I’ll be honest, I was a little bit disappointed when no deal was struck for Saleh yesterday. My logical mind said that this is a process and you don’t hire the first person you meet. It said there are plenty of good candidates available and the dominoes haven’t started to fall yet. It said that we need to trust the process. My Jets head said it was another exciting candidate we had in the building, and we failed to close the deal.
However, the process is moving on.
Quickly after Robert Saleh heading to Florida to meet with the Eagles top brass, Arthur Smith was being flown in to have dinner with the Jets brass on Wednesday night.
If the Jets really are going to let this process play out, I expect there to be other candidates flown in. Although that could prove difficult with a few of the better candidates still in the playoffs with their respective teams. Coaches like Brandon Staley (still my favourite candidate), Brian Daboll, Eric Bienemy and Aaron Glenn.
Arthur Smith has been offensive coordinator for the Titans for two years and in 2019 he oversaw the highest-scoring Titans team in 16 years. He has overseen the improvement made in Ryan Tannehill and the Titans have been to the playoffs in both years he was running the offense.
He is a coordinator who’s worked his way up, having been with the Titans since 2011 in a number of different roles, although his specialism is tight-ends, and that can be seen with the numbers that Jonnu Smith has put under Smith.
The Titans offense averaged 385 yards a game under Smith last year, with running back Henry racking up over 2000 yards. Henry's prominence opened up the field of Tannehill who has enjoyed a renaissance under Smith's tutelage.