Former BYU quarterback Steve Sarkisian, now in his first year as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, and Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll have an extensive history.
The pair worked together at USC in the 2000s, when Carroll was the head coach of the Trojans and Sarkisian served as an assistant coach — both as a quarterbacks coach and an offensive coordinator — under Carroll.
On Monday, the pair will be reunited when Sarkisian's Falcons travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks on Monday Night Football.
"I can honestly say if there's one person that I can say that I wouldn't be where I'm at today without that person, that would be Pete Carroll," Sarkisian told ESPN. "What he's done for my career, the mentorship that he's provided me as a young coach, as a young position coach, as a young coordinator, as a young head coach, he's just been that person for me in our profession. And fortunate to be associated with him."
Carroll, likewise, has positive things to say about his former assistant.
"He’s done nothing but successful stuff when he gets an opportunity. He’s righted some issues that he’s taken at hand, so I’m really proud of him. It will be fun to compete against him," Carroll said of Sarkisian, according to USA Today.
Monday's game is also a reunion of sorts for Sarkisian's college coaching days at another Pac-12 school. He served as the head coach for the University of Washington program from 2009-13, and that included playing all of the Huskies' home games in 2012 at the Seahawks' CenturyLink Field.
“It was five really good years," Sarkisian told The Seattle Times. "Developed really good relationships not only at the University of Washington but in the community and with a lot of guys who are associated with the Seahawks, as well.’’
Will Chiefs' struggles hinder a playoff run?
Earlier this season, Kansas City — with former Utah quarterback Alex Smith and coach Andy Reid, with his BYU ties, leading the way — appeared to be a strong contender to make a run at Super Bowl XLII.LII. The Chiefs marched out to a 5-0 start, including a convincing victory over defending champion New England in Week 1, and Smith was putting up MVP numbers.
But Kansas City has since slumped to a 1-4 record over the past five games, including a 12-9 overtime loss to the struggling New York Giants on Sunday. Smith had his first multi-interception game of the year and the Kansas City offense struggled to get on track.
"Reid's play-calling and quarterback Alex Smith's execution weren't up to the task as the Chiefs failed to get into the end zone," Sporting News' Vinnie Iyer wrote.
Is this slump revealing Kansas City as a team that's simply not strong enough to make a serious run at the Super Bowl?
"A Super Bowl-bound team doesn’t have such a misstep. The Patriots and Steelers are getting better. Both had impressive victories this weekend. The Chiefs are being exposed as a pretender," The Washington Post's Mark Maske wrote.
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Former BYU cornerback Michael Davis had one of his most impactful games as a rookie on Sunday in the Los Angeles Chargers' 54-24 blowout win over the Buffalo Bills. He tied his career high with three solo tackles and added a pass deflection for Los Angeles.
"Michael Davis in for Casey Hayward at CB as the Chargers start to cycle out frontline players to rest for Thursday's game against the Dallas Cowboys," ESPN's Eric D. Williams wrote.