The Arizona Cardinals offered Steve Sarkisian the offensive coordinator position, but he instead has agreed to return to Alabama to work on Nick Saban’s staff, sources told ESPN’s Dianna Russini on Saturday.
Sarkisian is expected to become the team’s offensive coordinator, sources told ESPN’s Chris Low. Former co-offensive coordinator Josh Gattis left the Tide recently for Michigan, and former quarterbacks coach and associate head coach Dan Enos, who reportedly was in line to be Alabama’s offensive coordinator and playcaller next season, left Friday to become Miami’s offensive coordinator.
Sarkisian was fired by the Atlanta Falcons following the regular season after a two-year run as their offensive coordinator.
Prior to joining Atlanta in February 2017, Sarkisian was an offensive analyst for the Crimson Tide. He took over as offensive coordinator for the team in the College Football Playoff title game after Lane Kiffin departed to become Florida Atlantic‘s head coach.
Sarkisian was previously the head coach at USC and Washington. Before joining the Falcons, his only NFL coaching experience came in 2004, when he was the Oakland Raiders‘ quarterbacks coach under then-head coach Norv Turner.