After Falcons HC Dan Quinn made the decision to put offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian up in the box last season, it looks as if Sark’s been unleashed.
Quinn says he’s cool with Sark chilling with the sideline for the season to call plays, in lieu of a place up in the coaches’ box.
#Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he’s comfortable with OC Steve Sarkisian callling plays from the field with Greg Knapp upstairs sending down instant intel.— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) August 18, 2018
So, the veteran Knapp will sit in the bird’s nest, if you will, and feed nuggets of information down to the coaches on the ground. This might be the setup they’ve needed all along.
It’s a bit of a red herring to suggest Sark’s struggles in 2017 stemmed from where he was situated, but then again, if he’s comfortable closer to the field, then that is where he should be.
The team’s offense looked strong when Sark was on ground level this past Friday and chunks of last year, suggesting this does make some sort of a difference.
Knapp has been in the league for quite some time and probably is comfortable up higher anyway. Having a man who is essentially an assistant offensive coordinator in one spot and Sarkisian with the team down below might be the best path moving forward. We’re all hoping that Friday night’s offensive explosion wasn’t just preseason pyrite, after all, and two sets of eyes working in tandem from two different locations seems like a smart move.
After all, we don’t need another Falcons/Seinfeld article about the situation.