The Titans have found their offensive coordinator, and he’s a familiar face – successful assistant coach Arthur Smith.
Smith has been promoted after wrapping up his eighth season on the Titans coaching staff, and his third full season in charge of tight ends after taking over the group for the final nine games of the 2015 season.
Smith’s position group has been productive, led by veteran tight end Delanie Walker. He’s also helped develop young players, including tight end Jonnu Smith. “I am excited for Arthur and for our team to be able to elevate a deserving coach,” said Titans head coach Mike Vrabel. “I was impressed throughout the season in gameplan meetings with his ideas, in-game with his understanding of situations and the ability to get the most out of his position group. We spent a good bit of time last week talking about this opportunity. He has a great deal of familiarity with our players and the continuity of the offense will allow our players to continue to develop and improve.”
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The change at offensive coordinator will give quarterback Marcus Mariota his fifth play-caller heading into his fifth NFL season.
“Art has been steady support since I’ve gotten into the league,” Mariota said. “It’s been a true blessing to have gotten to know him and I’m excited to work with him. His ability to consistently get our guys prepared week in and week out has been impressive. I’m looking forward to working with him in his new role.”
During his time in Tennessee, Smith has worked under four different head coaches – a testament to his reputation and success. Smith began under head coach Mike Munchak, and he was also hired by Ken Whisenhunt before Mike Mularkey promoted him when he took over. Smith replaces Matt LaFleur as offensive coordinator under Vrabel. LaFleur left to take over as head coach of the Green Bay Packers earlier this month.
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