Petrino names five more assistants

Bobby Petrino added five more assistants to his coaching staff, including four from his staff at Louisville. He also retained one more Falcon assistant, Emmitt Thomas, as secondary coach.

His assistants from Louisville, include Mike Summers, Joe Whitt Jr., Kevin Wolthausen, and his brother Paul Petrino. Summers is set to take over the offensive line, Whitt will assistant Thomas in the secondary, Wolthausen will handle the defensive line, and Petrino will coach the receivers.

Thomas, 63, was brought in along with Wade Phillips by the Falcons in 2002. He is a long-time NFL assistant, helping develop and improve many secondaries in his 26 seasons in the NFL. He even served as defensive coordinator for the Eagles (1995-98), Packers (1999), and Vikings (2000-01). Thomas played thirteen seasons for the Chiefs (1966-78), appeared in 5 Pro Bowls and 2 Super Bowls during a career that netted him 58 career interceptions.

Summers comes to the team with over 20 years of experience coaching collegiate offensive lines. He has been with Louisville since 2004. His most notable previous collegiate tenure was serving as offensive coordinator under head coach Jerry Pettibone at both Northern Illinois (1985-90) and Oregon State (1991-95).

Whitt, 27, has worked on Louisville’s staff in the secondary in 2003. In 2002, he worked as receivers coach at The Citadel. His father, Joe Whitt Sr., was a long-time assistant at Auburn, where Petrino coached in 2002.

Wolthausen, a Louisville assistant since 2003, comes to the Falcons with over twenty years experience coaching defensive lines in college, including stints at Arizona State (1983-86, 1995-00), Oklahoma (1993-94), and USC (1987-92). He even served with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League for one year in 2001. He has helped produced three NFL first rounders, most notably Browns linebacker Willie McGinest.

The younger Petrino, 38, has been a long-time assistant at Louisville, first joining the staff in 1998. He has been the team’s offensive coordinator since 2004. He has previous experience developing wideouts at Utah State (1995-97) and Idaho (1992-94). He has helped develop Seahawks wide receiver Deion Branch.

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