After it seemed like Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury was set to bring departing Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian on board, it's now looking like Sark isn't headed to Glendale after all. And that might be music to the ears of a certain college juggernaut's fans.
Sarkisian is reportedly not expected to join Kingsbury's staff, and according to ESPN's Dianna Russini, he's on his way back to Tuscaloosa for a reunion with the Alabama Crimson Tide.
While the Arizona Cardinals offered Steve Sarkisian the offensive coordinator position, sources say he will headed back to coach with Nick Saban at Alabama.— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) January 13, 2019
Sarkisian is still pursuing an OC job following his firing in Atlanta, and while he's not officially out of the running for a spot on Matt Patricia's Lions staff, it's hard to deny the Bama allure.
He previously ran Saban's offense in 2016. That year's Tide team famously lost to -- you guessed it -- the Clemson Tigers in the national championship.
Sarksian's Falcons' offenses put up some impressive numbers, but a lot of that is the product of having Matt Ryan at quarterback and Julio Jones at wide receiver. Their inefficiency in the red zone was almost comical.
Without Sarkisian, it seems like Kingsbury will maintain a great deal of control over the look and feel of his offense, which should be an exciting proposition for Cardinals fans.
They shouldn't be overjoyed, however. There is still a chance that Ben McAdoo and his Cheesecake Factory menu of a playbook end up running the show in the desert.