With the season officially over, it’s time to start keeping track of the hirings and firings that seem likely to be coming in the very near future for our Atlanta Falcons.
A primer for those who tuned the team out these last several weeks: There were multiple reports that offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian and defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel could be looking for new jobs this offseason after an injury-marred campaign that featured plenty of lackluster performances for both of their units. You can make a reasonable case that player performance was a bigger factor than coaching on both sides of the ball, sure, but we all know where the blame tends to fall. Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff are reportedly safe, but other assistants in the front office and on the coaching staff may not be.
As things happen, we’ll update this tracker with news and our coverage, so you can follow the staff changes for Atlanta in real-time. If by some chance all these reports have been unfounded and the Falcons aren’t planning to make any real changes, this will just be a quiet little article and you’re welcome to hang out here.
Let’s get your predictions on what’s ahead, while you’re here.
- Monday, 12:37 p.m. Adam Schefter confirmed that Steve Sarkisian, Marquand Manuel, and Keith Armstrong have all been fired.
- Monday, 10:05 a.m. The firings are coming in fast and furious across the NFL now, and there are coordinator candidates shaking loose if the Falcons do make a change. Steve Wilks was a bright defensive mind in Carolina but washed out in Arizona after a single season, while Adam Gase was once considered an offensive genius but couldn’t get his Miami teams over the hump and is (politely) not the nicest-seeming dude. With Todd Bowles also on the outs, the Falcons have plenty of experienced, capable coaches who may be looking for coordinator opportunities. It’s just a question of fit.