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.