Atlanta Falcons: 3 Reasons Matt Ryan Can Repeat as NFL MVP
3. Steve Sarkisian Will Keep the Offense Open
One thing that’s hurt Ryan during his Atlanta Falcons career has been the instability at offensive coordinator. He seemed to really respond well to Shanahan after going through Mike Mularkey and Dirk Koetter. Shanahan now joins Mularkey (Tennessee Titans) and Koetter (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) as a head coach meaning Ryan again is learning a new system.
The good thing is he won’t be getting a play caller who suddenly is a conservative run-first guy. Instead the Falcons hired Steve Sarkisian who formerly worked as a head coach at USC and Washington while also spending time with the Alabama Crimson Tide.
He’s known as an aggressive play caller and was part of some big runs with the USC Trojans as both a quarterback coach and offensive coordinator. According to Quinn, the aggressive nature of Sark is one of the biggest reasons they went after him as Shanahan’s replacement.
"“I felt, No. 1, what an aggressive playcaller he’s been through the years,” Quinn said via Vaughn McClure of ESPN. “He has a real familiarity from the wide zone scheme, the keepers that are such a big part of what we do.”"
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The biggest concern with Sarkisian is his past which includes a public bout with alcoholism. The Falcons have said they did their due diligence but feel strongly they can trust him to do his job. As long as they’re right on that part, there’s no reason to believe the offense will be anything except successful which helps Ryan as he aims to become a back-to-back NFL MVP.