Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Falcons add ex-GM Devaney as scout
By Vaughn McClure
The Atlanta Falcons have added another seasoned veteran to their personnel department with the hiring of former St. Louis Rams general manager and ESPN analyst Billy Devaney as a player personnel scout, the team confirmed on Wednesday.
The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Falcons also hired Russ Bolinger as a scout. Bolinger, who had a 10-year NFL career as an offensive lineman, worked under Devaney with the Rams.
Devaney, who was the Falcons' assistant general manager in 2007 and a senior personnel assistant for the team in ’06, is the second former general manager to join the Falcons this offseason. Scott Pioli, most recently the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs, was hired as the assistant general manager under Thomas Dimitroff.
Devaney has an obvious history with Falcons president Rich McKay, and the Falcons are in the midst of a crucial offseason as they try to rebound from last year’s 4-12 fall.
The process of scouting draft prospects continues this week at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, with workouts scheduled to start Saturday. The Falcons are in dire need of impact offensive and defensive linemen and now have an added pair of eyes to help in evaluations.
The 58-year-old Devaney has 32 years of scouting experience with the Falcons, Rams, Washington Redskins, San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers.
Devaney was let go in St. Louis along with head coach Steve Spagnuolo following the 2012 season. He was replaced by former Falcons director of player personnel Les Snead.