Report: Steelers Kirby Wilson Might Be A Candidate For The Titans Offensive Coordinator Job

Now that the Tennessee Titans have hired Ken Whisenhunt to be their new head coach there is a chance he could request permission to interview Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler to be his defensive coordinator. Butler is under contract for 2014, however, so the Steelers have the right to prevent that for happening like they did twice before. Butler, however, might not be the only coach on the Steelers staff that Whisenhunt has his eyes on.

According to a Tuesday morning tweet by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, if Whisenhunt isn’t able to land John McNulty to be his offensive coordinator in Tennessee, Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson might very well be his next target.

It is unknown if Wilson is currently under contract with the Steelers for 2014, but if he is, the franchise has the right to deny him the chance to interview for the position if they so choose.

While it hasn’t been made official, all signs point to Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley keeping his job. If that comes to fruition, then Wilson, who many speculate would succeed Haley if he were to be fired, would have to wait at least another year to move up with the Steelers.

Wilson and Whisenhunt don’t appear to have much of a past together as the former came to Pittsburgh after the latter left to become the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, so Wilson being named a potential candidate for the Titans offensive coordinator job is a bit strange, but not impossible.

  • Ike Evans

    I actually dont mind haleys offense (this year) except for the inability to score in the redzone and predictably running draws on 3rd and long a million times , but there is just something off with this combination of tomlin/ben/haley. The numbers are great but only for half the year either in the begining or the end .idk…i heard tomlin and colbet say at the end of last year when someone asked about cutting harrison and others that they had an 8-8 season and everyone is in play after a year like that….no one is safe…well….we had another one and i feel like does that attitude count towards everyone but todd haley? The better question is should it?….we have been hiring from within offensively for a long time…we may need to go back to doing it even though, like i said before im not as down on the offensive scheme as most are

  • Jay Jaber

    I actually think tod Hayley made this offense so much better then it ever was. And I also think he had a big part in drafting laveon bell.

  • treeher

    Truly is a “what have you done for me lately” analysis. Offense finally performed in second half of season, only after Haley relinquished play calling and handed no huddle off to Ben. I know the stats compared to prior years, but I also know the win-loss comparisons, which to me is bottom line.

  • r4kolb

    Funny you say Haley had a big part in Bell being drafted. Because if you go back and watch the team presser after they drafted Bell it was Wilson who said they liked what they saw in Bell as to his yards after contact.

  • r4kolb

    Whatever do you mean? We were 8-8. We didn’t have a losing season? Tomlin though he makes a ton of boneheaded calls never cost us a game. He lead us to a great 8-8 season. I don’t understand. Tomlin is a top 5 coach. (Sarcasm)

  • RyanW

    Wilson was just the one who did the presser. If you notice a different coach does the pressers for each pick. Doesnt mean Haley wasnt a big part of the pick.

  • RyanW

    Agreed. Yes Haley let Ben run the no huddle more but he still handled all the prep work and still communicated with Ben. Him letting Ben run the no huddle more alone was a massive improvement over Arians. As far as the half a year crap people seem to have short memories. 2012 season Ben got injured halfway through the year which was a massive reason for the offense having issues and this season the oline having to change starters due to injuries and innefectiveness and no Heath, Spaeth or Bell for a good chunk was the big reason for the slow start. We should be going into next season a lot healthier on offense and with all the key players fully read up on the playbook. Our offense should only get better

  • Callentown

    Does Whis know ANYONE else who’s not on the Steelers. Geez..

  • Brendon Glad

    I thought coaches could move from an NFL contract if it’s a promotion. Am I wrong on that? I thought Butler was LB coach…or did they add “assistant head coach” to his title kind of like they did with John Mitchell?

  • Brendon Glad

    I like Haley, and I have from the start. But many don’t, and they can quickly point to the Wins/losses. So I can’t say i’m right…I just think it’s going to work.
    And I really like that our franchise QB grimaced and limped around way less than normal. As well as playing in all of the games.

  • John A Stewart

    Speaking of coach Mitchell he’s been with the Steeler’s for over twenty year’s I really think it’s time for him to go. I mean how long doe’s it to take for this coach to develop player’s. Last year he said it would take Nick Williams two to three year’s to develop really. We need younger coaches with knew teaching ideas so the can get on the field faster I’m really tired of this two to three year crap.

  • r4kolb

    To be honest I don’t think Haley did. I think they sit down as a group of coaches and give their opinions. And usually the position coach does the presser according to position drafted.

  • RyanW

    Haley loves 3 down backs and thats precisely what he stated when talking about Leveon Bell so why would he not have wanted Bell. He was the most complete back in all 3 phases (rushing, receiving and blocking) and of course they all sit down together and decide thats no secret. Why would they pick a back if the guy in charge of using him didnt want him? Makes zero sense.