Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith appears to be well on his way to becoming the Atlanta Falcons head coach.
Smith has been offered the job after two interviews with the Falcons, according to multiple reports.
Smith has spent a decade in the Titans organization, slowly rising up the ranks from a quality control coach on both sides of the ball (offense in 2011 and defense in 2012) until he was named tight ends coach by then-interim coach Mike Mularkey in 2015).
When Matt LaFleur departed the Titans as offensive coordinator after the 2018 season to become the Green Bay Packers head coach, Smith was promoted to offensive coordinator.
It was a rough start for Smith over the first six weeks into that role, but the Titans offense blossomed when the switch was made to Ryan Tannehill at quarterback and the focus of the offense was based around running back Derrick Henry.
Over the past two seasons under Smith’s guidance, the Titans offense has become one of the most prolific in the NFL. Henry has won back-to-back rushing titles, including becoming just the eighth man in NFL history to run for 2,000 yards in a season.
Tannehill has resurrected his career on Smith’s watch, becoming one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL with 55 touchdown passes and just 13 interceptions, while throwing for more than 6,700 yards.
The ascent of the Titans offense under Smith has led to the development of wide receiver A.J. Brown as a budding star with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and career years from receiver Corey Davis and role players like tight end Anthony Firkser.
Smith would be taking a talented offense over in Atlanta, but one that has underachieved over the past few seasons. Matt Ryan has struggled at times since the Falcons’ Super Bowl meltdown four years ago. Atlanta also has star receivers in Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, plus running back Todd Gurley as part of its offensive arsenal.
It will also be interesting to see who Smith decides on as his defensive coordinator, especially given the Falcons struggles there in recent years.