Wednesday January 7th, 2015

The Atlanta Falcons have restructured their player personnel department, including the roles of general manager Thomas Dimitroff and assistant general manager Scott Pioli, the team announced on Wednesday.

Pioli will report to Dimitroff and will take on pro and college scouting and NFL draft responsibilities. Dimitroff will retain management responsibility for salary cap, player affairs, equipment, sports medicine and performance and video activities.

"After reviewing all of our options – internally and externally – I have no reservations that this is the best approach to setting up our player personnel groups for future success,” said Falcons owner Arthur Blank. "It maximizes the talents of Scott, allows for more time and focus on all areas of our football operations groups managed by Thomas, and is in line with other player personnel groups in the league."

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The Falcons are currently looking for a new head coach after firing Mike Smith on Dec. 29. Blank said that this personnel decision was not tied to that search, and that the new head coach and Dimitroff will report to him separately.

Pioli has been Atlanta's assistant GM since last February. He previously served four seasons (2009-2012) as GM of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Dimitroff has been the Falcons GM since 2008. He previously served as the Patriots national scout and director of college scouting.

- Molly Geary

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