Falcons stand by offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian

From ESPN - January 14, 2018

PHILADELPHIA -- The Atlanta Falcons continue to stand behind first-year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian despite the offensive issues that eventually led to the team's demise.

The Falcons scored just one touchdown in Saturday's 15-10 divisional playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. It marked the seventh time the Falcons failed to score 20 points this season, and they went 0-7 in those games. The Falcons, who led the league at 33.8 points per a game a year ago en route to the Super Bowl, finished the 2017 season averaging just 22.1 points per game.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn expressed support for Sarkisian despite the obvious offensive problems.

"I recognize that goes with the job, and so does Sark," Quinn said of the criticism. "Like all things, we assess it all the way through. How can we do things better? There are a lot of things that Sark has brought to our team that we really like.

"I can take a long time to go through different spots, so it's easy to place blame all onto one person, and that's a shared responsibility when we do not achieve at the level that we would like to. There are a lot of really good things that we have done, and it was highlighted certainly [Saturday night] where we did not get the job done at the end of the game."

The Falcons could have pulled out a victory in Philadelphia but Matt Ryan could not roll out and connect with Julio Jones on a fourth-and-goal play from the Eagles' 2-yard line with 54 seconds remaining.

Eagles safety Rodney McLeod knew what play was coming after remembering it from the week's preparations.

"As soon as I saw the tight end come over [in motion], I was like, 'There it is,'" McLeod said. "This is everything you dream of as a player, you do your studying, you do your preparing, and they come out and run the identical play. And the guys did a good job of stopping it, man."

They faced first-and-goal from the 9 with 1:19 remaining and two timeouts left. However, four consecutive pass plays did not work against the Eagles' defense. The Falcons did not make a rushing attempt despite the fact that Tevin Coleman ran the ball effectively throughout the game, averaging 7.9 yards per carry.


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