Chris Polian to join the Falcons’ scouting department

Bill Polian on the left. Chris Polian on the right. Bill built two of the greatest football powers of the modern era in Buffalo and Indianapolis. His son had to have learned something. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Bill Polian on the left. Chris Polian on the right. Bill built two of the greatest football powers of the modern era in Buffalo and Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Former Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Polian, who was fired after last season, is set to join the Falcons on Monday, according to the team.

Polian will join the Falcons in a scouting capacity and have some assignments around the league.

David Caldwell, the Falcons director of player personnel, came to the Falcons from Indianapolis and has worked with Polian. (Caldwell is John Carroll’s second most famous alum; Don Shula is No. 1!)

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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OPEN YOUR EYES

April 29th, 2012
8:45 pm

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 29th, 2012
8:51 pm

Greg M

April 29th, 2012
8:56 pm

3rd..great move Falcons

Astro Joe

April 29th, 2012
9:02 pm

Possible GM in waiting. Cool!

OPEN YOUR EYES

April 29th, 2012
9:08 pm

DOL…….THANK YOU FOR THE ALL THE OFF-SEASON COVERAGE YOU HAVE GIVEN US FANS!!!

Rikus

April 29th, 2012
9:09 pm

Interesting… what round pick did we give up for Chris?

Sid

April 29th, 2012
9:10 pm

This is a serious move!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 29th, 2012
9:19 pm

Sid - I don’t think it’s that serious. He’s just going to help out on some scouting assignments.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 29th, 2012
9:19 pm

Rikus – Eight round?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 29th, 2012
9:20 pm

OPEN – I had to ban you. Let me know when you’re ready to be cordial to everyone.

dom

April 29th, 2012
9:35 pm

Interesting little tidbit. Doesn’t hurt to add experienced heads to the scouting department. You ready to talk undrafted free agents yet D-Led? Or waiting on the official list?

rob

April 29th, 2012
9:39 pm

Coach

April 29th, 2012
9:41 pm

Tomorrow for the list. I can’t keep up with the blog hopping.

MonkDaddy

April 29th, 2012
9:50 pm

We will take any help we can get

Ashley

April 29th, 2012
10:04 pm

go falcons!!!!

Jesse

April 29th, 2012
10:08 pm

Does he only scout team captains like the rest of the Scouts?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 29th, 2012
10:10 pm

Jesse — I’m not sure about that, but scouting the team captains is a good place to start.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 29th, 2012
10:14 pm

dom – Not yet. I want the official list. Some guys team hop and that’s their right. Team has been great about getting out the official list. Some interesting names floating around like the elder Rodgers, the Jackson State QB and Josh Harris, who was the top LS coming out.

Bullseye

April 29th, 2012
10:26 pm

The process continues to build.

dom

April 29th, 2012
10:33 pm

Fair enough. And yes, some very interesting names. I think our kick returner could be among them.

Rod "Straight outta Augusta" Johnson

April 29th, 2012
10:33 pm

Dimitroff continues to impress by bringing in the right people. ATLANTA I hope you are ready….we have a franchise that we can be proud of.

Reality Cheque

April 29th, 2012
10:42 pm

Chris was a very divisive figure in Indy and was rightfully dismissed. The Colts completely fell apart after Peyton was injured and a lot of teams aren’t as strong after losing a starting QB. However Indy was extremely weak and lacking in personnel. Calling it part of the process or “GM in waiting” is ludicrous. Don’t you guys watch the league?

cwltank

April 29th, 2012
11:42 pm

Real fans know the Colts problem was not talent.So, obviously this guy has an eye for talent. As I stated many time before. Either you are on the band wagon or offf. I fans who straddle the fence. This is a Falcons Blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FreddyFalcon

April 30th, 2012
12:29 am

I recall reading this article from the beat writer for Indy: http://www.indystar.com/article/20111106/SPORTS15/111060364/Kravitz-Who-s-blame-0-8-Colts-Chris-Polian-one?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|IndyStar.com . Basically it spells out an argument for why the Colts were so bad, aside from Peyton being out. Kravitz (the author) contend that Chris got his job because of nepotism, and not skill. Thoughts D Led?

FalconJim

April 30th, 2012
12:46 am

Not sure how to gauge this. But for me, I never liked to hire folks who had been dismissed from a job, unless there was extenuating circumstances…..and I don’t really see that here.

