MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 27: Derrick Henry #22 of the Tennessee Titans celebrates with offensive coordinator Arthur Smith at the end of the game agains the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Titans defeated the Vikings 31-30.
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The New York Jets have completed a second interview with Arthur Smith, while Robert Saleh plans to meet with the Chargers.

Robby Sabo

Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith arrived Wednesday night. He now leaves Thursday after the New York Jets announced the completion of his second interview.

Smith, 38, initially interviewed with the team virtually this past Monday. Just two days later, he found himself in the area for dinner with the Jets brass, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Smith remains in high demand. Nearly every team with an opening has shown at least some interest in Smith. This past season, his Titans finished third in total offense and second in rushing yards. Running back Derrick Henry came away with his second-consecutive rushing title.

The FedEx royalty (his dad, Frederick W. Smith, is the founder of FedEx) became the second man to meet with the Jets face-to-face. The first was San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

Saleh, 41, ranks right up there with Smith in the demand column. His Niners defense finished second in total defense a year ago and ranked fifth this past season, despite overwhelming injuries.

After having spent a night in the area. Saleh took off to meet with the Philadelphia Eagles for a first interview. On Thursday, he’s slated to meet with the Los Angeles Chargers about their opening, per Rapoport.

Now 11 days into the process (Week 17 was Jan. 3), not one of the teams with openings has named a head coach. At this point a year ago, four of the five openings had already been filled (Week 17 was Dec. 29 in 2019).

The pandemic is playing a curiously under-the-radar role in the team’s head-coaching searches this time around. It makes sense. How could any general manager feel comfortable in somebody having met him through Zoom only?

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Consider the first in-person interview the first real meeting. This means Smith and Saleh are simply making the rounds as regularly-scheduled.


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