Pittsburgh Steelers’ Running Backs’ Coach Kirby Wilson will interview today in Baltimore for the Ravens’ offensive coordinator position.
He is the only one among three other finalists without prior experience calling the plays.
The fact that Wilson doesn’t have that experience is no fault of his. It’s not secret, and Mark Kaboly of the Tribune-Review tweeted as much yesterday, that Wilson was going to be the Steelers’ offensive coordinator following the dismissal of Bruce Arians.
Prior to the Steelers’ playoff game in Denver in 2012 however, Wilson was badly burned during a house fire and needed significant recovery time. Thus began the Todd Haley era.
I for one will hate to see Wilson go. He is one of the more vocal coaches and is a treasure to watch during training camp each year in Latrobe. He is a high-energy guy who gives everything he has and expects the same from his backs.
Although I will be sad to see him leave if it comes to that, I will support his opportunity 100% and you really should too despite the fact he might be a ‘Raven.’
Fans today often believe coaches in the National Football League are supposed to be as loyal to their teams as they are but they forget that professional football is a business. If a coach has an opportunity to better himself, who are we to tell him no?
Should Wilson get the job, you can expect there to be some fallout among Steelers’ fans especially those who see Todd Haley as the second coming of the devil or Joe Walton. Take your pick. That comes with the territory and while I’m not exactly going to invite Haley for dinner, I’ve accepted he’s the OC whether I like it or not.
That said, do not be upset with Wilson should he get the job because he deserves a chance to prove himself as a play-caller in the NFL. You could also argue he deserves a chance simply for what he’s been through.
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 730pm ET talking Steelers and is a blogger for ESPN 970 in Pittsburgh.