Granted, Bill Polian had a hand in building a very good team in Indy, and hopefully, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”.

I guess we have to trust our GM’s decision on this……we’ll see how it all works out.

Tony

April 30th, 2012
1:46 am

Wow, FalconJim…really? Bill Belicheck, fired from the Browns in 1995….Tom Coughlin fired from the Jags in 2002….arguably the two best coaches in the game today…..should I continue down the list? I bet if you compiled a list of the 10 best NFL coaches in the game today they would have more than 10 firings between them! (and if you leave off every NFL Head Coach in the State of Pennsylvania, I bet that number goes even higher). Heck, Mike McCarthy was fired from the Packers in 1995 and now he is their Head Coach.

You may want to rethink that position, FJ, if you are ever looking for an NFL Head Coach ;)

–T

TRUTH BE TOLD...........

April 30th, 2012
6:01 am

TD NEEDS ALL THE HELP HE CAN GET!! GOOD HIRE!!

Van Brocklin

April 30th, 2012
7:05 am

The Falcons need to be mean and nasty this year.

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BirdFanscout

April 30th, 2012
7:24 am

I look at this in macro terms. I would suspect Bill has influence on where Chris would go to continue building his scouting skills. So I see it that Bill and Chris must like and respect our approach to scouting and our players who we select for the team. Also as TD says, “another set of eyes” evaluating does not hurt.
Another aspect is that we are building relationships. Chris is a GM in waiting and Bill will be a GM soon again. We now have a tree of different teams to swap draft picks and players.

kingdaddy

April 30th, 2012
8:02 am

Don’t see many drawbacks from this move. Not a major impact othet than the name. Could have better implications down the road. Basically a smooth move…

I usually just read but....

April 30th, 2012
8:04 am

I really think we need somebody new helping out with scouting. how about you? btag

I usually just read but....

April 30th, 2012
8:11 am

They don’t look very much alike. btag

marko

April 30th, 2012
8:41 am

Let’s hope this isn’t a David Shula is to Don Shula as Chris Polian is to Bill Polian situation. At any rate it must be nice for the senior Polian’s to finally get the kids out of the house.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

April 30th, 2012
8:43 am

That auburn staff produced a juco OL for the Giants and the long snapper. Coach them up Gene.

Stepchild

April 30th, 2012
9:12 am

FreddieFalcon nailed it. Chris is not the future….he is the product of nepotism. This is a favor to hire him. This move smells bad and hopefully will not have a negative effect on the team scouting efforts. The Falcons don’t need to do favors for the Polian’s. NFL management taking care of their cronies.

Khaos

April 30th, 2012
9:49 am

If he has the pedigree of Bill, he may be the best pick of TD’s offseason. May he can help scout players who are oft injured.

Fire Smitty and Dimitroff

Falcon King

April 30th, 2012
10:16 am

Are you lidding me?? You guys never cease to be danny doldrum on here… what Idiots

Recycling the garbage

April 30th, 2012
10:25 am

Good old fashioned nepotism – just another example of the good ol boy network calling in some chits and taking care of one of their own. Once Manning was injured it exposed the poor job that the Polians had done. This move has Mckay’s and Caldwell’s fingerprints all over it. Dimitroff must be stewing.

Sid

April 30th, 2012
10:30 am

D. Orlando Ledbetter April 29th, 2012 9:19 pm
Sid – I don’t think it’s that serious. He’s just going to help out on some scouting assignments.
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I get it………………………no benefits!!

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Peek-O-Bah Skreet

April 30th, 2012
10:55 am

Could have used him in this year’s draft. Falcons reached on every player ever round…

DBell

April 30th, 2012
11:34 am

40th … Which is just as relevant as being first.

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mudcat47

April 30th, 2012
11:51 am

Good. Maybe now we won’t draft 6th round talent in the 3rd round.

Northern Bird

April 30th, 2012
12:16 pm

It can never hurt to have another well developed scouting mind in the house, welcome aboard Polian Jr. !

Mean & Nasty

April 30th, 2012
12:19 pm

One inch and a cloud of artificial turf.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 30th, 2012
12:23 pm

Van Brocklin — I concur. Mean and nasty.

rob

April 30th, 2012
12:27 pm

whats up D led

Boom Dizzle

April 30th, 2012
12:27 pm

D-Led: Is the writing on the wall for Ovie? Or anybody else for that matter? It’s got to be moves coming to sign these picks right?