"Scott is one of the most respected and adept talent evaluators in the NFL and a member of three Super Bowl championship teams," Dimitroff said in a statement released by the team. "We have worked together well in the past and been friends for more than 20 years. We have had the opportunity to experience a lot of success together, and I am very pleased that he has agreed to join our personnel team so we can work together again."
Dimitroff and Pioli cut their teeth in the NFL as low-level front-office soldiers during Bill Belichick's run with the Cleveland Browns. Pioli went on to serve as vice president of player personnel with the New England Patriots during a successful run that netted three Super Bowl wins and "Executive/Personnel Man of the Decade" honors from ESPN and the Sporting News.
His four-year stint as general manager of the Chiefs was less storied, with three losing seasons sandwiched around a playoff appearance in 2010. Pioli hired Arizona Cardinals play-caller Todd Haley as his coach and swung an expensive trade with the Patriots for quarterback Matt Cassel. Neither move panned out and Pioli was fired after a rocky 2012 campaign that saw Kansas City tumble to a franchise-worst 2-14 record.
Front-office work is all about relationships, and the strong friendship between Pioli and Dimitroff make this a solid addition by a Falcons franchise that is desperate for a return to its winning ways.