The Titans have promoted a familiar face to the role of offensive coordinator.
Arthur Smith has been with the team for 8 years, most recently as tight ends coach, according to Titansonline.com.
“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.”
Smith replaces Matt LaFleur, who left to take the head coaching job with the Packers.
Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan approves of the hire.
I remember my first couple of years chasing you down in pursuit drills and literally trying to put you in the hospital. There isn’t one person more deserving of being our OC congratulations Coach! Can’t wait for you to lead us to a Super Bowl pic.twitter.com/V4a4yzypZy— Taylor Lewan (@TaylorLewan77) January 21, 2019
Smith is the son of FedEx founder Fred Smith, according to GoTarheels.com.
While he was raised in Memphis, Smith graduated from North Carolina and played offensive line before joining the coaching staff there as a graduate assistant.
Over the last 8 years, Smith has worked under four different head coaches, including Munchak, Whisenhunt, Mularkey and Vrabel.
He started with the Titans as a defensive assistant/quality control coach in 2011. He was an offensive line/tight end assistant starting in 2013 and was promoted to tight ends coach in 2015.
Before joining the Titans, Smith was a defensive intern at the University of Mississippi and a defensive assistant/quality control coach with the Washington Redskins.