make you a car

FreeAgentFan
FreeAgentFan

I hope they do not screw up the first round this yr like they did last yr

FreeAgentFan
FreeAgentFan

I will be happy to see the day when Sam Baker is out of here - I do not know if they can cut him cause of that stupid waste of a contract they gave him. 


Sam Baker is more overpaid for his position than BJ Upton is --- I hate Sam Baker cannot stand him (as a ballplayer of course) Know nothing about what kind of guy he is but as a pro athele in his position he sucks to the bottom end of the plumbins system -- he and Len Barker were the worst ATL athetes of all time

FreeAgentFan
FreeAgentFan

I consider Jake Matthews a bad pick to date -- injury or not he has proven nothing


He is going to have to be mounds better this time around or the BUST label will be on him


He is no Mike Kenn as of yet


I do not know why Dummytroff is still around.  Also don't know why Mc Kay is still in the org he was no great shakes as GM when he had that gig - look at the mistakes he made -- Edgarton Hartwell, Peerless Price and drafting the DE Jamal Anderson.  There were other mistakes in his time here both were bad GM's

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

Tell us again why the Falcons fired the coach and kept the GM???

Richbirddawg66
Richbirddawg66

ALL names mentioned in that article need to go!  New coaches get new players who know how to win.  We are a team of half hearted losers now and need to clean house!

Wilbo
Wilbo

@Richbirddawg66 Dude, where are you from? That's blasphemy. Atlanta pro sports =  half hearted losers. 


Including, of course, the human dregs who blog about them.

TrueFalconFan
TrueFalconFan

I'm just sayin or just curious what does AJC management really think of their team of local sports beat writers as it relates to salaries paid out to all those over the last couple of years? 

AJC management: "The question is are you getting the bang" from all the dollars you're spending on these guys? AJC, just how is circulation sales ie news papers?? Could it be better if you clean house, bring guy's in like Steve Wyche, the ones that ask the tough questions, on the spot questions the owners, GM's, Head coaches don't want to hear or answer????


What happened to the media in AJC????BORING, LATE INFO, NOTHING NEW, NO SPLASH.......


I'm just saying...................


Go Falcons

Wilbo
Wilbo

@TrueFalconFan This paper is a mindless liberal rag. That's why you have bitter putrid little morons like Jay What-ever-his-name is who writes the same column everyday about how lovely Obama is and how decrepit his political opponents are. The deranged cartoonist same same.


Jeff Schultz just as stupid, just as boring, just as predictable.


Mark Bradley, a sad, tired, lazy, beaten down man who seems barely awake if you see or hear him.


This group of sadsacks perfectly compliments who the AJC is, so you won't see them change.

JSSN
JSSN

@TrueFalconFan

Man, if you could put ideas together in a coherent manner! You are 10 years late, nothing new there!

traderjoe9
traderjoe9

With this headline, it gets harder to believe TD still has a job with the Falcons and that he still is involved in personnel.

Columbus68
Columbus68

Everyone has down years. especially with a Gm like TD.  But why dont you include the years before the last 2? How did th Falocns fare then when they were one play from the SB? Sure things have got to be turned around and I admit I am skeptical since TD is still in high places...but come on at least they are spending and trying and have had success prior to TD not having us a good back and NOT resigning the OL or Abraham and not having suitable replacements....even with the terrible secondary as a whole....that should get better and better. STILL NEED OL AND DL AND PASS RUSHERS AND RB....HOPEFULLY BEFORE RYAN IS OVER THE HILL! 

UGA76
UGA76

Just how much more analysis does Mr. Blank need before he figures out that Fantasy Football Dimitroff (FFD) put together the worst roster of talent in the NFL?  As this article points out, not only was the roster horrible in terms of talent, the talent was very over compensated. 

PLEASE Mr. Blank, fire FFD so we can start the 2 year rebuilding process needed to fix this team.  If FFD is calling the shots, history tells us that he will screw up the roster once again and the 2 year rebuilding cycle won't start until next year at this time. 


RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Arthur has always been successful at buying some love, so maybe he thought he could buy some victories.  What a narcissist!

