The Tennessee Titans announced Monday that they have promoted tight ends coach Arthur Smith to offensive coordinator.
Smith, who has been with the Titans organization since 2011, replaces Matt LaFluer, who departed two weeks ago to become the new head coach of the Green Bay Packers.
While Smith has never been a play-caller in his coaching career, he has worked his way up through the coaching ranks with the club since coming over from the Washington Redskins after the 2010 season. He has survived the firings of head coaches Mike Munchak, Ken Whisenhunt and Mike Mularkey by the Titans to be retained by the organization.
“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. We spent a good bit of time last week talking about this opportunity. He has a great deal of familiarity with our players and the continuity of the offense will allow our players to continue to develop and improve.”
Smith initially worked as the defensive quality control coach on Munchak’s first staff, but moved to the offensive side of the ball in 2012 in the same quality control capacity before assisting on the offensive line in 2013 and with tight ends in 2014-15.