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If Haley leaves, who will replace him?


Mark Kaboly | Tribune-ReviewKirby Wilson

It’s unknown whether or not the Steelers will be in the market for an offensive coordinator less than 12 months after hiring Todd Haley.

Haley was granted permission by the Steelers to interview for the vacant Arizona head coaching position, and some people believe that the former Cardinals offensive coordinator is the front-runner to get the job.

The question is if Haley does go back to Arizona, who will take over the Steelers’ offense?

There is no doubt that running backs coach Kirby Wilson would be the front-runner to take over the offense.

Of course the Steelers would do their due diligence and interview other candidates, but no doubt Wilson would be the odds-on favorite to take over the offense … just like he was last year.

A team source with intimate knowledge of the situation confirmed to me that Wilson would’ve been the man to replace Bruce Arians if it wasn’t for the house fire that burned more than 50 percent of Wilson’s body two days before the AFC wild-card game against Denver and 15 days before Arians was fired. The same source said that Wilson is still very interested in becoming an offensive coordinator.

Instead of promoting Wilson last year, the Steelers had no choice but to go in a different direction because of the uncertainty of his health.

Fast forward a year later and Wilson may find himself back in the same situation as he was before he was injured.

Wilson’s health is a non-issue as well. He’s back to near 100 percent and was seen jogging around a darkened Steelers indoor practice facility the other day with no hint of his life-threatening injuries a year ago.

Not only does Wilson want the job, he would likely excel in the position as well. There is not a coach on the staff who is as respected as Wilson and not one who has as much drive.

So if Haley does decide to go to Arizona, expect Kirby Wilson to be at the top of the list to replace him.




Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as four Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa, XLV in Dallas and 50 in San Francisco. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

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