Despite a lackluster ending to the 2020 season by the Tennessee Titans offense with Sunday’s 20-13 playoff loss to Baltimore, offensive coordinator Arthur Smith is already in the interview process for the six head coaching vacancies in the NFL.
The New York Jets sent out on Twitter that they had completed an interview with Smith this morning, just hours after Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Smith interviewed with the Titans AFC South rival, the Jacksonville Jaguars, on Sunday night.
Per Schefter, Smith will also interview with the Los Angeles Chargers and Atlanta Falcons on Monday with an interview set with the Detroit Lions on Tuesday.
Titans OC Arthur Smith interviewed Sunday night with the Jaguars for their HC job, per source.Smith is scheduled to interview today for HC jobs with the Jets, Falcons and Chargers, then the Lions on Tuesday.Jets also interviewing Saints’ DB coach Aaron Glenn today for HC job.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 11, 2021
The Houston Texans, another Titans division rival, also have requested permission to speak with Smith about their coaching vacancy.
Smith helped transform the Titans offense the past two seasons, behind the rushing of Derrick Henry and the play of quarterback Ryan Tannehill.Henry has won back-to-back rushing titles under Smith's tutelage, including a 2,000-yard rushing season this year. Tannehill has resurrected his career since being acquired by the Titans from the Miami Dolphins.
If Smith lands one of the six head coaching vacancies, he will come into the situation better than most first-year head coaches. That’s because four of the six teams – the Texans (Deshaun Watson), Lions (Matthew Stafford), Chargers (Justin Herbert) and Falcons (Matt Ryan) - have franchise quarterbacks on the roster already.
The Jaguars and Jets own the top two picks in the 2021 NFL Draft and are likely to use them on quarterback prospects.