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Falcons parting ways with Lionel Vital

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In 2008, Lionel Vital was one of the first hires made by Falcons G.M. Thomas Dimitroff. Eight years later, Vital is the first major change the team has made in the wake of a recent indication from owner Arthur Blank that adjustments are coming.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Falcons have parted ways with Vital, who elevated from national scout to director of player personnel. Along the way, he was interviewed for the G.M. job in Tampa.

Vital had been an important part of the organization, with a keen eye for talent and a longstanding relationship with Dimitroff.

Vital has 25 years of experience in scouting and player personnel, working for teams like the Ravens, Patriots, Jets, and Browns. A running back as a player, he was a seventh-round pick of Washington in 1985.

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22 Responses to “Falcons parting ways with Lionel Vital”
  1. nbt1906 says: Jan 17, 2016 5:46 PM

    I hope TD & Pioli are next.

  2. Conner012367 says: Jan 17, 2016 6:12 PM

    TD is staying for another year Mr. Blank won’t fire him yet, he might be gone if they have another 8-8 season.

  3. skawh says: Jan 17, 2016 6:14 PM

    Wow, that’s quite an achievement for a “7th round pick!”

    Congrats on your career. Definitely an asset for another team!

  4. realfootballfan says: Jan 17, 2016 6:14 PM

    I’m sure this will fix everything.

  5. key2heat says: Jan 17, 2016 6:25 PM

    Who cares? The Falcons are a joke of a team. Will Matt Ryan throw 30 or 45 interceptions in 2016?

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 17, 2016 6:53 PM

    Arthur Blank goes Archie Bunker and pins the blame on Lionel.

  7. mikefresh1987 says: Jan 17, 2016 7:05 PM

    I’m a diehard Falcons fan and as much as the pains me to say this but another year like we had this year and I’d highly consider a total makeover from top to bottom. Deshaun Watson would do us we’ll send matty ice out the door for a couple first and use those three first rd picks to snag Watson next year and rebuild this roster .

  8. brownsfandrinkingmakersmark says: Jan 17, 2016 7:05 PM

    Welcome to the Browns Mr. Vital…

  9. tjacks7 says: Jan 17, 2016 7:27 PM

    Vital had been an important part of the organization, with a keen eye for talent…

    Apparently not that keen…

  10. conflictedobserver says: Jan 17, 2016 7:35 PM

    noone is giving 2 #1s for matt ryan at this point if he is playing poorly and pay him top money on top of it. he is already 30 RE Mikefresh1987.

  11. BigGuyForYou says: Jan 17, 2016 7:43 PM

    And this fixes Matt Ryan how?

  12. key2heat says: Jan 17, 2016 7:59 PM

    mikefresh1987 says:
    Jan 17, 2016 7:05 PM
    I’m a diehard Falcons fan and as much as the pains me to say this but another year like we had this year and I’d highly consider a total makeover from top to bottom. Deshaun Watson would do us we’ll send matty ice out the door for a couple first and use those three first rd picks to snag Watson next year and rebuild this roster .

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    WOW! You think any team will give up TWO, first round pick for Matt Ryan??? Falcons may get something for him but the dead money it would cause to your salary cap would be brutal.

  13. cletuswithat says: Jan 17, 2016 8:18 PM

    No way i would let Matt Ryan get away, a better idea would be some offensive lineman to actually block for him.

  14. mrlaloosh says: Jan 17, 2016 9:00 PM

    Ryan is the problem. Dim bulb…..

  15. heymister24 says: Jan 17, 2016 9:11 PM

    This guy is vital, but not that vital.

  16. vicnocal says: Jan 17, 2016 9:11 PM

    I guess Lionel wasn’t that vital.

  17. playedthegame32 says: Jan 17, 2016 9:28 PM

    Dimitroff and Pioli shouldve been fired. But you heard it from me first. New Atlanta director of player personnel…Ray Farmer

  18. dirtybirdone says: Jan 17, 2016 9:42 PM

    Just another fall guy for Thomas Dimitroff.

  19. johnrobinson09 says: Jan 17, 2016 10:58 PM

    Keep the changes coming.

  20. myhawks1976 says: Jan 18, 2016 12:32 AM

    mikefresh1987 says:
    Jan 17, 2016 7:05 PM
    I’m a diehard Falcons fan and as much as the pains me to say this but another year like we had this year and I’d highly consider a total makeover from top to bottom. Deshaun Watson would do us we’ll send matty ice out the door for a couple first and use those three first rd picks to snag Watson next year and rebuild this roster .

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    A couple of firsts? Stop. So let me get this straight. Somebody is going to take on Matty Ice’s 20 mil a year cap hit AND give you 2 1st round picks for the honor? Stop. The only teams that would NEED Matty Ice are the teams picking early in the draft, and why on earth would they not just draft a qb themselves and have 4 years of a relatively low cap hit on a rookie contract and the HOPE that that pick turns out BETTER than Matty ice.

    Let me rephrase. I can take a 30 year old Matty Ice at 20 mil cap hit or draft Watson (instead of trading for Matt Ryan) and have a cap hit of 4 mil per year with room to build around him.

    Ok. good luck with that.

  21. jeffcfalcon says: Jan 18, 2016 11:32 AM

    I get a laugh out of the get rid of Matt Ryan ppl, That is the most absurd thing to say. He has had one bad year in 8 years and he was still ranked the 9th best QB in the league this year. For you morons that means there are only 8 better QB’s in the league right now, and you know you are not getting one of those. Why would you start over with an unproven rookie instead of keeping the best QB the Falcons have ever had. Before this year under a totally different OC , running a totally different offense than he has ever ran he was always in the top 5 QB’s.

  22. abcjody says: Jan 19, 2016 4:19 AM

    L_V you need some O E…..

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