Steve Sarkisian: His Battle Against Alcoholism and Running the Falcons Offense


By Jonathan Jones

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FLOWERY BRANCH, GA. — By the time training camp opened this summer, the Falcons were done talking about 28-3. Nearly in unison, players and coaches declared they had moved on from the Super Bowl LI collapse, declining any request for comment regarding the events of Feb. 5.

Steve Sarkisian wasn’t around for the Super Bowl. He replaced Kyle Shanahan—who will get 28-3 questions for the rest of his life, or at least until he wins a Super Bowl—as offensive coordinator in Atlanta, and therefore never has and never will have to dodge those queries. Instead, Sarkisian gets to discuss his battle with alcoholism, a disease that led to his humiliating ouster at Southern Cal.

When asked about it, Sarkisian can’t—or doesn’t—simply just smile. He doesn’t give an, “Aw shucks, the past is the past and we’re focused on the future.” Unlike so many who have battled addiction, he didn’t get the opportunity to decide whether he’d fight this publicly or privately. That decision was made for him nearly two years ago via…click here to continue reading