Browns hire Kirby Wilson as team's run game coordinator

The Browns have hired former Minnesota running backs coach Kirby Wilson to be the team's new running game coordinator, according to multiple reports.

Hue Jackson has reportedly hired the man who coached the NFL's leading rusher this past season to overhaul the Browns' rushing attack in 2016. 

Kirby Wilson, the Minnesota Vikings running backs coach whose contract was up, will join the Browns to be the team's running game coordinator, according to multiple reports.  

Wilson will be tasked with helping a Browns rushing attack that finished 22nd in the NFL with just 95.6 yards per game and 29th in the league with just five rushing touchdowns. 

Wilson, 54, helped Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to lead the league with 1,485 yards as his position coach and helped Minnesota to finish fourth in the NFL with 138.2 rush yards per game. 

Prior to his two seasons in Minnesota, Wilson spent six seasons as the running backs coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, coaching the likes of Le'Veon Bell, Willie Parker and Rashard Mendenhall to productive seasons.

Outside of his time in Pittsburgh and Minnesota, Wilson has been an NFL running backs coach since 1997, holding the position with the New England Patriots, Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals. 

In addition to Wilson, the Browns are reportedly expected to hire long-time NFL offensive coach, Al Saunders, to be the team's senior offensive assistant. 

The trio of Wilson, Saunders and Jackson-- who will call the team's plays-- will likely head Cleveland's offensive attack next season.

The Browns have also expressed interest in former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator, Pep Hamilton, to join the team's offensive staff.

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