UPDATE: Colts also granted permission by the Falcons to interview director of college scouting David Caldwell, who spent 12 years with the Colts
FLOWERY BRANCH — With all the playoff news, I’ve been burying this in the notebook for the last two days. But it’s very important.
Les Snead, the Falcons director of player personnel, will interview with the St. Louis Rams and the Indianapolis Colts for their vacant general manager’s positions next week. The team has granted both organizations permission after hearing from their owners.
It’s also likely that the Chicago Bears, who are meticulously vetting Snead, may seek permission.
Snead broke into the NFL as a scout with Jacksonville. He has been with the Falcons for 13 years and is considered one of general manager Thomas Dimitroff’s top lieutenants. Here’s a story on Snead’s work inside the personnel department.
Here’s the team’s bio on Snead and Caldwell’s is below:
Les Snead begins his 13th season with the Falcons personnel department and the third under his title
of Director of Player Personnel. Snead oversees both the college and pro scouting efforts and
works closely with Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff. He also plays a day-to-day
role in the analysis and evaluation of the Falcons current roster and provides salary value analysis
of all player acquisitions, while aiding in the research on how to acquire future free agents.
Snead came to Atlanta from Jacksonville, where he worked in the pro scouting department for
the Jaguars from 1995-97. In his career, he has participated in one Super Bowl appearance (with
the Falcons) and three Conference Championship Games.
Les played tight end for Auburn from 1992-93 and was part of the Tigers’ perfect 11-0 team in 1993.
He also earned Southeast Region Academic All-American honors during his college career. This
39-year-old native of Eufaula, Ala., was a graduate assistant at Auburn after his playing days were
over. Snead also was an administrative assistant of football operations at his alma mater in 1995.
He holds a bachelors of science degree in Psychology and planned to attend medical school
until he was offered a graduate assistant coaching position at his alma mater. While working as
a graduate assistant he received a Master’s of Education degree.
David Caldwell’s Bio:
David Caldwell embarks on his fourth season with the Falcons as the Director of College Scouting. He
has served in the NFL for 15 years, 10 of which came with the Indianapolis Colts. Caldwell oversees
Atlanta’s college area and regional scouts. He also assimilates the information he receives and
presents it to General Manager Thomas Dimitroff with a goal to make the NFL Draft as effective as
possible. Caldwell is also responsible for scouting the top talent in the country.
From 2006-07, Caldwell was the Western Regional Scout with Indianapolis covering major
college football conferences, including the Pac- 10, Big 10 and Big 12. Coming from a successful Colts
franchise that claimed a victory in Super Bowl XLI against the Chicago Bears, Caldwell was part
of a scouting team that accounted for multiple starters and Pro Bowl players. In 1998, he got his
start with Indianapolis, serving as an Area Scout and remained in that role for the following seven
seasons. Caldwell covered the Midwest and West Coast regions. In 1996, Caldwell broke into the NFL
with the Carolina Panthers as a Scouting Assistant where he spent two seasons. He served as a liaison
between the college scouting director and multiple area scouts while focusing on draft preparations.
Caldwell is a graduate of John Carroll University, earning a Bachelors degree in Finance/Business
Administration. He was a two-year letterman as an outside linebacker helping the Blue Streaks to
an Ohio Athletic Conference title in 1994. A native of Buffalo, New York, Caldwell and his wife, Joelle,
have one son, David Michael II.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog