ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons got their head coach last week -- and they got their General Manager today, a key piece in place to this new era. Terry Fontenot was announced as the team’s general manager on Tuesday.
The 40-year-old Fontenot becomes Atlanta’s first Black general manager after spending 16 seasons with division rival New Orleans. He helped build a consistent winner as the Saints’ vice president and assistant general manager in charge of pro personnel.
"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 Blank, the Falcons owner and chairman.
Fontenot said he is thrilled to come to Atlanta.
"I feel honored and thankful that Arthur Blank and Rich McKay have given me this privilege and I look forward to working alongside the two of them, Arthur Smith and our entire organization as we strive together to reach our competitive goals and give our fans the performances they deserve. My family and I are thrilled to make our new home in Atlanta and look forward to meeting our fellow Falcon fans,” he said.
In New Orleans, Fontenot served as a close confidant for general manager Mickey Loomis and managed the pro personnel department include player acquisitions and evaluating players. With Fontenot leading the pro personnel department, the Saints have shown a keen eye for adding impact players through free agency.
After an 0-5 start this past season, the Falcons fired both head coach Dan Quinn and General Manager Thomas Dimitroff.
Last week, the Falcons announced Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith would become their next head coach.