Sarkisian unlikely to join Cardinals’ staff
Former Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian is unlikely to join the Arizona Cardinals’ staff, NFL Network reported Saturday.
ESPN reported Friday that the Cardinals were closing in on a deal to sign Sarkisian to be their coordinator, but it appears that won’t happen.
New head coach Kliff Kingsbury is expected to call plays and run his own offense in Arizona, but he said he would like to hire a coordinator with NFL experience.
Sarkisian, 44, was fired after two years in Atlanta that did not live up to the heights of the Falcons’ 2016 offense. The group finished 10th in points and sixth in yards in the NFL this year after ranking 15th and eighth, respectively, in 2017.
The Cardinals also have interviewed former New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo for their coordinator opening. McAdoo, 41, spent last year out of football after being fired by New York, but he had a strong two-year run as the Giants offensive coordinator in 2014-15 before his promotion.
Arizona has finalized its other coordinator spots, with Vance Joseph signing on to run the defense and Jeff Rodgers staying in his position as special-teams coordinator.
GRONKOWSKI TO CONSIDER RETIREMENT AFTER SEASON
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is expected to contemplate retirement again this offseason, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Gronkowski, 29, told reporters last month he is not thinking about retirement after first broaching the subject following last season’s Super Bowl. Rapoport said those close to him think he’ll seriously consider it again, however.
Following New England’s Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Gronkowski would not commit to playing the 2018 season.
The ensuing offseason was tumultuous for Gronkowski, who was the subject of numerous trade rumors and skipped OTAs.