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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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Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2011 6:46 pm

Report: Dick LeBeau a 'free agent' after 2010

Of course he would go to Arizona, they have more former Steeler, Pitt, Penn State, or Western PA guys then anyone. I lost count around 30, honestly. Whis likes to go through the Steelers dumpster to get the likes of Hagans, Porter, and Faneca and they all blew. If Lebeau goes I am not sure it will work. He is 73 and needs to totally rebuild a bad defense. Reports say he wants to retire soon anyway. I'd had to see him leave, but they have their future DC in place with Keith Butler.

Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2011 6:44 pm

Report: Dick LeBeau a 'free agent' after 2010

People forget that LeBeau used to be the head coach of the Bungles. After that hellish experience, why in the world would he want to leave the Steelers where Tomlin gives him complete control of the D to be a DC for the Cardinals? I think he learned his lesson the first time that you don't leave a top notch organization for a joke of an organization.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2011 6:36 pm

Report: Dick LeBeau a 'free agent' after 2010

He's not going anywhere. He's 73 years old, and in a great situation. Why would he leave the Rooney's to play for the Bidwell's? He will retire as a Steeler.

And the man was a great CB, who when he retired was in the top 3 for career interceptions. He still might be in the top ten, so in my opinion he should have 2 busts in Canton!

Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2011 6:30 pm

Report: Dick LeBeau a 'free agent' after 2010

He's taking his talents to south beach.

Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2011 6:05 pm

Report: Dick LeBeau a 'free agent' after 2010

This just in...

Dick LeBeau has said he doesn't want to be Tomlin's bitch anymore so he is leaning toward Arizona.

He said, and I quote, "I hate this team and especially Hines Ward.  I'm out, suck it!"
He also thought the city itself smells like 2 week old trash and he can't handle Ben raping anymore women, especially since he is engaged.
"I like Ben's fiance.  She seems nice and I'd hate to see her get raped or anything."

BTW - I'm a Squealers fan and have been for life.
Hopefully Ray Lewis comes to Pittsburgh soon...a 46 year old Ray-Ray is better than anyone we've got now.
Go Bungles!

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2011 5:45 pm

Report: Dick LeBeau a 'free agent' after 2010

If he's not ready to retire, I can't see him going anywhere else.  Nobody knows his finances, but hopefully money doesn't matter a whole lot.  I can't imagine at his age that he wants a project like Arizona.  Stay in Pittsburgh and get a shot at a few more SB titles, then go out at 76 or 77.

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2011 5:27 pm

Report: Dick LeBeau a 'free agent' after 2010

Come to the patriots, the one qb who destroys you won't be able to anymore then.

Since: Aug 30, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2011 5:14 pm

Report: Dick LeBeau a 'free agent' after 2010

o and i love it how it stresses how he is in the hall of fame as a player not a coach. yes he was an incredible db and deserves it entirely. but as if he couldnt get in the hall of fame as a coach

Since: Aug 30, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2011 5:12 pm

Report: Dick LeBeau a 'free agent' after 2010

there is no way leBeau can leave the steelers. he perfected the zone blitz there and did so much to create an incredible defense. He will either retire or stay with pittsburgh

Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2011 5:11 pm

Report: Dick LeBeau a 'free agent' after 2010

I don't get it.  There is a miniscule shot that he'll choose to (or be pushed to) retire just because he's at the end of his contract.  And the Steelers have been nothing but immensely satisfied with his work - there's no shot that they'd voluntarily part ways with him.  They will be thrilled to re-sign him and pay him what he's worth.  He's too old to be hired away as a head coach and probably doesn't want anything like that at this point in his career.  And there's no reason whatsoever to believe that his only other option (besides retiring or re-signing with Pittsburgh) is to make a lateral move to coach the defense in Arizona.

Did you manage (on one of the biggest football days of the NFL season) to actually run out of real material to write about?  Because this sounds like nothing more than a poorly-thought-out piece of slow-news-day filler to me.  Just sayin'.

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