Beginning Jan. 4, clubs could begin conducting in-person interviews for head coach and general manager positions with candidates who are not current NFL team employees or whose club is not participating in the postseason.
Virtual interviews for head-coach positions could begin with coaches whose clubs had a bye in the first week of the playoffs, and were allowed to continue through the conclusion of wild-card games Jan. 10.
Name: Arthur Smith
Current role: Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator
Background: Played guard in college at North Carolina. Worked his way up with the Titans from quality-control assistant in 2011 to offensive coordinator in 2019. His father is FedEx founder Fred Smith.
When interviewed: Monday, Jan. 11 (confirmed by team). Wednesday, Jan. 13 (reported by NFL Media).
Why he makes sense: He runs the same type of power offense that the Falcons ran under former coach Mike Smith and offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey. You won’t see any jet sweeps on third-and-1. The Falcons will have to find him a power running back in the mode of Michael “The Burner” Turner and Derrick Henry.
Why he doesn’t make sense: He’s never been a head coach.
Falcons’ 2021 draft position
1. Jacksonville Jaguars
2. New York Jets
3. Miami Dolphins (via Houston)
5. Cincinnati Bengals
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