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Keisel 'grateful' Butler returning to Steelers

Posted on: January 31, 2012 5:13 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2012 5:16 pm
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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Colts hired Chuck Pagano as head coach last week and Pagano, who spent the 2011 season as the Ravens defensive coordinator, promptly began filling out his staff. He added the recently "retired" Bruce Arians as offensive coordinator, and it appeared that Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler would be his defensive coordinator only to announce a day later that he was staying in Pittsburgh.

On Tuesday, we asked Steelers defensive Brett Keisel about what Butler means to the organization.

"He's a legendary coach," Keisel told before stopping himself. "Well, he might not be legendary -- he's a great coach … someone who really takes care of the linebackers. Not a lot of people could control James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley but he finds a way to get those guys coached up and I'm very grateful he's coming back."

Keisel was laughing when he called Butler great but not legendary (he's in Indy pimping Head & Shoulders' "Be Legendary" campaign so he's used the word a lot this week), but it's clear that Butler, who joined the Steelers in 2003, is an integral part of the defense's success.

"I was devastated yesterday when I heard (that he might be headed to Indianapolis)," Keisel said. "I was surprised that the Steelers were going to let him go (to the Colts). I knew that when Arizona wanted him to come down last year, (Pittsburgh) didn't even let him take the interview. But everything worked out, he's staying with us, and I'm very happy about it."

Conventional wisdom is that Butler will succeed defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau who, at 74, says he has no intentions of retiring anytime soon. Either way, it's good news for the Steelers, who let Arians walk earlier this month and are still in the market for his replacement.

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Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 11:37 pm

Keisel 'grateful' Butler returning to Steelers

who is this guy?? NEVER heard of him.... Stoolers are getting old and the organization is getting weak... the luck is running out in Shitzburgh

Since: Apr 4, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 9:19 pm

Keisel 'grateful' Butler returning to Steelers

Keith Butler was an outstanding collegiate linebacker at the University of Memphis. He played for the Seahawks for a few years, and every time I heard him interviewed, he seemed very cerebral. I am not a Steelers fan, but it is nice to know that good people can succeed. I hope he does land the DC job when LeBeau retires. Pittsburg knows how to handle coaches. That's for certain. 

Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: January 31, 2012 8:48 pm

Keisel 'grateful' Butler returning to Steelers

I too am glad Butler decided to stay in Pittsburgh.  Now on to the important issue of who is out there that can bring the Steeler Offensive to the level of New England and New Orleans, that will enable the Steelers to go out and win #7?  

Throwing it out there.....who is the best OC on the open market that would fit the Steelers mold?

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 7:24 pm

Keisel 'grateful' Butler returning to Steelers

No doubt NE2WA. Very few people realize he has been the highest paid coach that doesn't have coordinator or assistant HC in his title since 2008, how many position coaches are making over a million bucks? I am pretty sure he is the only one.

Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 6:02 pm

Keisel 'grateful' Butler returning to Steelers

Butler's decision to stay in Pittsburgh shows the kind of loyalty the staff and players have for the Rooney family. The Steelers have the best-run organization in the NFL. 

And, yes, Butler is the DC in waiting. I'm sure the Steelers have upped his salary to keep him happy too. 

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