Curtis Modkins enters his eighth year in the NFL and third with the Detroit Lions. Prior to Detroit, Modkins was the offensive coordinator/running backs coach for the Buffalo Bills for three seasons (2010-12).
LIONS COACHING HIGHLIGHTSModkins led the Lions run game to new heights in his first season with the team in 2013, utilizing a versatile backfield combination led by RB Joique Bell to chew up yards between the tackles and create mismatches in the open field, and continued the position group’s success with the addition of RB Theo Riddick into the offense’s game plan in 2014.
In 2012, Modkins coordinated the Bills offense that ranked fourth in rushing average (5.0) and sixth in rushing yards (2,217).
Three years ago (2011), Buffalo was fourth in the NFL (led AFC) with a 4.9-yard average, also the fourth-best in Bills history and highest since 1975. RB Fred Jackson (5.5 avg., 1st in AFC) and RB C.J. Spiller (5.2 avg., 5th in AFC) both finished the year with an average of 5.0-plus yards.
In 2010, Buffalo was one of five AFC teams with a 3,000-yard passer and two players with 1,000 scrimmage yards (WR Stevie Johnson and Jackson).
Prior to joining the Bills, Modkins was the running backs coach for the Arizona Cardinals in 2009, and he entered the NFL as the running backs coach for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008.
From 2002-07, he worked at Georgia Tech, first as the school’s defensive backs coach in 2002 and then as running backs coach from 2003-07. Modkins enjoyed a successful four-year tenure at New Mexico from 1998-2001 as the cornerbacks coach. He started his coaching career at his alma mater, Texas Christian University, where he served as a graduate assistant in 1995, secondary coach in 1996 and tight ends coach in 1997.
Modkins was a three-time intern through the NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship program. He worked with the following teams: Philadelphia Eagles (Head Coach Ray Rhodes) in 1997, Dallas Cowboys (Head Coach Chan Gailey) in 1999 and Pittsburgh Steelers (Head Coach Bill Cowher) in 2005.
Modkins was a three-year starter for TCU and a led the Horned Frogs in rushing from 1990-92. He finished his career third on the school’s all-time rushing list with 2,763 yards and was twice named Second Team All-Southwest Conference. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 1993 and earned his M.L.A. degree in 1997.
Modkins was born November 15, 1970. He and his wife, Kristi, have four children, Ciera, Jett, Mariah and Dash.
MODKINS' COACHING BACKGROUND
Detroit Lions 2013-
Buffalo Bills 2010-12
Arizona Cardinals 2009
Kansas City Chiefs 2008
Georgia Tech 2002-07
New Mexico 1998-2001
Texas Christian University 1995-97