Fans are split on Arthur Smith’s hiring, and for the most part — nobody here (myself included) is qualified to make that decision anyways. Just because you watched a few LSU or Chiefs game doesn’t mean you know a guy will be a good Head Coach. Smith wasn’t my first choice, but he offers a lot to the Falcons if he accepts the deal he was made today.
Under Arthur Smith, the Titans offense ranked:
* 2nd in Success Rate
* 2nd in Dropback Success Rate
* 2nd in Rush Success Rate
* 2nd in Rush EPA/play
* 3rd in Dropback EPA/play
* 4th in EPA/play pic.twitter.com/TT5E7D1b6I
— Matt Karoly (@mattkaroly) January 15, 2021
As we wait to see if Arthur Smith officially takes the job in Atlanta, among all OCs in the last 20 seasons, Arthur Smith offenses ranked 1st in red zone efficiency, 2nd in yards per play, and 4th in scoring.
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) January 15, 2021
Derrick Henry before Arthur Smith (2016 – 2018):
Most yards in a season: 1059
Henry under Smith (2019-2020):
Most yards in a season: 2027
Maybe, just maybe, Arthur Smith was part of his success? https://t.co/y92QvZHct2
— Falconihilist DW (@FalcoholicDW) January 15, 2021
There’s no doubt that Derrick Henry is a unique weapon, but I’m far more impressed with what Smith has done with Ryan Tannehill.
Ryan Tannehill has solidified himself as a top-tier QB since taking over for the Titans ⬇
NFL ranks among QBs over past 2 seasons:
‣ 113.3 QB rating (1st)
‣ 8.69 yds/att (1st)
‣ 69.3 cmp% (5th)
‣ 18 wins (6th)
‣ 53 TD passes (7th)
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) December 22, 2020
I’ll be going in-depth on Smith’s scheme and what he likes to do on offense, but the statistics he’s produced and the success that the Titans have had offensively is very encouraging. Disregard all of the other stuff, the best Red Zone offense in the past two decades already has me excited. If you missed my last Mock Draft, Smith could grab his running back of the future while bolstering both trenches.
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