After a second season of going 8-8 in the regular season, the Pittsburgh Steelers started their offseason a lot earlier than they would have liked. In the meantime, the rest of the NFL is looking for coaches to hire to help complete their staff. That includes the division rival Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens will be holding an interview with Steelers’ running backs coach Kirby Wilson on Wednesday. The Ravens are looking for an offensive coordinator after Jim Caldwell left the team to become the head coach of the Detroit Lions. Wilson has been the running backs coach for the Steelers for seven seasons and has helped the Steelers with so much in that time. Wilson has coached two 1,000-yard running backs while with the Steelers (Willie Parker, Rashard Mendenhall).
The loss of Wilson on the staff would be a big loss for the Steelers. Wilson played a big part in Bell’s development in his first season. Bell finished with 1,259 total yards which was a franchise rookie record. In Wilson’s 16 seasons as a running backs coach, he has tutored four of the top 25-rushers in NFL history (Emmit Smith, Curtis Martin, Edgerrin James, and Thomas Jones).
Wilson started coaching in 1985 on the staff of Pasadena City College. He has become a very productive coach and has waited patiently to become an offensive coordinator. However, with Todd Haley staying with the Steelers, Wilson’s dreams may live on with Ravens. That cannot sound good to the Steelers.