Posted: 6:15 pm Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Devaney, Bolinger named personnel scouts by Falcons 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Former St. Louis general manager Billy Devaney will serve as a personnel scout in his second stint with the Falcons. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Former St. Louis general manager Billy Devaney will serve as a personnel scout in his second stint with the Falcons. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS – Billy Devaney, 58, formerly the general manager of the St. Louis Rams, was named a personnel scout by the Falcons on Wednesday.

Russ Bolinger, a former NFL lineman, was also named a personnel scout as the Falcons are trying ot beef up their scouting department.

“Billy and Russ are experienced talent evaluators and I am pleased to add them to our personnel department,” said Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said in a statement released by the team. “I have had a great working relationship with Billy over the years and have always respected his approach to scouting. Russ and I worked closely together in Detroit (1996-97) and developed a great professional and personal relationship. I am confident that by adding Billy and Russ we have made our personnel department better.”

Devaney was a senior personnel executive with the Falcons in 2006 and was named assistant general manager in 2007.

In 2008, he left to join the St. Louis Rams to help run their draft and was later promoted to general manager.

His tenure with the Rams was tumultuous.

He inherited an aging roster, hired a first-time coach, went through an ownership change and lost his offensive coordinator, who was developing a young quarterback, after one season.

The new ownership dismissed Devaney after four seasons.

Devaney was a scout for Washington from 1979 to 1990.

He was the Chargers’ director of player personnel for 10 years and helped to construct their XXIX Super Bowl team, but also was part of the braintrust that selected quarterback Ryan Leaf.

He worked with San Francisco from 2001-03. He spent a couple of seasons working on CBS before joining the Falcons the first time around.

Bolinger joins the Falcons after working under Devaney with the St. Louis Rams.

Prior to his time in St. Louis he spent five seasons as a national scout for Washington from 2005-09 after nine seasons with the Detroit Lions.

He began his NFL scouting career as a college area scout for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1994.

Bolinger, a 10-year NFL veteran, was selected by the Detroit Lions in the third round of the 1976 NFL draft. He played seven seasons on the offensive line in Detroit before finishing his career with the Los Angeles Rams.

Under Dimitroff, the Falcons record of drafting offensive linemen has been spotty and Bolinger should in that evaluation area.

Here’s a list of the linemen drafted since 2008:

2008 — LT Sam Baker (first round).

2009 — RG Garrett Reynolds (fifth round). Was cut on Tuesday.

2010 — RT Mike Johnson (fourth round). Hasn’t cracked the starting lineup yet and has been injury prone.

              C — Joe Hawley (fourth round). He’s been productive when in the lineup.

2011 –    RT — Andrew Jackson (seventh round). He was cut. Never played a down in the league.

2012 — C Peter Konz (second round). Has a shaky two years.

            RT/LT Lamar Holmes (third round). Missed most of rookie season. Last season was a bumpy ride.

17 comments
58Supersports
58Supersports

Hope it helps but it seem like another good ole guy deal...like a recap tire.


Time to let White move on...injury prone or brain dead?

LowcountryBulldawg
LowcountryBulldawg

Devaney was on ESPN Radio/TV yesterday and really sounded like a tool.

WhopperDawg
WhopperDawg

Methinks that Mr. Blank believes TD is beginning to emit an odor.


I think he is right.


Good for Mr. Blank.

LeftisnotRight
LeftisnotRight

Solid hires....both......linemen,linemen,linemen

Camaro-Bob
Camaro-Bob

Dear new scuots. PLEEZZ draft Johnny Fottball

FalconJames
FalconJames

Where is the article seeking fan reaction for White getting arrested? That was news worthy!

FalconJames
FalconJames

I didn't see a Dimitroff or Smith connections. Certainly he did something related to Jacksonville or New England. 

SeenThatB4
SeenThatB4

LOL! The falcan'ts will hire anybody to be a talent scout, I'm surprised they didn't offer the job to DLed.

GEAUX SAINTS!!!

TrueFalconFan
TrueFalconFan

@FalconJames  


Yo JIM, "Fish-on big fish/ JSSn" ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ --- Hold-me Jim --- he took the bait ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ----he's runin' ---- He's got sometin' say jus listen ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ ----- there he goes, we gotem' --- the hook is in the bone --- the problem, he's a "Lowlife" fish --- we'll end up jus throwing him back in the water - but not before we put him out of his misery ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ there he goes again  LOLOLOLOL's

TrueFalconFan
TrueFalconFan

@FalconJames  


I agree! They should kick his ashes off the team! Whoever heard of such silly notion, a person or a professional football player thinking they could get away without paying their debts...........traffic tickets to say the least... ComON- MAN... What are you thinkin'

I say get rid of these bums & lowlifes


Go Falcons

JSSN
JSSN

@FalconJames  

Here's the easiest way to understand Billy Devaney (post his departure from Atlanta as a member of McKay's regime during the collapse). You folks hollering "solid hire" forget he was McKay's assistant guy.

TrueFalconFan
TrueFalconFan

@SeenThatB4  


Heck i'm surprised the Falcan'ts management didn't offer the job to JSSn - he's got the 14D mouth along with botox lips


Go Falcons

JSSN
JSSN

@TrueFalconFan

That would mean you'd have to go with them! You're the epitome of a bum and a low-life!

JSSN
JSSN

@TrueFalconFan

Better than stealing WI-FI at the Flying J. What's wrong, the sheriff need to get a new restraining order served on lying butt? Oh yeah, Russell Wilson sighting!

TrueFalconFan
TrueFalconFan

@JSSN @TrueFalconFan  


Excuse me, and you are the drag queen with 14D mouth & botox lips, my guess you are a want-to-be president of what???.............................you are a silly "mouse" ----- lowlifes live in grotto's --- those places only you know best i.e., bedpans & droll "your specialty" ---- Dleds' elf named "Gray" - the worst elf of them ALL, smoke on it while little sparkie......LOLOLOL's

TrueFalconFan
TrueFalconFan

@JSSN @TrueFalconFan  


Yo little Gray, 


Is Russell Wilson your new Carson Palmer. That kid is way out of your league. You should stay within the boundaries of Canton, Ga where you may have knowledge of  teams like the Falcons, I mean you are such a "WALKING BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE"! Seattle Hawks are like in Alaska, like way off your radar,,,, ComONman stay with Matt Ryan and the Falcons the team/players & organization you LOVE SOOoo deeply to the soul of your ittiesbities heart.


Go Falcons