The Atlanta Falcons seem to be narrowing down their very broad list of coaching candidates as Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith was brought in for a second interview on Wednesday.
Robert Saleh, who also interviewed with the Falcons, completed his second interview on Wednesday as well, but this time with the New York Jets.
Smith is considered one of the front-runners for the Falcons job after the Titans finished third in total offense during the 2020 season. The Titans were second in rushing offense behind the Lamar Jackson and the Ravens, and fourth in scoring offense.
The Titans rise to third in total offense was up from 12th in 2019, Smith’s first season as offensive coordinator. Tennessee finished 25th in total offense in 2018 before Smith took over.
Smith was born in Memphis, Tenn. and attended the University of North Carolina. He has been in the Titans organization since 201 when he was hired as a defensive quality control coach. Smith was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2019.
The two previous hires from the Arthur Blank ownership era were defensive coaches with Mike Smith and Dan Quinn both having been defensive coordinators before taking the head job in Atlanta.
It seems inevitable that the Falcons go a different direction in 2021 and choose someone from the offensive side of the ball.
The Falcons also appear to have narrowed their list of general manager candidates.