Sarkisian adding new wrinkles to Falcons’ offense

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 7: Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day on January 7, 2017 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

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TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 7: Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day on January 7, 2017 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

The Falcons’ offensive players are in the early stages of building a relationship with their new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.

“Sark is really good,” center Alex Mack said. “He’s an upbeat guy. Really positive. Great message about how there is always change and moving forward in any organization. One season is always different from the next. It’s about trying to grow from there and trying to get the most out of every day.”

Sarkisian replaced Kyle Shanahan, who left to become San Francisco’s head coach. While Sarkisian is keeping the offense, which led the NFL in scoring in 2016, intact, he’s also adding some new wrinkles.

“Sark is awesome,” wide receiver Mohamed Sanu said. “He’s come in and he’s adding a lot of his offense in with a mixture of the offense that we had in the past. Everything is just coming out smooth. It seems like him and (quarterback) Matt (Ryan) gel well and everybody in the offense gels well with him. I’m excited to get out on the field and see how we operate as an offense.”

How much mixing is he doing?

“It’s not many different wrinkles,” Sanu said. “It’s just a piece of his system and he’s just adding it in. We are just keeping the ball rolling.”