Falcons hire former Alabama coach Steve Sarkisian to replace Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator.
Shanahan is headed west to become the new head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. There was talk that Chip Kelly would actually leave the 49ers as head coach and take over as the offensive coordinator of the most high-powered offense in the NFL. Atlanta announced Tuesday that it would be Sarkisian, former USC coach and Alabama play-caller, replacing Shanahan.
Sarkisian’s role as the Crimson Tide play-caller was short lived; he was appointed to the role just last month ahead of the BCS National Championship Game after former coordinator Lane Kiffin accepted a head-coaching job at Florida Atlantic.
Atlanta’s offense become a powerhouse during the 2016 NFL season. This comes after a disappointing 2015 season where the team started 5-0 before ending the season 8-8 and missing the playoffs. Once Shanahan was able to get his team to buy in; Atlanta became the number one offense in the NFL.
It will interesting to see if Sarkisian will keep up what Kyle Shanahan started or completely shake things up and implement a new offense all together. Whichever he decides, he will have a series of weapons at his disposal — Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman and the list goes on.