Jacksonville Jaguars head coaching candidate: O.C. Arthur Smith
Should the Jaguars pursue Titans O.C. Arthur Smith for head coaching job?
The Jaguars coaching staff needs a complete overhaul, especially on the offense. The front office needs to find someone creative who can highlight the strengths of the offense. The playcalling has been too dry and conservative for too long.
Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith has done a great job of accentuating the Titans run game with Derrick Henry and creating a successful offensive system to help resurrect Ryan Tannehill‘s career.
The Jaguars desperately need the same makeover and Arthur Smith could be the guy to get the job done. Obviously, not all coordinators are destined to become successful head coaches but the Jaguars really don’t have much to lose at this point.
It’s obvious at this point that the Jaguars’ offense needs to go through running back James Robinson. He may not be as much of a beast as Henry is but Robinson is becoming a monster of his own and is currently ranked third among running backs in rushing yards.
Change to Jaguars offensive plan
Whether the Jaguars stick with Gardner Minshew next year or draft a quarterback early, as they are expected to do, the entire passing game needs a rejuvenation. According to teamrankings.com, the Jaguars run the highest percentage of passing plays in the league at 65.69%. Smith’s Tennesee team ranks 29th in passing play percentage at 50.60%. Some of the NFL’s top offenses are running a very balanced run-to-passing play ratio, which is a plan the Jaguars need to look to adopt.
Smith has played a huge part in revamping the Tennessee Titans since he joined the team in 2011 and has been promoted a handful of times under four different head coaches, which speaks volumes. Smith is a leading candidate for a head coaching position in 2021 so the Jaguars would need to pounce on him quickly when the season comes to an end.