Carthon, Morton leave to join Rams’ front office

Ran Carthon picking up some yards against Georgia back in 2003 at the World Largest Cocktail Party. (Associated Press)

Ran Carthon picking up some yards against Georgia back in 2003 at the World Largest Cocktail Party. (Associated Press)

Falcons scouts Ran Carthon and Taylor Morton left to join the front office of the St. Louis Rams on Wednesday.

Carthon will head the pro personnel department and Morton will become the Rams’ college scouting director. They will join former Falcons executive Les Snead, who was named the Rams’ general manager in February.

Carthon was with the Falcons for the past four seasons as a pro scout.

Carthon’s father, Maurice, is a former NFL running back and the assistant head coach with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was responsible for providing the coaching staff with advance scouting reports for upcoming opponents, evaluating players in each year’s free agency market and maintaining the daily waiver wire.

Carthon joined the scouting ranks following a three-year playing career in the NFL after breaking into the league as an undrafted rookie with the Indianapolis Colts. He played at Florida (1999- 2003) and was part of the Gators 2000 SEC title team.

Morton was with the Falcons for the past 12 seasons.

Morton was the Southeast area college scout. He also served in pro personnel as an advance scout for Falcons opponents, as well as evaluating future free agent prospects for the team and scouting other professional leagues, including the NFL, NFL Europe and the CFL.

Taylor joined the Falcons after coaching eight years in the college ranks at Auburn, Hinds Community College and Pearl River Community College.

He began his coaching career at Southern Mississippi after a career ending knee injury.

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PMC

May 9th, 2012
4:08 pm

Congrats gentlemen! Good luck.

Chub Rock

May 9th, 2012
4:26 pm

So where does Polian fit in all of this?

Bird Dawg Country

May 9th, 2012
4:36 pm

Seems like they did decent jobs while here.
Although ones a lousy florida lizard.
Maybe DJ Shockley can take his place on Falcons staff.

Bird Dawg Country

May 9th, 2012
4:45 pm

or Hines Ward?

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D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 9th, 2012
7:09 pm

Chub Rock – Polian is basically on special assignments without a title at this time.

Open Minded

May 9th, 2012
8:28 pm

DOL…. what are the true ramifications of this to the organization? Are these substantial loses or just normal course of biz?

Chub Rock

May 10th, 2012
12:00 am

I looked up info on Chris Polian and man I don’t think I found two goods words back to back LOL. I hope Dimitroff does not give this guy one of these vacancies. Anybody with the first pick in the draft needing a QB would have taken Peyton Manning and the Polian’s rode that wave to death.

FalconJim

May 10th, 2012
12:57 am

@ Bird Dog Country…..I TOO would love to see us incorporate Hines Ward into the Falcons, in some capacity…..good thinking, man.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 10th, 2012
8:08 am

Chubb Rock — Bill Polian built the Buffalo teams, too. He’s a certified legend!!!! The media folks at the Indianapolis Star went digging and got a lot of dirt on young Chris. TD may be trying to help him rehabilitate his image around the league.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 10th, 2012
8:12 am

Open Minded – I would have to say the normal course of business. But these are big time promotions for the guys. They are running departments in the NFL. That’s big time. If you have good scouts, you are going to lose them at some point.

Chub Rock

May 10th, 2012
4:41 pm

All the teams that passed on Da’Quan Bowers feel a little better. Torn Achilles.

Chub Rock

May 10th, 2012
4:42 pm

Don’t wish injury on any player but he was a injury risk coming out.

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