DrPhill
DrPhill

Dimitroff and Wren go togther like peas and carrots.

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

Coach Mike Smith was the scapegoat for the Falcon's parade of knuckleheads from antsy Arthur Blank on down.

WhopperDawg
WhopperDawg

Well, thank goodness the problem with all of the personnel decisions, Mike Smth, is gone. That leaves Dimitroff to weave the magic with the roster that Smith long denied him.


If you don't believe that, ask Dimitroff he'll tell you as he did the press.

TNScott
TNScott

@WhopperDawg Unfortunately, Dimitroff has Blanks ear. Expect more of the same with him and Pioli on board. Esaison was right about both of them.

SaulK
SaulK

because of terrible drafting and free agent moves, the roster is filled with little talent and a bunch of overpaid busts---they will suck for years until they bring in new personnel people

RockTrimlove
RockTrimlove

@CrayTown  Personnel people are some of the best persons I know. They are personally popular among a lot of people.

UGA76
UGA76

@RockTrimlove @CrayTown  I don't care if they find a cure for cancer, they are horrible at evaluating football players.  I'd bet they aren't better men than Mark Richt but UGA won't play for championships until he is gone. 

Dirtyb8
Dirtyb8

Breakings News: Thomas Dimitroff just agreed to give me a bj.

csamuels45
csamuels45

What people on this blog fail too understand is that Smitty sat by and let TD made the draft picks and sign the FA without having one word too say. Smitty also never would correct his coaches when they made mistakes. All Smitty did was manage the players and the coach wrong. Quinn will not put up with alll that crap okay BLOG. Quinn has full control of the roster and the players he want and Blank will back him not TD. Why? Quinn has a ring and a track record too prove it guys. Smitty went as far as Matt Ryan took him. No one should never call Ryan eye black on this blog because without him losing would had been a trend in Georgia. This is a new team, new ideas, and new coaching. if you cannot forget the past, maybe you should move from GA or find another team to talk negative about.

4DaBirds
4DaBirds

@csamuels45 How do you know all of this? Do you work for the Falcons? No, you don't. Everything you're saying is speculation. The Falcons said that Smith and Nolan both had a say on roster decisions and what they wanted, and that T.D. drafted and signed free agents to fit a scheme outlined by Smith and his coaches.  T.D., the entire front office and coaches as a whole have failed to find the winning formula, and it is as simple as that. Mike Smith has always been part of building the team, and also had a say in who stays and who goes. 


What has actually been said, is that the Falcons front office will give Quinn final say on roster decisions, but he still reports to T.D. Which probably means that it will be a collaborative effort on who gets signed in Atlanta. The Falcons are taking a new approach for certain, and it will be Quinn's job to have a scheme that utilizes the talent of the players new and existing.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@csamuels45

Losing would have been a trend in Georgia???

Forget the past???

Uh, hate to break the bad news to you, bud, but losing already HAS been a trend in Georgia--for many, many years.

And we've been trying to forget the past for most every one of those many, many years. Hasn't helped a damn bit.


Wilbo
Wilbo

Atlanta pro sports............. 


Very, very, very sad.


DawgNole
DawgNole

@Wilbo

ONE championship in 160-plus seasons covering nearly half a century.

Sad indeed.

JSSN
JSSN

@DawgNole @Wilbo

Remember when certain clowns would parade onto AJC Blogs praising Dimitroff's "cap management?" Never understanding how the cap really works? He's a helluva coach too!

HeyThere
HeyThere

Off subject but the falcons spent almost $300 million on payroll. Nobody blinks an eye at that but people get all mad that Nick Saban makes $7 million a year, for a team with a stadium 30,000 seats larger than Da Dome. Matt Ryan makes three times as much as Saban, where's the outrage?

RockTrimlove
RockTrimlove

@HeyThere  No outrage, and here's why. Matt Ryan is a player, and he is represented by an agent, and he is a member of the NFLPA. He has an obligation to his family and every other player in the NFL to hire out his services to the highest bidder. The last time those services were (almost) on the market the Falcons were the highest bidder. He did what he needed to do. Is he worth the money? It depends on what you could reasonably expect to get on the same market at the same time for the same money. So the answer is still maybe.

