Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Falcons hire Arthur Smith as head coach. Four NFL playoff games today, Sunday. Atlanta Braves sign Fried, Minter to one-year deals.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Falcons hire Arthur Smith as head coach. Four NFL playoff games today, Sunday. Atlanta Braves sign Fried, Minter to one-year deals.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports

Truett’s Chick-fli-A, 264 Shorter Ave., 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Drive-through, curbside and Door Dash.
Mount Berry Mall, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (curbside, carryout, Door Dash). Shipping Container, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. All Monday-Saturday.

 

Atlanta Falcons:  The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with Arthur Smith to be the next head coach.

Smith, 38, has spent the last decade with the Tennessee Titans and has been the Titans’ offensive coordinator for the last two seasons, helping revive quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s career (he was the NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2019) and featuring running back Derrick Henry, who has developed into one of the most productive – and feared – backs in the league.

From 2019-20, Smith orchestrated one of the NFL’s top offenses with the Titans leading the league in red zone touchdown percentage (75.2), ranking fifth in points per game (27.9) and fifth in total offense (379.6). He oversaw the second-ranked rushing attack in the NFL, averaging 153.5 yards per game on the ground.

Under Smith in 2020, the Titans offense finished the regular season ranked No. 3 in the league in total yards per game (396.4) and No. 2 overall in rushing yards per game (168.1) as Henry rushed for 2,027 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. The Titans were also fourth in the league in scoring, putting up 30.7 points per game.

Tennessee finished 11-5 and won the AFC South title but lost its wild-card matchup to Baltimore, 20-13, on Jan. 10.

Smith oversaw one of the most potent rushing attacks in league history as Henry became just the eighth player in NFL history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a single season. Henry’s 2,027 rushing yards rank fifth all time and paced the Titans to the league’s second-best rushing offense in 2020, trailing only the Baltimore Ravens.

He replaces Dan Quinn, who was fired after an 0-5 start this past season.


NFL

What’s next in the National Football League’s playoffs: For more, click NFL

Divisional round

Today:

  • Rams vs. Green Bay, 4:35 p.m., Fox.
  • Ravens vs. Bills, 8:15 p.m., NBC.

Sunday:

  • Browns vs. Chiefs, 3:05 p.m., CBS
  • Tampa Bay vs. Saints, 6:40 p.m., Fox.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL/local

Berry College: The tentative plan is to have a five-game football season begin sometime in February. The schedule will be finalized soon.

  • No outside fans at Berry/SAA events per COVID concerns. Fans will be limited to only students, faculty, and staff members that are part of an SAA institution’s COVID-19 on-campus community. Please visit www.SAA-Sports.com.

Shorter Hawks: Shorter head football coach Zach Morrison says football practice will begin at the end of January with a five-game schedule slated to begin on Feb. 27 with a game at Kennesaw State University. Two of the games will be played at home including the March 20 showdown against Edwards Waters College and March 27 against Fort Valley State University. Shorter’s home games will be played at Darlington’s Chris Hunter Stadium.


BASEBALL

Atlanta Braves open spring training Feb. 27: The Braves will be based as the new spring training campus in North Port on the coast of Southwest Florida. The inaugural season was cut short by the pandemic in 2020. The first game of the Grapefruit League is Feb. 27 at Baltimore. The first “home” game is March 1 vs. the Nationals. Spring schedule

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 and left-hand pitcher A.J. Minter today agreed to a one-year contract for the 2021 season worth $1,300,000.
Atlanta Braves and left-hand pitcher Max Fried today agreed to a one-year contract for the 2021 season worth $3,500,000.
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