By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The team began the season with Dan Quinn, who led the team for five games before being fired. Then, Raheem Morris finished out the rest of the season.
Before becoming the Falcons head coach, he was the Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator for the past two seasons. As we previously reported, he was the front-runner for the job.
“The Falcons organization stood out to us in this process primarily due to the leadership and support from the top in Arthur Blank,” Smith said in a statement. “His actions and core values provide a great model on how to operate for so many and align with how I plan to move forward in reaching the levels of competition the passionate Atlanta fans so richly deserve. That will all start with the culture we as a team create and thrive in. I’m excited to get started on this new journey and cannot wait to see what the future holds for our city and its fans.”
This will be the first head coaching opportunity for the 38-year-old. He also had two interviews with the New York Jets before the team hired Robert Saleh to lead the team.
Smith had been with the Titans for a decade. Over this time, he has served six different positions with the team.
Before coming to the Titans, he worked for the North Carolina Tar Heels, Washington Redskins, and the Ole Miss Rebels.
“Throughout our research and interview process, Arthur stood out amongst a very deep and very talented candidate pool with an outstanding plan for our organization to return to the level of competition our fans deserve and expect,” Blank, the Falcons’ owner and chairman, said in a statement. “He has all the characteristics of a strong leader and while his achievements have primarily come on the offensive side of the ball, he has provided a plan that is comprehensive within all three phases of the game.”
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