SportReport: Steve Sarkisian declines Cardinals' coordinator offer, headed back to Alabama

05:20  13 january  2019
05:20  13 january  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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Stephen Ambrose Sarkisian (born March 8, 1974) is an American football coach and former player who was the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL).

Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian has been named the Atlanta Falcons’ next coordinator , the team announced Tuesday. Previous OC Kyle Shanahan accepted the San Francisco 49ers head coaching job after Atlanta lost to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI, for which

Report: Steve Sarkisian declines Cardinals' coordinator offer, headed back to Alabama© Provided by Oath Inc. Steve Sarkisian, recently fired as Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator, has reportedly turned down the Arizona Cardinals’ offer to run their offense. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals wanted to make Steve Sarkisian their new offensive coordinator under rookie head coach Kliff Kingsbury, but Sarkisian is reportedly heading back to the college game.

Sarkisian declines Cardinals’ offer

Via ESPN’s Dianna Russini, Arizona offered Sarkisian a job as coordinator, but he has declined the position. Russini tweeted Saturday night that sources told her the 44-year-old will return to Alabama to coach with Nick Saban.

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Steve Sarkisian wasn’t around for the Super Bowl. “I feel like at times I’m fortunate that it is public, that I can help other people, that I can offer my story, that I don’t feel like I don’t have to keep it hidden. He consistently refers to it not as Steve Sarkisian ’s offense but the Atlanta Falcons’ offense.

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A little earlier Saturday, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo tweeted that Sarkisian was “unlikely” to join Kingsbury’s Arizona staff.

Sarkisian was Alabama’s offensive coordinator in 2016. Sirius XM’s Alex Marvez reported that the Sarkisian was “in the mix” for the Detroit Lions opening too.

The Cardinals reportedly will interview former New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo for the coordinator spot. McAdoo ran the Giants’ offense before being hired as head coach.

Fired in Atlanta

Sarkisian was fired by the Atlanta Falcons last month after two seasons as coordinator.

His tenure drew a good deal of criticism when it came to the use – or lack thereof – of superstar receiver Julio Jones. In 2017, Jones had just three touchdowns. This year, he had eight, but they all came after Atlanta’s Week 8 bye.

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Steve Sarkisian calls plays for Alabama during the College Football Playoff national championship game against Clemson on Jan. 9. (Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images). Steve Sarkisian is headed to the Atlanta Falcons. The former USC coach has agreed to become the offensive coordinator for the

Sarkisian has also worked with legendary college coach Nick Saban at Alabama , serving Sarkisian is also adept with a two- back system. Atlanta’s dynamic tailback tandem of Devonta Freeman and Sources told SB Nation that Sarkisian is leaving Alabama amidst disagreements with Saban over

In 2016 under Kyle Shanahan, the Falcons had the NFL’s highest-scoring offense, at 33.75 points per game; last year, that number fell sharply, to 22.0 PPG. In 2018, it was 25.9.

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