Black Monday continues in the NFL, this time with the Falcons cleaning house.
The Falcons fired all three coordinators Monday, but will keep coach Dan Quinn, the team announced Monday.
Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel and special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong got the ax one day after the Falcons defeated the Buccaneers, 34-32.
Despite the win, it was a disappointing season for Atlanta, which went 7-9 and was riddled by injuries. Multiple starters, especially on defense, either missed most or all of the season, leaving the Falcons depleted.
“All three of these men are excellent coaches that I have a lot of respect for,” Quinn said in a statement. “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.”
The decision to fire Armstrong was especially hard, since he had been with the team since 2008.
“Coach Armstrong helped develop some really good players on our kicking units over his time here,” Quinn said. “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.”
The Falcons have a litany of options to choose from to replace their coordinators, given that six head coaches have been fired within the past 24 hours.
As of Monday, the list of fired coaches includes the Broncos’ Vance Joseph, Jets’ Todd Bowles, Buccaneers’ Dirk Koetter, Cardinals’ Steve Wilks, Dolphins’ Adam Gase and Bengals’ Marvin Lewis. They join Hue Jackson and Mike McCarthy, who were fired earlier in the season by the Browns and Packers, respectively.