Falcons coach a target for Virginia offensive coordinator opening

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Attrition in the NFL is natural. Great teams are comprised of up-and-coming players, coaches, and executives that eventually leave to find opportunities to grow. The Falcons offseason after their Super Bowl run is a prime example, losing offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Well, there could be more to come even after a mediocre 2021 campaign for Atlanta.

Tony Elliott, who has spent over a decade as a coach and player at Clemson, is now the head coach at Virginia and looking to fill out his staff. One of his targets sits on the Falcons coaching staff — Des Kitchings. According to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, Virginia is targeting the Falcons running backs coach for their vacant offensive coordinator position.

Kitchings came to Atlanta from South Carolina, where he coached running backs as well, and before then, he coached eight seasons at NC State in the same role — spending 2019 as the team’s co-offensive coordinator. During his time there, he helped produce three-straight 1,000-yard rushers from 2016-18. As a player, Kitchings was a wide receiver at Furman, where he was an All-Southern Conference selection before being drafted by the Chiefs in 2000. Kitchings works directly with Cordarrelle Patterson every day, so there has to be some credit given to him for Patterson’s outstanding and unexpected season.

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