Mike Vrabel thinks Arthur Smith is best choice for Marcus Mariota

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New Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith wasn’t a household name, and there’s no evidence he knows Sean McVay.

But Titans coach Mike Vrabel thinks he’s a good fit for what they need, offering something approaching stability for quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Mariota is now on his fifth coordinator in as many years, but Smith was at least on staff (tight ends coach) so there’s familiarity there.

I think it’s what’s best for Marcus, and best for a lot of guys,” Vrabel said, via Jim Wyatt of the team’s official website. “We make decisions that are for the best interest of the Titans, and Marcus is a huge part and so are all of our other players.

“This is the best thing for us, to continue down that path. We’re happy, I’m happy, and I am excited to give Arthur this opportunity and I know the coaches and players are excited as well.”

Replacing new Packers coach Matt LaFleur is a big step for Smith, but Vrabel said he was comfortable with the choice after talking to a small group of options.

“Ultimately it was easy, at the end,” he said. “We try and do our due diligence with everything we do. … We felt like in the end this was the best thing for us, and the right thing.”

If things are largely the same, Mariota can focus his energies on physical recovery this offseason, and not worried about learning a whole new playbook.

7 responses to “Mike Vrabel thinks Arthur Smith is best choice for Marcus Mariota

  1. I am so excited to see more runs on first down! I love 3rd-and-10! I am looking forward to another Pro Bowl season for Brett Kern!

  2. Changing coordinators every season can really cause problems for all the players especially a young QB. Sign an OC for several seasons and make them stay for the length of their contract.

  3. JPOH33 says:
    January 23, 2019 at 10:45 am
    Changing coordinators every season can really cause problems for all the players especially a young QB. Sign an OC for several seasons and make them stay for the length of their contract.
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    teams cannot stop a coach from going to another team for a promotion

  4. If a coordinator is good enough, they’ll get a better job and move on. If he’s bad enough, he’ll get canned and move on. It’s getting harder and harder to have consistency for any team, really. Everybody wants their young hotshot.

  5. Maroita is at best an average/middle of the road QB, I don’t care who’s coaching him!

    And now the bad news, you have to make due because he’s the best thing out there, it isn’t looking good for teams that are “in-need” of a QB for a couple of years! Or for the NFL as a whole when it comes to QBs.

  6. crazy thing is that i remember reading so many articles where the jameis and mariota picks were supposed to be so much better than the goff and wentz picks. how’d that work out?

  7. matt lefleur leaving for GB was bad news for mariota specifically and the titans organization in general. the good news is the fact that GB was willing to upjump lefleur showed his value and that the titans are moving in the right direction with respect to their offensive scheme. the art smith hire was an attempt to stay on that page so that is a good thing in terms of continuity. the bad news is that smith is stepping into bigger shoes than he has ever filled. sometimes that works and sometimes it doesnt.

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