Kirby Wilson joining Jackson’s staff in Cleveland

AP

The semi-complicated flirtation between Kirby Wilson and the Browns will end with Wilson being hired as the team’s run game coordinator, ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported Wednesday.

New Browns coach Hue Jackson targeted Wilson as a top priority after Jackson was hired last week. Wilson’s contract as running backs coach of the Vikings expired earlier this week, and the Vikings initially denied Wilson permission to interview.

Jackson is expected to call his own plays. Only one Jackson staff member has officially been announced; special teams coach Chris Tabor will be retained.

Wilson previously coached running backs with the Cardinals, Patriots, Steelers and Buccaneers.

34 responses to “Kirby Wilson joining Jackson’s staff in Cleveland

  1. Take a cue from bruce arians and hire tom coughlin to coach the running backs, that’d be awesome.

  2. Please convince Hue Jackson you need AP. We would happily give up his $11m contract and fumblitus and throw in Norv to boot. He would love to go back to the dog pound and we’d love to see him there. The only thing we want in return is a signed agreement indicating you cannot return them.

  3. Congrats on a great opportunity in ….Cleveland. Is the rai$e worth more than any money lost by not making the playoffs? NFC north champ to 3-13. Sounds like a great move.

  4. Wow! How desperate was Kirby Wilson to get out of Minnesota? And to the Browns?
    A lateral move, no less.
    Very telling.

    Moving on up to the Factory of Sadness and leaving the Blizzard of Sadness.
    skoLOL!

  5. Wow! How desperate was Kirby Wilson to get out of Minnesota? And to the Browns?
    A lateral move, no less.
    Very telling.
    ———————–
    It’s actually not very hard to understand if you have ever been to Winter Park. Have a friend who works for the Vikings and have been in the offices. The place looks like a flashback to the 70’s and it’s the most pathetic office environment I’ve ever seen. The air conditioning was broke and never fixed until the employees begged Wilf to do something about it after he bought the team. Considering how much time they spend there and the long term outlook with Bustwater and a RB who could retire or be retired in a year or two, get out while the gettin’ is good.

  6. He’s going to find that being the running backs coach was a LOT easier when he had a Hall of Famer carrying the ball.

  7. While the Packers fired their RB coach, the Vikings RB coach gets hired away from them.

    Wishing Kirby nothing but the best.

  8. He didn’t get “hired away from them”, his contract expired and while he wanted to leave, the Vikings did the unethical low class move and made him wait 5 days in order to interview and take the job. Future and current coaches will remember that when they consider their options.

  9. a fancy made up title, running game coordinator, to get around the rules and all you really are is the help with no power to make any decisions as Hue already said HE would be making the play calls

  10. sdsmooth says:
    Jan 20, 2016 5:18 PM
    From the Browns of the NFC … to the Browns of the AFC. Nice move Kirby.
    ……………
    Browns finished second fiddle in the AFC North like the Packers did in the NFC North? Are you sure?

  11. a fancy made up title, running game coordinator, to get around the rules and all you really are is the help with no power to make any decisions as Hue already said HE would be making the play calls
    ————–
    He WANTED to leave. And he could. But the Vikings made him wait out the remaining 5 days on his contract that was expiring. Pretty low class move.

  12. Lol I love how people live in the past. Ok cool your team won a super bowl 20 years ago or whatever. The nfl is all about what have you done for me lately. I don’t care what team you root for. If your team hasn’t won a championship in the last 5 years shut up no on wants to hear about a super bowl your team won that you probably weren’t even alive to watch.

  13. I guess you won’t be needing 4th of July off if you don’t “live in the past”.
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    Vikings fans are always looking towards the future because they are constantly running away from the past where there is nothing to cherish.

  14. Teddy BustH20’s House of Noodles says:
    Jan 20, 2016 6:40 PM

    It’s actually not very hard to understand if you have ever been to Winter Park. Have a friend who works for the Vikings and have been in the offices.

    —————————-

    Bahahahaha…”(you) have a friend”…thanks for the laugh, I needed that after a long day.

  15. I understand wanting to work with friends. But, I don’t think Kirby took his future, at Cleveland, into much consideration. The way they cycle through coaching staffs, he’s almost guaranteed to be unemployed in 2017. Unless, they make him their head coach.

  16. Teddy BustH20’s House of Noodles says:

    The Browns have a .444 playoff Win% and won 4 championships.

    The Vikings have a .404 win% and have won ZERO championships.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    You’re acting pretty desperate in that comparison. But that’s what you do…

    Seeing as how the majority of the Browns playoff wins came before the Vikings existed, that percentage isn’t too relevant.

    The last Brown playoff win was over 20 years ago.

    As bad as that is (21 years without a playoff win in a full regulation season), that is not as bad as the Packers – the only team in the NFL to have gone 25 years without even scoring a TD in the playoffs of a full regulation season (much less even win a game).

    Seeing as how all but 1 of the Browns Championships came before the Vikings existed, only 1 is relevant.

    Seeing as how that 1 Championship is over 50 years ago and only required winning 1 playoff game (but to their credit – they did have to win a playoff game to get the title), that Championship isn’t even as relevant as the 1969 NFL Championship that the Vikings won when there were 2 playoff games required to win the Championship.

    I could go on to embarrass you further, but I’ve spent enough time discrediting you already.

  17. reapshavoc says:
    Jan 20, 2016 8:24 PM

    Lol I love how people live in the past. Ok cool your team won a super bowl 20 years ago or whatever. The nfl is all about what have you done for me lately. I don’t care what team you root for. If your team hasn’t won a championship in the last 5 years shut up no on wants to hear about a super bowl your team won that you probably weren’t even alive to watch.
    —————

    So you don’t want to hear about the past, but if your team won 5 years ago that’s cool? Nice logic.

  18. I give Wilson credit for not wanting to work with convicted child abusers. That aspect of his previous job was probably making him sick to his stomach and then throw in the fumbles in the playoff games and his decision is an easy one.

  19. Teddy BustH20’s House of Noodles says:
    Jan 20, 2016 6:40 PM

    It’s actually not very hard to understand if you have ever been to Winter Park. Have a friend who works for the Vikings and have been in the offices. The place looks like a flashback to the 70’s and it’s the most pathetic office environment I’ve ever seen. The air conditioning was broke and never fixed until the employees begged Wilf to do something about it after he bought the team. Considering how much time they spend there and the long term outlook with Bustwater and a RB who could retire or be retired in a year or two, get out while the gettin’ is good.
    ____________

    That’s a true story about the air conditioning. Red McCombs was such a cheap owner that he refused to pay for anything to maintain the practice facility. He set that franchise back decades. The Wilfs have been making improvements to the facility since they bought the team. I doubt that it looks like a flashback to the ’70’s because it was built in the ’80’s, but it definitely is not what is should be. This is why the Vikings just purchased 185 acres in Eagan to build a new state of the art practice facility to go along with their new state of the art stadium opening this year. The Vikings will have the best facilities in the NFL very soon.

  20. Coincidentally, the Browns and the packers have the exact same number of OT game playoff victories this decade

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