Steelers hire James Saxon to coach RBs


PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers moved quickly to fill former running backs coach Kirby Wilson’s spot on the coaching staff.

And James Saxon is essentially trading places with Wilson.

The Steelers announced Saxon’s hiring on Tuesday afternoon, two days after Wilson accepted the latter’s old job with the Minnesota Vikings.

Saxon spent the previous three seasons coaching Minnesota’s running backs, and he was not retained after the Vikings hired Mike Zimmer as their head coach last week.

Saxon joins offensive line coach Mike Munchak as the newest members of Mike Tomlin’s coaching staff and Tomlin’s staff is complete -- for now.

The Steelers confirmed they have given defensive assistant Jerry Olsavsky permission to interview with the Buffalo, and Olsavsky is a candidate to become the Bills’ next linebackers coach.

Wilson, who interviewed with Baltimore last week, took a job with the Vikings after the Ravens informed him that he was no longer in the running for their offensive coordinator job.

Like Wilson, Saxon is well-traveled and has extensive experience.

Saxon is in his 23rd year in the NFL as a coach or player, and he has coached running backs in the NFL since 2000.

Saxon, following a one-year stint with the Buffalo Bills, coached in Kansas City (2001-07), Miami (2008-10) and Minnesota before joining the Steelers.

He played eight seasons in the NFL and rushed for 553 yards and five touchdowns while playing for three teams.