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Some Potential Candidates To Become The Steelers Next Running Backs Coach


Now that we know that Kirby Wilson will not be back as the Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach in 2014, we can all throw out some names of coaches that might possibly be considered candidates to replace him.

Bobby Turner - Turner was the assistant head coach and running backs coach with the Washington Redskins from 2010-13. Prior to that, he coached the Denver Broncos running backs for 15 seasons. He has coached seven different backs to 1,000 yard seasons on 12 different occasions and that list includes Terrell Davis, Olandis Gary, Mike Anderson, Clinton Portis, Reuben Droughns, Mike Anderson, Tatum Bell and Alfred Morris.

Earnest Byner - There are reports out there that Byner might be hired by the Redskins after coaching the last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Byner played 14 seasons in the NFL and finished his career with 13,442 all-purpose yards and 72 total touchdowns. He also coached for the Tennessee Titans for two seasons from 2008-2009, so he has worked with new Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak before.

Chick Harris - Harris was recently let go by the Houston Texans after coaching their running backs for 12 seasons. He has a long coaching history and has mentored eight running backs who have eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in a season a collective 15 times as he also coached the Carolina Panthers running backs from 1995-2001.

Maurice Carthon - Like Byner, Carthon is also a former NFL running back. In addition, he was the running backs coach of the Kansas City Chiefs when Steelers current offensive coordinator Todd Haley was the head coach there. Prior to that, Carthon was the Arizona Cardinals running backs coach when Haley was the offensive coordinator there.

James Saxon - Saxon was the Minnesota Vikings running backs coach for the last two seasons and that of course means he has worked with Adrian Peterson. He has a long history of coaching running backs in the NFL dating back to 1988.

Feel free to list your own potential candidates below and discuss the names I have listed above as well.

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  • dgh57

    Any HOF RBs out their looking for coaching jobs? He would go good with our HOF OL coach we just signed!

    On a more serious note I think one of the names listed above that have experience working with Munchak could be the best chance of being the replacement for Wilson as I can’t think of anyone else at this time.

  • Tanner Blackman

    What about Fast Willie Parker

  • CW

    He’s still developing as a running back coach in college. Maybe someday, but not now.

  • DrakePirate

    Really ?? that is good to hear … wish him the best with his new career !

  • DrakePirate

    Morris & Harris look like good contenders … i think the most important thing to consider is gelling with the current staff .. we need a team effort with everyone on the same page … i personally want them to get a guy that Munchak is on board with .. it finally looks like we are almost (80%) there with the RBs/OL .. alllllmost !!!

  • Aric Brown

    If bobby morris is even partially resposible for that RB factory in Denver thru the 90s… sign me up

  • Brian Tollini

    I was thinking the same thing Aric.

  • gene mann

    Again due your work and find the best man for the job

  • rey perez

    Wish there was more info on saxon he seems like good coach considering he coached ap and that was after his tragic knee injury, ap ran for over 3000 yards in two season thats insane! But if I had a choice it be him or morris

  • Steven Bigrigg

    I’m curious about James Saxon; from what you have in AP and what I’ve seen from Toby Gerhart and Matt Asiata, why didn’t the Vikings keep him?

  • Jollyrob68

    Carthon was with Hayle and knows what he wants out of the running game. Plus I’m hoping Dexter McCluster wants to play for Hayle.
    Bobby Morris seems more like a Tomlin hire.

  • gene mann

    I wonder if they already had a guy in mind since they knew he was moving om

  • Luke Shabro

    Got the boot because he was part of Leslie Frazier’s staff

  • Patrick Reid

    He’s at West Va. Wesleyan. Turner sounds promising.

  • Alan Felicia

    If Haley has any input, all sign points to Maurice Carthon since both have history dating back to Haley’s first stint as WR coach with NY Jets in the late 90s. Both worked under Bill Parcell with NY (1997-2000) and Dallas (2004). But since Tomlin and Colbert runs the show, it would be interesting who they would hire.

  • DrakePirate

    Ya he does !

  • blackandgoldBullion

    So far so good with getting Munchack, so let’s shoot for the stars. I think Turner or Harris would be your best bets. Despite good blocking, you have to give them a great amount of credit for getting almost every Tom, Dick and Harry to rush for 1000 yards.

  • sean mcmartin

    Steelers need a running backs coach..Jerome Bettis should be the man..

  • Don

    What’s insane is Eric Dickerson’s first two seasons. 1,808 as a rookie, followed up by 2,105. A total of 3,913!

  • SteelersDepot

    based on what?

  • sean mcmartin

    Based on the career Bettis had as a NFL RB. I think it would be a huge boost to a rookie RB to be coached by The Bus..
    In those 13,662 yards he gained.. I would hope he could instill some of the determination he had into the younger players.

    I also don’t think its a reach For Hines ward to coach some WR’s. Show them how to be a complete football player Like how Tomlin described him.

    Munchak is former pro bowler. and I should have replied to dgh57, above..I was on the pro bowler coach topic..

  • joed32

    I think his TV job pays a lot more than a position coach gets. Also he has never said anything about wanting to be a coach.

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