ith offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian Stitched Giorgio Tavecchio Jersey , who couldn’t fill the massive shoes left by former OC Kyle Shanahan. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the news on Monday, sharing that the Falcons will also move on from defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong. “All three of these men are excellent coaches that I have a lot of respect for,” Dan Quinn said Monday via the team’s media relations department. “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.”On Sark specifically, Quinn said that the team simply needs new direction. “Sark has shown he’s a good coach and play caller,” Quinn said. “After evaluating the entire season, I decided it was necessary that we had a new voice and direction for our offensive unit. I have a ton of respect for Sark, both personally and professionally, and I appreciate all he’s done during his time here.”Sarkisian was hired from the University of Alabama to fill Atlanta’s vacant OC job on February 7, 2017, following Shanahan’s departure to become the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.Despite being left with many of the same weapons which put up historic numbers in 2016, Sarkisian oversaw an offensive regression from second in yardage (6,653 total yards) and first in scoring (33.8 ppg) to eighth in yardage (5837) and 15th in scoring (22.1 ppg) in his first year as the team’s OC.Matt Ryan followed up an MVP season of 4 Youth Giorgio Tavecchio Jersey ,944 passing yards and a TD/INT ratio of 38/7 in 2016 with a rather pedestrian year of 4,095 passing yards and a TD/INT ratio of 20/12 in 2017, going from Shanahan to Sarkisian as his OC.The fanbase soured on Sark with some very questionable playcalls over the course of the year, such as a jet sweep out of an empty backfield with Taylor Gabriel on 4th and goal against the New England Patriots in Week 7, and a shovel pass to third-string RB Terron Ward on 2nd and goal on the final drive of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, to name a few.There was improvement in the 2018 season, as the Falcons remained in the top 10 in total offense and climbed closer to top 10 in scoring offense — upping their points to over 25 per game.Ryan reclaimed his MVP-like form, but the wins became fewer and farther between, and the offense went into a scoring draught where they put up just 20 points or fewer in every game of the team’s season-crippling five-game losing streak between weeks 10 and 14.With Sarkisian being relieved of his post, the Falcons will once again be on the hunt for a new offensive coordinator — their fifth in the Matt Ryan era.Darrell Bevell is a name which has already been linked to the team as a potential Sarkisian successor. Gary Kubiak is probably the most popular choice among the fans (and the writers here at The Falcoholic) to be the next OC.Our own Cory Woodroof compiled a list of potential successors who won’t require an overhaul of the team’s scheme.Atlanta’s vacant OC position will likely be one of the most sought-after assistant coaching positions in the NFL, because of the quarterback and the weapons which are already in place.We wish Steve Sarkisian the best of luck moving forward. It would be great to see him land on his feet somewhere because after all, he’s still a man who has a family to feed. EDTShareTweetShareShareFalcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Thursday, Mar. 21Jason Getz-USA TODAY SportsThe rapid-fire portion of free agency has passed and the 2019 NFL Draft is a bit over a month away. Blink your eyes and it’ll be rookie minicamp time. Folks Stitched Austin Hooper Jersey , we’re slowly emerging from the offseason doldrums, so read on for Falcons news and story lines in Thursday’s edition of Falcoholinks.Bruce is LooseThe Falcons brought in veteran defender Bruce Irvin midway through the 2018 season to add some oomph to an anemic pass-rush, and while he didn’t light the world on fire he proved a useful rotational piece along the line. For a team aching for any semblance of production on its defensive front, Irvin’s services were definitely appreciated. For that reason, it seemed likely that the team would elect to bring him back for the upcoming year. That was not to be, as Irvin was signed to a one-year contract with the rival Carolina Panthers. In fact, Atlanta reportedly did not attempt to retain him.The Falcons’ young pass-rushers could greatly benefit from a veteran presence on the defensive line, and with the Dolphins looking to deal Robert Quinn, one has to wonder if Atlanta is in the mix. Familiar face Adrian Clayborn is also a distinct possibility.MOOOOOOOCKIf you’re up to your eyeballs in mock drafts already, you know that Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver has been penciled in as Atlanta’s pick a billion times. It’s almost become an exercise in repetitive prediction — “Oh, another mock. Let’s see if it’s ... yep Ed Oliver.” Well not this one!A new face appears in SB Nation’s latest mock draft, so indulge your curiosities with a bit of a change of pace right here. Of course, the team has already met with one of this guy’s defensive counterparts a couple of times. Destination: Atlanta The Falcons may have spent the bulk of their available free agency cash Youth Austin Hooper Jersey , but that hasn’t stopped some NFL agents from weighing in on the most popular destinations for their clients. Dallas tops the list, with Atlanta following closely behind. Atlanta has an established music scene, a handful of colleges and universities, and more Waffle Houses per capita than any other city represented by an NFL team. Checks out.Breaking Down a New Acquisition James Carpenter became one of the newest Atlanta Falcons last week, brought in to add some heft to an offensive line that under-performed in 2018. At 6’5”, 321, Carpenter is a different build at guard than we’re used to under the Quinn regime. For that reason, The Falcoholic’s Allen Strk took a deep dive into what Carpenter’s signing means for Atlanta’s offensive front. This is must-read stuff, so be sure to get up to speed on the Falcons’ new face.