Coaches

Glenn Pires
Linebackers Coach

Biography

Glenn Pires will begin his sixth season as the Falcons linebackers coach in 2013. The 2013 campaign marks his 18th season overall in the NFL. Since 2008, Pires’ linebackers have helped Atlanta become the second stingiest unit in the NFC in points allowed (19.8 ppg).

Last season, Atlanta’s linebacker corps was paced by the direction of Pires. His starting linebackers, Sean Weatherspoon, Stephen Nicholas and Akeem Dent combined to tally 309 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 10 passes defensed, five sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Under the tutelage of Pires, the Falcons defense also witnessed the emergence of a new leader in Weatherspoon. The fourth-year linebacker out of Missouri embraced his new leadership role and flourished on the field by posting a career-high 114 tackles, six tackles for loss, four passes defensed, three sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 13 games.

Pires’ work also helped Dent, a second-year linebacker from the University of Georgia; develop into a solid starter for the Falcons defense. As a rookie in 2011, Dent collared 19 special teams tackles, but he was called on as a starter in 2012. He took to the challenge and with the help of Pires posted 79 tackles, five tackles for loss, and two passes defensed. Nicholas also produced a career-year last season as he collared a career and team-high 116 tackles, five tackles for loss, four passes defensed, two sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

In 2011, Pires’ crew of hard-working linebackers enabled the Falcons defense to finish sixth in the League in rush defense, allowing opponents to an average of just 97 yards per contest. Atlanta’s defense held eight of its 16 opponents to under 100 yards rushing, including four of its last eight games. This gritty defense also stopped opponents to the tune of just 37 scores in trips to the red zone for a 78.7 percentage, second-best red zone efficiency in the entire NFL in 2011.

Last season, through the direction of Pires, two of his linebackers were atop the leader board in the tackling department. Weatherspoon was one of those leaders and has grown tremendously in two years with the help of Pires. Weatherspoon racked up a career-high 127 tackles, with 86 solos, including double-digit stops in six games and added three sacks in 16 starts. As a rookie in 2010, the former number one pick out of Missouri ended up with 52 tackles in 11 games and showed glimpses of the consistent player he would become.

From 2009-2010, through the excellent coaching of Pires, the linebackers helped the Falcons defense rank 10th in the NFL in rushing defense, yielding 105.9 and 106.8 yards per game, respectively. The 2009 defense allowed just one 100-yard rusher the entire season and the Birds also enjoyed a productive streak of 10 consecutive quarters without allowing a touchdown.

In his first season in 2008, Pires’ relentless work with Curtis Lofton allowed the first-year player to earn All-Rookie honors from Sporting News and Pro Football Weekly as he finished with the second most tackles by any rookie with 108.

Prior to landing in Atlanta, Pries worked five seasons (2003-07) with the Miami Dolphins and coached such players as Pro Bowlers Zach Thomas and Joey Porter along with the talented Channing Crowder. Pires started his tenure with the Dolphins as the Assistant Defensive Line coach from 2003-04 and coached Pro Bowl defensive ends Jason Taylor and Adewale Ogunleye.

Before joining the Dolphins, Pires spent each of the previous two years (2001-02) as Linebackers Coach with the Detroit Lions. He got his start in the NFL coaching ranks tutoring the linebackers with the Arizona Cardinals in 1996 while spending the next five seasons at that post.

A four-year letterman as on offensive lineman at Springfield College (Massachusetts), Pires earned hisbachelor’sdegreeineducationfromtheschoolin 1980. He started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Melrose High School (Massachusetts). In 1983, he spent two seasons as a graduate assistant for Syracuse University before moving on to Dartmouth College where he served as the Defensive Line/Linebackers Coach from 1985-88. Pires returned to Syracuse in 1989 and coached the Orange defensive line for two seasons before handling outside linebackers from 1991- 94. His last stop in the collegiate ranks came at Michigan State University where he coached outside linebackers and handled recruiting duties in 1995.

A native of New Bedford, Mass., Pires and his wife, Lynn, have one daughter, Jackie and one son, Michael.

Pires’ Coaching Background
  • 2008-13 - Linebackers // Falcons
  • 2007 - Assistant Linebackers // Dolphins
  • 2005-06 - Def.Quality Control // Dolphins
  • 2003-04 - Assistant Defensive Line // Dolphins
  • 2001-02 - Linebackers // Lions
  • 1996-00 - Linebackers // Cardinals
  • 1995 - Outside LBs/Recru. Coor. // Mich. St.
  • 1991-94 - Outside Linebackers // Syracuse
  • 1989-90 - Defensive Line // Syracuse
  • 1985-88 - Defensive Line/LBs // Dartmouth

Glenn Pires will begin his sixth season as the Falcons linebackers coach in 2013. The 2013 campaign marks his 18th season overall in the NFL. Since 2008, Pires’ linebackers have helped Atlanta become the second stingiest unit in the NFC in points allowed (19.8 ppg).

