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Heckert doesn't get the Falcons job; Atlanta hires Pats' Dimitroff

ESPN is reporting that the Falcons have hired Patriots director of college scouting Thomas Dimitroff

Falcons officials on Saturday informed the five other candidates for the position of their decision. Details of Dimitroff's contract, which is not yet signed, were not available.

A New England team official confirmed for before Saturday night's divisional-round playoff game against Jacksonville that Dimitroff has accepted the job. He will face a daunting task in rebuilding a threadbare roster and in helping to make viable again a franchise that this season drifted into irrelevance on the Atlanta sports scene.

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