“Strong Possibility” Falcons Fire Coordinators Steve Sarkisian & Marquand Manuel

Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that there’s a “strong possibility” that there will be “significant” changes to the Falcons’ coaching staff after the season.

According to Pelissero, Dan Quinn could move on from both of his coordinators — Steve Sarkisian and Marquand Manuel — and overhauled their staff on both sides of the ball.

A potential offensive coordinator candidate for Atlanta, according to Pelissero, could be former Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell, who has ties to Quinn from their time together in Seattle.

Pelissero says that Quinn’s job is safe after receiving an extension last year through the 2022 season.

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. 9 in total yards, No. 10 in points scored, No. 31 in rushing yards and No. 5 in passing yards.

Manuel, 39, began his NFL coaching career with the Seahawks back in 2012 as an assistant special teams coach. After three seasons in Seattle, the Falcons hired him as their secondary coach and he worked his way up to defensive coordinator in 2017.

The Falcons’ defense currently ranks No. 24 in yards allowed, No. 29 in points allowed, No. 25 in rushing yards allowed and No. 22 in passing yards allowed.

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