Sarkisian to call games from sideline

New Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian calls plays from the sidelines during the exhibition game against the Arizona Cardinals at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian has called plays from the sidelines his entire career and plans to continue doing so this season, he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday.

Sarkisian experimented during the exhibition season as he called plays from the press box against Pittsburgh and from the sidelines against Miami and Arizona. Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel will also call the defense from the field.
Former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan called the offense from the press box last season.

“That’s something that I know Kyle (Shanahan) took advantage of a year ago,” Sarkisian said in June. “He went to the press box and he was still able to call plays to (quarterback) Matt (Ryan) from the press box, which is a little foreign to me because during my time in Oakland when I was talking to Rich Gannon and Kerry Collins I had to be on the field to do that.”

Technology has advanced from 2004 when Sarkisian was with the Raiders as their quarterbacks coach. There is now a direct line of communication from the coaching to the quarterback’s helmet before the start of each play during a game.

ATLANTA FALCONS 2017 EXHIBITION SEASON

GAME THREE: CARDINALS 24, FALCONS 14

Report card: Cardinals 24, Falcons 14

What the Falcons had to say after the 24-14 loss

What Dan Quinn had to say after the 24-14 loss

What Matt Ryan had to say after the 24-14 loss

Injury report: Three players declared out for Jacksonville game

GAME TWO: STEELERS 17, FALCONS 13

Report card: Steelers 17, Falcons 13

Mauger makes magical interception

McKinley gives Falcons’ pass rush a boost

What Dan Quinn had to say after the 17-13 loss

What Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had to say

Schweitzer went to battle against Tuitt

GAME ONE: DOLPHINS 23, FALCONS 20

Report card: Dolphins 23, Falcons 20

6 things we learned from the 23-20 loss to the Dolphins

What Devonta Freeman had to say after the 23-20 loss

What Dan Quinn had to say about the loss to the Dolphins

Reader Comments 0

2 comments
DarlaLewis
DarlaLewis

I think you get a better feel for the game and you get Player feedback fast and it could be important especially when the game get's chaotic.

appomattoxday
appomattoxday

Not to flip but following a routine and structure in one's life is a big part of someone in rehab. So the sidelines it is for Sark.