Report: Steve Sarkisian, Nathaniel Hackett in the mix for Lions offensive coordinator

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The Lions parted ways with offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter shortly after the end of the regular season and there was little immediate indication about what direction they were looking in to find a replacement.

Thursday brings a report that a couple of recently dispatched coordinators are in the mix for the job. Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports that Detroit is considering Steve Sarkisian and Nathaniel Hackett to run the offense.

Marvez reports that Sarkisian has also spoken to the Cardinals since being fired by the Falcons earlier this month, although that job would not call for Sarkisian to call the offensive plays as head coach Kliff Kingsbury would take on that role. Sarkisian spent two years running the Atlanta offense.

Hackett was fired by the Jaguars in November after moving up to the coordinator spot when the team fired Greg Olson in October 2016.

22 responses to “Report: Steve Sarkisian, Nathaniel Hackett in the mix for Lions offensive coordinator

  1. Sark, the guy who took over the Falcons offense and immediately had it scoring 11 points less per game than the season before. He’s your ticket, for sure.

  2. Patricia just wants a guy who wont bud heads with him when he says give Blount the ball. These aren’t inspiring hires. Patricia needs saavy offensive coach to help Stafford but his ego may be too big.

  3. mogogo1 says: “Sark, the guy who took over the Falcons offense and immediately had it scoring 11 points less per game than the season before. He’s your ticket, for sure.”
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    You do know that when Kyle Shanahan took over the 2015 Falcon’s offense (339 points), they scored LESS than Dirk Koetter’s 2014 (381 points) offense, right? He must’ve suck too.

    And Sarkisian’s first year they scored 353 points, more than Shanahan’s first try. So maybe, just maybe, 2016 was a very good but lucky year where everything went right, including being mostly injury-free.

  4. These are the two worst possible hires for an NFL OC walking the face of the earth. If you’re a Lions season ticket holder that stumbles across this article, I can only ask you, why?

  5. I never got the whole fan game here of you want the other 3 teams in your division to be weak. I realize it’s trolls doing it, but come on, grow up. Learn some football.

    I prefer all the teams in the NFC North to be strong. I like division battles and am proud when the Packers NFC North division is strong top to bottom.

    Am I happy Minnesota missed the playoffs for 2nd time in 3 yrs and doing absolutely nothing to improve themselves? No I am not happy. I laugh a bit at how pathetic their fan base is, but want the whole NFC North strong.

    #GoPackGo!🧀

  6. superpatriotsfan says: “LMAO Hackett! In his last year with the Jags he was the worst offense in front of the Cards. How does this guy still get a job?”
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    Only because he was stuck with a head coach Doug Marrone that refused to let him incorporate any pass plays and demanded they just keep running the ball, even though the offensive line had so many injuries it was down to the 7th or 8th player on the depth chart…

  7. Why do fired failures keep getting jobs with other teams? Is the NLF coaching market that small, or is the fraternity that tight? Sark – really? I have a hard time seeing “winners” in these guys. Way too much negative history to hire.

  8. I’ll say it till I’m blue in the face; Bob Quinn has no busines running an NFL football team and Matt Patricia is in over his head. Next season is already over.

    And with the #1 pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select…

  9. This Jags fan thinks Hackett will be fine when he is not directing a ship captained by Bortles and Fournette with no-name receivers and 3rd string linemen.

  10. Surprised by this. I had them pegged for bringing in a guy like Chad O’Shea from the Patriots, now that McDaniels is staying. Quinn and Patricia are ex patriots, so why not another?

  11. 26predator says:
    January 10, 2019 at 3:24 pm
    I’ll say it till I’m blue in the face; Bob Quinn has no busines running an NFL football team and Matt Patricia is in over his head. Next season is already over.

    And with the #1 pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select…

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    The Lions would be (un)lucky enough to have the #1 pick the year before Trevor Lawrence is eligible.

  12. I have no doubt they will talk to both of these guys but if either was the top choice, they would have been hired by now. My money is on an assistant with one of the remaining playoff teams. My choice would be Mike McCarthy. Patricia could use an assistant with a ton of experience in the division, and McCarthy could show that it wasn’t all his Qb’s doing regarding his success in Green Bay. If there weren’t doubts about that, he would’ve been offered a job this year.

  13. golions1 says:
    January 10, 2019 at 4:29 pm
    …….. My money is on an assistant with one of the remaining playoff teams (Agree).
    My choice would be Mike McCarthy. Patricia could use an assistant with a ton of experience in the division, and McCarthy could show that it wasn’t all his Qb’s doing regarding his success in Green Bay. (McCarthy will never come back as an OC – Hes a HC or on the couch)
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    We will pilfer someone from the Patriots organization to be the H.C. The only way they know how to build the “Patriot Way” is to surround themselves with a bunch of ex-patriot players and coaches.

    Regardless, this ship is sinking. Quinn doesnt know how to be a real GM. Patricia isnt mature enough to be a HC. Whoever they bring in better prepare themselves for a 4-12 or 5-11 season because this is getting worse by the minute.

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