NFC Notes: Falcons, Panthers, Saints



  • The Athletic’s Jeff Schultz confirms some reporting that a pairing of Saints assistant GM Terry Fontenot and Panthers OC Joe Brady is gaining steam in Atlanta as the potential next general manager/head coach pairing. However, the team is still conducting interviews and evaluating. 
  • The team is conducting a wave of second interviews with general manager candidates that would include Fontenot. (Jeff Duncan)


  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer says the Panthers could make multiple front-office hires, possibly hiring analytics-focused Browns exec Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and pairing him with a more scouting-oriented assistant GM like Chiefs director of player personnel Ryan Poles.
  • The Panthers were one of the two teams selected to coach the Senior Bowl this year along with the Dolphins. (Field Yates)
  • Panthers HC Matt Rhule was thrilled about the opportunity: “We’re thrilled to coach at the Senior Bowl. Every year, Jim Nagy and his staff put together the best showcase of college talent in the nation, and we’re really excited to lead and get to know a team of this year’s top draft prospects.” (David Newton)
  • Former Washington QB Dwayne Haskins left his visit with the Panthers without a deal, though he’s still potentially an option to sign in the future. (Jeremy Fowler)


After both teams won on Wildcard Weekend, the Saints and Buccaneers will spend the week preparing for Round Three of their matchups this year. The two previous games, both Saints wins, attracted a lot of attention for the matchup between Tom Brady and Drew Brees — two of the best quarterbacks to ever play. Brees said on Sunday a third game felt inevitable. 

“The minute he signed with the Bucs and came to the division, you felt like that was going to be a team to contend with (and) with playoff aspirations like ours,” Brees said via NFL Media’s Jeffri Chadiha. “So I guess it was inevitable.”

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