Arthur Smith is the new head coach of the Falcons. He’s the first offensively-inclined head coach in a long time, and he’ll be tasked with getting the Falcons back to being one of the league’s most effective offenses.
Smith was hired because of the work he did with Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry, as both took off while he was the offensive coordinator with the Titans. His offenses the past two years were noteworthy for their efficiency—especially in the passing game—and red zone performance. Smith and company also get credit for overcoming the loss of Taylor Lewan and still putting together a terrific offense, which makes me hope he’ll take some of his Tennessee staff with him. The reason the Lions and Eagles were so into the thought of hiring Smith, particularly the Lions, appears to be because of that impressive work with the offense and the rave reviews of those he’s worked with.
What’s not to like? Chiefly the unknowns. Smith has just two years as a coordinator, has spent his entire NFL career outside of two years in Washington as part of the Titans organization, and probably was helped in getting his first job by the fact that he is the son of the founder of FedEx and Washington plays on...FedEx Field. He’s been widely praised by former players and coaches as he exits Tennessee, but as a first time head coach with an entirely new set of personnel and a staff to build, any hyper-confident predictions about his immediate future are difficult to make.
With all that said, how do you feel about the hire?
Do you approve of the hiring of Arthur Smith as Falcons head coach?
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Yes, I love it
Yeah, but I need to see how it works out
No, but I’ll hope for the best
No, I hate it