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Report: Ravens To Interview Steelers RBs Coach Kirby Wilson Later This Week

Outside of firing offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr., the Pittsburgh Steelers have managed to keep their coaching staff in tact so far this offseason. However, Garrett Downing of reports on Wednesday that Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is scheduled to interview Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson later this week for their vacant offensive coordinator position.

According to Downing’s report, Harbaugh has already interviewed Ravens wide receivers coach Jim Hostler, former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.

Wilson has been coaching the Steelers running backs since being hired by head coach Mike Tomlin in 2007. Many thought that he would possibly succeed Bruce Arians as the Steelers offensive coordinator a few years ago prior to him being severely burned in a house fire just before the 2011 Wild Card game against the Denver Broncos.

Both Harbaugh and Tomlin are down in Mobile, AL for the Senior Bowl this week.

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  • steeltown

    I DO NOT like the idea of the Baltimore Ravens or any Divisional opponent for that matter acquiring a coach from our staff

  • John A Stewart

    Good let him go we need new blood. John Mitchell d line coach been with the Steelers over twenty years he also needs to go takes too long to develop players.

  • 20Stoney

    I couldn’t disagree with you more about Mitchell.

  • steeltown

    A.Smith was a 4th Rd pick, Keisel was a 6th Rder, Hoke and McLendon were undrafted, that’s a good list of athletes (some probowlers) that were drafted late or not at all and groomed by Mitchell

    I for one am excited to see what he can do with the next generation guys like Arnfelt, N.Williams and Lapuaho

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  • RW

    Absolutely. Here’s hoping they show up physically this year now that they’ve had a year to digest the playbook.

  • Iron Cadet

    very good points

  • Callentown

    Both Harbaughs piss me off.

  • steeltown

    2nd that

  • 20Stoney

    Probably because they’re a pair of whiney jackasses.

  • DoctorNoah

    I’d like to see the two Harbaughs face off with Rex And Rob Ryan in a cage match of loudmouth a$$holes. Belichick officiates. Rule 1 of the match is that it must take place in Cleveland.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Not to forget the serviceable guys like Kirsche and N Eason. The man definitely knows his stuff. Plus he’s gives an overly entertaining interview. Good for Kirby if he can get an O Coordinator position with all he’s been thru but not with the Ravens

  • Douglas Andrews

    49er Harbaugh makes me want to throw the remote at the TV. Can’t stand all that Jumping around and cussing after every call. Arrogant jerk comes to mind for him.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I’d put my money on the Ryans especially with Rob’s Belly!

  • Jacob Dixon

    Keisel was drafted in the 7th round

  • SteelerFanInMD

    I agree. The Steelers should deny them permission to interview.

  • John A Stewart

    Ok he also said that Nick Williams is a two to three year project. I don’t know about you but I am tired of this two to three year crap Nick my be a diamond in the rough.

  • John Hinton

    Ditto that!

  • Virdin Barzey

    Same here. What the heck is that about? I know he wants to progress in his career and obviously make more money but not with the Ravens. Are you kidding me? They should have denied this one.

  • Jeff Burton

    I sure hope this doesn’t happen. I would still fire Haley’s ass. Our offensive turnaround was due to Ben taking over the majority of the play calling and making it clear with those trade rumors he was unhappy. I would feel more comfortable with anyone other than Mike Martz in that position. Also RE-HIRE RUSS GRIMM as OLC! He’s currently unemployed and we have a real need.

  • Arthur Branch

    You can not deny someone a promotion unless you are willing to compensate them for the job you deny him the right to interview for. Like they did Butler.

  • Jeff

    Steel, you’re on fire today!

  • JohnB

    Kirby should know better but sometimes you need that money.

  • joed32

    You’re right but if it’s an upgrade, in this case RB coach to OC you can’t deny the right to interview. If you can pay the guy enough to have him want to stay then that works but it would still be the coaches choice to stay or go.

  • steeltown

    I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that N.Williams hasn’t played much football, he played basketball in highschool until his senior year when he switched to football and then attended Samford.. I think he needs some coaching up

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  • steeltown

    They can deny it, unless its opportunity for a head coaching position

  • steeltown

    They can deny it, unless its opportunity for a head coaching position

  • joed32

    You are correct but that rule has gained some flexibility.

    Under NFL rules, assistant coaches under contract must receive permission from their current team before interviewing for any other job other than a head-coaching position. As Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic points out here, teams used to be unable to prevent assistants from interviewing for coordinator jobs. However, some teams stretched the bounds when it came to what constituted a “coordinator” on their staff and the rule was changed.

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