Steelers hire James Saxon as running backs coach

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Steelers have hired former Minnesota Vikings assistant James Saxon as the team’srunning backs coach.

Saxon replaces Kirby Wilson, who left the Steelers to take the same position in Minnesota earlier this week.

Saxon will try to help revitalize a running attack that ranked 27th in yards and 29th in yards per carry in 2013. Saxon is the second offensive assistant brought in by the Steelers in the last two weeks. Pittsburgh hired former Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak to coach the offensive line earlier this month.

Saxon’s previous coaching stops include Miami, Kansas City and Buffalo. He played eight seasons in the NFL from 1988-95, running for 533 yards and five touchdowns.

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