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3 minutes ago, Ergo Proxy said:

OTOH, he could become a mutual partner in AFC kind’ve like what we got with Les Snead going to the Rams but better. Depends on where Pioli goes but I don’t sense any bad blood at all.

Falcons are much better equipped to let him walk than when he first came on board.

The FO has a whole offseason to get what’s needed for the results desired next draft.

don't disagree - Pioli and Dimitroff have had a very chummy relationship as they were together in the beginning with Cleveland Browns, then Patriots and then Falcons - both were each other's bosses at different stints.

I'm sure if we need to trade w/ Jets going foward there will be open lines of communication just like with Dimitroff/Snead who have now made two trades with each other.   Snead's done a heckuva job with the Rams as well.   Great coaching hire as well with McVay.

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I’ve dreaded the day this would happen even though we all knew it was coming sooner or later. Our drafts got better once SP joined the FO. I hope TD can stay the course but I’m very afraid. TD has been ok in a lot of ways but IMHO SP made him look good. We shall see.....

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5 minutes ago, Falconsin2012 said:

2017 D Line was pretty **** good

Starters:  Vic-Poe-Jarrett-Takk 

Reserves: Crawford, Clayborn, Reed, Shelby, Upshaw

I just meant ppl act like Pioli “fixed” TD yet they still complain ab our dline and defense as a whole, really. I like Dimitroff and always have. We’ll be just fine without Pioli. Ppl just want to have their cake and eat it too. Lol I was in a bit of a hurry when I posted earlier comment. I’ll just take the L on this one lol 

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1 hour ago, vel said:

Yep. I think they let him be a bit more heavy handed this year. This definitely looks more like his type of draft. 

He literally turned the Falcons around from getting little to nothing from their drafts, to (4-5) starters from almost every draft, since his arrival before the 2014 draft.

Only time will tell how this turns-out for the Falcons. Unless the FO learned from him, it will not turn-out like Falcons Fans want.

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2 minutes ago, Cheap Talk said:

He literally turned the Falcons around from getting little to nothing from their drafts, to (4-5) starters from almost every draft, since his arrival before the 2014 draft.

Only time will tell how this turns-out for the Falcons. Unless the FO learned from him, it will not turn-out like Falcons Fans want.

I disagree. I think a large part of it is the clear vision DQ has for players that fit what he wants to do. Neal, Debo, Campbell, that draft is DQ through and through. The guy can find talent, particularly defensive players, throughout the draft. I'm not worried. I'm just glad we got the one position group squared away that I don't think they are equipped to weather without Pioli. 

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1 minute ago, vel said:

I disagree. I think a large part of it is the clear vision DQ has for players that fit what he wants to do. Neal, Debo, Campbell, that draft is DQ through and through. The guy can find talent, particularly defensive players, throughout the draft. I'm not worried. I'm just glad we got the one position group squared away that I don't think they are equipped to weather without Pioli. 

Exactly, notice how his style changed when the HC changed? Ppl will always glorify Pioli while TD plays the villain. For all we know Pioli was just here to play racquetball with Dimitroff. 

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2 hours ago, vel said:

I disagree. I think a large part of it is the clear vision DQ has for players that fit what he wants to do. Neal, Debo, Campbell, that draft is DQ through and through. The guy can find talent, particularly defensive players, throughout the draft. I'm not worried. I'm just glad we got the one position group squared away that I don't think they are equipped to weather without Pioli. 

So you think the turn-a-round came in 2015, with the arrival of Quinn? 

I think it is one thing having a vision of the player fitting your scheme, and another finding that player with the talent to play in the NFL. That is where the scouting department earns its stripes, with the harder of the two distinctions. I say the Falcons Draft turned around in 2014, before Quinn arrived.

Let's hope Pioli will not be missed as much as I suspect he will be. But, it will take a couple of years to find out thank goodness.

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Wait a minute. Is this really a big loss? This guy was supposed to be making our OL and DL scouting better from what I remember. Hasn't done either. Is he really stepping down or is not doing his job? DL sucks OL has been horrible. Last time the OL was good, Shanny was in town and we went to the Bowl. 

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