Pro Football Talk reported yesterday that former Indianapolis Colts Vice President and General Manager Chris Polian will be joining the Falcons front office in a currently unknown capacity. Polian was at one point a candidate for the Falcons own general manager position in 2008, but removed his name from consideration and a week later the Falcons named Thomas Dimitroff to the post instead. Afterwards, Polian was promoted to be GM of the Colts in 2009, serving in that capacity until he along with his father, Bill, the President of the Colts were fired following the Colts 2-14 record in 2011.
Polian began his work in scouting as a player personnel assistant with the now defunct Sacramento Gold Miners of the CFL in 1993. He was hired by the Carolina Panthers the following year, then managed by his father. He was a pro scout for the Panthers from 1994-96, and the became their pro personnel coordinator in 1997. When his father left to become the general manager of the Colts in 1998, Chris followed as the director of pro scouting. He was promoted to Assistant Director of Football Operations in 2001, and then as assistant GM/VP of Football Operations in 2004, a post he held until his 2009 promotion.