Alabama will reportedly be looking for its third offensive coordinator in the last month and change.
According to multiple reports, Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian is set to leave Tuscaloosa and become the new OC of the Atlanta Falcons. Sark would replace Kyle Shanahan, who is headed to San Francisco to be the head coach of the 49ers.
Jordan Schultz of The Huffington Post broke the story, with ESPN’s Adam Schefter quickly confirming the surprising news.
Alabama OC Steve Sarkisian is poised to replace Kyle Shanahan as Falcons' new OC, as @Schultz_Report reported.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 7, 2017
Source confirms that Steve Sarkisian is all but certain to be named the #Falcons next offensive coordinator. Announcement forthcoming.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) February 7, 2017
Besides coming out of nowhere, this move is stunning because it caps off a quick comeback for Sarkisian. The 42-year-old assistant was fired as the head coach of USC in October 2015 and underwent treatment for alcohol issues.
Alabama hired him as an offensive analyst last September and he took over offensive coordinator duties from Lane Kiffin before the Tide’s loss to Clemson in the CFP title game.
Previously, Sarkisian coached in the NFL as the quarterbacks coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2004.
Update: This is legit, and now official. The Falcons announced the move.
The Falcons have agreed with Steve Sarkisian to become Atlanta’s offensive coordinator.
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) February 7, 2017
Cue the jokes about the Falcons hiring an OC who knows how to lose championship games. And the Chip Kelly to Alabama rumors.