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Report: Dick LeBeau a 'free agent' after 2010

Posted on: January 23, 2011 4:28 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

We hear all the time about players who are potential free agents. (Case in point: Peyton Manning, who doesn't have a contract for 2011 ... yet.) But what about the coaches? Case in point: Dick LeBeau, who's contract will reportedly expire following the 2010.

LeBeau, the Hall of Fame player (there's a distinction, and he's in for playing, but "not for coaching") who also happened to architect Pittsburgh's vaunted defense, will be a free agent after this season, according to ESPN.

There appear to be three possible outcomes from LeBeau hitting the market. One, he returns to the Steelers. Two, he retires. And three, he heads to Arizona.

The return to Pittsburgh is obvious, because he's had so much success there and the personnel in place is ideal for his system.

The retirement is a possibility because, as youthful as LeBeau still looks, he's 73.

And Arizona makes sense, because the Cardinals were terrible on defense in 2010, have former Steelers coaches Ken Wisenhunt and Russ Grimm on staff in the desert and don't currently have a defensive coordinator. (Also, old people go to the desert when they want to step away from work and play more golf, so that makes sense too.)

If LeBeau did jump to Arizona, he'd have his work cut out for him, but engineering a turnaround for that defense would be possible -- just not easy -- and would provide a pretty nice cherry on top of LeBeau's already superb career.

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Comments

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2011 10:06 am
 

Report: Dick LeBeau a 'free agent' after 2010

For all you people that think tomlin runs this team u have alot to read up on.. THIS IS THE TEAM THE CHIN BUILT! he was at practices all this post season. he is very close to the rooney family. every one on the team he put there even tomlin... he suggested tomlin replace him to the roonies. honestly tomlin has put the team in cruise control since he took over. id like to see tomlins record if he was the coach of the bills or the cowboys.. or better yet the bengals.. he is a good coach but he didnt built the steelers cower left at the wrong time..  dont give to much credit to a man that has done nothing for the steelers..  he did one good thing and that was draft the center they got but other then that who else? they use the same offence the same defence and for the moron that asked about the 4-3 why would they go to a 4-3 if they have had the 3-4 since 1982?   its the TEAMS SYSTEM!!!!!!! NOT THE COACH!!!



Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2011 10:05 am
 

Report: Dick LeBeau a 'free agent' after 2010




Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2011 9:56 am
 

Report: Dick LeBeau a 'free agent' after 2010

The stupidity I see is unbleivable these days.  Did someone really say Tomlin should change defenses if they win the Bowl?  They have the personnel for a 3-4, period.  Which is why Tomlin kept that system when he came in to begin with, and to his credit, kept LeBeau.  If Lebeau retires then we promote Keith Butler and stick with what works very well - the 3-4 zone blitz as we have run since '92 when Cowher first hired lebea as db coach and Capers was coordinator. Did some clown on ESPN suggest LeBeau goes to AZ?  That wouldn't happen, he doesn't need a "cherry" on his resume - he wants more rings.  Which means if he stays in the game - he stays in Pittsburgh.



Since: Apr 1, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2011 9:19 am
 

Report: Dick LeBeau a 'free agent' after 2010

"If they win the super bowl, it will be a good note to leave on and give Tomlin a chance to change defenses."

That makes no sense!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2011 9:01 am
 

Report: Dick LeBeau a 'free agent' after 2010

Tomlin wants him out.  He is a 4-3 defensive guy from his previous time in Minnesota.  He wanted him gone when he first arrived and brought in his own coaches but the Rooney's said no dice and he must keep Lebeau.  If they win the super bowl, it will be a good note to leave on and give Tomlin a chance to change defenses.  Don't forget Woodley needs signed and they probably can't afford him as he wants "Harrison" Money so with Timmons and Worilds they could go to a 4-3.  (Farrior is about done).



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2011 2:10 am
 

Report: Dick LeBeau a 'free agent' after 2010

What a non story indeed...free agent, eh???

What a waste of space.



Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2011 1:04 am
 

Report: Dick LeBeau a 'free agent' after 2010

LeBeau was interviewed Friday and asked about a possible retirement. His answer ''heck no, I'm not even the oldest coach in Pennsylvania'', referring to Joe Paterno. LeBeau will stay for as long as he wants to stay.



Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2011 11:33 pm
 

Report: Dick LeBeau a 'free agent' after 2010

Dick will stay with Steeler Nation.  He has allegiance to the Steelers, not one coach or the other.  He is there for the players and fans.  That is why he will NOT go to the cardinals.  He has accomplished it all and really nothing more to prove.  The team, the players, the fans...Steeler Nation...means more to him than money.   What a class act!!



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2011 11:32 pm
 

Report: Dick LeBeau a 'free agent' after 2010

He needs to go to Philly!!!



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2011 11:29 pm
 

Report: Dick LeBeau a 'free agent' after 2010

Thinker T is right. His replacement is under contract to replace him. They will have to replace him after this season. Superbowl win or not. That being said I believe he will retire as he is well accomplished and going to the Superbowl and coaching in the superbowl vs. another legendary steelers defensive coordinator in Capers will be a great exclamation point on a fine career. Especialy if he wins.

Regardless the Superbowl is his only concern right now.


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