There was talk Sunday that new Colts coach Chuck Pagano, already ready to hire former Steelers assistant Bruce Arians as his offensive coordinator, wanted to nab Pittsburgh linebackers coach Keith Butler to take over the Colts defensive coordinator job.
Butler, though, has turned down Pagano.
That’s according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, which writes that Butler will return to the Steelers as the linebackers coach.
It’s clear that Pittsburgh values Butler, because last offseason, when the Cardinals wanted to interview Butler for their defensive coordinator job, the Steelers denied Arizona’s request.
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Butler is assumed to be the heir to Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, and ultimately, that job is better than the one in Arizona, and if LeBeau plans to coach only a season or two more, staying in Pittsburgh to wait him out probably makes sense for Butler.
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