Tennessee Titans OC Arthur Smith interviewed for the Jaguars HC opening promptly after his season-ending wildcard round against the Ravens, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Titans OC Arthur Smith interviewed Sunday night with the Jaguars for their HC job, per source.
Smith is scheduled to interview today for HC jobs with the Jets, Falcons and Chargers, then the Lions on Tuesday.
Jets also interviewing Saints’ DB coach Aaron Glenn today for HC job.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 11, 2021
Since then, teams in the market for a head coach have been tripping over themselves to talk with Smith. As of today, he has interviewed with the Jaguars, Falcons, Jets, Chargers, and Eagles, and is set to meet with the Lions on Friday.
Upon hearing the news about Smith’s hasty first meeting with the Jaguars, social media has been abuzz with confusion and criticism from fans as the OC continues his aggressive search for an HC job. Many have even accused the Titans play-caller of putting game-prep on the back burner to prepare for his post-playoff game meeting, citing it as the real reason for his poor performance on Sunday.
Probably why he called such crap plays yesterday. He was more worried about the interview than the game. That’s why they shouldn’t be allowed to set up interviews until their season is officially over.
— Lisa Stinson (@LisaStinson1979) January 11, 2021
Interviewing with the jags hours after a lousy gameplan in the biggest game of the year is mad sketch. I’d like him to stay, the offense was great but i won’t be torn up if he leaves after acting like a snake
— Nick Vigliotti (@VIGGY_SPARQZ) January 13, 2021
Arthur Smith has Dreams to Chase that are Larger than Being the Titans OC
In all reality, however, Arthur Smith is warranted to talk to whoever he wants, whenever he chooses to. When opportunity knocks on the door in the NFL, you answer it.
If Smith were to put off talks with the Jags, then someone else theoretically could have taken his slot and possibly have gotten a leg up over him. While Urban Meyer ended up with the Jags HC job in the end, Smith was right to begin exploring every last door that was being opened for him.
Imagine being offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interview for your highly-competitive dream job. Would it cross your mind to delay it because you have a performance review coming up the following week? Or would you make sure to be as available and eager as possible in order to impress your potential new employer? Choosing the latter is how dreams are achieved, period.
The conspiracies out there about Smith throwing away Super Wild Card Weekend for the Titans in order to focus on his interview are also unfair. If you were set to interview for your dream job, wouldn’t you want the most recent item on your resume to be as impressive as possible? It would not have been logical for Smith to disregard the Titans’ playoff matchup against the Ravens, as it was set to be at the very top of his resume at the time of his first interview with the Jags.
Both the game and the Jags interview were very important to Arthur Smith’s professional pursuits, so there would be no way that he would have neglected either of them. The vast majority of NFL coordinators have one dream and one dream only: to become a head coach. At the end of the day, the NFL is a business, and Smith made a business decision. While it is important to be loyal, teams, coaches, and players alike have to look out for themselves, their own best interests, and their dreams.
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