Arthur Smith reaches deal to become Atlanta Falcons' new head coach

16 Janvier, 2021, 06:36 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith to become the team's head coach.

Having moved on from Quinn, who was recently hired as Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator, the Falcons are making a move to an offensive-minded head coach.

Smith, 38, has spent the last decade with the Titans and has been the Titans' offensive coordinator for the last two seasons, helping revive quarterback Ryan Tannehill's career (he was the NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2019) and featuring running back Derrick Henry, who has developed into one of the most productive - and feared - backs in the league. Having also previously interviewed with the Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Chargers and New York Jets, Smith also had an interview with the Philadelphia Eagles on the books, but obviously that's not happening now. Tennessee finished the regular season averaging 396.4 total yards per game, good for third in the NFL.

The Titans went 11-5 to win the AFC South but were eliminated from the playoffs Sunday with a 20-13 loss to Baltimore.

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Smith would replace Dan Quinn, who was sacked earlier this campaign after an 0-5 start, and Raheem Morris, who filled in for Quinn on an interim basis. It was Tennessee's fewest points of the season.

Other offensive coordinators to interview with the Falcons were Green Bay's Nathaniel Hackett, Carolina's Joe Brady and Kansas City's Eric Bieniemy.

Morris went 4-7 as the interim coach.

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