Dec 22, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; A Pittsburgh Steelers helmet during warmups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Pittsburgh won 38-31. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers name James Saxon running backs coach

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have named James Saxon as their new running backs coach, it was announced today.

Saxon is entering his 23rd season in the NFL as either a player or coach. He joins the Steelers after spending the previous three seasons as the running backs coach for the Minnesota Vikings.

The Steelers ranked 27th last year, averaging 86.4 yards per game rushing. The team’s leading rusher was rookie Le’Veon Bell, who ran for 860 yards despite missing the first three games of the season.

Prior to Minnesota, Saxon coached running backs for the Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills. He got his start in coaching at the collegiate level at Menlo College and Rutgers University.

Saxon was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth round (139th overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft. In his eight NFL seasons, Saxon played for the Chiefs, the Dolphins and the Philadelphia Eagles. He appeared in 111 career games, rushing for 533 yards and five touchdowns. He added 69 career receptions for 515 yards.

Saxon will replace Kirby Wilson, who is reportedly set to become the Vikings’ new running backs coach.

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