Falcons give assistant GM Pioli new responsibilities

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AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) - Assistant general manager Scott Pioli will take on pro and college scouting and will have new NFL draft responsibilities in the Atlanta Falcons' restructured player personnel department.

The Falcons say Pioli will report to general manager Thomas Dimitroff, who retains responsibility for salary cap and player affairs, among other duties.

The moves come as the team continues its search to replace coach Mike Smith, who was fired following a 6-10 season.

The changes appear to weaken the authority of Dimitroff, whose future was left in doubt by owner Arthur Blank at the news conference to announce Smith's firing. Blank said Wednesday the new coach and Dimitroff "will report separately to me."

Pioli, the former director of player personnel for the Patriots, joined the Falcons last year.

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