Why is the Falcons offense struggling? Blame Sarkisian

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 31: Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian converses with Matt Simms
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 31: Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian converses with Matt Simms /

Atlanta Falcons offense is struggling because of one individual, Steve Sarkisian.

So much for the positive outlook I had on Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.

After the first three games into the 2017 season, my outlook on Steve Sarkisian (Sark) was bright. The Falcons were averaging 29 points per game, the offense was rolling and I thought Sark had adjusted well to calling plays in the NFL.

Boy was I wrong.

We’re now coming upon Week 8 of this NFL season. The Falcons are 3-3 and their offense has averaged an abysmal 13.6 points in the last 3 games.

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Now, it’s understandable losing to the Buffalo Bills with Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu missing most of the game with injury.

However, the last two weeks have been the tipping point. Since the 2nd half of the Miami Dolphins game, the Falcons have been outscored 43-7 through 6 quarters of Football.

That’s indefensible.

With the weapons that the Falcons have on offense, there is no excuse to have scored only 7 points, a garbage time touchdown at that, through 6 straight quarters.

We give Kyle Shanahan flack for the play calling in the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl, and it’s well deserved. But we shouldn’t forget how exceptional of a play caller he was up until that infamous 4th quarter.

His ability to use the weapons on offense to create opportunities for (cough cough) Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman, just to name a few, was what made the Falcons offense one of the best offenses of all-time.

That’s not what’s happening with Steve Sarkisian.

He has turned the Falcons offense into a predictable mess.

The players share a little bit of the blame for not executing on opportunities they have had in the red zone.

However, with Sark at the helm, there’s no creativity, Freeman and Tevin Coleman aren’t getting touches and most egregious of all….he has underutilized Julio Jones.

The fact that Julio Jones has only one meaningless touchdown through 6 games is unacceptable.

The good news is that there are 10 games left and we’ve seen the Falcons start off slow and were able to make the playoffs before.

The bad news is that this is not where we expected them to be and this is not how I envisioned Steve Sarkisian to operate.

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Sark does have time to turn it around. But, he needs to do it quick or that hot seat will keep getting warmer and warmer.