The Falcons need someone to take over the league’s most high-powered offense with Kyle Shanahan now the new 49ers coach. they’ve found their guy, and he wasn’t already on staff, or even in the NFL. Alabama offensive coordinator and former USC coach Steve Sarkisian will replace Shanahan, the Falcons announced on Tuesday.
The move is surprising for several reasons; the talk in recent weeks was that the man Shanahan replaced in San Francisco, Chip Kelly, could be the Falcons’ next offensive coordinator. There’s also the matter of Sarkisian being short on NFL experience — he spent just one season as the Raiders quarterbacks coach back in 2004.
It’ll be interesting to see how quickly Sarkisian can implement his offense. Shanahan had the unit playing like a well-oiled machine in 2016 after needing 2015 to get everyone to buy in. In fact, early in the ’15 season, a mic’d-up Matt Ryan was caught telling Shanahan, “I can’t wait until I know the offense inside and out though, bro, because we are going to kill people with it.”