Pioli, who was also the former boss of Dimitroff during their time with the New England Patriots as VP of Player Personnel, brings 22 years of NFL experience to the table as a GM, player scout and contract negotiator. Upon the announcement to the press, Dimitroff voiced his complete trust and confidence in Pioli’s versatility.
His confidence in Pioli is no doubt justified. In nine years with the Patriots, Pioli’s skills were reflected in the team’s three Super Bowl championships and their NFL-best 102-42 regular season record. In addition, as VP from 2003-2007, Pioli saw the Pats win an NFL-best 11 playoff wins in a five-year span, a stat that will prove to be most helpful for the Falcons moving forward.
While Dimitroff has already shown he has an eye for offensive talent, bringing in franchise quarterback Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, Piloti can apply his expertise to the defensive side of the ball. With the Chiefs, Pioli was responsible for building defense. What also adds more credibility to Pioli’s defensive mindset is that he was a former NFL defensive tackle.
This latest addition also makes me wonder: is this hiring a glimpse into the future where Pioli could eventually take Dimitroff’s job? It is a possibility, but so far, the Falcons have benefited from the Patriots’ hand-me-downs in front office staff. It will be interesting to see how quickly Dimitroff and Pioli can turn things around after a very disappointing 2013 regular season.