Falcons hire former Chiefs assistant GM Joel Collier

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons continue to shake up their front office, hiring Joel Collier as director of pro personnel. The hiring was announced Monday by general manager Thomas Dimitroff. Collier joins the Falcons after a five-year stint as Kansas City's assistant general manager, which ended after the 2013 season. With the Chiefs, he worked under Scott Pioli...
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Atlanta Falcons retain GM Thomas Dimitroff

Thomas Dimitroff will remain the general manager of the Atlanta Falcons, owner Arthur Blank announced Friday. There has been uncertainty regarding the status of Dimitroff, who accepted a reduced role after the hiring of first-year coach Dan Quinn. But Quinn said part of the reason he took the job was the partnership with Dimitroff, and Blank cited that working relationship as a...
January 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Gisele found Tom Brady studying game film at 3:30 a.m.

Tom Brady’s sleep schedule isn’t etched in stone. Brady revealed last year he goes to bed very early, as the New England Patriots quarterback typically is up very early for meetings, practice, etc. It sounds like Brady’s schedule sometimes varies, though. His wife, Gisele Bundchen, told Patriots owner Robert Kraft that she recently woke up and discovered Brady studying game...
November 09, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Bengals, Lions, Steelers, & Titans

Bengals According to Aaron Wilson, Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is emerging as a “strong candidate” for head coaching jobs at NFL and college levels. Lions Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press takes a look at 10 potential GM candidates for the Lions who should be on their short list. The list includes: Packers director of pro personnel Eliot Wolf Ravens assistant...
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November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Toledo's Campbell rockets up coaching ranks

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) Before Toledo coach Matt Campbell meets with the media on Monday, he first faces about 175 Toledo fans, most old enough to be his father or grandfather. And they have questions. At the weekly luncheon held in the lobby of the basketball arena, Campbell gets grilled about the Rockets' recent 51-35 victory against Massachusetts. Coach, why so many penalties? Coach...
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November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Which Atlanta Falcons player ended up on the “NFL’s All-Bad-Contracts Team”?

Every year, Grantland’s Bill Barnwell crafts his All-Bad-Contracts Team, and all any fan is hoping for is that they don’t see one of their team’s players pop up. Well, Falcons fans, here’s the bad news: You didn’t make it through unscathed. The good news, though, is that only one Falcon made it onto the list … Tyson Jackson. AROUND COVER32 QB Rankings: Rating each NFL...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

The five biggest questions still facing the Atlanta Falcons

After the crumbling of the Mike Smith regime, the rebuilding of the Atlanta Falcons seems to be going well thanks to Dan Quinn and Scott Pioli. On paper, it seems that the Falcons are going to be a much improved team in the 2015-2016 season. Too bad statistics on paper can be deceiving. Here are the five biggest questions still facing the Atlanta Falcons: You may also be interested...
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May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

The Atlanta Falcons must play waiting game with NFL Draft pick

The Atlanta Falcons may get a huge break with the No. 8 pick in the NFL Draft come next Thursday night. When opportunity knocks, the Falcons know they must open the door and see who the visitor is. If everything plays out, according to which ever Draft board you follow or whoever you listen to on ESPN or some other network, The Falcons could be left with a few decisions about their...
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April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Dan Quinn’s Atlanta Falcons add another former Seattle Seahawks player

New Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn seems intent on bringing a number of players he coached in Seattle down to Atlanta. The team has already signed O’Brien Schofield and Phillip Adams. Today they added a tight end. AROUND COVER32 First and 10: Ten rule changes the NFL should make immediately QB Rankings: Ranking the starting signal callers from 1-32 based on star power According...
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March 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Falcons Close to Naming Quinn as Head Coach

It looks like the Atlanta Falcons are moving closer to finally naming their new head coach.Sources close to the Falcons and the NFL report that team officials are in Seattle to not only watch the NFC Championship Game between Seattle and Green Bay, but to also interview Dan Quinn, the Seahawks defensive coordinator, for a second time.A story on claims the Falcons will conduct...
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January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Why the Falcons Coaching Search May Not Be a Disaster

December 29th 2014 is otherwise known as Black Monday around the NFL and the day that the Atlanta Falcons parted ways with their head coach of seven years, Mike Smith. Over two weeks later, what was deemed by the media to be the most attractive of all the head coaching positions available in the NFL remains unfilled.The Falcons front office may be currently a little confusing for...
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January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

New York Jets Hire Todd Bowles As Next Head Coach

The New York Jets have agreed on a four year contract with former Arizona Cardinals Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles to be their next Head Coach. Despite rumors of Dan Quinn being the frontrunner, the Jets moved aggressively in the past 24 hours to close the deal.  Bowles played eight seasons in the NFL as a safety, including starting in a Super Bowl for the Washington Redskins...
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January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons: Three New Year's Resolutions For 2015

