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Falcons Front Office Restructured. Td Loses Some Power, Pioli Gets Draft


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This isn't a major change.

Pioli is responsible for the scouting and pro personnel sections/staff. That doesn't mean that he personally does all of the scouting and evaluation and TD makes decisions based off scouting done entirely by Pioli. There are teams of people doing a lot of that work, as Pioli is responsible for them and for the structure of those parts of a organisation.

TD retains the final say on personnel matters, and is therefore going to dong his own tape studies etc (probably in collaboration with Pioli) as part of that, to supplement the reams of scouting reports and other info generated by the scouting and pro personnel departments. I might be wrong, but I fully expect TD and Pioli to be working the combine and pro days etc together as they did last year.

As for the new coaching staff, they will have just as much input as before. We are a collaborative organisation and the brain trust share opinions and work together to try to determine what the best decisions are. TD has final say over personnel matters, but that dosn't man that he imposes his will without regard to the views ans wishes of others. The whole point of a collaborative organisation is that you listen to others and sometimes agree to go with their views on issues - as TD did when he agreed to add run stuffing DL over pass rushers as per Smith/Nolan's wishes in 2014, even though his personal preference was to prioritise the pass ruch instead.

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Big fan. Told yall the TD Pioli pairing is the best thing we can get right now. They we solid on their own but could be very lethal together, especially with a HC who can spot talent as well and knows how to use it in their scheme.

Will be interesting to see how this all works.

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1. This didn't happen in the 12 hours since Rex's interview. Furthermore, Rex didn't demand the Falcons restructure the FO for him to maybe sign. You don't let a potential coach dictate your executive structure. This has been in the works since the end of the season, and this is EXACTLY what Blank was evasively hinting at in the end of season presser. He NEVER said he would let the new coach decide if TD stayed or went, NEVER. That was pure media speculation. He said things might change in the front office, and that for the time being TD was the GM, and he would let everyone know if things changed. Well, he just let us know.

2. TD might have final say on the draft and FA, but it's final say over the players Pioli scouts and brings to him.

3. I like it.

Exactly.

It was never going to be the new coach's decision whether to TD. The idea that we would appoint a coach and then tell him he could fire TD if he wanted, was nonsense

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This isn't a major change.

Pioli is responsible for the scouting and pro personnel sections/staff. That doesn't mean that he personally does all of the scouting and evaluation and TD makes decisions based of it. There are teams of people doing a lot of that work, as Pioli is responsible for them and for the structure of those parts of a organisation.

TD retains the final say on personnel matters, and is therefore going to dong his own tape studies etc (probably in collaboration with Pioli) as part of that, to supplement the reams of scouting reports and other info generated by the scouting and pro personnel departments. I might be wrong, but I fully expect TD and Pioli to be working the combine and pro days etc together as they did last year.

As for the new coaching staff, they will have just as much input as before. We are a collaborative organisation and the brain trust share opinions and work together to try to determine what the best decisions are. TD has final say over personnel matters, but that dosn't man that he imposes his will without regard to others. The whole point of a collaborative organisation is that you listen to others and sometimes agree to go with their views on issues - as TD did when he agreed to add run stuffing DL over pass rushers as per Smith/Nolan's wishes n 2014, even though his personal preference was to prioritise the pass ruch instead.

Exactly. It means "TD if you see your HC demanding some stupid shlt like going big over establishing a pass rush, overrule him based on what you and Pioli agree on".

I'm excited about the TD Pioli tandem. They know each other and obviously work well together, based on last year. People don't want to accept the underlined here, even after it's been proven. TD and Pioli got Smitty and Nolan exactly what they asked for. It's not their fault it busted.

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Exactly. It means "TD if you see your HC demanding some stupid shlt like going big over establishing a pass rush, overrule him based on what you and Pioli agree on".I'm excited about the TD Pioli tandem. They know each other and obviously work well together, based on last year. People don't want to accept the underlined here, even after it's been proven. TD and Pioli got Smitty and Nolan exactly what they asked for. It's not their fault it busted.

There are times where it is almost inevitable that the GM is going to defer to others, in my view. Otherwise, you have dysfunctional organisation where people aren't on the same page.

If the coaching staff decide that they want to run a particular scheme, surely no GM is going to force them to run a different scheme by drafting for a different scheme that the prefers. Similarly if they tell the GM that they need a particular player type to make their scheme work, or that a particular area of the team needs to be prioritised, any GM is going to attach a lot of weight to that any try to accommodate it.

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I'm sure TD was on board with this, and that it was discussed between the entire front office.

Whether TD wanted it to happen or not, he will either deal or find a new home.

@AlbertBreer Source says Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff retains final say and will be responsible for picking players. Vision is like Baltimore's model.

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Dimitroff's "final say" is over Falcons' draft and free agency. Final say over the 53-man roster still not determined, could go to the coach

So it's not like TD has lost total control, just sharing the load. I like it.

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But Pioli still reports to TD. This is just like when McKay flopped on Petrino hire. Blank just played a shell game and gave him a new title but he has still been having input on players. Bottom line Blank just needs to quit playing games with people of Atlanta ,thinking we are stupid. I'd rather him just come out and say " I like TD, I like McKay, and I like Scott. They are my fiends and even though they can't draft worth a crap, I know if they weren't here I have no one else that could do it. I'm 72 years old and I don't feel like making new friends. So I'd rather have the same results and no Lombardi trophy and have people around me that I can kick around. McKay is pretty good with the cap so if you don't like it, go buy your own football team." Just tell it like it is. Quit trying to make everything so corporate. This is the NFL. Say it like a man.

Will people stop saying McKay is responsible for the cap as a slight on TD. This was posted earlier (see below) - note the key word 'Retain'

@FalconsJAdams: Dimitroff will also retain management responsibility for salary cap, player affairs, equipment, sports medicine and performance, and video.

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There are times where it is almost inevitable that the GM is going to defer to others, in my view. Otherwise, you have dysfunctional organisation where people aren't on the same page.

If the coaching staff decide that they want to run a particular scheme, surely no GM is going to force them to run a different scheme by drafting for a different scheme that the prefers. Similarly if they tell the GM that they need a particular player type to make their scheme work, or that a particular area of the team needs to be prioritised, any GM is going to attach a lot of weight to that any try to accommodate it.

That's how it should be. That's how the good GM/HC combos work. The GM may have final say, but the HC has a lot of weight because he has to make the roster produce. If the HC sees the talent different than the GM, you get the 2014 Falcons.

I just hope our new HC runs with two pass rushers at once to begin with. The rest will be gravy.

I'm sure TD was on board with this, and that it was discussed between the entire front office.

Whether TD wanted it to happen or not, he will either deal or find a new home.

@AlbertBreer Source says Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff retains final say and will be responsible for picking players. Vision is like Baltimore's model.

' class="bbc_url">@AlbertBreer

Dimitroff's "final say" is over Falcons' draft and free agency. Final say over the 53-man roster still not determined, could go to the coach

So it's not like TD has lost total control, just sharing the load. I like it.

People don't care about facts here. They just stick with what makes sense to them.

I like this structure. TD is still GM but it's a partnership between he and Pioli, with TD being the one bringing home the bacon. But the HC has to make the roster produce so he gets final say there, which makes sense. Not like TD was driving the ship on the roster anyway.

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