Coaches

Paul Dunn
Offensive Line Coach

Biography

A 30-year coaching veteran, Paul Dunn is entering his sixth season with the club.

Last season, Dunn’s offensive line group helped lead the Falcons to a NFC-best 13-3 mark and one of the most productive offensive seasons in team history. The offensive line was anchored by fifth-year left tackle Sam Baker. Baker returned from injury in 2012 and was credited with only giving up 3.5 sacks according to STATS Inc. in 16 games. His 3.5 sacks allowed ranked tied for third in the NFL amongst tackles that started all 16 games.

Dunn’s group of offensive lineman also assisted in producing two 1,000-yard receivers (Roddy White, 1,351 & Julio Jones, 1,198) and allowing quarterback Matt Ryan to have a career-year and earn his second Pro Bowl appearance. In 2012, Ryan set franchise and personal bests in passing yards (4,719), attempts (615), completions (422), consecutive passes without an interception (272), completion percentage (68.6), touchdowns (32), most consecutive completions (22) and most 300- yard games in a season (seven).

In 2011, Dunn’s offensive line paved the way for record breaking performances by RB Michael Turner and Ryan. Turner became only the second running back in franchise history to record back to back 1,300-yard seasons and only the third back to log three seasons of 1,300+ rushing yards in team annals. Dunn’s offensive line also helped protect Ryan as he threw for a then franchise single-season record 4,177 yards and a then career-high 29 touchdowns.

Dunn’s diligent work with the offensive line continued to be a bright spot for the Falcons offense in 2010. Some of the offensive accomplishments achieved through the strong play of the line included setting a team record for most first downs in a season with 353 and scoring the third-most points in club history with 414.

The team’s offensive line also helped the Birds rank third in the NFL in time of possession (32:15), third down conversions (46.7%) and scoring efficiency (scoring on 70 of 178 possessions).

A proud moment for Dunn in 2010 came when former tackle Tyson Clabo was named to the Pro Bowl to become the first offensive lineman afforded such honors since 1998. With Clabo’s addition, the Falcons totaled an NFC-high six Pro Bowlers on offense.

Through the solid blocking of Dunn’s offensive line, QB Matt Ryan threw for 3,705 yards and 28 touchdowns. In addition, White broke the club record for receptions in a season with a League-high 115 and Turner pounded his way to another Pro Bowl with an NFC-best 1,317 rushing yards.

In 2009, Atlanta’s offensive line blocked for a passing attack that totaled 3,571 net passing yards, the sixth-highest total in team history (at that time) and the highest mark since the 1996 season. The Falcons also averaged 4.2 rushing yards per carry behind the stout line as Atlanta produced a 9-7 record and back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in franchise history.

In Dunn’s first campaign in 2008, the offensive line set a franchise record for the fewest sacks allowed in a season with just 17 (allowing one sack per every 25.5 plays). The following season the trend continued as the unit totaled an average of one sack per every 21.1 plays in 2009, which was the second- best mark for a season in club annals.

In 2008, the offensive line paved the way for the NFL’s second ranked rushing offense (152.7 yards per game) and Pro Bowl running back Michael Turner. Turner ranked second in the NFL in rushing (1,699 yards), marking the third-highest rushing total in Falcons history. Under the guidance of Dunn, the offensive line also assisted Turner crossing the goal line a franchise-high 17 times and passing the 200-yard plateau on two occasions. The Falcons’ offensive line also provided time for NFL Rookie of the Year QB Matt Ryan as he threw for 3,440 yards (on 265 of 434 passing) with 16 touchdowns.

Prior to joining the Falcons, Dunn served as the Offensive Line Coach (2005-2007) for the University of Pittsburgh Panthers, his alma mater. In 2007, Pitt’s offensive line opened holes for freshman running back LeSean McCoy to rush for 1,328 yards while breaking freshman records in touchdowns (14) and points (90), which were previously held by Tony Dorsett. McCoy has developed into a Pro Bowl running back for the Philadelphia Eagles. The offensive line also paved the way for LaRod Stephens- Howling who currently serves as a running back and kick returner for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Before returning to Pittsburgh, Dunn was the Running Game Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach for the Kentucky Wildcats from 2003-04.

