Atlanta Falcons Name Steve Sarkisian As New Offensive Coordinator
The Atlanta Falcons announced Tuesday that they have hired Steve Sarkisian as their new offensive coordinator to replace Kyle Shanahan.
Sarkisian will join the Atlanta Falcons after coaching just one game as offensive coordinator for the Alabama Crimson Tide in the National Championship game against Clemson. Previously, Sarkisian served as an analyst for the Alabama offense after being fired from his head coaching job at USC in 2015.
Sarkisian will now take control of one of the most impressive offensive attacks in the NFL, led by MVP Matt Ryan and star receiver Julio Jones.
The new OC will have high expectations to live up to after the Falcons made it to the Super Bowl, mostly due to the work of Shanahan and his offense, and fell just short of winning the Super Bowl after a historic comeback from the New England Patriots.
But those expectations aren’t far off from those that would have been expected of him at Alabama under head coach Nick Saban, who like all NFL coaches, expects to make it to the big game every year.
Sarkisian was reportedly hoping to land an NFL job before being promoted to offensive coordinator at Alabama after Lane Kiffin’s untimely exit.
He has coached in the NFL once before, serving as the quarterback coach for the Oakland Raiders in 2004. This will be his first time in the role of offensive coordinator at the professional level.