It was only October when Steve Sarkisian had put together his best stretch as an offensive coordinator. The Atlanta Falcons had gaudy red zone and third down numbers, manufacturing 30+ points per game. Times have changed. After 31 games as the offensive play-caller, Sarkisian just still doesn’t have it.
It’s also firing season. The NFL is all about the results, and guys like Vikings offensive coordinator didn’t produce results.
Sarkisian has obviously gotten a lot more time than Defilippo. The results are still just as bad. The Falcons are already giving their young players more snaps to see what they have there. Why not do the same at offensive coordinator?
The Falcons have a few options. Raheem Morris has been the team’s wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator for years. Maybe he’s a bit more adept at calling offensive plays than Sarkisian, and the Falcons could find out right now before getting into the offseason. Greg Knapp is supremely qualified for the spot but obviously qualified doesn’t quite mean good.
Dan Quinn has yet to fire any coaches during the season, but he has previously taking away play-calling duties from former defensive coordinator Richard Smith. Quinn has also never had a record this bad. It might be time to pull the plug on the Sarkisian experiment.