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Steelers hire Arthur Smith as offensive coordinator

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Pittsburgh Steelers have hired Arthur Smith as their new offensive coordinator. He was previously the Atlanta Falcons head coach for three seasons.

Smith replaces Matt Canada, who was fired as offensive coordinator during the season. Once Canada was fired, the Steelers asked two men to fill his role.

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This was a crucial hire for the Steelers. Mike Tomlin, who has never had a losing season with the team, was criticized for the team’s lack of offensive production.

Smith gets to learn from Tomlin for at least one year. And it prepares Smith for another opportunity when it comes along down the road.

The 41-year-old coach is taking over an offensive attack that was 28th-worst in the entire league. He will also have to figure out the quarterback position.

Kenny Pickett was the starter. Then, Mitchell Trubisky and Mason Rudolph also started games.

The Steelers averaged 17.9 points per game. After Canada was fired, the team only had two games, where they scored more than 20 points in a game.

They had 34 points against the Cincinnati Bengals. Then, they also had 30 points against the Seattle Seahawks.

After the 30 points against the Seahawks, the team had 34 points in their final two games. They had 17 points in a win against the Baltimore Ravens.

Then, in the playoffs, the Buffalo Bills defeated the Steelers 31-17.

While the Steelers averaged nearly 18 points, Smith’s offense faired a little better. His Falcons offense averaged 18.9 points per game last season.

Smith’s Falcons offense was 26th best in the league.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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