Atlanta Falcons: GM & coaching searches are coming to a close soon

The searches for a GM and head coach are seemingly coming to a close soon for the Atlanta Falcons

Don’t blink because you might miss it, Atlanta Falcons fans.

The Falcons came into their search to fill the open general manager and head coaching positions looking to slowly and carefully evaluate each candidate before making any decision.

A couple of weeks of virtual interviews, and the Falcons have reportedly zeroed in on their final targets.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported earlier this week that the Atlanta Falcons had identified their final three candidates for the GM position in Terry Fontenot, Rick Smith and Brad Holmes.

Though there was reported heavy interest in Smith, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Thursday morning that Fontenot was now considered the ‘favorite’ to win the job. No deal is expected to be finalized until the Saints’ playoff run comes to a close, but with a general manager candidate seemingly in place, it does begin to look like searches for both positions are coming to a close.

If Fontenot is ‘the guy,’ it would only make sense for the Atlanta Falcons to bring in a couple of candidates for head coach

As we just said, the Falcons can’t make a deal until after the Saints’ season has to a close.

If Fontenot does prove to be the guy, though, it would make a lot of sense to pair him with a young offensive mind with a little more upside.

Who are we talking about? Well, the two names that are becoming more and more prominent are current Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith and current Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady.

Smith completed a second virtual interview with the Falcons earlier this week, but there’s something about the Brady pairing that continues to intrigue fans.

With Fontenot’s experience dealing in the league, developing and analyzing professional talent, you could see a young guy like Brady getting the nod in spite of his lack of experience.

We won’t have any finalization until the Saints’ season comes to an end, but it’s apparent to see that the Falcons have locked in on their top candidates.