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here is article from the Jacksonville newspaper on David Caldwell. From these sources, it sounds like Caldwell was widely viewed in NFL circles as a "rising star". He has been with Atlanta Falcons from the beginning of Dimitroff's tenure in Atlanta as the "Director of College Scouting" and was promoted this year to "Director of Player Personnel" after Les Snead took the Rams GM gig.

Now, this article from the Florida Times-Union goes on to say Caldwell(Jags new GM) will likely take Chris Polian (Falcons area scout) with him from Flowery Branch to Jacksonville with the upgraded title of "Director of Player Personnel". While Polian's title w/ Falcons may not seem like much, he and his dad got fired last year from Indy and it was thought that the father was grooming the son to take over as Colts GM.

So, in two offseasons the Falcons will have lost Les Snead, David Caldwell and now Chris Polian (who of course we only had for one year). Granted, Thomas Dimitroff is "the Godfather" but that is a lot of scouting to lose in a two year period. Outside of Lionel Vital (Asst. Director of Player Personnel) who probably gets promoted to Caldwell's old job - not a lot of recognizable names left on Falcons staff.

Of course this stuff is hard to talk about since scouting staff's aren't really known much other than the guy at the top - but that is a lot of turnover.

here is link to story and article:


Jaguars hire David Caldwell as GM


Jaguars owner Shad Khan completed his nine-day search for a new general manager Tuesday by hiring Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel Dave Caldwell.

Caldwell, the first candidate interviewed on Dec. 31 hours after Gene Smith was fired, will run the Jaguars’ front office and he is likely in charge of coach Mike Mularkey’s fate.

Caldwell, 38, inherits a Jaguars team that went 2-14 last year ­— the worst in franchise history — and holds the No. 2 pick in this April’s NFL Draft.

Caldwell’s agent, Brian Ayrault, confirmed the appointment on Twitter about 6 p.m. Tuesday and the team followed about 75 minutes later.

“We got our man,” Khan said in a statement. “I have a lot of faith in David Caldwell, and I can assure our fans that the best days for the Jacksonville Jaguars are in front of us.”

Caldwell was one of several executives being pursued by teams who have openings in the general manager’s office. The Jaguars were the second team to fill its vacancy, hours after Arizona promoted Steve Keim.

Caldwell has 17 years of pro football experience and has worked for Carolina, Indianapolis and the Falcons.

“There are no bad GM opportunities in the NFL, but to work on behalf of a dynamic owner in a rabid football city like Jacksonville is truly special,” Caldwell said in a statement. “This is where I wanted to be, and I could not be happier.

“I can’t wait to get to Jacksonville and get started.”

Caldwell’s first big decision will be Mularkey, who completed his first year with the Jaguars on Dec. 30. Although the two worked in the Atlanta organization 2008-11, a league source said that won’t be a major factor in Caldwell’s call.

If Mularkey is out, the leading candidate would be San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, a former college roommate of Caldwell’s at John Carroll University.

Caldwell also has front-office decisions to make.

A league source said Chris Polian would likely join the Jaguars as director of pro personnel. Polian, a college teammate of Caldwell’s, is the son of former NFL general manager Bill Polian and worked with the Falcons this year.

The Jaguars interviewed four people for the opening: Caldwell, Keim, San Francisco’s Tom Gamble and the New York Giants’ Marc Ross. Khan centered his search on executives who would be first-time general managers but also have extensive scouting and personnel experience.

Before Keim was promoted in Arizona, he interviewed with Khan on Friday night and was reportedly a co-finalist along with Caldwell.

With Keim off the board, the Jaguars finalized a contract with Caldwell, who told Jets owner Woody Johnson he was removing his name from consideration.

At the outset of the search, a league source said Caldwell would be a fine choice by Khan.

“One of my absolute favorite guys,” the source said of Caldwell. “He’s a star in the making.”

Caldwell will definitely be a star if he can turn around the Jaguars, who haven’t been to the playoffs since the 2007 season.

A common thread through Caldwell’s NFL career has been his association with winning teams.

Caldwell’s teams have reached the playoffs 13 times in 17 years – once in two years for Carolina, eight out of 10 years for Indianapolis (including a Super Bowl title after the 2006 season) and four times in five years with Atlanta.

After his stay with the Colts, Caldwell joined the Falcons in 2008 as director of college scouting. During his four years in that role, the Falcons hit on first-round picks Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Sean Weatherspoon but also discovered Thomas DeCoud, Kory Biermann and William Moore.

In all, 10 Falcons starters were drafted in 2008-11. Before last year, Caldwell was promoted to the No. 2 post behind general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

Atlanta was an NFC-best 13-3 this year and hosts Seattle in the divisional playoffs on Sunday.

Roman’s 49ers are also in the postseason and host Green Bay on Saturday.

Asked about Caldwell by Bay Area media on Tuesday, Roman declined comment because, “Dave’s in Atlanta so we might end up playing them so I’m not really talking to Dave right now.”

Caldwell will be introduced to Jacksonville during a Thursday news conference at EverBank Field.

ryan.ohalloran@jacksonville.com, (904) 359-4401


The Jaguars hired Dave Caldwell as its new general manager on Tuesday. A look at his background and resume:

Previous title: Director of player personnel, Atlanta Falcons.

Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.

College: John Carroll University (1996)


1996-97: Scouting assistant, Carolina Panthers

1998-2005: Area scout, Indianapolis Colts

2006-07: Western region scout, Indianapolis Colts

2008-11: Director of college scouting, Atlanta Falcons

2012: Director of player personnel, Atlanta Falcons

Falcons draft performance

(Players still with organization) *denotes starter

2008: *QB Matt Ryan, *OT Sam Baker, *S Thomas DeCoud, WR Harry Douglas, *DE Kory Biermann

2009: *DT Peria Jerry, CB Chris Owens, DE Lawrence Sidbury, DT Vance Walker, *S William Moore, G Garrett Reynolds.

2010: *LB Sean Weatherspoon, OL Mike Johnson, CB Dominique Franks, DT Corey Peters, TE Kerry Meier, S Shann Schillinger.

2011: *WR Julio Jones, *LB Akeem Dent, RB Jacquizz Rodgers, DE Cliff Matthews.

2012: OT Lamar Holmes, *G Peter Konz, DE Jonathan Massaquoi, S Charles Mitchell, DT Travian Robertson, FB Bradie Ewing.

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I just hope TD didn't tell them which players he likes in the draft

Caldwell was #2 in Atlanta. Of course he knows the players the Falcons were eyeing - he was #2 in charge of finding these guys. The hay is over halfway in the barn at this point in the year. You still have combines and individual workouts but the game tape is 80% of the evaluation.

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Exactly. When you become a winning organization other teams come after your front office personnel and coaches.

will be interesting to see if he fires Mularkey. I think he will. don't think that Mularkey was universally loved at the Branch.......just my opinion from outside lookin' in.

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I know, I know. They did such a good job on those books, 6 of them I believe, that Kahn was like "Wow, this guy knows quality." And hired him on the spot.

did the binder have any pics of Falcons war-room draft board for 2013?


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