UPDATE: Caldwell, Snead set to interview with Colts

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

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16 comments Add your comment

me

January 6th, 2012
3:40 am

HardyFalcon

January 6th, 2012
5:59 am

LET HIM GO, SO FAR HE HASN’T BEEN HELPFUL ON DRAFTING ANY BODY WORTH KEEPING
MAYBE THAT WHAT WE NEED, SOME NEW BLOOD IN OUR SCOUTING AND DRAFT DEPARTMENT

Me Too

January 6th, 2012
7:25 am

AFTER THE GAME SUNDAY WHEN THE SAME OLD DEFENSE AND OFFENSE LOOSES THE GAME TO THE GIANTS, WE WILL BE SAYING:

“FIRE THE ENTIRE COACHING STAFF!”

Michael M.

January 6th, 2012
7:35 am

I wouldn’t fire everyone……….that is crazyyyyyyyyyyyyy…..this team hasn’t done anything but win year after year past several years……wait until the Season is over then get rid of Van Gorder and get a new DC and bring back the blitz to Atlanta ! ! !

Falcons4Eva

January 6th, 2012
8:46 am

ALL FANS of the ATLANTA SPORTS TEAM –

Read this ROB PARKER crappy article about us ATLANTA FANS (Braves, Falcons, Hawks) – and tell him to go screw himself!

http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/7429623/the-city-atlanta-worst-sports-town-america

SirReal

January 6th, 2012
9:01 am

Some people dont realize how valuable Snead really has been to this organization. If he goes, things will definitely change but at this stage in his career he deserves a shot at being a GM…might even be BETTER than TD.

Sun Tzu 7

January 6th, 2012
9:12 am

SirReal,

Most people have no idea that Snead even works for the Falcons. However for those that have truly followed the Falcons know how much Les Snead has contributed to this team.

I wish we could keep him but I wish him the best and good luck to him.

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crackbaby

January 6th, 2012
10:34 am

@HardyFalcon & @Me Too:
Caps Lock – Use it sparingly. Also, try thinking before posting.

Mr. Snead is Director of Player Personnel, not a coach. Ah nevermind….

crackbaby

January 6th, 2012
10:36 am

SirReal

January 6th, 2012
11:05 am

@Falcons4Eva I just saw and commented on that garbage he wrote. He’s just as bad as Barkley who is a fat, ignorant slob who is still bitter b/c he never won a ring.LOL

SirReal

January 6th, 2012
11:08 am

@ Sun Tzu 7 I agree man. Totally

Adam

January 6th, 2012
11:20 am

@Michael M.

I used to agree with you, but I got to thinking about the fact that we are always criticizing MM and BVG for not being agressive enough. Both coaches were known for their creativity and agressiveness before coming to the ATL. I’m beginning to wonder if it isn’t the Head Coach that is limiting their agressiveness. It’s the HC’s job to set the overall gameplan and then have his coordinators operate within his parameters. I dislike BVG’s soft zones as much or more than anyone, but I’m beginning to wonder if he runs it as a directive from his HC

Adam

January 6th, 2012
11:21 am

typo…..aggressiveness

SirReal

January 6th, 2012
11:44 am

@Adam i didnt really ever look at it like that. I still say BVG isnt NFL DC material. GREAT collegiate guy for sure. As far as MM…I dont know man….jury is still out. This organization still has some “righting of the ship” to do even with the slivers of sucess we’ve had. (in comparison to longer perennial winners)

Joe Tess Fish House

January 6th, 2012
3:00 pm

I say let em go. If these R the guys that gave us Perrier Jerry they need 2 go. Heck I drive them 2 the ariport!