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Falcons hire Steve Sarkisian as offensive coordinator
2/7/2017 10:50:36 PM
Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter

Atlanta, GA, United States (4E Sports) - Days after their Super Bowl stint, the Atlanta Falcons found Kyle Shanahan's replacement as they hired Steve Sarkisian as their new offensive coordinator.

According to sources, Sarkisian accepted the job Monday, one day after the Falcons lost to the New England Patriots, 34-28, in overtime at Super Bowl LI.

Shanahan was hired by the San Francisco 49ers as their new head coach.

Before accepting the job, Sarkisian worked as an analyst for Alabama before taking over the offensive coordinator post days before the BCS National Championship Game after Lane Kiffin accepted the head-coaching job at Florida Atlantic.

"As a play-caller I felt like, number one, what an aggressive play-caller he's been through the years," head coach Dan Quinn said of Sarkisian . "He has a real familiarity from the live zone scheme, the play action, the keepers."

"That's such a big part of what we do. It's him as a play-caller, two of the guys that I respect most in our profession, Pete ( Caroll ) and Nick ( Saban ) and being part of both of their programs, I know what he stands for as a coach," he added.

"We appreciate all Coach Sarkisian did for our program during his time here," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "He is an outstanding coach, and we wish him the best in his new role as Atlanta's offensive coordinator."

In 2015, Sarkisian was fired as USC head coach after reportedly arriving late for team meetings while intoxicated. He was also head coach at Washington from 2009 to 2013.

In Atlanta, Sarkisian will have big shoes to fill as Shanahan guided the Falcons to the top-ranked scoring offense in the NFL at 33.8

However, Sarkisian will have star quarterback Matt Ryan, star wideout Julio Jones and versatile running back Devonta Freeman to work with.

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