Falcons assistant GM Scott Pioli announced Thursday that he’s decided to step down from his position with the team.
“After careful consideration and ongoing dialogue with Thomas over the past year I have decided to step away from my position as the assistant general manager of the Atlanta Falcons to pursue other potential opportunities,” Pioli said. “I want to thank both Arthur and Thomas for bringing my family and I here in 2014.
“When I accepted this position more than five years ago, we all believed this would likely be a two or three-year working relationship. I came in to work closely with Thomas on personnel structure, processes and decisions. I loved the concept, was confident I could provide value and have enjoyed the challenge.
“Now, after more than five years with the Falcons, I am ready for a change. I want to thank all of my co-workers at Flowery Branch as it has truly been an honor to be a part of this organization and I am thankful to have been a part of this football team and the Falcons family.”
Here’s a statement from GM Thomas Dimitroff:
“We understand and respect the decision Scott, Dallas and their family have come to today and wish them nothing but the best. Over the last five years Scott has not only provided tremendous value to me, but to the entire the Falcons organization. He is a dear friend and will be missed within our organization. We are continuing to assess the structure within our organization and move forward with our next steps.”
Pioli was a big part of the Falcons’ draft process in recent years and has been a valuable member of the team’s front office.
Pioli, 54, was a college coach for four years before taking a job with the Browns as a pro personnel assistant back in 1992. He held a number of positions for the Ravens, Jets and Patriots before the Chiefs hired him as their GM in 2009.
After four years in Kansas City, Pioli was fired and he sat out a few seasons before the Falcons hired him as their assistant GM in 2014.