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Arizona Cardinals close to hiring Steve Sarkisian as offensive coordinator

Steve Sarkisian, Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals appear to be in line to hire their offensive coordinator with former Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.

Arizona was looking to fill the void their former offensive coordinator left behind after he followed former mentor Bruce Arians over to Tampa Bay. Sarkisian had plenty of ups and downs with the Falcons, but went with a more balanced attack in 2018. The Falcons were very run heavy in 2017 and Sarkisian made it a point to get wide receivers Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley very involved. Tight end Austin Hooper was also a focal point at times with the Falcons this past season.

Sarkisian will likely be advocating for the Cardinals to supply him with more offensive weapons. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald isn’t getting any younger and David Johnson can’t handle the ball every down. Rookie Christian Kirk and tight end Ricky Seals Jones provide some fantastic potential, but ultimately the offense will rely heavily on rookie quarterback Josh Rosen. The former UCLA first round pick will need to do a lot of work and listen to a lot of advice this off season.

Sarkisian and new head coach Kliff Kingsbury both have great offensive minds so it’s likely the offense will see a nice boost in 2019. The Cardinals will need an entire makeover as the defense struggled for most of the season as well, which is very uncharacteristic for Arizona. The Cardinals locked up the number one overall pick next season and it’s likely they’ll take Ohio State’s Nick Bosa to address the defensive needs.