Steve Sarkisian reportedly will return as Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator, and some of the team’s fans aren’t happy about it at all.
The former Alabama offensive coordinator received intense criticism after the Falcons lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 15-10 on Saturday in the NFL’s divisional round. Boasting an offense that included much of the same personnel from a run to the Super Bowl last season, Atlanta was outgained 334 yards to 281 against the Eagles. To make matters worse, Philadelphia won with backup quarterback Nick Foles behind center.
Some Falcons fans would have dropped confetti if they learned Sarkisian wouldn’t be back with the franchise next season. However, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday afternoon that Sarkisian is expected to return “with full confidence of coach Dan Quinn and his staff.”
Clearing up one lingering question post-2017 (if it's even a question): #Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian is expected to return for 2018 with full confidence of coach Dan Quinn and his staff.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 16, 2018
Not shockingly, some Falcons fans didn’t take the news well. Check out a few of the reactions below.
Kyle had a plan and knew what he wanted to do…sark does not
— jjh (@_____GOFALCONS) January 16, 2018
Shanny had NFL experience. Sark is pure college ball. Doesn't understand matchups for shit.
— shadowman.no9 (@shadowman_no9) January 16, 2018
— Ryan Cox (@ryancox9601) January 16, 2018
— Andre (@TotalDreMove) January 16, 2018
— Jersey Joe's Rodeo Ponies (@JoesRodeoPonies) January 16, 2018
— Winn Short (@winnshort) January 16, 2018
Really? Outside of the run game & the emergence of Coleman what happened? Regression from Jones & Ryan
— Jeffrey Stoneberger (@Eatmecookme) January 16, 2018
— Ethan Pope (@ethan_pope) January 16, 2018
I guess I need to sit in on the meeting where Sark answers how he improved the offense this season. Because I’m shoulder shrugging on what he brought to the table… #InBrotherhood #RiseUp #AtlantaFalcons 🙄R
— Bird Calls (@Bird_Calls) January 16, 2018
At least Sarkisian isn’t your concern anymore, Alabama fans. He served as an offensive analyst with the Crimson Tide during the 2016 season before working as Alabama’s offensive coordinator during a loss to Clemson in the National Championship Game.
Keep Falcons fans in your thoughts, Alabama.