Steve Sarkisian

Steve Sarkisian trying to block out the noise with Falcons

Steve Sarkisian trying to block out the noise with Falcons

There are two four-letter words that are essentially forbidden at Atlanta Falcons headquarters: “last” and “year.”

To a person, the Falcons have no interest in discussing the 2016 season, and certainly not in comparison to this year. That’s not just because the team blew a 28-3 lead over New England in the Super Bowl, an epic collapse on the biggest stage, but because the task at hand, the incremental march forward, demands every ounce of their attention.

That said, in replacing Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator and taking over one of the most prolific units in NFL history, it’s as if Steve Sarkisian was handed the keys to a Lamborghini and — at least from outside the...

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