Dan Quinn Shows Support For Steve Sarkisian
Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will return to the team in 2018 thanks to the support of head coach Dan Quinn.
This season was Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian’s first season handling the job in the NFL. Fans of the team had mixed reactions.
Many felt that his play-calling was questionable, which led to losses that should’ve been no problems for the Falcons.
Among the games were the losses to the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, and even the Philadelphia Eagles divisional round playoff game.
Against the Eagles, Atlanta failed to convert a 4th & goal pass to Falcons receiver Julio Jones on their final possesion that would have been the go-ahead score.
After all of the debates from Falcons fans, head coach Dan Quinn has put to rest of any speculation about the team parting ways with Sarkisian.
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According to ESPN.com’s Vaughn McClure, reports surfaced that there are no questions about Sarkisian’s job security.
Coach Quinn will also hold a press conference on Wednesday to show support for Sarkisian and to note that he’s the right man for the job.
Quinn emphasized that this sport is a team game and blame won’t be placed on one specific person, referring to Saturday’s loss in Philadelphia.
"“I can take a long time to go through different spots, so it’s easy to place blame all onto one person, and that’s a shared responsibility when we don’t achieve at the level that we would like to. There are a lot of really good things that we’ve done, and it was highlighted certainly Saturday night where we didn’t get the job done at the end of the game.” – Head Coach Dan Quinn (Per Vaughn McClure of ESPN)"
Sarkisian also has the support of Running Back Devonta Freeman. . He valued Sarkisian’s personality in the locker room and off the field.
"“I love Sark,” said Freeman in the same piece by McClure. “I love what he stands for as a human. I love how aggressive he is as a coach. I wouldn’t want to do it with nobody else. He’s one of the best guys I’ve been around.”"
Prior to the Falcons’ wild card game vs the Los Angeles Rams, Quinn also said that there was a zero chance of Sarkisian taking an offensive coordinator position with the Seattle Seahawks. It seems that Quinn wants to give Sarkisian the same chance that former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan received in Atlanta.
In Shanahan’s first year with the Falcons in 2015, many questioned his play calling and if he’d return to the team. In his second year in 2016, he turned the Falcons’ offense into a juggernaut that averaged 34 points a game and included a Super Bowl appearance.
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Coach Quinn will be hoping the same for Sarkisian as he will be more comfortable in the offense and knows what adjustments need to be made in year two.