“I thought it would be exciting to combine both sides of scouting – pro and now college – and so I took on the challenge here in Atlanta,” Sabo said. “It’s not often you get to do that.”
Sabo spent his first two seasons with the Falcons scouting prospects the Midwest area for the team, while scouting the Southeast in 2012. Then he was promoted to the director of college scouting, where he has spent the last five seasons.
‘So enlightening to be in this system, to be a Falcon’
Atlanta is unlike any other place, Sabo says, largely because of the relationship between Dimitroff and Falcons coach Dan Quinn.
“For me, it’s been so beneficial to see how the relationship between Thomas, the general manager, and Dan, the head coach, function and work so well together,” Sabo said. “I’ve been in places where there’s no communication between personnel and coaching. To have the collaboration that we have, the bond that we have that Thomas and Dan have set up – it’s so genuine and special. It’s so enlightening to be in this system right now, to be a Falcon right now.”
As the director of college scouting, Sabo works and constantly communicates with 11 different people – six area scouts, three regional scouts, and two national scouts – on a weekly basis. He says the Falcons coaching staff has given the scouts a blueprint at every position so that they know exactly what they’re looking for and, Sabo adds, “there is no gray area.”
“I think the chance that we have to have productive player acquisition through pro and college is the fact that Dan and Thomas collaborate really, really well,” Sabo said. “And I think that’s what our recent drafts have shown – that we can get guys on the field quicker because they fit what we’re looking for and I’m not trying to push a player on to the coaches that they don’t have any interest in, or vice versa. We are on the same page.”
And after working 16 years in the NFL, that was the first time Sabo had ever experienced something like that. And that, he says, is what sets the Falcons apart from any other organization.