Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian

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Falcons fire all 3 coordinators

December 31, 2018 - 1:41 pm

The Atlanta Falcons parted ways with all three of their coordinators on Monday: Steve Sarkisian, Marquand Manuel and Keith Armstrong.

“All three of these men are excellent coaches that I have a lot of respect for,” said head coach Dan Quinn. “While these are difficult decisions, we know we have a group of players here we are excited about and in order for us to consistently play true to our identity in all three phases we thought we needed some changes.”

Atlanta decided to move on from all three coordinators today. Special Teams Coordinator Keith Armstrong had been with the organization in the same role since 2008, defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel joined the organization in 2015 as the team’s secondary coach before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 2017, and Sarkisian had been the offensive coordinator since 2017.

The Falcons will begin looking to fill the offensive and special team coordinator roles, and Head Coach Dan Quinn will assume the responsibility of defensive coordinator.

Below are comments from Quinn regarding each change:

Special Teams

“Coach Armstrong helped develop some really good players on our kicking units over his time here. Special teams has to be the gateway to the identity of our football team. In order to see that, we felt we needed a new voice and design. We wish Keith nothing but the best in the future.

Defensive Coordinator

“Marquand is a talented coach and excellent teacher that I have coached with for a number of years. I believe he should have the opportunity to call plays for a defense, so we have decided to allow his contract to expire so he can explore those opportunities.”

Offensive Coordinator

“Sark has shown he’s a good coach and play caller. After evaluating the entire season, I decided it was necessary that we had a new voice and direction for our offensive unit. I have a ton of respect for Sark, both personally and professionally, and I appreciate all he’s done during his time here.”