Report: Mike Tomlin's RBs coach leaving Steelers for the Vikings
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The Minnesota Vikings watched as Mike Tomlin left as their defensive coordinator after one season in 2007 to take over the Pittsburgh Steelers and subsequently make two Super Bowl appearances with one championship.
About seven years later, a piece of Tomlin's staff since the beginning will reportedly join first-year head coach Mike Zimmer with the Vikings.
Kirby Wilson leaving Steelers staff. Expected to join Vikings new staff under Mike Zimmer.— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) January 25, 2014
Wilson, 52, has coached the Steelers' running backs since 2007 when Tomlin took over for the retiring Bill Cowher. Wilson coached running back Willie Parker to a Pro Bowl in 2007 and led Rashard Mendenhall, who tallied 29 touchdowns in three seasons under Wilson from 2009 to 2011.
Wilson had decided to leave Tomlin's staff, per Bouchette, and was recently turned down for the offensive coordinator opening with the Baltimore Ravens.
The Steelers finished third in rushing yards per game in Wilson's first season leading the Steelers' position group and 23rd, 19th, 11th, 14th, 26th, 27th in the other six seasons, respectively.
While Kirby Wilson did not get the OC job w Ravens, he won't return to Steelers. He has decided to leave Mike Tomlin's staff— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) January 25, 2014