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Falcons look at Patriots candidates

January 3rd, 2008

The Falcons have requested permission to interview New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels according to Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe. Reiss cites league sources indicating that McDaniels will be a candidate for both the Falcons and Baltimore Ravens. The Falcons are also said to be courting Tom Dimitroff, the director of college scouting for the Patriots, as a potential general manager for the team.

McDaniels, 31, was in charge of the league’s No. 1 scoring offense this year. McDaniels broke into NFL coaching ranks with the Patriots in 2001 as a defensive and personnel asssistant. In 2004, he was promoted to quarterbacks coach and began coordinating the offense in 2006. Prior to that he was a gradudate assistant at Michigan State for two years, following a playing career as a wide receiver at John Carroll University.

Dimitroff, 40, was promoted to his current position prior to the 2003 season, a year after joining the Patriots. Prior to his experience with the Patriots, he worked as a scout for the Cleveland Browns (1998-01), Detroit Lions (1994-97), and Kansas City Chiefs (1993). He also worked in the World League (1992) and Canadian Football Leagues (1990-91) as a personnel assistant. His father, Tom Dimitroff, Sr. spent a single season with the Boston Patriots in 1960 as a quarterback. Dimitroff in the past has been a candidate for other GM vacancies including the Miami Dolphins (2005) and Minnesota Vikings (2006), and at one point has been considered the heir apparent to current Patriots GM Scott Pioli in case Pioli decides to move on.

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