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Steelers reportedly set to hire Arthur Smith as offensive coordinator

The Pittsburgh Steelers are wasting no time in choosing their next offensive coordinator for the 2024 season. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Steelers are expected to hire former Atlanta Falcons head coach and Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith.

Smith interviewed for the position with the Steelers on Sunday. While some Steelers fans and members of the Pittsburgh media were hoping the Steelers would look at one of several candidates who are still coaching for their respective teams in the Super Bowl on February 11, the Steelers have reportedly made their decision and are ready to move forward for the 2024 season.

Although Smith struggled as the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, his resume as an offensive coordinator tells a different story. Smith got his start with the Tennessee Titans as a quality control coach under Mike Munchak, but was eventually promoted to assistant offensive line and assistant tight ends coach in 2013.

After Munchak was fired in 2013, Smith remained with the Titans for tenures with Ken Whisenhunt, Mike Mularkey and even Mike Vrabel as the tight ends coach. Under Vrabel in 2019 was when Smith did his best job as a play caller replacing Matt LaFleur, who left for his head coaching job with the Green Bay Packers. In that season Smith’s offense was the highest-scoring Titans team in 16 years, with Derrick Henry, Ryan Tannehill, and Jonnu Smith having career years. Smith was praised for his play-calling in the Titans’ 28-12 win over the top-seeded Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Round. He was hired to be the Falcons head coach in 2021 but finished with three straight 7-10 seasons in a less-than-stellar NFC South division.

Stay tuned to Steel Curtain Network’s coverage of the Pittsburgh Steelers 2024 offseason.

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