Video: Steve Sarkisian mic'd up at Falcons minicamp

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday July 02, 2017

Steve Sarkisian went from Alabama analyst to offensive coordinator of the NFL’s best offense in just the span of a few months, and he’s enjoying it.

The Falcons released a video of Sarkisian mic’d up at minicamp recently, and it included a lot of bouncing around and joking.

Sarkisian was last in the NFL in 2004 with the Oakland Raiders. The game — and play-calling — has changed a lot since then, and that will be his biggest adjustment come preseason.

“One of the biggest things for me that I’m going to have to figure out here in the (pre)season is the ability to talk to the quarterback from the press box,” Sarkisian said earlier this month. “(It’s) 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. Now, having that and not having had a game yet, that’s something that still unknown. That’s the biggest unknown.

“We do in practice. I have the walkie-talkie, but it’s a different vantage point. I’ve always called plays my entire career from the field. So, it will be a feeling out process in the (pre)season. I’m going to alternate games on the field and then in the press box just to see what is going to be the best case scenario for us, not only for Matt, but for myself and for us as an offense.”

The Falcons will report for training camp on July 26.

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