With the sad departure of Kyle Shanahan after a game that left many fans speechless and distraught, the Atlanta Falcons announced early afternoon on Tuesday that Steve Sarkisian would take over as Atlanta’s new Offensive Coordinator.
Steve comes from the college football team most football fans love or hate; the Alabama Crimson Tide. Love them or not, it’s hard to discredit Alabama as one of the most, if not the most dominant college team the past few years.
Pro Bowl CB Desmond Trufant is very excited to reunite with his former coach and claims he is an excellent, competitive coach. Steve has had two previous head coaching jobs at the University of Washington (where Trufant played) and USC. Sarkisian was an offensive analyst for Alabama before he became the OC.
Sarkisian was briefly in the NFL as a Quarterbacks coach for Oakland.
I like this move, as not too many people saw it coming and I really do believe in any move Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff make. Sarkisian comes from Alabama which is, in my opinion, the closest college team to playing at a professional level. Steve has his work cut out for him, coming to an offense that just blasted away previous records held by all time greats, but I think he’ll step up.
Hopefully, we don’t see as much “lag” as we did in Shanahan’s first season, but I don’t think we will because it was also DQ’s first season, which may have contributed to some of the growing pains we all saw. All in all, I like it, I think he’ll do just fine and help us rise up after our fall.