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Steelers hire James Saxon as running backs coach

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The Steelers have hired former Vikings running backs coach James Saxon to the same position, the club said on Tuesday afternoon.

Saxon, 47, coached the Vikings’ running backs the last three seasons. He previously coached running backs in Miami (2008-2010), Kansas City (2001-2007) and Buffalo (2000).

A San Jose State product, Saxon played eight NFL seasons at running back. He had stints with Kansas City (1988-1991), Miami (1992-1994) and Philadelphia (1995).

Interestingly enough, the Vikings hired Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson to the same role on Saturday.

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27 Responses to “Steelers hire James Saxon as running backs coach”
  1. jerruhjones says: Jan 28, 2014 3:53 PM

    Vikings? LOL!

    Go Browns!!!

  2. thepftpoet says: Jan 28, 2014 3:54 PM

    Kirby Wilson decided that Adrian Peterson is light years better than Leevon Bell is or ever will be.

    Pretty smart man, if you ask me.

  3. citizenstrange says: Jan 28, 2014 4:03 PM

    Tit for tat.

  4. coachjohnharbaugh says: Jan 28, 2014 4:10 PM

    from 1 irrelevant organization to another

    #thatscute

  5. ianwetpantscom says: Jan 28, 2014 4:12 PM

    Le’veon Bell is the reason Kirby Wilson left Pittsburgh, I guess James Saxon does read PFT!

  6. johnnycamparm says: Jan 28, 2014 4:12 PM

    I was really hoping for Earnest Byner…

  7. thevikesarebest says: Jan 28, 2014 4:13 PM

    That’s what I mean when I say we are the best franchise even teams like the steelers try to be like the vikings.

  8. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 28, 2014 4:14 PM

    This is probably the best move of the offseason — by any team. Well done. We’ve come to expect nothing less.

  9. Deb says: Jan 28, 2014 4:16 PM

    Irrelevant organizations don’t attract the interest of so many trolls. :)

  10. sdsmooth says: Jan 28, 2014 4:32 PM

    From the outhouse to the penthouse. Congratulations, James.

  11. kcflake says: Jan 28, 2014 4:32 PM

    James Saxon is a Great Former Chief. I met him as a youngster at a football camp and he was the Greatest Dude. I hope things go Great for you with the Steelers, James.

  12. rikker12 says: Jan 28, 2014 4:42 PM

    The Vikings had one the best rushing attacks in the league and they DON’T re-sign their runningbacks coach. The Steelers had one of the worst rushing attacks and they fire their runningbacks coach. So the Vikings hire a coach who got fired, because?
    Losers…lol

  13. joecagsblogs says: Jan 28, 2014 4:49 PM

    Kirby chose Minnesota for an easier shot at becoming an OC. Not because of a chance to coach AP. Running back coaches are not praised when their running back has a good year especially AP. He’s been great since day one. If anything he’d probably get more paradise for developing Bell. But he’d never become the OC in pittsburgh.

  14. theageofquarrel says: Jan 28, 2014 5:34 PM

    Viking fans please tell all of us what that crap franchise has ever achieved?
    We could all use a good laugh

  15. pittsburgh361 says: Jan 28, 2014 6:15 PM

    No kirby got booted for taking the interview with Baltimore then they got wind of him telling what pittsburgh does in there run game. Therefore his tenure with pittsburgh is over. Now AP is a monster best rb in the game. But Saxton did coach AP through the 2011 through 2013 and what AP had 4500 or 5000 yrds and hardly any fumbles so he must be a pretty damn good coach. So I cant wait to see what hes going to do with Le’veon and munchak scheme.

  16. blackngold4life says: Jan 28, 2014 7:56 PM

    LOL @ RB coach..who cares? If that’s the case the Steelers are getting the best one in the NFL

  17. steelcurtainn says: Jan 28, 2014 9:31 PM

    Welcome to the best organization in football James. The Steelers. It won’t be long before your getting fitted for a sb ring.

  18. gosuck1 says: Jan 28, 2014 10:20 PM

    Deb says:Jan 28, 2014 4:16 PM

    Irrelevant organizations don’t attract the interest of so many trolls.
    ———————————————————

    Ya, 16 posts………..,.that sure makes your team relevant.

    #getagrip

  19. legendaryordinance says: Jan 28, 2014 10:31 PM

    Honestly, as Steelers fans we should be excited. We essentially had the same staff this season as the past season and ended with the same result 8-8. So we hire an offensive line coach with 10+ years of doing that job, and now Saxon who has 20+ years of experience. For the past few years all I heard is how we have old players and that we need to update our schemes. We acquire new players yet bring in experienced coaches. Smart move, Tomlin, smart move.

  20. jrs45 says: Jan 29, 2014 12:52 AM

    Bad move by him. Struggling franchise.

  21. pittsburgh361 says: Jan 29, 2014 10:16 AM

    A struggling franchise really if you call 10 season not finishing below .500. 2 sb win 3 appearances. And still was in the playoff hunt untill 730 pm in week 17 yeah that sounds like a struggling franchise after an 0-4 start. The only team that finushed stronger than us was the chargers. But yet finish with a 6-2 record and were struggling.

  22. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 29, 2014 10:28 AM

    He’s already started his training programs for Steeler RB’s by having them run through a wall of Jello, to best replicate the other afcn d-lines and linebackers.

    For when they get to the second level, he has them work on their hurdling skills, though admittedly used less now that Ed Reed isnt in division.

  23. jtbsteeler says: Jan 30, 2014 2:19 PM

    The Steelers will will the division in 2014. YOu underlings had you your chance. Only Bmore took advantage, now their offense is in shambles and their defense has to cut or extend bums like Suggs and Ngata.

  24. blackngold4life says: Jan 30, 2014 4:43 PM

    Thinks that Vikings dude is either a comedian or their only fan..but both are possible

  25. Joemontanaflacco says: Jan 30, 2014 5:06 PM

    Guy leads a team to 5-10-1 and the Steelers snatch him up like he was the second coming. Hello? Anybody home?

  26. blackngold4life says: Jan 30, 2014 8:42 PM

    ↑ He’s a RB coach weirdo..he didn’t lead anybody anywhere .. you in such a frantic to post somethin you got ya threads mixed up

  27. Joemontanaflacco says: Jan 31, 2014 10:06 AM

    I forgot. No Pittsburgh coach really “leads.” They may cheat and try to trip opposing players, but leading? Nah.

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