While Terry Fontenot has been on the tip of the Falcons' tongue for the last 10 days, it wasn't until after the Saints lost to the Bucs on Sunday that they could officially hire Fontenot as GM.
First thing on Tuesday morning they did just that, officially announcing the hiring of Fontenot as the new Falcons general manager.
“When we started this process, we were focused on finding someone that not only has a track record of identifying key building blocks that result in successful teams, but also someone who focuses on cohesive relationships within the building. We feel very strongly that we’ve found that individual in Terry Fontenot,” said Arthur M. Blank, Falcons owner and chairman in a release from the team. “In his past positions, he has shown the ability to make strong decisions and judgements that result in championship-caliber teams, while also understanding a variety of viewpoints and respecting a collaborative process throughout. Landing a leader of Terry’s stature, I believe our organization, players, fans, and community will have confidence in our approach throughout this process as I am certain Terry will represent them and honor the expectations they have with tremendous passion and dedication to competitive excellence.
“I thank Rich McKay and so many across our organization that played a vital role in the comprehensive and well-coordinated process that resulted in Terry joining our family.”
On Friday afternoon the Falcons announced the hiring of Titans OC Arthur Smith as their new head coach. Now Smith and Fontenot will begin to put together the rest of their staff and put together their plans for the upcoming draft and upcoming offseason.
Fontenot, who has been with the New Orleans Saints for the last 18 seasons, just completed his first year as the Saints Vice President/Assistant GM for Pro Personnel.
“Over the last 18 years I have been honored and blessed with the opportunity to learn and grow within a great organization,” said Fontenot in a statement from the team. “I don’t have the words to express my thanks and gratitude to the late Mr. Benson, Mrs. Benson, Mickey Loomis, Dennis Lauscha, Coach Payton, and the entire Saints family. Without their mentorship and guidance, I would not be in the position I am today, and we are thankful for everything they have provided our family for nearly two decades."
Fontenot began with the Saints as a marketing intern before working his way up the organization and now he stays in the NFC South as the new GM of the Atlanta Falcons.