Wilson served the 2014 season as the Vikings running backs coach, after what was said to be a mutual agreement for Wilson and the Steelers to part ways after the 2013 season. Incidentally, the Steelers hired ex-Vikings running backs coach James Saxon for their position in 2014, and he coached Le'Veon Bell to a record-breaking season.
There were some whispers Wilson may have been in line for the Steelers' offensive coordinator position in 2012, after the termination of Bruce Arians. Wilson was badly burned in a house fire before the team's playoff game after the 2011 season, and his hospitalization for most of the offseason may have been a compelling factor in the decision to hire Todd Haley instead of Wilson.
As Ben Gosslein of ESPN wrote, Wilson got the invite to interview on the three-year anniversary of that house fire.
Wilson's departure from the team after that season fueled that speculation, especially after Wilson left for the same position in Minnesota. Wilson was also interviewed for the Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator position. The team selected Gary Kubiak instead.
What was fortune for Saxon may have been viewed as a curse for Wilson. Barely into his tenure with the team, Adrian Peterson was suspended, leaving Wilson with Matt Asiata and rookie Jerrick McKinnon available to shoulder the load behind rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.