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Smith Leaning Toward Washington

From Jason Reid:
The Redskins' coaching staff could be completed tomorrow morning. Tennessee Titans' assistant head coach-offense Sherman Smith apparently is leaning toward accepting Washington's offensive coordinator position.
Smith, the top choice of new Redskins Coach Jim Zorn, plans to discuss the situation early tomorrow with Titans Coach Jeff Fisher and then make a final decision, Smith told the Nashville City Paper today.
"My head says yes, but my heart hasn't caught up with my head yet," Smith was quoted as saying. "My heart's still in Nashville, so I told him I was going to take some time and just continue to pray and see how I'm feeling. I still love the Tennessee Titans and the Nashville area."
Smith, 53, and Zorn are former teammates and close friends. From the moment Zorn was promoted to head coach last week, he pursued Smith to succeed him as offensive coordinator. In addition to having strong ties to Zorn, Smith is well versed in the West Coast offense Zorn plans to implement.
"When I got [to Redskins Park], we went out to dinner, and he handed me a contract and said, 'Tell me what you think.' I told him today that I'll let him know something by tomorrow, and we talked about how it would work."
Smith interviewed Tuesday with Zorn and was offered a contract shortly after arriving in Washington.
"When I got there, we went out to dinner, and he handed me a contract and said, 'Tell me what you think.' I told him today that I'll let him know something by tomorrow, and we talked about how it would work."
Whether Smith or another candidate is hired as offensive coordinator, Zorn will be the play-caller and quarterbacks coach. That arrangement would be fine with Smith.
"It's not just one guy that puts the game plan together. It's entire offensive staff, and entire defense that puts the game plan in place," Smith said. "We talked about how that would work. He's got a plan about how it's going to work with me being a coordinator but with Jim calling the plays."

By Cindy Boren  |  February 13, 2008; 6:27 PM ET
 
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