• Brian L. Barefield

Say My Name One NFL assistant's name has been mentioned by all the teams needing a head coach.

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Now that the 2020 NFL regular season has concluded, it is time for teams that currently have head coaching positions available to start looking towards their next leader who will give them the best chance to make it to the postseason and compete for a Super Bowl trophy.

Each team that is in search of a head coach brings its own unique situation to the table. Take the Houston Texans for example. They don’t have a draft pick in the first two rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft and currently don’t have a lot of cap space to bring in a ton of free agent help that could benefit them on both sides of the ball. Yet, they have one of the major pieces you need to build a team around and that is superstar quarterback Deshaun Watson who led the league in passing yards this past season.

On the flip side of that, you have a team within the same division as the Texans in the Jacksonville Jaguars who have a ton of cap space, multiple picks in the first two rounds, but will more than likely draft a great college quarterback who will have to get acclimated to playing for a franchise that hasn’t had much success throughout the years.

Add the Los Angeles Chargers, New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, and the Detroit Lions to the mix and you have a plethora of job openings that will intrigue any former head coach or coordinator. But there is one assistant out there that will have an opportunity to see what each of those teams have to offer once his time is done coaching in the playoffs.

Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith’s name has popped up on the radar ahead of some the hotter names out there such as Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy, Bills OC Brian Daboll, and 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh. Smith help orchestrate the 2020 AFC South Champions offense to an average of 396.4 yards per game led by MVP candidate Derrick Henry who finished the regular season with over 2,000 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns.

If naysayers need any more proof of what Smith is capable of, they can also look at what he did with quarterback Ryan Tannehill this season as the full-time starter for Tennessee. After playing in all 16 games for the first time since 2015 with the Miami Dolphins, the 2019 NFL Comeback Player of the Year put up fantastic numbers throwing for 3,819 yards and 33 touchdowns in the regular season.

For now, Smith is more focused on how to pull off a repeat performance of last year’s defeat of the Baltimore Ravens as they prepare to face them on Sunday in the AFC Wild Card Game at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

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