Arthur Smith signs as Falcons coach By Reuters

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Arthur Smith officially signed his contract Saturday to become the Atlanta Falcons’ next head coach. “We are delighted to welcome Arthur to Atlanta and introduce him to our city and the fans as the new head coach of the Falcons,” said team owner and president Arthur Blank in a team statement. “Throughout our research and interview process, Arthur stood out from a very deep and talented pool of candidates with an outstanding plan for our organization to return to the level of competition that our fans deserve and expect.” The team did not announce the length of the contract or the financial terms. He replaces Dan Quinn, who was fired on October 11 after an 0-5 start. Smith, 38, spent 10 seasons on the Tennessee Titans coaching staff, the last two as offensive coordinator. He made the rounds on the interview circuit this month and was asked to participate in the seven NFL head coach vacancies. “The Falcons organization stood out to us in this process primarily because of the leadership and support from the top in Arthur Blank,” Smith said. “Their core actions and values ​​provide a great blueprint for how to operate for so many, and align with how I plan to move forward to achieve the levels of competition that passionate Atlanta fans deserve. All of that will start with the culture that we as a team create and prosper. ” Blank said Smith was a perfect fit for the organization. “He has all the makings of a strong leader and while his accomplishments have been primarily on the offensive side of the ball, he has provided a plan that is integral to all three phases of the game,” Blank said. “With Arthur, I am very confident that our process and approach has led to a dynamic leader for our team and I believe our players, staff, fans and community will be as well.” In Tennessee, Smith was credited with reviving the career of quarterback Ryan Tannehill and developing an offense around running back Derrick Henry, who rushed for 2,027 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2020. The Titans finished fourth in the NFL in scoring with 30.7. points per game and won the AFC South. They were eliminated from the playoffs in the wild card round by the Baltimore Ravens, 20-13. –Field level media

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