Dec 20, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) talks with Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Falcons offer HC job to Arthur Smith

Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith received a formal offer to become head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, according to multiple reports Friday.

Smith was a coveted candidate in the coaching cycle that began churning in early January. He received requests to interview for all seven vacancies, ESPN reported.

The Titans finished fourth in the NFL in scoring at 30.7 points per game and won the AFC South.

Smith has received praise for his work as offensive coordinator since he was promoted from tight ends coach two years ago. Current Titans head coach Mike Vrabel gives Smith credit for turning Ryan Tannehill’s career fortunes around last season, and the Titans just produced a 2,000-yard rusher in Derrick Henry.

The Falcons parted with Dan Quinn during the 2020 season and promoted Raheem Morris to interim head coach.

Myriad issues face the new braintrust of the Falcons, which will include a new general manager. Interviews for both positions took place unilaterally since the season ended.

Atlanta is squeezed against the salary cap by massive contracts for quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones. Owner Arthur Blank said he would not block an attempt by the new regime to trade one or both players in a rebuilding effort.

The Titans reportedly have been anticipating Smith’s departure by reaching out to prominent college offensive coordinators in recent days.

Smith has worked with the Titans in multiple capacities since 2011 under coaches Mike Munchak, Ken Whisenhunt, Mike Mularkey and Vrabel.

Smith worked closely with current Packers head coach Matt LaFleur with the Titans and during his initial NFL job, Smith was quality control coach of the Washington Football Team. Joe Gibbs was the head coach of the team in 2007, and Jim Zorn took over in 2008.

Smith, 38, attended the University of North Carolina to play basketball but his career was shortened because of a foot injury. He played offensive line in high school.

–Field Level Media

Sep 3, 2020; Lake Forest, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack (52) stretches during training camp at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Bears pass rushers Quinn, Mack might miss opener

Chicago Bears defensive ends Robert Quinn and Khalil Mack are on shaky footing to play in the season opener at Detroit on Sunday.

Quinn missed practiced Friday and hasn’t been on the field this week due to an ankle injury and was listed as doubtful on Friday.

Mack, hobbled by a knee injury, practiced Friday for the first time this week. He is questionable for Week 1.

The Bears also listed running back David Montgomery as questionable. Montgomery said Thursday he wouldn’t rush back from a groin strain and risk fighting the issue all season. He practiced Thursday and Friday.

Tarik Cohen has taken the majority of first-team reps the past two weeks at running back.

Quinn signed as an unrestricted free agent in March. His five-year, $70 million deal includes $30 million guaranteed.

–Field Level Media