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Report: Pagano looks at Butler, Caldwell at PIT

Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:56 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2012 3:16 pm
Chuck Pagano reportedly is looking at Keith Butler to be his defensive coordinator (US Presswire).By Josh Katzowitz

Man, new Colts coach Chuck Pagano must have some serious respect for one of the teams his old ballclub hates the most. That would be the Steelers, and Pagano, the former Ravens defensive coordinator, reportedly will pluck another Pittsburgh assistant to be a coordinator for the Colts.

On Saturday, it was Pagano surprisingly yanking Bruce Arians out of his so-called retirement in order to make him the offensive coordinator, and a day later, ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that Pagano will hire Steelers linebacker coach Keith Butler as defensive coordinator.

A word of caution, though: according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Butler will interview the job Tuesday and said it’s “not a done deal.”

And in a switcheroo that only a Kirk Cameron fan could love,’s Jason La Canfora reports that Caldwell will interview for the open Steelers offensive coordinator spot vacated by Arians.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and Caldwell spent one season together in 2001 with the Buccaneers when Tomlin was the defensive backs coach and Caldwell was the quarterbacks coach.

In Pagano’s case, the possible decision to hire anybody from the Steelers defensive coaching staff is probably a smart move -- especially considering Pittsburgh has been a top-ten defensive team in yards allowed every year since 2000.

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Butler has been in Pittsburgh the past nine years, and he’s credited with helping mold James Harrison, James Farrior and LaMarr Woodley. Like Arians and Pagano, Butler worked in Cleveland in 2001, so Pagano knows what kind of coach he’s getting.

As PFT reminds us, Butler wanted to interview for the Cardinals defensive coordinator job last year but the Steelers denied him the chance. Now that Butler’s contract is up, though, it sounds like Butler -- who is largely considered the heir to Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau -- is ready for a promotion.

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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 4:37 pm

Report: Pagano looks at Butler, Caldwell at PIT

The Steelers will do what they need to do to get Butler to stay, he is the heir apparent to LeBeau. He may be tired of waiting, but he has been loyal to the organization and his old friend Mike Tomlin. They will probably tell LeBeau he gets one more year then Butler takes over.

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 4:08 pm

Report: Pagano looks at Butler, Caldwell at PIT

Hmmm....A ravens guy going after all Steeler coaches. Then again Arians isn't starting over so much as it is just quiting.

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 4:02 pm

Report: Pagano looks at Butler, Caldwell at PIT

If they're starting over in Indianapolis -- and they are -- this is a good start. It makes you wonder how much better they would have been if they put in this kind of top-to-bottom effort every year rather than just resting on #18's laurels. 

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