Takeaways from Week 12
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Takeaways from Week 12

Last week, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank gave head coach Mike Smith a vote of confidence. That was followed up on Thursday, with further elaboration that Blank fully intends to bring Smith and GM Thomas Dimitroff back for 2014. Then later on Thursday, the Falcons played their best game since Week 7. Maybe, Blank should have backed Smith a month ago. Blank indicated in Silver’s report that regardless of how the Falcons...

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Falcons promote Vital to replace Caldwell

Adam Schefter of ESPN first reported, which was later confirmed via release by the Falcons that Lionel Vital has been promoted to Director of Player Personnel. Vital was previously titled Associate Director of Player Personnel, and now takes over the vacated position of David Caldwell. Earlier this week, Caldwell was hired to become the new general manager of the Jacksonville Jaguars. That position was previously held by Les Snead,...

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Caldwell on the verge of becoming Jaguars’ next GM

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports tweeted earlier tonight that the Jacksonville Jaguars have “tabbed” Falcons VP of Player Personnel David Caldwell as their next general manager. Caldwell is set to take over for Gene Smith, who was fired at the end of the season. Caldwell has been a member of the Falcons front office since 2008. Per Glazer, he is in the midst of negotiating a contract with the team. The expectation that Caldwell...

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Caldwell interviewed by Jaguars

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports tweeted last night that Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan interviewed David Caldwell for that team’s vacant GM job yesterday. Glazer also reported that the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets have asked permission from the Falcons to interview Caldwell as well. Those teams now join the Cleveland Browns as teams that have formally sought Caldwell to take over their GM job. Caldwell has also been...

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Caldwell contacted by the Browns

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that according to a source, the Cleveland Browns have already contacted Falcons Director of Player Personnel David Caldwell about the now vacant general manager position, following the dismissal of Tom Heckert. Caldwell’s name has been mentioned in connection to a number of potential front office vacancies around the league. Steve Wyche of NFL.com indicates that...

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