Steve Sabo hired by Falcons as area scout

Steve Sabo, 36, who spent the previous 11 seasons with the Cleveland Browns, was hired by the Falcons as an area scout on Tuesday.

Sabo served as the Browns’ senior director of pro personnel in 2009, was responsible for scouting NFL teams and assisted with advance scouting of upcoming opponents. In addition to his scouting responsibilities, he played a role in

Steve Sabo
Steve Sabo

the acquisition of unrestricted free agents and preparation for the NFL Draft.

“We are excited about the addition of Steve to our scouting department,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said in a statement released by the team. “Steve has15 years of scouting experience and possess an adept scouting perspective that we feel will mesh well with our scouting philosophy and scouting department.”

Before joining the Browns, Sabo, a native of Willingboro, N.J. who graduated from Kutztown University in 1993,  spent five seasons with the New Orleans Saints as an administrative assistant and scout.

Sabo is likely taking the role that was vacated just before the NFL scouting combine in February, when scout Bruce Plummer, who had been with the team for 10 years, was relieved of his duties.

In January, Sabo and his staff was fired in Cleveland when new general manager Tom Heckert took over.

He joined the “expansion” Browns in 1998 when the NFL assigned a staff of scouts to get a jump on the expansion draft while entities were bidding for ownership.

Sabo remained through four regimes and ascended to his senior level position.

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Hollywould

June 8th, 2010
3:30 pm

Welcome aboard Mr. Sabo!!!

John

June 8th, 2010
3:43 pm

Good addition.

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Case Quarter

June 8th, 2010
3:48 pm

I’m glad to see Dimitroff is getting some of his type of people in…

Greg from Marietta

June 8th, 2010
3:50 pm

Judging from the success of the Browns (or lack there of) was it really a wise decision to bring Mr.Sabo on as a scout? That being said, I haven’t had a reason to doubt any of Thomas Dimitroff’s decisions so far so I’m not going to start now. So, I echo Hollywould’s comment, “Welcome aboard, Mr. Sabo!”

The Truth

June 8th, 2010
4:03 pm

Why hire someone form a losing organization?? Oh, i forgot, we are a losing organization as well…proceed as usual!

suwaneefalcon

June 8th, 2010
4:08 pm

The Truth, the truth is you are a moron. There, that be the truth.

Hamp

June 8th, 2010
4:13 pm

I’ll piggy back what suwaneefalcon said!

Misses Mike Kenn

June 8th, 2010
4:14 pm

I’d feel better about Sabo if he’d come from a winning program. Hopefully TD won’t regret this one. Just as I said after the draft, he’s either a fool or a genius. Time will tell which one. Hopefully it’s the latter.

RSX

June 8th, 2010
4:17 pm

To properly articulate what The Truth was saying, I can’t really get too excited about a guy whose tenure took place in Cleveland and NO before they were good. Let’s hope Dimitroff got a diamond from the rough.

Boots

June 8th, 2010
4:17 pm

I really don’t want to confuse The Truth with facts, but it looks like we’ve had winning seasons since MV7 who cared more about watching his dogs fight and die than he did watching game films and had to leave for the prison team.

hiramsaint

June 8th, 2010
4:27 pm

looking at the browns over the last couple of years , i’d say thats a bonehead move of the largest calibre

Yoda

June 8th, 2010
4:31 pm

Did Cleveland ever draft anyone who could actually play when this guy was there?

truth

June 8th, 2010
4:32 pm

I see the dog dragged the trash back in…hello Hiram.

jarvis

June 8th, 2010
4:36 pm

I miss Chuck Conner. Can’t we get that guy out of retirement?

hiramsaint

June 8th, 2010
4:46 pm

why truth ? is your old lady home now?

truth

June 8th, 2010
4:50 pm

Nope…but I’ll tell your wife you said Hello.

hiramsaint

June 8th, 2010
4:51 pm

if you know my old lady then the jokes on you!

truth

June 8th, 2010
4:55 pm

Now that was funny Hiram. :)

Devildog

June 8th, 2010
4:57 pm

He needs to work on his bad hair.

truth

June 8th, 2010
4:58 pm

True Devil….he reminds me of Jim Carey in Dumb and Dumber.

