Coaches & Assistants

Curtis Modkins
Running Backs

Biography

Curtis Modkins is in his first season as the Bears running backs coach after being hired by the team on January 19, 2017. Modkins owns 22 years of coaching experience, including nine years at the professional level with the San Francisco 49ers (2016), Detroit Lions (2013-15), Buffalo Bills (2010-12), Arizona Cardinals (2009) and Kansas City Chiefs (2008).

Modkins spent last season as the 49ers offensive coordinator. Under his guidance, San Francisco's offense ranked...

Curtis Modkins is in his first season as the Bears running backs coach after being hired by the team on January 19, 2017. Modkins owns 22 years of coaching experience, including nine years at the professional level with the San Francisco 49ers (2016), Detroit Lions (2013-15), Buffalo Bills (2010-12), Arizona Cardinals (2009) and Kansas City Chiefs (2008).

Modkins spent last season as the 49ers offensive coordinator. Under his guidance, San Francisco's offense ranked second in the NFL red zone efficiency (68.2%), fourth in rushing yards per game (126.2) and fifth in rushing attempts per game (28.6).

Prior to San Francisco, Modkins spent three seasons as the Lions running backs coach/run game coordinator (2003-15). In 2015, the Detroit running backs finished the season ranked first in the NFL in receptions (135) and receiving yards (1,216) and tied for fourth in receiving touchdowns (five). In 2013, Detroit ranked third in the NFL in total yards gained by running backs with 2,769 yards (1,690 rushing and 1,079 receiving). Running backs Reggie Bush (1,006 rushing and 506 receiving) and Joique Bell (651 rushing and 547 receiving) became the first running back tandem in league history to register 500+ rushing yards and 500+ receiving yards in the same season.

Before arriving in Detroit, Modkins spent three years with the Bills as their offensive coordinator and running backs coach (2010-12). Under Modkins tutelage, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick posted 3,000+ passing yards and 20+ touchdown passes and WR Stevie Johnson tallied 1,000 or more receiving yards in each of his three years as the club's offensive coordinator. In 2012, Buffalo finished fourth in the NFL in yards per carry (5.0) and sixth in rushing yards (2,217). In Modkins first season with the Bills in 2010, Johnson posted 10 receiving touchdowns which ranked second in Bills single-season history.

In 2009, Modkins held the running backs coach post for the Cardinals. Running back Tim Hightower finished the 2009 season ranked second among NFL running backs in receptions (63).

Modkins got his first shot in the NFL with the Chiefs as their running backs coach in 2008. Under his guidance, the Chiefs ranked fourth in the league in yards per carry (4.8).

Before joining the NFL ranks, Modkins spent 13 seasons at the collegiate level with Georgia Tech (2002-07), the University of New Mexico (1998-01) and TCU (1995-97). While at Georgia Tech, Modkins coached the running backs (2003-07) and the defensive backs (2002) and at New Mexico he coached the defensive backs (1998-01). At his alma mater, TCU, Modkins coached the tight ends (1997), secondary (1996) and started out as a graduate assistant (1995).

Modkins was a three-year starter at running back for TCU from 1990-92. He finished his career third in school history in rushing yards (2,763) and earned second-team all-Southwest Conference honors twice.

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