Atlanta, GA, United States (4E Sports) – The Atlanta Falcons have hired Ex-Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli as assistant general manager effective Feb. 3.
Pioli has served as pro personnel coordinator, player personnel director and player personnel vice president for several NFL teams.
His most famous stint was as vice president of player personnel in New England from 2000 to 2008, where he helped build the Patriots dynasty through judicious drafting and free agent signings.
Pioli joined the Kansas City Chiefs as a general manager in 2009.
He has been mentioned as a possible director of player personnel for the Falcons if Lionel Vital got the Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager job.
Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff noted that Pioli is one of the most respected and adept talent evaluators in the NFL and a member of three Super Bowl championship teams.
He worked under Pioli in New England for six seasons before being hired by Atlanta in 2008.
“Adding a seasoned personnel executive with the track record like Scott’s is in line with our organizational philosophy of making investments in hiring the best people,” said Falcons owner Arthur M. Blank said. “This move was made as a result of Thomas’ competitive drive to build the best personnel team in the NFL, and the addition of Scott to his team certainly reflects that.”
Pioli began his NFL career when he was hired by Bill Belichick as a scouting assistant for the Cleveland Browns in 1992. He joined Belichick and the Patriots in 2000 as a national scout before being promoted to director of college scouting the following year.