Report: Falcons Hire Former Colts General Manager Chris Polian

Field YatesCorrespondent IIIApril 29, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 08:  Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons calls a play in the offensive huddle against the New York Giants during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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While former Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian continues to settle into his role as an NFL analyst for ESPN after being ousted by the team as part of its franchise overhaul, his son Chris, who served as the general manager in Indianapolis, has reportedly found a new gig of his own as well. 

Pro Football Talk reports that the younger Polian will join the Atlanta Falcons' personnel staff, although the role he will assume remains unclear. 

Polian rose to the general manager position of the Colts in 2009 and was an integral part of the scouting operation in Indianapolis. He worked closely in concert with his father and the two came under scrutiny in 2011 for lack of a contingency plan at the quarterback position after Peyton Manning's season-ending neck injury.    

In Atlanta, he could be part of the effort to fill the void created when director of player personnel Les Snead departed to take over the St. Louis Rams' GM post.

David Caldwell, formerly the team's director of college scouting, was named Snead's successor, although according to the directory on the team's website, no subsequent move has been made to fill Caldwell's shoes in overseeing the college department. 

The Falcons were relatively quiet during the draft, as their first-round pick had been sent to Cleveland in 2011 as part of the package required to move up and draft Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones.

The team's first selection in the 2012 draft did not come until late in the second round, when they picked up center Peter Konz from Wisconsin. Perhaps the team's most critical draft-related move was acquiring veteran cornerback Asante Samuel from Philadelphia in exchange for a seventh-round pick.  

Atlanta finished 2011 10-6 and lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants in the NFC's Wild Card Round.