Last season, Atlanta’s linebacker corps was paced by the direction of Pires. His starting linebackers, Sean Weatherspoon, Stephen Nicholas and Akeem Dent combined to tally 309 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 10 passes defensed, five sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Under the tutelage of Pires, the Falcons defense also witnessed the emergence of a new leader in Weatherspoon. The fourth-year linebacker out of Missouri embraced his new leadership role and flourished on the field by posting a career-high 114 tackles, six tackles for loss, four passes defensed, three sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 13 games.

Pires’ work also helped Dent, a second-year linebacker from the University of Georgia; develop into a solid starter for the Falcons defense. As a rookie in 2011, Dent collared 19 special teams tackles, but he was called on as a starter in 2012. He took to the challenge and with the help of Pires posted 79 tackles, five tackles for loss, and two passes defensed. Nicholas also produced a career-year last season as he collared a career and team-high 116 tackles, five tackles for loss, four passes defensed, two sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

In 2011, Pires’ crew of hard-working linebackers enabled the Falcons defense to finish sixth in the League in rush defense, allowing opponents to an average of just 97 yards per contest. Atlanta’s defense held eight of its 16 opponents to under 100 yards rushing, including four of its last eight games. This gritty defense also stopped opponents to the tune of just 37 scores in trips to the red zone for a 78.7 percentage, second-best red zone efficiency in the entire NFL in 2011.

Last season, through the direction of Pires, two of his linebackers were atop the leader board in the tackling department. Weatherspoon was one of those leaders and has grown tremendously in two years with the help of Pires. Weatherspoon racked up a career-high 127 tackles, with 86 solos, including double-digit stops in six games and added three sacks in 16 starts. As a rookie in 2010, the former number one pick out of Missouri ended up with 52 tackles in 11 games and showed glimpses of the consistent player he would become.

From 2009-2010, through the excellent coaching of Pires, the linebackers helped the Falcons defense rank 10th in the NFL in rushing defense, yielding 105.9 and 106.8 yards per game, respectively. The 2009 defense allowed just one 100-yard rusher the entire season and the Birds also enjoyed a productive streak of 10 consecutive quarters without allowing a touchdown.

In his first season in 2008, Pires’ relentless work with Curtis Lofton allowed the first-year player to earn All-Rookie honors from Sporting News and Pro Football Weekly as he finished with the second most tackles by any rookie with 108.

Prior to landing in Atlanta, Pries worked five seasons (2003-07) with the Miami Dolphins and coached such players as Pro Bowlers Zach Thomas and Joey Porter along with the talented Channing Crowder. Pires started his tenure with the Dolphins as the Assistant Defensive Line coach from 2003-04 and coached Pro Bowl defensive ends Jason Taylor and Adewale Ogunleye.

Before joining the Dolphins, Pires spent each of the previous two years (2001-02) as Linebackers Coach with the Detroit Lions. He got his start in the NFL coaching ranks tutoring the linebackers with the Arizona Cardinals in 1996 while spending the next five seasons at that post.

A four-year letterman as on offensive lineman at Springfield College (Massachusetts), Pires earned hisbachelor’sdegreeineducationfromtheschoolin 1980. He started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Melrose High School (Massachusetts). In 1983, he spent two seasons as a graduate assistant for Syracuse University before moving on to Dartmouth College where he served as the Defensive Line/Linebackers Coach from 1985-88. Pires returned to Syracuse in 1989 and coached the Orange defensive line for two seasons before handling outside linebackers from 1991- 94. His last stop in the collegiate ranks came at Michigan State University where he coached outside linebackers and handled recruiting duties in 1995.

A native of New Bedford, Mass., Pires and his wife, Lynn, have one daughter, Jackie and one son, Michael.

Pires’ Coaching Background
  • 2008-13 - Linebackers // Falcons
  • 2007 - Assistant Linebackers // Dolphins
  • 2005-06 - Def.Quality Control // Dolphins
  • 2003-04 - Assistant Defensive Line // Dolphins
  • 2001-02 - Linebackers // Lions
  • 1996-00 - Linebackers // Cardinals
  • 1995 - Outside LBs/Recru. Coor. // Mich. St.
  • 1991-94 - Outside Linebackers // Syracuse
  • 1989-90 - Defensive Line // Syracuse
  • 1985-88 - Defensive Line/LBs // Dartmouth
 

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