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Dimitroff happy with Pioli's performance thus far

02/21/2014 10:44 AM

02/21/2014 12:00 PM

It's been about a month since former Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli was hired by buddy and Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

On Friday, Dimitroff was asked what his new assistant general manager has brought to the club.

“He comes to the table with an incredible insight as far as the challenges that you will face in building football teams and managing,” Dimitroff said. “From a personnel standpoint, that's gonna be very good and it has been already. We've already dug in as a staff with Scott right there at the table with a lot of very good insight.”

Dimitroff, whose Falcons went 4-12 last season, said Pioli has been weighing in on the salary cap, policymaking and the general approach “to building a championship football team.”

The two spent several years together in New England and was the Patriots’ director of college scouting when Pioli was director of player personnel during 2000-08. Pioli, whose four-year record in Kansas City was 23-41 with one playoff appearance, was let go by the Chiefs after a 2-14 season in 2012.


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