Caldwell, Polk promoted by the Falcons

David Caldwell, director of college scouting.

David Caldwell, replaces Les Snead as the director of player personnel.

The Falcons moved quickly to internally fill the void created by the departure of Les Snead.

David Caldwell and DeJaun Polk were both promoted on Monday in the wake of Snead being named general manager of the St. Louis Rams. Snead will be introduce as the new Rams GM around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Caldwell was promoted to director of player personnel and DeJuan Polk to director of pro scouting.

“We are pleased to announce the promotions of Dave and DeJuan,” said general manager Thomas Dimitroff in a statement posted on the team’s website. “Both Dave and DeJuan have been vital to our personnel department and have been tremendous assets to our organization. They have been essential in helping construct our team over the last four seasons. Dave has provided great leadership to our college scouting department and has been instrumental in our draft process. DeJuan started in college scouting, but has been a reliable member of our pro scouting department the last four years and has played a

Chris Douglas (4) is dropped for a loss of yardage as Clemson's Leroy Hill(43) and DeJuan Polk(97) bring him down during the first half. Polk played on four bowl teams and two teams ranked in the final AP top 25 from 2000-03. (Associated Press)

Chris Douglas (4) is dropped for a loss of yardage as Clemson's Leroy Hill(43) and DeJuan Polk(97) bring him down during the first half. Polk played on four bowl teams and two teams ranked in the final AP top 25 from 2000-03. (Associated Press)

significant role in our evaluation of players.”

Caldwell has spent the past four seasons as the Falcons’ director of college scouting, overseeing Atlanta’s college area and regional scouts. Prior to joining the Falcons, Caldwell worked for the Indianapolis Colts.

Polk, who played at Clemson, spent the past six seasons in the Falcons scouting department. He served as a pro scout for the last four years and was a college scout from 2007-08.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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16 comments Add your comment

AlanFalcon

February 13th, 2012
5:35 pm

Does this include the scounting of Dunta and Ray, please answer no, but if so webetter get real busy for their replacements.

Fan

February 13th, 2012
5:43 pm

DR is a press and stop CB and RE is a run stopper. DR is being used wrong and RE. Get off of blaming them for the wrong schemes

Big Crimson 75

February 13th, 2012
6:00 pm

D-Led — looking forward to the news this week as to what direction the Team is looking @ in free agency. This is a BIG off-season for Dmitroff. Thus far, he’s 50/50 on personnel decisions.
The Falcons need just about a perfect off-season — with the OL & DL priorities # 1 & 2 !!

Left Coast Dawg

February 13th, 2012
6:35 pm

DLed – someone asked this early and I was thinking the same thing over the weekend but what is your take on whether the Falcons should pursue Stanford Routt (former Raider)?

Left Coast Dawg

February 13th, 2012
6:36 pm

ricky neal

February 13th, 2012
10:29 pm

there are questions about chris redmon on falcoholic will he be back or let go and march you belive this falcons fans im hearing that panthers they may release jimmy clausen by march 13th on its on kffl

thouhtful

February 14th, 2012
2:20 am

This is where I thought the Birds need the most improvement! Not tearing down the team and Coaches but to do a better job signing FREE AGENTS and the Draft. This year will be crucial!!! I’m willing to reserve judgement but we need to get some mean son-of-a guns in Free Agency, we can’t play favorites with our own Free Agents or our present depth. If we need them we need to cough up the money to keep them, if we don’t and they won’t take a pay cut them let them go for something. We need to watch the Free Agent wire. New England has 4 picks in the first two rounds so they are going to have to let some good players go. We have to be READY! This Draft has to stop the practice of drafting middle of the road type players too high. We need some BALLERS!

ricky neal

February 14th, 2012
2:59 am

from ricky thing is two do is watch and see if panthers release jimmy clausen

ricky neal

February 14th, 2012
2:59 am

by march 13th

I usually just read but....

February 14th, 2012
7:54 am

what he said(thouhtful)

Walker, Texas Ranger

February 14th, 2012
8:04 am

One question, what are the Rams thinking. First it was Brian Xanders becoming GM in Denver and now this. Two guys that were hired under Ron HIll with the Falcons and worked with the Falcons front office for over 14 years each. Why in the world would two teams pluck guys from the Falcons when there are front office people in Green Bay, Pittsburg and New York (G-men) with track records of winning the big games. I think the Ground Hog saw its shadow and there are 6 more years of losing for the Rams and Broncos

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 14th, 2012
8:44 am

Walker, Texas Ranger – (Love the show!) Xanders was part of the drafting of Tim Tebow! What’s wrong with that. Snead will be just fine in St. Louis.

Roger

February 14th, 2012
10:24 am

St. Louis will be ok (Snead was good man) but I really could care less about SL..Just Win Falcons!!

Falcon Jonk

February 14th, 2012
11:45 am

Good Morning Yall, I dont understand why the falcons dont want Terry Brisky go to Jacksonville, Receiving Corps are just an average…the way i see it.

The Falconator

February 14th, 2012
12:07 pm

Agree with Fan from yesterday. It makes absolutely no difference who the Falcons draft or sign as free agents if the OC or DC is hellbent on using them in the wrong scheme. The past two seasons have been especially wretched come playoff time when it was painfully obvious against the best teams (and with a few clunkers along the regular season schedule) that the Falcons were wallowing in a failed defensive scheme and trying to run up the middle on offense with a woefully undersized O-line. Smitty bears responsibility for allowing this and TD has provided next to no line help via the draft. It’s tough being a fan in this town.

JoFo

February 14th, 2012
3:19 pm

Big Crimson 75, you are SO right! I completely agree with you! This year is CRUCIAL to the Atlanta FALCONS organization whether they admit it (they won’t) or not!