Smith went 21-30 in three seasons as coach with the Falcons, but before he landed in Atlanta, he spent a decade with the Tennessee Titans organization. He moved his way up the ranks, ultimately becoming the team’s offensive coordinator for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
The leading force behind that offense was running back Derrick Henry, who accounted for 470 yards during their three-game run in the playoffs. Henry, an eight-year veteran, is expected to test free agency this spring. With Smith in Pittsburgh, could Henry possibly have the Steelers as a landing spot to reunite with his former coach?
Although the Steelers already have Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren in the running back room, having Henry would be an immediate plus for the Steelers. Smith is known to like having multiple running backs in the fold. With the Falcons last year, he drafted Bijan Robinson with the No. 8 overall pick despite already having 1,000-yard rusher Tyler Allgeier and Cordarrelle Patterson already on the roster.
Henry will cost the Steelers some money that could go to other positions of need, but having a running back of his caliber has to be something Pittsburgh is thinking about going into free agency.