Titans coach Smith leaves for Redskins

Friday, February 15, 2008 at 5:32pm

Sherman Smith has decided to accept the offer from the Washington Redskins to become their new offensive coordinator.

Smith 53 has been the Titans running backs coach for the past 13 seasons and joins the staff of his longtime friend Jim Zorn, who was named Redskins coach last week.

"This was a tremendous opportunity for me and a very unique situation getting to work with Jim. I've talked to Jim and Jeff (Fisher) this afternoon and went back and forth and decided for me to step out of the boat and take the chance," Smith said.

Smith will take over as offensive coordinator but will defer to Zorn on play calling duties. During his time in Tennessee, he has helped develop 1,000-yard running backs like Eddie George, Chris Brown and LenDale White.

Smith said the decision to leave Tennessee was a tough one.

"The toughest part of this was that I couldn't make a wrong decision. WHen I decided on one, I felt bad about the other one," Smith said.

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