MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings running backs coach Kirby Wilson, whose contract expires at midnight Tuesday, will interview with the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday to become their running game coordinator, according to a league source.
Wilson, who joined the Vikings as part of Mike Zimmer's coaching staff in 2014, interviewed for the Jacksonville Jaguars' offensive coordinator job after 2014. He has long said his goal is to become a coordinator, after a house fire that nearly claimed his life also cost him his chance to become the Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive coordinator. He went to the same high school in Los Angeles as Hue Jackson, who became the Browns' head coach earlier this month. Both the Browns and the Miami Dolphins had approached the Vikings about running game coordinator jobs for Wilson last week, but the Vikings blocked both teams from interviewing Wilson, as they tried to get the coach signed for 2016. But with a chance to move to a higher position than the Vikings were offering, Wilson opted to wait out his contract and move on. It's expected he'll be hired by the Browns on Wednesday.
Running back Adrian Peterson lauded Wilson during the past two years, citing the running backs coach as one of the reasons he wanted to return to Minnesota after his 2014 suspension and saying Wilson was like a "brother" during the 2015 season. Assuming Wilson leaves, the Vikings will have to hope their replacement for the 18-year veteran will be a coach who earns Peterson's trust in the way Wilson seemed to do during the past two years.