Changes within the Atlanta Falcons organization appear to be more than just finding a new head coach for 2015.According to reports, there has been changes within the team’s infrastructure where duties and responsibilities have been changed between general manager Thomas Dimitroff and assistant general manager, Scott Pioli.Marc Sessler of wrote that the team on Wednesday...
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January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Falcons reduce GM Thoms Dimitroff’s responsibilities

The Atlanta Falcons are shaking up their personnel department following another disappointing season. Under Dimitroff the Falcons roster has fallen into a state of limited talent thanks to a series of bad drafts. Scott Pioli will now oversee pro and college scouting and command the teams NFL Draft efforts while Dimitroff will retain management responsibility for salary cap, player...
January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Scott Pioli takes added duties for Falcons' scouting, draft

  Assistant general manager Scott Pioli will take on pro and college scouting and will have new NFL Draft responsibilities in the Atlanta Falcons' restructured player personnel department. The Falcons say Pioli will report to general manager Thomas Dimitroff, who retains responsibility for salary cap and player affairs, among other duties. The moves come as the team continues its...
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Falcons give assistant GM Pioli new responsibilities

ATLANTA (AP) Assistant general manager Scott Pioli will take on pro and college scouting and will have new NFL draft responsibilities in the Atlanta Falcons' restructured player personnel department. The Falcons say Pioli will report to general manager Thomas Dimitroff, who retains responsibility for salary cap and player affairs, among other duties. The moves come as the team continues...
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Falcons Restructure Front Office

The Atlanta Falcons announced Wednesday that they have restructured their front office. Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff will now handle the team’s salary cap with Scott Pioli being in charge of personnel and draft. The new structure has Pioli reporting to Dimitroff, and Dimitroff and whoever Atlanta hires as their next head coach reporting directly to owner Arthur Blank. Falcons...
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Josh McDaniels Could be Thomas Dimitroff's Only Hope.

Thomas Dimitroff knows that his job is in jeopardy. Atlanta Falcons owner, Author Blank, has reportedly stated that the new head coach of the team will determine whether or not Dimitroff stays as general manager in Atlanta. Along with his assistant, Scott Pioli, Dimitroff is apparently pushing for the hire of Josh McDaniels. All three of these men worked together in New England for...
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January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Change must come for Falcons front office…

View image | After a dismal, disappointment of a year, fans can only look forward to a new season, which is beyond-the-horizon. The Atlanta Falcons are now in uncharted territory; missing the playoffs and putting up double digit losses for a second consecutive year, which has never happened under the leadership of now former head coach Mike Smith. With that, the...
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December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Buccaneers, Eagles, Jets, & Ravens

Buccaneers Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times mentions that the Buccaneers could make “significant” roster cuts this offseason. Auman adds that signing OLB Lavonte David to a long-term contract extension will be a priority for Tampa Bay. Eagles Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that “drastic changes” are likely coming to the Eagles’ secondary...
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December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots, Spurs follow similar paths to success

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are aiming for their fourth Super Bowl title. Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs are going for their sixth NBA championship. Different sports. Similar dynasties. ''They're built and designed culturally very similarly,'' said Scott Pioli, head of the Patriots player personnel department during the championship seasons...
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December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

A Breakdown Assessing the Chicago Bears Needs in 2015

There is no doubt that 2015 could prove the pivot point for which direction the Chicago Bears go moving forwards.  Will it be up or down?  Everything depends on how many needs they can meet regarding their entire organization, from the front office all the way down to the bottom of the roster.  Here is a breakdown of what every area needs to make it happen. Front Office:  Experience...
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December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: General Managers, Broncos, Colts, Packers, Redskins

General Managers Albert Breer of NFL Media wonders why we don’t see more retread general managers secure second opportunities like head coaches have. Breer lists former Chiefs GM Scott Pioli, former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum, former Broncos GM Brian Xanders and former 49ers GM Scot McCloughan as executives that have had success in the past, but haven’t received a second opportunity...
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November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

How did the Patriots Way go so wrong in KC? Let us count the ways

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When it comes to the Patriots Way in Kansas City, hindsight isn't 20-20. It's 23-42. That was the Chiefs' record from 2009-12, when Scott Pioli, fresh off three Super Bowl wins as a personnel guru with New England, cleaned up candy-wrappers around University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex the way the Lone Ranger cleaned up the old west. Trouble is, he could...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Recapping Scott Pioli’s Draft Pick History in Kansas City

Scott Pioli was GM of the Chiefs from 2010 to 2012, and in those years, the Chiefs made the playoffs once, and for the most part were a doormat team. Many blamed the Offense for the losses, and many more blamed Pioli. However, lets look at Pioli’s 3 drafts to see if he was really at fault for the Chiefs failures. Also, lets see if his drafts positively or negatively affected the...
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August 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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