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Keith Butler Named Steelers' Defensive Coordinator

January 13, 2015
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Keith Butler Named Steelers' Defensive Coordinator

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have a new defensive coordinator for the first time since 2004 as they officially promoted former linebackers coach Keith Butler Tuesday, the team announced.

The Steelers stay in house, sticking with the man long thought to be Dick LeBeau’s heir. Butler has been the Steelers’ linebackers coach since 2003 and also has playing experience as an inside linebacker for the Seahawks from 1978-87. It ensure scheme continuity for a defense that badly needs talent, speed and youth infusions more than a new system. Butler should be pushing the front office to go defense-heavy again in April’s draft.

This move comes on the heels of longtime defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau announcing his resignation from the team over the weekend.

When that occurred, Butler emerged as the top candidate to ascend to that vacated role, according to Gerry Dulac of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Dulac also reported the reality behind the LeBeau situation was that the Steelers decided against offering him a new contract on the heels of a season that saw Pittsburgh’s defense rank 18th in both yards and points allowed.

The 77-year-old LeBeau had been the Steelers’ defensive coordinator for 11 years, but the organization apparently felt as though it was time for a change.

hat change comes in the form of Butler, who predates LeBeau as a member of Pittsburgh’s coaching staff, having served as the linebackers coach since 2003.

The 58-year-old coach played 10 years in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks, so while he doesn’t have the same resume as LeBeau, he knows plenty about thriving in the league.

Ultimately, promoting Butler is a move that Pittsburgh likely needed to make in order to prevent him from going elsewhere.

 

 

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