Dunn also registered a five-year coaching stint at Kansas State University as the Running Game Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach. During Dunn’s tenure, the Wildcats ranked among the nation’s top five in scoring four times, including a national-best 48 points per game in 1998. Dunn coached four Kansas State players who earned All-America honors, including first-team honoree Nick Leckey who played for the New Orleans Saints. Additionally, Ryan Lijia earned All-Big 12 honors and was a starting guard for the Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts during the 2006 season. Dunn also guided running back Darren Sproles, who is a current running back for the New Orleans Saints. Sproles graduated ranked 11th on the all-time college rushing yards list and sixth in all-purpose yards.

Dunn earned his coaching start at Pittsburgh as a graduate assistant in 1983. A three-year letterman during his collegiate career at Pitt (1978-82), Dunn was a member of four teams that finished in the Top 10, including two that finished second in at least one major poll. He played with former Falcons number one draft pick Bill Fralic. The Panthers went 11-1 in three consecutive years (1979- 81), including the 1980 campaign when Pitt was named the nation’s top team by the New York Times. Four of his collegiate teammates; QB Dan Marino, OL Russ Grimm, LB Ricky Jackson and DE Chris Doleman are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Dunn and his wife, Melody, have been married 28 years and have three children, two daughters, Katlyn and Kelsey, and one son, Casey.

Dunn’s Coaching Background
  • 2012-13 - Offensive Line // Falcons
  • 2008-11 - Assistant Offensive Line // Falcons
  • 2005-07 - Offensive Line // Univ. of Pittsburgh
  • 2003-04 - Run Game Coor./Off. Line // Kentucky
  • 1998-02 - Run Game Coor./Off. Line // Kansas St.
  • 1996-97 - Offensive Line // Vanderbilt
  • 1994-95 - Offensive Line // Univ. of Cincinnati
  • 1990-93 - Offensive Line // Maine
  • 1989 - Offensive Line // Rutgers
  • 1986-88 - Offensive Line // Edinboro
  • 1984-85 - Graduate Assistant // Penn State
  • 1983 - Graduate Assistant // Univ. of Pitt.

A 30-year coaching veteran, Paul Dunn is entering his sixth season with the club.

Last season, Dunn’s offensive line group helped lead the Falcons to a NFC-best 13-3 mark and one of the most productive offensive seasons in team history. The offensive line was anchored by fifth-year left tackle Sam Baker. Baker returned from injury in 2012 and was credited with only giving up 3.5 sacks according to STATS Inc. in 16 games. His 3.5 sacks allowed ranked tied for third in the NFL amongst tackles that started all 16 games.

Dunn’s group of offensive lineman also assisted in producing two 1,000-yard receivers (Roddy White, 1,351 & Julio Jones, 1,198) and allowing quarterback Matt Ryan to have a career-year and earn his second Pro Bowl appearance. In 2012, Ryan set franchise and personal bests in passing yards (4,719), attempts (615), completions (422), consecutive passes without an interception (272), completion percentage (68.6), touchdowns (32), most consecutive completions (22) and most 300- yard games in a season (seven).

In 2011, Dunn’s offensive line paved the way for record breaking performances by RB Michael Turner and Ryan. Turner became only the second running back in franchise history to record back to back 1,300-yard seasons and only the third back to log three seasons of 1,300+ rushing yards in team annals. Dunn’s offensive line also helped protect Ryan as he threw for a then franchise single-season record 4,177 yards and a then career-high 29 touchdowns.

Dunn’s diligent work with the offensive line continued to be a bright spot for the Falcons offense in 2010. Some of the offensive accomplishments achieved through the strong play of the line included setting a team record for most first downs in a season with 353 and scoring the third-most points in club history with 414.

The team’s offensive line also helped the Birds rank third in the NFL in time of possession (32:15), third down conversions (46.7%) and scoring efficiency (scoring on 70 of 178 possessions).

A proud moment for Dunn in 2010 came when former tackle Tyson Clabo was named to the Pro Bowl to become the first offensive lineman afforded such honors since 1998. With Clabo’s addition, the Falcons totaled an NFC-high six Pro Bowlers on offense.

