Scott Pioli is to join the Atlanta Falcons as assistant General Manager. The former New England Patriots V.P. of Player Personnel and Kansas City Chiefs GM will join Thomas Dimitroff’s front office team, according to ProFootballTalk.
The addition of Pioli comes soon after director of player personnel Lionel Vital chose to remain with the team after interest from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Pioli spent the 2013 season with NBC and appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio. He had previously worked with Dimitroff in New England when Dimitroff was the director of college scouting. The two started their careers in Cleveland with Bill Belichick.
Pioli’s reputation took a hit after his tenure in Kansas City, though he left behind a talented squad for John Dorsey and Andy Reid to take to the playoffs this season.
The Falcons will hope that Pioli can help build their roster after a 4-12 season. According to PFT, Pioli will be responsible for helping Dimitroff address weaknesses through the draft and free agency. With Matt Ryan in place as quarterback and Julio Jones and Roddy White as receivers the team has talent to work with, and has added some front office talent as well.