This article makes me sick because I have to be a little good with the Saints, but Fontenot is more than qualified to be the next general manager of the Falcons. Rumors are circulating in the national media that Fontenot will be paired with Joe Brady, and this is a duet in which I can certainly speak. A little background on Fontenot:
Fontenot has been with AINTS for more than 18 years, which is undoubtedly their best year. At the time, he was heavily involved as a scout and with a team of players.
While the situation with the restriction in New Orleans for 2021is actually a dumping ground, Fontenot is mostly concerned with player evaluation and intelligence for professional leagues and future opponents (and he’s good at that).
Acquisition of players
It is worth noting that Fontenot wears many hats, especially the director of Pro Scouting. He has a serious eye for talent and has gained players in positions that the Falcons struggle at times.
Looking at free agents, DeMario Davis became one of the best WILL Linebackers in the game after leaving the Jets – even at the age of 32. Fontenot’s recently helped pull Emmanuel Sanders and Malcolm Jenkins out of the shopping cart. Saints seldom give bad contracts to free agents and the falcons had a lot of bad ones this season.
Scouting future opponents
Even when Drew Breeze is completely toasted and Thysham Hill is very limited, New Orleans finds a way to win regular season games. They will have their hands full with Tampa Bay this weekend, but part of Fontenot’s job is to assess the talent of the other teams. He did well; it seems that the Saints always come in with a solid game plan and adapt. As much as I clown New Orleans, they’ve been able to win playoff games (which have suffocated) in each of the last three seasons. Most of this should be credited to Sean Peyton, but Fontenot has been doing it for 17 years. Making adjustments and planning games in the first half has been the least problematic for Atlanta in recent years.
17 years even as a cleaner in the NFL is an impressive feat, especially for an organization. This will be Fontenot’s sixth year as director of Pro Scouting. He has seen the best years of football in New Orleans and I would throw myself into saying that he was involved in getting Drew Breeze on board, which led to their only Lombardi Trophy 11 years ago. Even if Joe Brady’s “readiness” is questionable, Fontenot knows this game inside and out.
Compensation money for New Orleans
New Orleans will receive two compensatory options for a third round of recruitment of a minority candidate. I don’t have bones with the rule itself and I hope they don’t reload with two good players using these kicks. However, if you really believe that Fontenot is the man, you have to roll the dice.
Current situation of the saints
In case you missed our endless jokes about this on Twitter, the Saints are approximately $ 100 million above the ceiling for 2021 – and that’s if it doesn’t fall. Drew Bryce’s withdrawal will ease some of that pressure, but they have a lot of work to do. Kwon Alexander may have to be cut off already. I guess Mickey Loomis will do some magic work and control the situation, but he’s still kicking the box down the road. I would not necessarily say that this situation is the work of Fontenot, but it is worth noting. Still, I can’t blame a man for paying to keep his best players and going all out with Drew Breeze. With a team with a cap like Atlanta, he has a high task ahead of him. I listed several candidates to give Fontenot a little room to breathe, but the cap situation will be complicated after the season affected by COVID-19.
Short strap with fan base
I’ll keep this short because it’s more theoretical than practical, but if you come from New Orleans and trade with Julio Jones and get a bad return or do almost nothing in the first few seasons, fans will be excited that he came of the saints. Just saying.
Unknown role with college scout
See, the saints are well prepared. Look no further than the 2017 NFL project that the Falcons became famous for. Getting years of the right Pro Bowl solutions in Ryan Ramczyk, RB superstar Alvin Kamara, solid EDGE in Trey Hendrickson, CB Marshon Lattimore and safety Marcus Williams in one project is quite impressive. Even guys on recent projects like Eric McCoy and Cesar Ruiz were good for New Orleans. Not to mention – Michael Thomas was selected in the second round of the draft in 2016, one of the best left-wing football competitions in Terron Armstead was drawn in 2013 (third round), and Cam Jordan was taken in 2011. (24th in total). New Orleans made sure that the election was counted throughout the commission.
Okay, that made me feel rude. However, Fontenot is concerned with acquiring talent from PRO. As a scout, I’m sure he has a finger to check on college players. At the moment, I do not have the information to say that he has had such a great influence in this regard.