Report: Titans’ Arthur Smith leading Falcons search

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Arthur Smith is the front runner for the Atlanta Falcons head coaching position. The Falcons had two coaches in 2020.

Dan Quinn was fired by the team following an 0-5 record in October. He was replaced by Raheem Morris, who finished the season.

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Smith has been the Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator for the past two seasons. He replaced Matt LaFleur, who became the Green Bay Packers head coach.

“Several people around the league have believed #Titans OC Arthur Smith is the front-runner for the #Falcons job,” Fowler said in a tweet. “Panthers OC Joe Brady still in the mix and did well in his interview. But with Smith having a second ATL interview today (as NFL Network said), could become his to lose.”

Smith is a hot commodity in the coaching circles. In his first season as the Titans offensive coordinator, he turned around Ryan Tannehill’s career.

He helped Tannehill to receive a multi-year extension from the Titans. Then, this past season, he helped guide Derrick Henry to ready 2,000 rushing yards in a season.

Henry became just the eighth running back in NFL history to accomplish this feat.

Smith is known as a play-action passing coordinator, which would do wonders with the Falcons offense. The team already has a lot of weapons that he can work with if he is indeed the hire.

The Falcons also have to hire a GM so the team may hire that position first before making the head coaching position. Or with Smith a hot name in the coaching circles, the team may elect to hire him before then turning their attention on the GM role.

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