Tuesday was not the first time media spoke with Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith, but it was the first time in his new role.
On Jan. 21, he was elevated from tight ends coach to run the offense. Based on his eight years with the Titans organization, it’s clear he is a hard worker, but there’s something else that speaks to his work ethic.
His dad is the founder and CEO of FedEx, Fred Smith.
The new offensive coordinator could’ve just gone into the family business and had an easy and profitable life. Instead, Smith took jobs in minor roles with the Titans organization and worked his way up the blue-collar way
“You have goals for yourself when you get in this profession. You hope to have a chance to do this. This is a place you want to be, with the players you’ve been around, that you really want to coach,” said Arthur Smith. “It’s an unbelievable opportunity. I understand that this thing is not an earned right or whatever, these things can be fleeting. Like I said, I just kind of kept my head down, or fell my way to the top, however you want to put it. But in all seriousness, I’ve just been lucky. and here I am.”
Smith has been with the Titans for eight years and worked under a lot of systems. This year though, he’s emphasizing continuity, meaning not a lot will change from last year’s offense to this year’s.