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NFL Assistant GM Steps Down In A Stunning Move

A general view of the Falcons stadium.

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 12: A general view of Mercedes-Benz Stadium prior to the game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Dallas Cowboys on November 12, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

The New York Jets aren't the only NFL team to lose top members of their front office this week. The Atlanta Falcons now have to scramble to find a replacement for one of their top staffers as well.

Falcons assistant general manager Scott Pioli has stepped down. The team announced that he's pursuing other opportunities.

Pioli had served under Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff since 2014 and helped oversee the team's Super Bowl appearance in 2016.

In a statement from the team, Dimitroff praised Pioli's work with the team and said that the team will work to restructure and find a replacement.

“We understand and respect the decision Scott, Dallas, and their family have come to today and wish them nothing but the best,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. “Over the last five years Scott has not only provided tremendous value to me, but to the entire the Falcons organization. He is a dear friend and will be missed within our organization. We are continuing to assess the structure within our organization and move forward with our next steps.”

Despite the timing of his stepping down seemingly coinciding with the Jets firing general manager Mike Maccagnan, it's unlikely that Pioli is the Jets' next GM.

Nevertheless, Pioli has previous ties to the Jets, having served as the team's director of pro personnel from 1997 to 2000.

He left the Jets in 2000 to join Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots, and worked in the Patriots front office until 2008.

Pioli later served as general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs from 2009 to 2012. He was fired at the end of the 2012 season and hired by Atlanta a year later.