hiramsaint

June 8th, 2010
5:05 pm

seriously, i remember this idiot from new orleans and i have family in cleveland. i remember calling one of them who is a browns nut and doggin’ him hard about the browns new hire. if he finds out sabo came he’ll call and laugh his a$$ off at me even though i’m a saints fan. i see this as a really,really bad move on an otherwise up and coming falcons team

Benjamin Israel

June 8th, 2010
5:07 pm

I would hope the Atlanta Falcons could think out the box, similar
to New Orleans Saints ownership and hire proven leaders with a history
of consistency in leadership and tutorial success. The owner of the
Falcons has made it quite clear that he wants to see championships in
wins and rings and not just in efforts that fail to bring proven success.

truth

June 8th, 2010
5:12 pm

Oh no!!!! the franchise is going under all because of an “area scout.”

truth

June 8th, 2010
5:14 pm

Not to mention these unsuccessful men of leaders just lead this team to its first back to back winning season. Oh well scratch off the playoffs guys, this area scout is really gonna to us in.

hiramsaint

June 8th, 2010
5:15 pm

i wouldn’t say they are going under,sarcasm understood. but he won’t provide any flotation

truth

June 8th, 2010
5:21 pm

The day I worry about an area scout is the day I becaome a aints fan. I’m sure the aints are not to far away from bringing out the paper bags again. Seems to me the guy was in over his head in Cleveland and took a step down, I mean office in the janitors closet down, to work in a great organization that will train him the way the aints and clowns couldn’t.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 8th, 2010
5:32 pm

Devildog – Matt Ryan will give him some of that AXE shampoo stuff.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 8th, 2010
5:36 pm

My man Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer points out that Sabo was on board when the Browns passed on Kurt Warner in the expansion draft, but managed to last through four regimes and just one playoff appearance. http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2010/01/cleveland_browns_gm_tom_hecker.html

Sam9 The Cool One)

June 8th, 2010
5:47 pm

Scout was the name of Tontos’ horse.

old cuss

June 8th, 2010
5:58 pm

A lot of people passed on Warner back then.The new administration brought in people they had worked with previously worked with. Happens all the time and is not necessarily a reflection on thos let go. Dont be so quickl to judge.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 8th, 2010
6:16 pm

Sam9 the Cool One) — The Long Ranger’s horse was named Silver.

old cuss — don’t get in a fuss!

hiramsaint

June 8th, 2010
6:36 pm

look at his history old cuss. not that he has much influence but it is a position with a non-producer that coulda , woulda , shoulda been filled with by a producer. every little bit helps and believe me, sabo is no help

truth

June 8th, 2010
7:08 pm

What are we to do DLed? How will the franchise stay afloat? Should Blank consider firing TD and replacing Smith with Mora or Gruden? I mean this is a total screw-up!! “roll eyes and laugh at people making an issue out of nothing” I have never till now seen a fan of another team care about the Falcons hiring a AREA SCOUT GUY!!!! Sabo…..go and get TD’s coffee and don’t talk tell spoken to. That’s about the gest of this guys job responsibility.

suwaneefalcon

June 8th, 2010
7:14 pm

Let’s all pretend for a moment that TD knows pro football and Sabo just might, I say might, be a good hire. Until TD is consistent in his bad decisions I think we should trust that he knows Sabo is a solid hire. There is not a GM in pro sports who never made a bad move. The great ones are more consistent with their good decions and give their team a chance to win every year. I think TD is doing that so far.

hiramsaint

June 8th, 2010
7:34 pm

truth finally spoke the truth!!!!. i’ve been sayin’ for years to get a real coach instead of a footstool for arty. only problem is a real coach like gruden is not gonna take a job where the owner is on the sidline disrupting and trying to micro- manage a game he knows very little about. untill arty gets his butt up in the owners box and stays there the falcons will continue to have nobody coaches like mora and smitty and will continue at about .500 seasons.

thunderbull56

June 8th, 2010
7:40 pm

Tonto didn’t ride the Lone Rangers’ horse man.High “O” Silver Away!

