Steve Sarkisian, Nathaniel Hackett in the mix for Lions’ offensive coordinator job
Sarkisian spent his last two seasons serving as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, leading the Falcons to a top-10 offense in each of those seasons.
However, Atlanta did experience a rather significant overall dropoff once Sarkisian took over for former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, as the Falcons went from averaging 33.8 points per game in 2016 to 22.1 in 2017 and then 25.9 this past season.
So, while Atlanta was still accumulating yards under Sarkisian, it was unable to punch the ball into the end zone.
Sarkisian’s first NFL job came back in 2004, when he briefly served as quarterbacks coach for the Oakland Raiders. However, outside of his short stints in Oakland and Atlanta, the rest of Sarkisian’s experience has come on the collegiate level.
The 44-year-old served as head coach for the University of Washington from 2009 through 2013 before taking the reins at USC for two years. However, is short tenure at USC was disastrous, and he then spent one year as Alabama’s offensive coordinator before taking the job with the Falcons in 2017.
Hackett most recently served as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive coordinator, but he was relieved of his duties in late November. Hackett held that post since 2016 and was with the Jaguars since 2015, originally serving as quarterbacks coach.
The 39-year-old also served as the Buffalo Bills’ offensive coordinator from 2013 through 2014.
The Lions are coming off of a season in which they went just 6-10.