Arthur Smith’s success with the Atlanta Falcons hinges on one thing
The Atlanta Falcons made it official Friday evening with the hiring of Arthur Smith as the next head coach of the franchise.
The Falcons fired Dan Quinn following an 0-5 start and it became apparent just a few games into the experiment that interim head coach Raheem Morris wasn’t going to be the answer. That left the franchise having to look outside of its walls and begin to evaluate potential candidates who could bring them back to prominence.
Ultimately, the Atlanta Falcons zeroed-in on Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith as the next head coach. Smith helped both Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry reach levels that they never had under the leadership of other coaches and the Falcons are hoping that he can bring that same kind of development to this franchise.
We can talk about Smith’s offensive pedigree all day, but success will hinge on who he brings in to coach defense for the Atlanta Falcons
No matter what you think of this hire, the truth of the matter is that Smith has a great offensive mind and he knows what he is doing on that side of the ball. He has the ability to make Matt Ryan better. He has the ability to make that offense look more fluid.
That being said, the key to success won’t be him improving the offense. The key to success will be him finding talented coaches that he can place around himself to fill in the blanks for what he might be lacking defensively.
The key to success lies in who Smith brings in as his defensive coordinator. Who do the Falcons have at the defensive position coaching spots?
The game is changing and there is a shift on offense. You don’t have to have a top-rated defense to win a championship anymore. That’s exactly why Smith was the right call.
That being said, you still have to have enough defense to get the job done when it matters most and that’s exactly why he must make the right hires on that side of the ball to be successful.
It’s really as simple as that.