The Atlanta Falcons announced the hiring of Joel Collier as the team’s new director of pro personnel, making him the third new addition to the team’s front office made this offseason. Collier will head the team’s pro scouting department.
Collier, 52, has past experience working with current Falcons assistant general manager Scott Pioli, serving as the assistant to Pioli during the latter’s four-year stint as GM with the Kansas City Chiefs from 2009 to 2012. Upon the dismissal of Pioli in 2013, Collier maintained his position as assistant GM under new head coach Andy Reid for one more year before he was eventually dismissed.
The brunt of Collier’s NFL experience outside his five-year tenure in Kansas City comes as an assistant coach. He got his start coaching in the NFL in 1990 as an offensive assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He became an assistant running backs and wide receivers coach with the New England Patriots in 1991 before moving to the pro scouting department upon the hiring of head coach Bill Parcells in 1993. He became an assistant linebackers coach with the Miami Dolphins the next year, before moving to running backs coach in 1998. There he stayed in Miami before coming back to New England in 2005 as an assistant secondary coach. He was promoted to full-time secondary coach in 2006, serving in that capacity during the Patriots historical season in 2007. Then in 2009, he went to Kansas City. After his departure from Kansas City, he volunteered as a coach at his son’s high school in Kansas this past year.
Collier is the son of former Buffalo Bills head coach Joe Collier. The elder Collier was a long-time defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos throughout the 1970s and 80s, and also served in that capacity at the end of his career with the Patriots from 1991 to 1992.