Nick Saban has lost a number of key Alabama football staff members in recent days, including co-offensive coordinators Mike Locksley and Josh Gattis. A familiar name may be replacing them: former Alabama OC Steve Sarkisian.
Sark left ‘Bama back in early 2017 to take the same job with the Atlanta Falcons.
He replaced Kyle Shanahan, who took the head coaching job with the San Francisco 49ers.
The Falcons offense took a big dip under Sarkisian, after league MVP Matt Ryan and company led the team to the Super Bowl in 2016.
He was fired by the Falcons after the 2018 season. Now, it looks like he will be heading back to college.
That same day, he was named as a person “in the mix” for the Tennessee job, which eventually went to Georgia’s Jim Chaney.
According to multiple reports, Steve Sarkisian may be on his way back to Tuscaloosa for a second go-around on Nick Saban’s Alabama football staff.
From ESPN’s Dianna Russini:
While the Arizona Cardinals offered Steve Sarkisian the offensive coordinator position, sources say he will headed back to coach with Nick Saban at Alabama.
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) January 13, 2019
Ex-Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian was on campus at Alabama today, I’m told, interviewing for the offensive coordinator job. @diannaESPN reports he’s headed there.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 13, 2019
Sarkisian was originally hired by Alabama in September 2016 as an offensive analyst, after he had been fired as head coach at USC.
Late that season, he replaced Lane Kiffin, who took the job as FAU head coach, as offensive coordinator for Alabama’s national championship appearance against Clemson. The Crimson Tide fell to Deshaun Watson and the Tigers in that one, 35-31.
Sark’s offense was outgained 511-376 in that game, and Jalen Hurts only managed 155 yards through the air, though the Tide did run for 221 yards.