Frank Smith enters his third season as tight ends coach with the Silver and Black, bringing with him 16 years of coaching experience, including 10 in the NFL.
In 2019, Smith fielded a tight end corps that was among the league's best. Smith's group ranked third in receptions (124) and receiving yards (1,427), tied for fourth in receiving touchdowns (nine) and finished first in yards after catch (718), the third-most yards after catch recorded by a tight end corps in the NFL since 2010. Smith's players also played an integral role in the running game, blocking for the first-ever 1,000-yard rookie rusher in team history, while also helping the club surrender just 29 sacks, good for eighth-fewest in the NFL.
Individually, Smith guided TE Darren Waller, who put together one of the finest campaigns by a tight end in franchise history, posting 90 receptions for 1,145 yards and three touchdowns en route to being named a Pro Bowl alternate. Waller became just the fifth player in Raiders history to log at least 90 receptions in a season, while his 1,145 receiving yards made him just the second tight end in Raiders lore to surpass 1,000 receiving yards. Both his receptions and receiving yards ranked second in the NFL among his position group in 2019. Alongside Smith, Waller also broke the club record and led the NFL for most 100-yard receiving contests (five) by a tight end, while his 570 yards after the catch ranked second among all tight ends.
Smith also developed rookie TE Foster Moreau, who led all rookie tight ends with five receiving touchdowns on the year despite playing in only 13 contests due to injury, the second-most by a Raiders rookie tight end since the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger. Moreau tallied 21 receptions for 174 yards on the year, with 14 of his receptions going for first downs, a mark that ranked fifth among rookie tight ends.
During his first season with the Raiders in 2018, Smith helped TE Jared Cook to his first Pro Bowl selection after career highs in receiving yards (896), receptions (68) and touchdowns (six). Cook had four 100-yard receiving contests, including a 180-yard performance in Week 1 to set the franchise's single-game mark by a tight end, and his six touchdowns were tied for fourth-most in the NFL. Cook finished the season ranked fourth among tight ends in receiving yards, and his 15 receptions of at least 20 yards ranked third among his position.
Additionally, Smith's unit accounted for 10 of the team's 19 receiving touchdowns, with TEs Lee Smith and Derek Carrier having productive campaigns as both players scored their first touchdowns since the 2015 season. Lee finished with 10 receptions for 73 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. Carrier appeared in all 16 games for the first time in his career and finished with seven receptions for 67 yards and one game-winning touchdown.
Prior to his time with the Raiders, Smith spent three seasons as tight ends coach with the Chicago Bears (2015-17). During Smith's tenure, TE Zach Miller recorded 1,161 yards on 101 receptions with 11 touchdowns, tied for 13th in the NFL among tight ends during that span, despite only playing in 33 games because of injuries.
In 2017, Smith helped mentor rookie TE Adam Shaheen, who appeared in 13 games and finished tied for second on the team with three touchdowns. Miller led all tight ends with 20 receptions for 236 yards, despite only playing in eight games, and TE Dion Sims finished with 15 receptions for 180 yards. In 2016, Miller set career highs in receptions (47) and receiving yards (486), and his four touchdowns were good for 12th in the NFL among tight ends that season.
During his first season with the Bears, Smith guided the veteran pair of TEs Martellus Bennett and Miller to a successful campaign, as the duo finished tied for third on the team in receiving yards (439). Bennett finished second on the team with 53 receptions, and Miller finished with a career-high five receiving touchdowns.
Prior to joining the Bears, Smith spent five seasons with the New Orleans Saints (2010-14) as an offensive assistant. Smith worked closely with an offensive line that allowed only 143 sacks, third fewest in the NFL during that span, and had four members selected to the Pro Bowl (T Jermon Bushrod, G Jahri Evans, G Ben Grubbs and G Carl Nicks).
Before entering the NFL ranks, Smith spent six years at the collegiate level as the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Butler from 2007-09, after joining the university as the offensive line coach in 2006. Smith helped the Bulldogs improve from a 4-7 record in 2007 to a 11-1 record in 2009.
Smith came to Butler from his alma mater, Miami (Ohio), where worked on the coaching staff as a graduate assistant from 2004-05.
PERSONAL: Native of Milwaukee, Wis. ...Was a three year starter and senior captain along the offensive line at Miami (Ohio) from 2000-03, blocking for QB Ben Roethlisberger...Graduated from Miami (Ohio) in 2004.