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Report: Alabama’s Steve Sarkisian to be Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator

Steve Sarkisian at CFP awards show
Former Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian entering the Georgia Dome for 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Cedric Mason - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Steve Sarkisian joins Lane Kiffin, Billy Napier and Mario Cristobal as the fourth Nick Saban assistant to head elsewhere. The offensive analyst turned coordinator has finalized a deal to be the Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator, according to Jordan Schultz of the Huffington Post.

NFL insider Ian Rapoport confirmed the rumors as true, as Sarkisian will take over for the departing Kyle Shanahan—who accepted the head coaching position at San Francisco.

Atlanta’s offense turned in a stellar year under Shanahan, finishing in the top-10 in all major categories.

The trio of quarterback Matt Ryan, wide receiver Julio Jones and running back Devonta Freeman guided the team to an NFL-best 33.8 points a game. While Ryan tossed for over 4,000 yards, Jones and Freeman both posted 1,000-yard seasons at their positions.

The Falcons finished the regular season at 11-5, advancing to Super Bowl 51 before falling to the New England Patriots. With Sarkisian, Atlanta gets one of the better offensive minds in college football. During his career at offensive coordinator and head coach for University of Southern California and University of Washington, he mentored six 3,000-yard passers, two Heisman Trophy winners (Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart) and five 1,000-yard rushers.

At Alabama, Sarkisian helped the Crimson Tide’s offense total 38.8 points and 455.3 yards per game.

He witnessed true freshman Jalen Hurts accounted for a single-season record 36 touchdowns, 2,780 passing yards and 954 rushing yards, en route to earning SEC Freshman of the Year and SEC Offensive Player of the Year.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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