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Report: Falcons Lose RBs Coach Keith Carter to Titans

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The Falcons will be looking for their fourth running backs coach in five seasons.

Keith Carter at work.
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The Atlanta Falcons will be looking for a new running backs coach after the departure of Keith Carter.

Carter will be joining former Falcons QBs coach Matt LaFleur with the Tennessee Titans as their new offensive line coach. LaFleur was named Tennessee’s offensive coordinator last month. The Titans website reported the hire.

Carter came to Atlanta with Kyle Shanahan in 2015 and served as the team’s assistant offensive line coach under Chris Morgan before his promotion. He was the offensive line coach/running game coordinator at San José State University before that, where he coached incumbent right guard starter Wes Schweitzer.

The move will put Atlanta on the market for a new running backs coach, their fourth in five seasons. Gerald Brown held the position under Mike Smith before renowned position coach Bobby Turner joined Shanahan in 2015. He left to be with the former offensive coordinator in San Francisco, with the team promoting Carter to the role last February.

The Falcons will now be searching for Carter’s replacement.

Of internal candidates, only offensive assistant Dave Brock has experience coaching running backs (Hofstra, 1995-96). Asst. OL coach Kyle Flood was Rutgers’ running game coordinator in 2007.

We’ll keep you posted when we hear word of a hire, but for now, the Falcons will be looking to find the next guy to coach Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman — an alluring position as any.