- Ben Goessling, ESPN Staff Writer
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings running backs coach Kirby Wilson was a finalist for the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator job last season before he left Pittsburgh to join coach Mike Zimmer's staff. Now, Wilson could get another shot at his dream of being a coordinator.
The Jacksonville Jaguars contacted the Vikings for permission to speak to Wilson about their offensive coordinator opening, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Wilson, who has never been an offensive coordinator, would reportedly be competing for the job against former Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman and San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
We've heard there has been interest in Wilson for a few jobs this winter, and the job he did with the Vikings' running backs in the absence of Adrian Peterson could put him in line for his chance. Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon, who had 47 NFL carries between them before 2014, ran for a combined 1,108 yards on 279 carries this season despite injuries that took two of the Vikings' best run blockers -- Brandon Fusco and Phil Loadholt -- off the field for 18 combined games. The Vikings finished the season with the league's 14th-best running game, and as we discussed last month, Wilson's work this season could be a solid addition to his coaching resume.