Nick Saban is an incredibly talented (legendary) college football coach, and Bama should be very proud of him. But there is a fundamental difference between Nick Saban and Matt Ryan. Ryan can cut it in the NFL and when Saban had his chance he could not. So he gets amateur money. And to hang out with college cheerleaders. Don't cry for too hard for him.

he_of_stinky_wind
he_of_stinky_wind

@HeyThere


One is a professional sports franchise.  The other is supposedly a "Institution of higher learning" to which most of the football players would not be able to gain admittance if they did not play football.  


If you cannot understand the difference, you obviously never attended an "institution of higher learning" worth a damn.

Jake from State Farm
Jake from State Farm

@HeyThere Outrage? For what? That someone is willing to pay him a certain salary to do a job? Isn't that capitalism?

Big Wally
Big Wally

Dimitroff couldn't hit water if he fell out of a boat.  Of course, I guess that is why he is now in charge of jock straps and making sure the gatorade is the correct flavor.

Bogey
Bogey

Many on this blog have zeroed in on real problem with the last 2 years.....Dimitroff.  At this point, while unproven, I feel better with Quinn here than Smitty, but we'll see. 


One last point, Schultz....I know you don't write your own headlines for blogs/stories, but the front page stated that the Falcons don't GET much from their investment.....that is present tense.  The sooner everyone moves on (and it appears Blank hasn't completely or else TD would be somewhere else) to the new regime, the better.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Bogey

Absurd that many on the blog can pinpoint the problem(s) accurately, while those who could actually address the issues can't.

TricketUGA
TricketUGA

TD Made the move for Steven Jackson, which will go down as one of the worst moves in NFL history.  I'd say we cut ties with just about all on your list except Biermann, whom we probably wouldn't have to pay a whole lot of money to keep since he has a wife that makes double what he does!

Goggy
Goggy

@TricketUGA The funny thing is that by some metrics, Jackson was ok. I have no idea which performances skewed the numbers because I sure wasn't watching! We all saw every week where he mostly struggled to make 2 yards. He did look very imposing on the sideline though.

RichardKPE
RichardKPE

@TricketUGA Worst moves in NFL history?  Sorry but it's not close.  Baltimore (Colts) gave up John Elway for a guard and a 6-pack of Coors.  Dallas gave up Hershell Walker for an entire Super Bowl roster.  Miami passed on Drew Brees to sign Daunte Culpepper's carcass (which led to Alabama getting Nick Saban).

Jake from State Farm
Jake from State Farm

@RichardKPE @TricketUGA Agreed...for a move to matter it has to be relevant and make a difference. Falcons could have signed Adrian Peterson and it wouldn't matter behind that offensive line. This team has way too many holes to blame one move.

patriotdog
patriotdog

Remember, Blank fired Reeves after a season in which Vick was hurt and Reeves had to use Doug Johnson, Kurt Kitner I think it was, at quarterback. Predictably they lost, as would the Patriots if Brady were hurt, Denver without Manning, etc...that alone should have been an indication of how little AB knew/knows about sports.

Tommy Dimitroff dropping O & D lines so he could sign 'explosive' players after the Green Bay playoff loss should have told us how little team building knowledge TD absorbed during his time in NE. I guess he blew Arthur away during his interview with his Clem Kadiddlehopper wardrobe. Or perhaps AB thought TDs arrogance would make his own seem less noticeable.

CardiganBoy
CardiganBoy

@patriotdog " ... Clem Kadiddlehopper..."

Great reference.  You must be old as dirt like me.

UGA76
UGA76

@patriotdog  You are 100% correct about FFD destroying the lines.  FFD doesn't understand football.  

gfw
gfw

@patriotdog Interesting comment.  Dimitroff's abandonment of the two lines is surely the capital sin of his tenure.  I will add, regarding the remark about Dimitroff and New England, that I don't know how much of Belichick's genius Dimitroff was really in a position to absorb.  He was not exactly a high-echelon administrator under Belichick.  He was first a scout for a year, then for four years director of college scouting.  That's it.