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Arthur Smith won’t be the Eagles’ next head coach

And then there were four openings.

NFL: NOV 18 Titans at Colts Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The next Philadelphia Eagles head coach will NOT be Arthur Smith.

It’s the Atlanta Falcons who are instead hiring the Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator to be their new boss. The team officially confirmed as much on Friday evening.

The Eagles interviewed Smith on Thursday night. They were said to be “really impressed” with him.

But that ship has sailed.

For what it’s worth, Eagles fans were divided on the idea of hiring Smith. From BGN’s polling earlier this week:

Here’s a recap of where things stand with the Eagles’ coaching search:

REQUESTED INTERVIEWS

49ers DC Robert Saleh
Titans OC Arthur Smith
Buccaneers DC Todd Bowles
Patriots ILB coach Jerod Mayo
Eagles assistant head coach/RB coach Duce Staley
Panthers OC Joe Brady
Cowboys OC Kellen Moore

RUMORED INTEREST

Oklahoma HC Lincoln Riley
Chiefs QB coach/passing game coordinator Mike Kafka
Ohio State HC Ryan Day
Bills OC Brian Daboll

The Eagles are now one of four teams remaining with a head coaching vacancy. The three others are: the Detroit Lions, the Houston Texans, and the Los Angeles Chargers. From that group, word is that Dan Campbell is the favorite for the Lions’ job. It’s not perfectly clear who the Texans and Chargers are targeting.

Nor the Eagles for that matter. We’ll soon see if a favorite comes into focus for Philly.