In what qualifies as a stunner of a move in the football coaching ranks, news broke this morning that the Atlanta Falcons have hired Steve Sarkisian to replace Kyle Shanahan as their offensive coordinator. At Alabama, Nick Saban is left scrambling to replace another assistant after losing two coordinators in a month.
When Saban parted ways with ex-offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin prior to the national championship game, he tapped Sarkisian as his replacement. Even though Bama lost to Clemson in a last-second thriller, the conventional wisdom was that Sark would at least stay on with the Tide for the 2017 season as play caller.
Today in The Herd, Colin gave his take on the hiring. He approves of the move because he thinks Sark has overcome his chemical dependency issues that cost him the USC job and he’s a top level coach that will translate to the NFL.
I think it’s a very good hire by the Atlanta Falcons.I don’t care what anybody says, I know coaches who know coaches.
I think Steve Sarkisian, actually will be a very good coordinator in the NFL for several years, and will eventually get a head coaching job in the NFL”
For Sarkisian, the prospect of an NFL coaching gig and working for Dan Quinn were apparently worth passing up the opportunity to get berated by Saban for the entire 2017 season. Shocker.
Here’s Colin’s full take on Sark to the Falcons:
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) February 7, 2017