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Report: Steve Sarkisian trying to land NFL assistant job

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Head coach Steve Sarkisian of the USC Trojans shouts during warmups for the game with the Idaho Vandals at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) Getty Images

There are plenty of coaches trying to land a head coaching job in the NFL right now, but some know that they need to aim a bit lower if they want to land a new gig this offseason.

Former USC coach Steve Sarkisian would fit in the second category. Sarkisian was fired in October a day after taking a leave of absence because of alcohol problems that reportedly included showing up to work intoxicated on his final day with the team. Sarkisian went into rehab and sued the school for wrongful termination, claiming that his alcohol dependency makes him a person with a disability and “instead of accommodating Steve Sarkisian’s disability, USC kicked him to the curb.”

While that suit is playing out, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Sarkisian is trying to land a job¬†with an NFL team as a quarterbacks coach or offensive coordinator. His only previous NFL experience came in 2004 as the quarterbacks coach with the Raiders and Sarkisian landed on Pete Carroll’s staff at USC the next year.

Sarkisian went 12-6 over parts of two seasons as USC’s head coach and 34-29 in five seasons at the University of Washington.

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24 Responses to “Report: Steve Sarkisian trying to land NFL assistant job”
  1. anonymousnevermindfishdeath says: Jan 6, 2016 7:54 AM

    Anywhere but New Orleans, Steve!

  2. unclebluck says: Jan 6, 2016 8:00 AM

    Its a no brainier. Hire the drunk!! What could go wrong?

  3. tonebones says: Jan 6, 2016 8:00 AM

    Sark you might get sympathy from a lot of people because we know humans aren’t perfect. But then you turn around and sue USC because they didn’t do you right? Now you sound like Adrian Peterson, wanting to blame someone else for their own actions.

  4. addict2sport says: Jan 6, 2016 8:10 AM

    I’m sure NFL teams can find other candidates without the threat of a lawsuit to worry about. Coaching in the NFL is pretty stressful as well. For his kids sake, I hope Sark is taking his health and need for sobriety seriously and prioritizes that over a quick return to coaching.

  5. ravensfan56 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:14 AM

    Stop, please!

  6. collectordude says: Jan 6, 2016 8:17 AM

    I don’t see any team hiring him.

  7. gudy2shoes says: Jan 6, 2016 8:27 AM

    10 foot pole anyone?

  8. scrimshawturtle says: Jan 6, 2016 8:36 AM

    He’s suing his former employer for having fired him for showing up to work drunk on multiple occasions. He now claims he’s disabled as a result of his own actions. Hard to imagine too many prospective employers being anxious to hire him. Good luck Cutty Sark.

  9. nfl1818 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:41 AM

    He seems to have a behavior and judgement problem, and is now biting the hand that fed him.

    Not a recipe for high demand.

  10. 2since96 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:46 AM

    So, let me get this straight, Mr….Sarkisian, is it? You have an open lawsuit against your previous employer for wrongful termination, because your “alcoholism” is a disability, and you want ME to hire YOU?

    LOL @ the Sark still sippin that sizzurp

  11. spiffybiff says: Jan 6, 2016 8:47 AM

    As far as a qb coach or coordinator he will eventually but he maybe getting his hopes up too soon. Likely gonna have to sit a season or two

  12. groleo45 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:49 AM

    Maybe a front office gig in Indy?

  13. mysterytonite says: Jan 6, 2016 8:51 AM

    He heard the guy from money ball got hired in Cleveland and misheard it for highball.

  14. PokeSalad says: Jan 6, 2016 9:06 AM

    I can’t think of anyone more qualified to be Johnny Manziel’s personal QB guru.

  15. pinkmist4 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:11 AM

    Well, the Browns DO need a QB coach for Johnny Highball…..

  16. dprouse says: Jan 6, 2016 9:45 AM

    He might get hired one day, but first he’ll need to go through the whole public shaming ritual, a.k.a. the interview/talk show circuit, and demonstrate that he is clean and sober. We haven’t seen him in public yet, nor do we have details of his rehab. As a result, there is no way to judge whether in fact he is a changed man, or if he is still in denial. I’m going with the latter right now….

  17. oldcracker says: Jan 6, 2016 9:59 AM

    You would have to be drunk, or high, to work for the Browns.

  18. whyalwaysthehate says: Jan 6, 2016 10:10 AM

    I’ll drink to that!

  19. TomsulasMustache says: Jan 6, 2016 10:12 AM

    What a quack

  20. jaxbeachsurfshop says: Jan 6, 2016 10:19 AM

    Clay Helton is interviewing Clancy Pendergast for USC DC job. Steve maybe you can interview for the OC job at USC. I mean that’s what USC is now… Using the same 10 guys and promoting or demoting them while never getting any new ideas.

    Feel bad for USC fans. It’s gonna be a looooong time before they sniff 10 win seasons again. Shoulda stuck with Kiffin. But ol Patty Haden just had to fire him on the Tarmac.

    Anyways, Sark, you’re drunk if you think anyone will hire someone as delusional and arrogant as you. Suing USC was as punk ass as one can get. Good luck in your sobriety.

  21. realfootballfan says: Jan 6, 2016 10:52 AM

    In other words, no one at the college level will hire him because he’s still in denial about being a drunk.

  22. jmd0722 says: Jan 6, 2016 12:20 PM

    Have Jerry Jones hire Sark to coach Johnny Football, they make a ideal trio.

  23. packergator says: Jan 6, 2016 3:07 PM

    Sounds like the kind of guy who would say that he’s too drunk to take a breathalyzer test after getting stopped by a cop for – wait for it – DUI.

  24. brucetrimble says: Jan 6, 2016 8:35 PM

    Cheers to Sark!

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