The Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday hired former New Orleans Saints vice president/assistant general manager of pro personnel Terry Fontenot as their new general manager.Fontenot, 40, becomes the Falcons’ first Black general manager and replaces Thomas Dimitroff, who was fired along with head coach Dan Quinn in October after the Falcons posted an 0-5 start. Last week, Atlanta hired former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith to replace Quinn. Dimitroff had been the Falcons’ GM since 2008.”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,” Falcons owner and chairman Arthur M. Blank said in a statement. “We feel very strongly that we’ve found that individual in Terry Fontenot. 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.”Fontenot spent 18 years with the Saints, where he began his career as a marketing intern before moving into the scouting department. He held his most recent position for the past year.”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,” added Blank.