Sarkisian took over for Kyle Shanahan, who went on to become the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. While the offense has under-performed, the Falcons aren't going anywhere until they get their run defense fixed.
Over the past three games, all losses, the Falcons have given up 117, 138 and 162 yards to drop from ninth in the rankings to 16th.
The New York Jets, who feature running backs Bilal Powell (4.7 per carry), Matt Forte (4.4 per carry) and Elijah McGuire (4.0 per carry), average 103.3 yards per game, which ranks 19th in the league. They are next up for the Falcons' leaky run defense.
"Like a lot of runs that happen, somebody is in the wrong spot, in the wrong gap," Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said. "That's usually what takes place when a run gets manufactured, especially an explosive one. We're more of an eight-man front team. When you get out of the gap, there are going to be consequences to that. When we get to playing, it's better to be on third down, but also stop some drives too. Then they get another shot at it, another shot at it, and another shot at it."
Against Miami, Jay Ajayi had 130 of the 138 yards.
The Jets will try to follow the New England approach and go with the hot hand.
Quinn doesn't believe it's an issue of not being physical enough up front on defense.
"I know you certainly could see it that way when you look at just a stat number as it goes," Quinn said. "But I thought Ish (Kemal Ishmael) really tackled well, and I thought Keke (Keanu Neal) really tackled well.
"Inside, I thought Grady (Jarrett) and (Dontari) Poe were square and strong inside. So those things are what I was looking for in the game. At the end, no, I'm not happy with the result of the numbers of rushes and the yards, but the tackling was improved."
Jets head coach Todd Bowles entered the season as a lock to be the first coach fired during the 2017 season.
But after the front office dumped all of the team's key veteran talent, Bowles is bucking the odds as he has the Jets off to a 3-4 start with Josh McCown as his quarterback.
Bowles was interviewed for the Falcons' vacant position after Mike Smith was fired. Quinn, with his ties to New Jersey, was thought to be the leader for the Jets job.
SERIES HISTORY: 12th regular-season meeting. Falcons lead series, 6-5. The Jets won the last meeting 30-28 as Geno Smith tossed three touchdown passes on Oct. 7, 2013 at the Georgia Dome.
The Falcons re-signed linebacker Sean Weatherspoon for his third tour of duty with the team. Also, rookie weak-side linebacker Duke Riley suffered a knee injury against New England on Sunday and is set to have surgery.
"Spoon is back where he wanted to be," his agent, Ryan Williams, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "He's healthy and ready to go."
Weatherspoon, 29, will be a popular addition in the locker room and for the fan base. The Falcons selected him 19th in the 2010 draft. Weatherspoon was on his way to Pro-Bowl status until a rash of injuries knocked him off his course in 2013. He has started 44 of 65 games.
After 2013, he left for Arizona as a free agent because they guaranteed more money. He returned to the Falcons in 2016 only to suffer a ruptured Achilles in Week 5.
Weatherspoon was a starter on the 2012 defense that reached the NFC Championship Game and came within six yards of reaching the Super Bowl.
Weatherspoon has been angling for a return since the offseason. He has been a regular at Falcons' home games and he let team officials know that he's in shape if needed.
In six seasons -- five with the Falcons -- Weatherspoon racked up 338 combined tackles, eight sacks, 15 pass deflections and one touchdown.
Riley appeared in all six Falcons games, including five starts. He had eight tackles and 11 assists. The Falcons have not announced that Riley will require surgery.
To make room for Weatherspoon, the Falcons waived defensive lineman Joe Vellano.
The Jets' major problems has been penalties.
The Jets have committed 67 penalties for 546 yards. They are fourth in the league. Only Seattle (70), San Francisco (68) and Kansas City (68) have more.
The Falcons have 46 penalties for 333 yards.
The Jets have been called for 13 offensive holding penalties, 10 defensive holding penalties. They had 12 penalties for 124 yards in the loss to Miami. The Jets have had 10 or more penalties in three games this season.
"The penalties are very frustrating," head coach Todd Bowles said. "The guys understand it's important. We've got to have more poise under pressure."
Cornerback Buster Skrine is second on the Jets with six penalties for 71 yards and struggled in coverage against Miami's Jarvis Landry last week.
"He had some technique errors," Bowles said. "There are some things we can work on."
In the case of the Falcons' deep passing attack, practice makes perfect. And the Falcons didn't get a lot of time to practice.
The downfield passing attack has struggled this season for the Falcons, 3-3 after a 23-7 loss to the Patriots Sunday night. One theory is that the Falcons didn't get to work on the timing of their deep passing game over the offseason because Julio Jones (toe) and speedy wide receiver Taylor Gabriel (lower leg) were out injured. The Falcons continue to miss on those deep passes in the latest loss. Quarterback Matt Ryan was 0-for-4 when throwing deep passes of 20 or more yards. He is 4 of 23 on deep throws this year and has a 74.4 passer rating on those throws, which ranks 24th out of 33 quarterbacks, according to profootballfocus.com.
NOTES: QB Matt Ryan has 61 straight games of throwing for at least 200 yards and has thrown a touchdown pass in 24 straight games, which is currently the longest streak in the NFL. ... LB Deion Jones has led the Falcons in tackles with 11 in each of the past two games. He was limited in practice with an ankle injury. ... DE Vic Beasley Jr., who is coming off a hamstring injury, recorded his third sack of the season against New England. ... DT Courtney Upshaw, who was coming off an ankle and knee injury, played 20 of 74 defensive snaps (27 percent) against New England. He did not register any stats. He was limited in practice on Wednesday with an ankle injury. ... RB Tevin Coleman (knee) was limited in practice. ... LB Jordan Tripp (concussion) did not practice. ... LB Duke Riley (knee) did not practice.