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Browns reportedly hire former Vikings’ RBs coach Kirby Wilson

By Andrew Krammer

Kirby Wilson’s contract expired with the Vikings on Tuesday, and he was hired less than a day later by the Cleveland Browns, according to ESPN.

Wilson, 54, will be named the Browns’ running game coordinator for new head coach Hue Jackson, the former Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive coordinator. Jackson worked with Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer as the two coordinators in Cincinnati from 2010 to 2013. Wilson and Jackson, while four years apart in age, attended the same high school in California.

Wilson long sought an opportunity to climb the NFL ladder, having interviewed for offensive coordinator positions in recent years with Jacksonville and Baltimore. He’s served as a position coach, primarily for running backs, since entering the league in 1997. The Vikings had blocked the Browns’ request to interview Wilson prior to his contract expiring on Tuesday, per ESPN. ‘He’s under contract. Period,’ was coach Mike Zimmer’s response last week when asked if the Vikings were working to keep Wilson, who gets an upgrade in title with Cleveland. It’s assumed he’ll also get added responsibilities in game planning as the Browns’ running game coordinator.

Wilson oversaw the NFL’s leading rusher in Adrian Peterson this season, and got a combined 1,100 yards out of Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata without Peterson during the 2014 season. He joined the Vikings two years ago when Zimmer assembled his initial staff.

The post Browns reportedly hire former Vikings’ RBs coach Kirby Wilson appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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