Coaches

Mark Collins
Outside Linebaker Coach

Biography

Mark Collins returns for his fifth season with the Falcons as outside linebacker coach. Collins has served as a defensive assistant and worked with the defensive line for the past four seasons. Under his guidance, the defensive line produced 21 of Atlanta’s 32 sacks last season, including career highs from DT Corey Peters (5.0) and DE Jonathan Massaquoi (4.0). The Falcons defensive line was also responsible for 30 of the club’s 55 tackles for loss in 2013.

In 2012, Collins’ efforts with the defensive line helped lead the Falcons to a 13-3 record, the NFC South Division title and the number one seed in the NFC playoffs. The defensive line produced 20.5 of the team’s 29 sacks in 2012, in addition to logging 44 tackles for loss. Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux put together another solid season with the assistance of Collins. Babineaux led all interior defensive linemen with 42 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, five passes defensed, 3.5 sacks, one interception and one forced fumble in 16 games.

In 2011, Collins’ work with the defensive line allowed the Birds to hold opponents to an average of 97 rushing yards per game, which was the sixth-best in the League. Atlanta held eight of its 16 opponents to under 100 rushing yards, including four of its last eight games, and stopped the opposition in the backfield 41 times last year.

Prior to his arrival in the NFL, Collins was an assistant coach, working with the safeties for the University of Louisiana-Monroe in 2009. He coached two All-Sun Belt selections in safeties Greg James and James Truxillo. The Warhawks defense allowed an average of 236.9 passing yards a game while totaling 13 interceptions during his lone year at the Monroe, Louisiana school.

Collins served as a graduate assistant at the University of Georgia in 2007. During his stay in Athens, the Bulldogs enjoyed an 11-2 season and a No. 2 ranking in the final Associated Press poll. Georgia won its last seven contests of the season, which included a 41-10 victory over Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl.

In 2006, Collins served as the Linebackers Coach for Georgia Southern University and also worked with the special teams and was the camp and clinic director. At GSU, Collins coached AFCA first-team All-America selection John Mohring.

A graduate of East Tennessee State University, Collins joined the coaching staff of his alma mater in 1999 and served in a variety of roles, including Outside Linebackers Coach, Defensive Line Coach, Special Teams Coordinator and Assistant Defensive Backs Coach. Following four seasons at ETSU, Collins was hired by the University of Michigan where he was part of two Big Ten Championships and back-to-back trips to the Rose Bowl. He worked with the team’s linebackers as well as the offensive linemen during his two seasons in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Collins’ Coaching Background
  • 2010-13 - Defensive Assistant // Falcons
  • 2009 - Assistant Coach // Louisiana-Monroe
  • 2007-08 - Graduate Assistant // Univ. of Georgia
  • 2006 - Linebackers // Georgia Southern Univ.
  • 2005 - Defensive Coord. // Elon University
  • 2003-04 - LBs & Off. Line // Univ. of Michigan
  • 1999-2002 - Assistant Coach // East Tennessee St

Mark Collins returns for his fifth season with the Falcons as outside linebacker coach. Collins has served as a defensive assistant and worked with the defensive line for the past four seasons. Under his guidance, the defensive line produced 21 of Atlanta’s 32 sacks last season, including career highs from DT Corey Peters (5.0) and DE Jonathan Massaquoi (4.0). The Falcons defensive line was also responsible for 30 of the club’s 55 tackles for loss in 2013.

In 2012, Collins’ efforts with the defensive line helped lead the Falcons to a 13-3 record, the NFC South Division title and the number one seed in the NFC playoffs. The defensive line produced 20.5 of the team’s 29 sacks in 2012, in addition to logging 44 tackles for loss. Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux put together another solid season with the assistance of Collins. Babineaux led all interior defensive linemen with 42 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, five passes defensed, 3.5 sacks, one interception and one forced fumble in 16 games.

In 2011, Collins’ work with the defensive line allowed the Birds to hold opponents to an average of 97 rushing yards per game, which was the sixth-best in the League. Atlanta held eight of its 16 opponents to under 100 rushing yards, including four of its last eight games, and stopped the opposition in the backfield 41 times last year.

Prior to his arrival in the NFL, Collins was an assistant coach, working with the safeties for the University of Louisiana-Monroe in 2009. He coached two All-Sun Belt selections in safeties Greg James and James Truxillo. The Warhawks defense allowed an average of 236.9 passing yards a game while totaling 13 interceptions during his lone year at the Monroe, Louisiana school.

Collins served as a graduate assistant at the University of Georgia in 2007. During his stay in Athens, the Bulldogs enjoyed an 11-2 season and a No. 2 ranking in the final Associated Press poll. Georgia won its last seven contests of the season, which included a 41-10 victory over Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl.

In 2006, Collins served as the Linebackers Coach for Georgia Southern University and also worked with the special teams and was the camp and clinic director. At GSU, Collins coached AFCA first-team All-America selection John Mohring.

A graduate of East Tennessee State University, Collins joined the coaching staff of his alma mater in 1999 and served in a variety of roles, including Outside Linebackers Coach, Defensive Line Coach, Special Teams Coordinator and Assistant Defensive Backs Coach. Following four seasons at ETSU, Collins was hired by the University of Michigan where he was part of two Big Ten Championships and back-to-back trips to the Rose Bowl. He worked with the team’s linebackers as well as the offensive linemen during his two seasons in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Collins’ Coaching Background
  • 2010-13 - Defensive Assistant // Falcons
  • 2009 - Assistant Coach // Louisiana-Monroe
  • 2007-08 - Graduate Assistant // Univ. of Georgia
  • 2006 - Linebackers // Georgia Southern Univ.
  • 2005 - Defensive Coord. // Elon University
  • 2003-04 - LBs & Off. Line // Univ. of Michigan
  • 1999-2002 - Assistant Coach // East Tennessee St
 

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