Sark­isian un­likely to join Car­di­nals’ staff

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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.

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