On January 6th, 2012 a fire broke out in the home of Pittsburgh Steelers’ running backs’ coach Kirby Wilson. So bad were Wilson’s injuries as a result of the fire that he needed to be airlifted to UPMC. Two days later, the Steelers were upset by Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos in the AFC Wild-Card game.
As the offseason began, Wilson began his struggle back from his injuries, many of which were burn-related. The Steelers meanwhile announced the ‘retirement’ of offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and began their search for a new coordinator.
While I was in favor of Arians moving on, Todd Haley would not have been my pick. I don’t care what anyone tells me, I don’t believe he was Mike Tomlin’s pick either.
I have no inside information, but I will always believe that Mike Tomlin was prepared to make Kirby Wilson the next offensive coordinator of the Steelers. I’m not suggesting Wilson would have been a roaring success as the play-caller, but look where this team is now. Would it have been worse?
Wouldn’t you be curious to see where this team would be, depth and O-line issues notwithstanding, had Kirby Wilson be available to get his shot at the job?
Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @steeldad and follow the website at @SCBlitz. He can be heard Mondays on Trib-Live Radio at 4pm ET talking Steelers.