After a deliberate search to find their next offensive line coach after firing Jack Bicknell Jr, the Pittsburgh Steelers did not take the same approach in filling their latest opening. On Tuesday, head coach Mike Tomlin found his man from an ironic location.Kirby Wilson departed the franchise for the Minnesota Vikings, the Steelers replaced Wilson with running backs coach James Saxon, who spent the past three seasoned with the Vikings. For the 47-year old Saxon, the Steelers will be his fifth coaching stop in his 13-year NFL coaching career.
An eight-year veteran as a running back prior to becoming a coach, he played in three cities after his career at San Diego State. In all, he spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, and Philadelphia Eagles as a player. He ended playing career with the Eagles in 1995.
Saxon entered the league as a coach in 2000 with the Buffalo Bills. From there, he spent seven seasons with the Chiefs, three seasons with the Dolphins, and finally three with the Vikings. Now, he comes to Pittsburgh, where he will be tasked with helping reestablish the Steelers underperforming running game led by rookie Le'Veon Bell.
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