Falcons add former Bears assistant Michael Pitre as RB coach
The Atlanta Falcons have hired former Chicago Bears assistant Michael Pitre as running backs coach.
The Falcons announced Monday the hiring of Pitre, who coached the Bears running backs in 2021. He replaces Desmond Kitchings, who left the Falcons with one game to play in Atlanta’s 7-10 season to become the Virginia’s offensive coordinator.
Falcons coach Arthur Smith used a committee approach to coach running backs for the final game of the season.
Pitre will be asked to help improve a running game at Atlanta that ranked second-to-last in the NFL with its 85.4 yards-per-game average.
In one season with Pitre, the Bears ranked 14th in the league with an average of 118.7 rushing yards per game. The Bears had 13 carries for 20 or more yards to tie for seventh in the league.
Pitre, 37, was Oregon State‘s running backs coaching recruiting coordinator from 2018-2020. He coached running backs at Montana State from 2014-2017. He was a graduate assistant at Colorado from 2012 to 2013.
Pitre was a fullback at UCLA from 2003 to 2007, including three seasons as a starter.
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