Alex Marvez reports that Steve Sarkisian and Nathaniel Hackett appear to be in the mix for the Lions’ offensive coordinator vacancy.
The Lions parted ways with Jim Bob Cooter last week.
Sarkisian, 44, began his coaching career at El Camino College back in 2000 as their QBs coach. He left to join USC as their QBs coach the following year.
Since then, Sarkisian has worked for the Raiders, the University of Washington, and Alabama to go along with a few stints at USC. The Falcons hired him as their offensive coordinator last year.
In 2018, the Falcons’ offense ranked No. 6 in total yards, No. 10 in points scored, No. 27 in rushing yards and No. 4 in passing yards.
Hackett, 39, began his NFL coaching career with the Buccaneers back in 2006 as an offensive quality control coach. After two years in Tampa Bay, the Bills hired him for the same position.
Hackett later became the QB/TEs coach at Syracuse and worked his way up to offensive coordinator a year later. After Doug Marrone was hired as the Bills’ head coach, Hackett returned to Buffalo as the team’s offensive coordinator.
Hackett followed Marrone to the Jaguars and has served as their offensive coordinator the past three seasons before being fired last November.
In 2018, the Jaguars ranked No. 22 in total yards, No. 28 in points scored, No. 16 in rushing yards and No. 22 in passing yards at the time they fired Hackett.