Burton Burns Leaves Alabama for NFL
Longtime Alabama assistant coach, Burton Burns is leaving Alabama to serve as running backs coach for the New York Giants. Burns was hired onto Nick Saban’s initial staff at Alabama in 2007 as running backs coach. He was promoted in 2017 to associate head coach and moved into an off the field role for the Crimson Tide.
Burns is leaving Alabama to join new Giants head coach Joe Judge’s initial staff in New York. Burns and Judge worked together in Tuscaloosa from 2009-2011, while Judge served as special teams assistant to Bobby Williams. Burns will work alongside newly hired offensive coordinator Jason Garrett in New York. Garrett served as quarterbacks coach for the Miami Dolphins under Saban during his tenure as Dolphins head coach.
Burns departure leaves Scott Cochran, Jeff Purinton and Jeff Allen as the last remaining staff members from Saban’s original Alabama staff in 2007. Burns leaves behind a rich legacy of coaching quality running backs while at the Capstone. Burns helped 10 Alabama running backs get drafted in the NFL during his tenure, he coached two of his backs, Mark Ingram and Derrick Henry, to winning Alabama’s only Heisman trophies, and saw a third back,Trent Richardson, as a Heisman finalist.
Burns will coach the 2018 second overall draft pick Saquon Barkley and 2017 fourth round draft pick Wayne Gallman. Barkely finished the 2018 NFL season second in rushing yards but saw a significant dip in production in 2019 due to injury. The Giants were 19th in the NFL in 2019 with 105 rushing yards per game. Keep it locked in with Tide 100.9fm, tide1009.com/listen-live and the TIDE APP for all your updates on the Alabama Crimson Tide.