Falcons hire Mark Collins as defensive assistant

Mark Collins  (The University of Georgia)

Mark Collins (The University of Georgia)

The Falcons hired Mark Collins to serve a defensive assistant coach on Monday.

Collins has spent 11 years coaching in the college ranks.

He coached the safeties for Louisiana-Monroe last season after serving as a graduate assistant at the University of Georgia in 2007.

Collins, a 1998 graduate of East Tennessee State, has had coaching stints at East Tennessee State, Michigan, Elon and Georgia Southern.

Collins was the defensive coordinator at Elon and worked under Falcons defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder while at Georgia Southern. He coaches the linebackers at Georgia Southern.

Collins was named as The Citadel’s defensive coordinator in February.

Collins will work closely with VanGorder, but will not be assigned a specific position group to coach.

32 comments Add your comment

Harry

March 22nd, 2010
4:06 pm

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 22nd, 2010
4:09 pm

Guess the Citidel coordinator job didn’t turn out so well.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 22nd, 2010
4:12 pm

BA — They joys of the Southern Conference can’t compare to the NFL.

THIRD!

Row 3

March 22nd, 2010
4:12 pm

DOL..Did we have an opening for a [Not to be assigned a specific position group] coach?

falcon fan

March 22nd, 2010
4:17 pm

As long as he’ll help us get better

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

March 22nd, 2010
4:19 pm

is a graduate assistant considered a coach ? do they get a salary ?

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 22nd, 2010
4:28 pm

Damn, forgot to say second! Lose three brownie points and turn the TV of for 30 seconds :-) .

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 22nd, 2010
4:36 pm

Row 3: He replaces Joe Danna, who worked mostly with the DBs, but team what say what his role will be other than he’ll be working closely with BVG.

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 22nd, 2010
4:38 pm

D-Led, are you in Orlando now for the meetings?

Row 3

March 22nd, 2010
4:57 pm

Any word on when the comp picks might be announced?

Walter

March 22nd, 2010
4:58 pm

We got a 3rd and 5th round pick.

reckinball

March 22nd, 2010
5:25 pm

Enter your comments here

WreckinBall

March 22nd, 2010
5:28 pm

Go Falcons! Lookout Saints!

Eddie

March 22nd, 2010
5:30 pm

Do we know where he will be helping out the defense at? I assuming the 2ndary.

Eddie

March 22nd, 2010
5:34 pm

nevermind i see my q has been answered? Not sure I like the pick up I’m a Ga southern Alum so I’m not a big fan of Van Gorder.

Row 3

March 22nd, 2010
5:53 pm

I’m happy with a Third and Fifth, there’s talent to be had in those rounds.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 22nd, 2010
6:30 pm

Chucktown 38

March 22nd, 2010
6:31 pm

I think I might have to find a NEW TEAM to cheer for if the Falcons keep this up with all the past dawgs being hired! It’s really not attractive, Falcons fan for 35 years

waynester

March 22nd, 2010
6:46 pm

DLed
Seems Collins moves around almost as much as BVG. Hope he’ll stick around awhile now that he’s here! Welcome aboard….

falcon 71

March 22nd, 2010
6:47 pm

whats the purpose of this guy? does he bring the donuts? is my season ticket money paying for this?

Jake

March 22nd, 2010
7:37 pm

We have the best QB, owner and management team in place. Stay excited. We are close.

King Ealey

March 22nd, 2010
7:53 pm

Chuck town 38: There is a reason that so many Former UGA players and coaches are in the NFL. Don’t be mad!!

thunderbull56

March 22nd, 2010
7:57 pm

Totally off topic,but if Byron “Juan Marichal” Leftwich can hang around as long as he has, then as much a gator hater as I am, Tebow has a helluva chance.

WreckinBall

March 22nd, 2010
8:18 pm

FALCONS – Best team in the South.

cdog

March 22nd, 2010
8:56 pm

THE FALCONS NEED TO BE ADDING GREAT PLAYERS INSTEAD OF COACHES. GREAT PLAYERS ARE WHAT WIN THE SUPERBOWL NOT COACHES

Samuel

March 23rd, 2010
9:01 am

Sounds like Collins is Vangrder’s boy…………….

michaelgee

March 23rd, 2010
10:44 am

I’m with Eddie, BVG was a wash at Southern, he showed zero here.

Steiner

March 24th, 2010
9:24 am

michaelgee:
Coach Van Gorder had a lot to clean up a Georgia Southern, and spent a lot of his time getting kids back to study halls and the like….He is doing now what he excels at, and that is coaching the defense….Of course, michaelgee, no one could do it as good as you could….Maybe they hire you next….

Steiner

March 24th, 2010
9:26 am

Chucktown 38:
Why don’t you find a new team….With this kind of weak support for the Falcons, they would never miss you….Tech comes to mind…

Ackshun

March 25th, 2010
12:24 am

OH GOD PLEASE LET FOOTBALL SEASON START SPENDING SUNDAYS WITH MY WIFE”S FAMILY IS DRIVING ME INSANE!!!!

Big Lou

April 4th, 2010
12:46 pm

Good hire…known him since little before his Michigan days. Hard worker and smart.

RTEEE

June 2nd, 2010
12:32 am

WELL WELL WELL!!! listening 2 most of you guys makes me wonder why the Falcons didnn’t hire one of you guys. most of you seem to think you have all of the answers. Collins is working his way up the ladder the hard way and that usually means moving around from school to school and better coaching job to the next. Give the guy a chance before you cut down.