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Keeping it In the Family

Posted on: February 17, 2009 4:13 am

Prior to Superbowl XLIII, there were rumors that Steelers Defensive Coordinator Dick LeBeau was going to retire after 50 years in the NFL.  The rumors of his retirement, were premature and rather exaggerated. 

After the year the Steelers defense had, it wasn’t a surprise to find out that one of their defensives coaches would look to be tapped for a position with another team.  What is a surprise is that Keith Butler had the chance to make a name for himself and become as well known as Dick LeBeau, and turned it down.

Who is Keith Butler, you ask?  Butler has been the linebackers coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2003 and is responsible for coaching the likes of Steelers James Farrior, Larry Foote, LaMarr Woodley and this years Defensive Player of the Year, James Harrison

Butler, under contract with the Steelers, was given permission to by the Steelers organization to interview with Ken Whisenhunt for the position of Cardinals defensive coordinator, but according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette , turned down the offer.  It wasn’t the first time that the Cardinals head coach would try to get Butler on his staff.  Whisenhunt tried to interview Butler in 2007, but was denied by the Steelers organization due to Butlers contract. 

Going into 2009, Mike Tomlin will retain his complete coaching staff, since taking the position of the Steelers head coach.


Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: March 21, 2009 1:38 pm

Keeping it In the Family


Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2009 10:20 pm

Keeping it In the Family

It's a big accomplishment to keep the coaching staff of a championship team intact.

My Vikings have had minor changes in special teams coaches and are currently looking for a defensive line coach.

The Broncos coaching changes have had all the drama of a soap opera and it will take some time to see how effective they will be in light of their difficult schedule this year.

Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2009 12:06 pm

Keeping it In the Family

Funny, but Bills fans are not so happy about all the continuity on their coaching staff. Pee Wee Fewell's, Marshmallow Menace defense is based upon the bend-then-break philosophy, and features a novel 1-2 front seven. Turk Schonert's Shitzkreig offense is based upon punting on third down to limit turnovers.

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2009 8:10 am

Keeping it In the Family

While I am not a big fan of coach in waiting, it appears that Keith Butler is just that... the Defensive Coordinator in waiting... a part of me thinks that it is wonderful to have somebody on the staff ready to accept that promotion when the day comes... the continuity, the familiarity and most importantly the respect will already be there when Keith Butler takes over for Dick LeBeau... on the other hand, if we would have done this with the head coach, we never would have had the opportunity to bring in the likes of Mike Tomlin???

Keith Butler is a fine coach, I think he has done a marvelous job with our linebackers and does seem poised to move up the coaching later... my biggest concern for Keith Butler is that Dick LeBeau might coach for another 20 years... look at that guy... he is the most energetic and enthusiastic person in their 70's I have ever seen...

It is good to know that the Steelers Defense will be in good hands either way for the foreseeable future...

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2009 6:52 am

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It's really very fortunate the Steelers if they are able to retain their entire coaching staff.  Look at New England and how their coaching staff has been ravaged with their recent years of success.  I doubt the Browns will have anyone returning from 2008, although maybe that is a good thing.  I've wondered if little things like taking a poor angle to tackle a player, tackling, and other poor techniques were the fault of the players or the coaches.  I have to think a little bit of both, so retaining a successful coaching staff can only help the Steelers.   

Just what I didn't want to hear.Frown

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2009 4:40 am

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It's because I am old that I'm up this early  Tongue out

Yep it is (though I'm still mixed on keep Arians, but I'll give him another year since he didn't blow it in the playoffs or the SB).  But keeping the coaches on the defense is great, especially Butler. 

Whisenhunt's a smart man.  Butler would have made the Cardinals defense instantly better.

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2009 4:27 am

Keeping it In the Family

hey mom your a little to old to be up this early.nah just kiddin.thats good news about all the coaches.

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