Through the solid blocking of Dunn’s offensive line, QB Matt Ryan threw for 3,705 yards and 28 touchdowns. In addition, White broke the club record for receptions in a season with a League-high 115 and Turner pounded his way to another Pro Bowl with an NFC-best 1,317 rushing yards.

In 2009, Atlanta’s offensive line blocked for a passing attack that totaled 3,571 net passing yards, the sixth-highest total in team history (at that time) and the highest mark since the 1996 season. The Falcons also averaged 4.2 rushing yards per carry behind the stout line as Atlanta produced a 9-7 record and back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in franchise history.

In Dunn’s first campaign in 2008, the offensive line set a franchise record for the fewest sacks allowed in a season with just 17 (allowing one sack per every 25.5 plays). The following season the trend continued as the unit totaled an average of one sack per every 21.1 plays in 2009, which was the second- best mark for a season in club annals.

In 2008, the offensive line paved the way for the NFL’s second ranked rushing offense (152.7 yards per game) and Pro Bowl running back Michael Turner. Turner ranked second in the NFL in rushing (1,699 yards), marking the third-highest rushing total in Falcons history. Under the guidance of Dunn, the offensive line also assisted Turner crossing the goal line a franchise-high 17 times and passing the 200-yard plateau on two occasions. The Falcons’ offensive line also provided time for NFL Rookie of the Year QB Matt Ryan as he threw for 3,440 yards (on 265 of 434 passing) with 16 touchdowns.

Prior to joining the Falcons, Dunn served as the Offensive Line Coach (2005-2007) for the University of Pittsburgh Panthers, his alma mater. In 2007, Pitt’s offensive line opened holes for freshman running back LeSean McCoy to rush for 1,328 yards while breaking freshman records in touchdowns (14) and points (90), which were previously held by Tony Dorsett. McCoy has developed into a Pro Bowl running back for the Philadelphia Eagles. The offensive line also paved the way for LaRod Stephens- Howling who currently serves as a running back and kick returner for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Before returning to Pittsburgh, Dunn was the Running Game Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach for the Kentucky Wildcats from 2003-04.

Dunn also registered a five-year coaching stint at Kansas State University as the Running Game Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach. During Dunn’s tenure, the Wildcats ranked among the nation’s top five in scoring four times, including a national-best 48 points per game in 1998. Dunn coached four Kansas State players who earned All-America honors, including first-team honoree Nick Leckey who played for the New Orleans Saints. Additionally, Ryan Lijia earned All-Big 12 honors and was a starting guard for the Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts during the 2006 season. Dunn also guided running back Darren Sproles, who is a current running back for the New Orleans Saints. Sproles graduated ranked 11th on the all-time college rushing yards list and sixth in all-purpose yards.

Dunn earned his coaching start at Pittsburgh as a graduate assistant in 1983. A three-year letterman during his collegiate career at Pitt (1978-82), Dunn was a member of four teams that finished in the Top 10, including two that finished second in at least one major poll. He played with former Falcons number one draft pick Bill Fralic. The Panthers went 11-1 in three consecutive years (1979- 81), including the 1980 campaign when Pitt was named the nation’s top team by the New York Times. Four of his collegiate teammates; QB Dan Marino, OL Russ Grimm, LB Ricky Jackson and DE Chris Doleman are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Dunn and his wife, Melody, have been married 28 years and have three children, two daughters, Katlyn and Kelsey, and one son, Casey.

Dunn’s Coaching Background
  • 2012-13 - Offensive Line // Falcons
  • 2008-11 - Assistant Offensive Line // Falcons
  • 2005-07 - Offensive Line // Univ. of Pittsburgh
  • 2003-04 - Run Game Coor./Off. Line // Kentucky
  • 1998-02 - Run Game Coor./Off. Line // Kansas St.
  • 1996-97 - Offensive Line // Vanderbilt
  • 1994-95 - Offensive Line // Univ. of Cincinnati
  • 1990-93 - Offensive Line // Maine
  • 1989 - Offensive Line // Rutgers
  • 1986-88 - Offensive Line // Edinboro
  • 1984-85 - Graduate Assistant // Penn State
  • 1983 - Graduate Assistant // Univ. of Pitt.
 

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