Falcons could fire OC Steve Sarkisian, DC Marquand Manuel, report says

Falcons could fire OC Steve Sarkisian, DC Marquand Manuel, report says

Unimpressed by their performance this season, the Falcons are considering changing up their coaching staff.

Specifically, offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian and defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel could be on their way out of Atlanta by the end of the season, NFL Network reported.

“You’d better believe we’re evaluating everything and doing anything to get it right,” coach Dan Quinn said, via the team’s website.

According to the report, former Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is a candidate to replace Sarkisian. He was in Seattle from 2011-17 and was the OC of the Vikings from 2006-10.

It’s also noteworthy that Quinn is close to Bevell from his time with the Seahawks and the fact that Bevell was at Falcons training camp this year.

The Falcons have had a disappointing season, posting a 5-9 record including four losses coming by six points or less. Sarkisian was heavily criticized for the Falcons’ red zone woes, and while that performance appeared to improve in the middle of the season, the team has slumped again in finishing games.

“It hasn’t been to the level that we’ve needed to for a while, not just in the last few weeks,” Quinn said. “To have some of these inconsistencies show up over an extended period of time has been definitely something that’s been at the front of my mind.”

Manuel might get a little more of a break than Sarkisian since the Falcons’ defense has dealt with a barrage of injuries. Middle linebacker Deion Jones, safety Keanu Neal and free safety Ricardo Allen were all on injured reserve this season.

Offensive guards Andy Levitre and Brandon Fusco and running back Devonta Freeman were also placed on IR.