Many people out there are wondering what’s in the box. Well guess what, now it’s Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. Atlanta’s new offensive coordinator said he liked being on the sideline and talking with the players, but you don’t get to do what you want to do when your offense stinks.
Dan Quinn has sent Sarkisian back to the booth. He’s supposed to be running the same offense as Kyle Shanahan. Maybe he needs to coach from the same place as Shanahan? Quinn explained the decision after the crushing, debilitating loss to the Miami Dolphins, via Vaughn McClure of ESPN.
"Through the offseason, it was one of the topics that I discussed with him," Quinn explained. "And during the preseason, we tried both. I prefer him being up and just seeing everything. So, it was really after the bye, and he said, 'No problem.' It was just more really about me (designing) the ability to have the call to the quarterback right there and seeing everything to the hash, the yard line, really quickly. And I think our system, it benefits you to be in the press box."
Well, we now know that where he was coaching wasn’t the problem. Sarkisian went conservative after Atlanta got the lead, while abandoning the run. Quinn obviously realizes there’s a big problem with the offense, and was likely hoping this would help make things easier on the first-time NFL play caller.
Atlanta hopped out to a 17 point lead in the first half, and of course, scored zero points in the second half. There’s a lot of easily fixable things here, but Sarkisian has gotten away from a lot of things that worked so well for the team last year. He was unable to fix those problems against Miami, so maybe Quinn needs another change to get Sarkisian on track.