After the Jets and Jaguars hired the new head coach on Thursday, it looks like the Falcons may join him soon.
According to ESPN’s Diana Rasini, Atlanta has proposed Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith to be their next head coach.
Smith will replace Dan Quinn, who was fired after the team’s 0-5 start in October. Defensive coordinator Rahim Morris served as the Falcons’ interim head coach for the rest of the season and led the club to their only win in their 4–12 season.
The Lions and Eagles also aspired to Smith for their major coaching vacancies, but according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Smith’s trip to Detroit is now closed.
Smith, 38, first joined the Titans as a defensive quality control coach in 2011 and has served in multiple roles on his coaching staff. Under Smith, Tennessee finished fourth in the NFL in scoring during the 2020 regular season, averaging 30.7 points per game.
See the latest news and rumors around the NFL:
- The conditional reinstatement of Seattle wide receiver Josh Gordon has been canceled and will be suspended indefinitely. (Tom Pelissero, Nfl network)
- Ryan Stamper, assistant athletic director of player development at Ohio State, is scheduled to join Urban Meyer and the Jaguars. Stamper has been with Ohio State since the Mayor’s first season in Columbus in 2012. (Bill Rabinowitz, Dispatch)
- Former Texas and USF coach Charlie Strong will join the Urban Mayor’s Jaguar staff and will likely serve as Jacksonville’s LB coach. (Brett McMurphy, The stadium)
- Dan Campbell, the Saints assistant head coach and tight ends coach, has emerged as a favorite for the Lions head coach. (Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, Nfl network)
- Former Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn has spoken with Pete Carroll about the Seahawk’s offensive coordinator’s job. (Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport, Nfl network)
- The Lions will interview the Buccaneers DC Todd Bowles on Friday. Bowles has also spent time talking with the Falcons. (Ian Rapoport, Nfl network)
- The Jaguars on Thursday appointed former Florida and Ohio coach Urban Mayer as their next head coach. Mayer never coached in the NFL before joining Jacksonville. (Team announcement)
- The Jets hired 49ers DC Robert Saleh as their new head coach on Thursday, and will receive a five-year deal. (Team announcement)
- The Panthers on Thursday appointed Scott Fitter the new general manager of the franchise. Fitter had been with the Seahawks since 2001 and most recently was the team’s vice president of football operations. (Team announcement)