Unca' Bob

June 8th, 2010
8:10 pm

Hiramsaint,

Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to beat NO’s collective who dat. Please note no caps. I’ve seen you and your Ilk on line before. Please, go back to the Aint’s post and idle chatter among your own.

falcon4ever

June 8th, 2010
8:11 pm

As much as I hate to do it, I must agree with Hiram. I really feel we should have tried to hire a coach with a name and a winning history.. I believe Parcells, Gruden and Cowher were available at the time. It was a big letdown to hire an unheard of asst.defensive coach. With the talent we have we ought to have been further along and not letting a 9-7 season seem like a big deal.I also agree that Mr. Blank should get off the sideline untill after the game is over. Look at Dallas, Mr.Jones is always on the sidelines and when was the last time they won a playoff game ? The coaches get large money to do their job , so let them do it! How many of you like it when your boss is peeking over your shoulder ? Thats usually when you make your worst errors. Just ventin’.

hiramsaint

June 8th, 2010
8:14 pm

unca’bob– looks like no pleasure for you this season, and aren’ t we all brothers anyway? i don’t use caps either, see — we’re almost the same , you and me

gabeaux

June 8th, 2010
8:38 pm

Gentlemen, gentlemen….The world will continue to rotate no matter who is “Area Scout”. Has anyone ever put so much thought and emotion into the hire of an Area Scout before? Step back, breathe deep and then GET A LIFE!

Unca' Bob

June 8th, 2010
8:41 pm

hiramsaint,

I’m good with it. I do see some pleasure in our season. I do envision some sucess with My Falcons this year. I feel the reason you’re here is because you feel it , too. I’ve Been a Falcon fan for years. Given that, I’ve not been a fan of the Aint’s. OK, Aint’s is in caps. I digress. Before I attempt to prognosticate, do not look past my Falcons this year.

hiramsaint

June 8th, 2010
8:57 pm

unca’bob- i never look past the falcons. they always play the saints hard as do all nfc south teams. i also see some success for you this but no more than last year. i’ve been a saints fan for years just as you are a loyal falcons fan for years but the sweep will be again be in our hands this season as it was last season. the superbowl may not be in our hands again but we’ll be right there again fighting for it . p.s. the motto is not whodat anymore, now it’s twodat for those of us who believe . i would enjoy to read your prognostications none the less.

Unca' Bob

June 8th, 2010
9:24 pm

harimsaint,

R Goodell has rolled the dice and came up with a winner. The confrence games at the end of the year will be huge. Between the Aints and Carolina, not to mention my Falcons, this should be a grab bag. TB had a draft from Hades and has the best set of D Tackles in the NFL. Period. We’ll see how it shakes down, but like you, I am looking forward to Football. Good luck to your home team, as well as mine.

hiramsaint

June 8th, 2010
9:55 pm

good luck to you also unca’bob— kirk out!

truth

June 8th, 2010
10:27 pm

falcon4ever………I don’t think so. Hiramsaint to you put a voodoo on our man falcon4life? If anyone has been around the Atlanta Falcons for more than 2 years know this team has the best coach, gm, and owner this city has ever seen. Wasn’t it not to long ago when the beloved owner of the aints was thinking of selling out? Wasn’t he the one who called a winning field goal, then become the butt of every sports channel? Wasn’t he the one who looked like a flamer with his “weird” umbrella dance? Come’on and you want to diss our owner……….paaaaleeezzzzzzeeeee!!!

FalconTransplant

June 8th, 2010
11:19 pm

Why are we adding this guy to our team? His record speks volumes. anyone with this kind of resume should not be on our team…

Why again are we shopping at the bottom of the league?

Dominic Hughes

June 9th, 2010
2:03 am

The Falcons know what they’re doing folks. Remain calm. Have a closer look at the photo of this man Sabo. Look at that haircut. When it comes to personnel decisions you want a variety of opinions. This man is clearly a counterpoint to our very own Thomas Dimitroff. He has the combed-down hair in stark contrast to TD’s spiked-up do. He is the yin to TD’s yang. Only great things can come of this. Go Falcons!

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truth

June 9th, 2010
8:49 am

Wow…..some of you act as if this guy is gonna be running the show. Get a grip. Like I said before, his biggest decision will be where to buy the coffee for the break room.