Report: Steve Sarkisian trying to land NFL assistant job

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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.