The NY Jets have completed their second interview with Arthur Smith.
The NY Jets‘ coaching search continues on and as the days pass by, we seem to have a clearer picture of who the finalists for the position are. One of those finalists appears to be Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith.
Smith is one of just two candidates to have met with the Jets twice, once over Zoom and once in person. That in-person interview took place Wednesday night into Thursday and has officially been completed.
The Jets announced earlier in the day that they had finished their second interview with Smith, one of the hottest names on the coaching market this offseason.
In fact, Smith is one of just two candidates — along with San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh — to have either interviewed or been requested for an interview by all seven teams searching for a new head coach.
And it’s easy to see why Smith has garnered so much interest.
The 38-year-old is considered one of the brightest young minds in football today having coached with the Titans since the 2011 season. Only then, he was coaching the defensive side of the ball as the team’s defensive quality control coach.
Eventually, he transitioned to offense where he worked his way up all the way to the role of offensive coordinator in 2019. And that’s when his career truly started to take off.
Smith helped revitalize the career of Ryan Tannehill and turned Derrick Henry into the best running back in football. He transformed a middling Titans offense into one of the more high-powered units in the league.
Smith is a hot commodity for a reason, but how likely is he to land the Jets’ job?
What’s next for the NY Jets after interviewing Arthur Smith?
The Atlanta Falcons have been heavily connected to Smith in recent days and many still believe he’s the favorite for the job. That said, the Jets are still high on him as well with perhaps only Saleh ahead of him on their coaching wishlist — at least based on external reports.
Saleh and Smith have both been brought in for in-person interviews. The Jets could theoretically do the same with the likes of Marvin Lewis, Joe Brady, and Matt Eberflus with all three not participating in the postseason.
However, for the other four candidates under consideration — Eric Bieniemy, Brian Daboll, Brandon Staley, and Aaron Glenn — they’ll have to wait until their teams are eliminated or the postseason comes to an end.
On the contrary, the Jets could make a decision based on the two in-person interviews they’ve had already by hiring either Saleh or Smith. Both candidates have plenty of interviews lined up over the next few days, however, so it’s likely a decision isn’t made until at least the end of the weekend.
But for now, Smith has concluded his second interview with the organization. Two down, an unknown number of additional interviews to go.