Steve Sarkisian Named Atlanta Falcons Offensive Coordinator

    Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian is expected to be named as the next offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, according to a report.

    February 7, 2017

    Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian is expected to be named as the next offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons. 


    UPDATE

    The Falcons have officially named Sarkisian the team’s new OC.

    ORIGINAL

    That didn’t last long. Two months after being named as Lane Kiffin’s replacement, Steve Sarkisian is on the move.

    The Alabama offensive coordinator is expected to be named as the next offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, according to Jordan Schultz.

    Sarkisian took over the job in mid-December after Kiffin accepted the head coaching job at FAU, and he took over the play-calling responsibilities for Kiffin in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. In the 35-31 loss to Clemson, the Crimson Tide posted 376 yards of total offense: 221 rushing yards and 155 passing yards.

    According to Ian Rapoport, the Falcons and Sarkisian initially spoke earlier this winter. He’ll be replacing Kyle Shanahan, who is leaving Atlanta to become the next head coach for the San Francisco 49ers.

    Prior to becoming the Alabama offensive coordinator, Sarkisian worked with the Tide as an offensive analyst this past season. He served as the head coach at USC from 2014 to 2015 before a controversial departure from the program.

    Sarkisian landed the job with the Trojans after five seasons at the helm for the Washington Huskies.

    Sarkisian’s only other stint in the NFL came in 2004 when he coached the quarterbacks for the Oakland Raiders.

    For Alabama, the staff turnover this offseason has been less than ideal. Despite landing the No. 1 recruiting class in the 2017 cycle, the Crimson Tide have seen Kiffin, Sarkisian, Billy Napier and Mario Cristobal all leave the coaching staff. Cristobal left Tuscaloosa to join Willie Taggart’s staff in Oregon as the offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator for the Ducks. Napier, who was the Tide’s wide receivers coach, left to become the offensive coordinator at Arizona State.

    MORE: Grading The Alabama Crimson Tide 2017 Recruiting Class

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