Wilson coached in Pittsburgh from 2007-13 and would have been a strong candidate to replace Bruce Arians as the Steelers’ offensive coordinator after the 2011 season.
The Steelers did not renew the contract of Arians, now the coach of the Arizona Cardinals, after the 2011 season, but Wilson got badly burned in a fire at his Pittsburgh-area home prior to Pittsburgh’s AFC wild-card loss in Denver that season.
Wilson returned to the Steelers for offseason practices in 2012 and left for the Vikings after the end of the 2013 season to coach Minnesota’s running backs. Wilson was a finalist for the Ravens' offensive coordinator job last year that went to former Houston Texasns coach Gary Kubiak.
The Steelers hired former Vikings running backs coach James Saxon to replace Wilson, who had been on coach Mike Tomlin’s first staff in Pittsburgh.