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Atlanta Falcons: Three New Year's Resolutions For 2015

Changes within the Atlanta Falcons organization appear to be more than just finding a new head coach for 2015.

According to reports, there has been changes within the team’s infrastructure where duties and responsibilities have been changed between general manager Thomas Dimitroff and assistant general manager, Scott Pioli.

Marc Sessler of wrote that the team on Wednesday announced a front-office restructuring that hands more responsibility to Pioli -- and essentially pulls some away from longtime Falcons GM Dimitroff.

Pioli will run Atlanta's pro and college scouting departments while also taking over the team's draft process. He will report to Dimitroff -- his close friend -- who will oversee the salary cap and continue to maintain ultimate control over the draft and free agency, per NFL Media's Albert Breer.

Breer was told by a team source that the final say over Atlanta's 53-man roster remains undetermined and might wind up going to the next coach.

It's a shift that awards Pioli more say over picking players while mirroring the structure of, among other teams, the Ravens and Chiefs. Pioli came to Atlanta after a serving as Kansas City's general manager from 2009 to 2012.

The Falcons have been linked to Rex Ryan in their hiring search where the team meet with him for over five hours this week. No decision has been made yet on a new leader. In the meantime, the team moves forward with free agency and the NFL Draft just a few months away.

Atlanta finished with a 6-10 record and missed out on the playoffs when they team lost at home in the final week of the season to Carolina. Now, after two losing seasons in a row, can a new regime bring the franchise back to the post season?

Here is a look at three resolutions this franchise should commit to in order to take a positive step toward a post season berth in 2015.


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