The Arizona Cardinals wanted to make Steve Sarkisian their new offensive coordinator under rookie head coach Kliff Kingsbury, but Sarkisian is reportedly heading back to the college game.
Via ESPN’s Dianna Russini, Arizona offered Sarkisian a job as coordinator, but he has declined the position. Russini tweeted Saturday night that sources told her the 44-year-old will return to Alabama to coach with Nick Saban.
A little earlier Saturday, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo tweeted that Sarkisian was “unlikely” to join Kingsbury’s Arizona staff.
Sarkisian was Alabama’s offensive coordinator in 2016. Sirius XM’s Alex Marvez reported that the Sarkisian was “in the mix” for the Detroit Lions opening too.
The Cardinals reportedly will interview former New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo for the coordinator spot. McAdoo ran the Giants’ offense before being hired as head coach.