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Falcons' new coordinator says alcoholism a daily battle

Since an embarrassing downfall at Southern Cal, Steve Sarkisian has certainly caught plenty of breaks in his professional life.

He called plays for Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide in the national championship game.

Now, he's got an opportunity to run the Atlanta Falcons' offense, inheriting a high-scoring team that just made it to the Super Bowl behind MVP quarterback Matt Ryan.

But Sarkisian's personal demons are something he must keep a handle on every day.

During a conference call Thursday introducing the Falcons' new offensive coordinator, he talked openly about the battle with alcoholism that cost him his last head coaching job in 2015.

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