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Report: LeBeau to let Steelers know by next week

Posted on: February 11, 2011 4:24 pm
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Posted by Will Brinson

Now that the Cards have filled their defensive coordinator position, the Steelers have just one obstacle to retaining their own DC Dick LeBeau: retirement.

It appears they'll have an answer soon, too. NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora reports that the Steelers -- who got the "only you" nod from LeBeau recently -- are "hopeful about formalizing a new contract" with LeBeau sometime next week.

"It looks very positive," LaCanfora's source said.

If LeBeau returns -- and it seems pretty likely based on LaCanfora's report -- that's tremendous news for the Steelers, as he's the guy (outside of the players) who makes their dangerous defense works.

It might have made sense for LeBeau to bounce after a Super Bowl victory, too, but considering that the Steelers are probably primed for another big season -- if they can boost the offensive line and hold onto a few key defensive players -- it makes a lot of sense for him to return and make another run at a title.

And provided he does return, it's more than likely he'll receive a one-year contract; the Steelers wouldn't allow Arizona to interview linebackers coach and likely DC-in-waiting Keith Butler, which means he's not far off from taking LeBeau's spot.

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jhfgdters
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:49 pm
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Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: February 12, 2011 11:50 am
 

Report: LeBeau to let Steelers know by next week

Maybe its time for Dick to retire. Just think what Pittsburgh fans would be saying if Ben and Holmes did not save his rear in the Superbowl...Dick's defense was shreeded in the 4th quarter giiving up 14 points when up by 13 (something that had never been done before).... Brady, Brees, Rodgers and even a Sanchez shreeded the defense this year....Dick is a HOF but is he becoming the Joe Pa of the NFL?



Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: February 12, 2011 11:35 am
 

Report: LeBeau to let Steelers know by next week

Ummm,

Yes, genius, the players have something to do with it.  As would 11 individuals off the street who were smart enough to follow coaching.  Without Dick LeBeau, this team would be .500 of worse.  Get rid of Arians and Tomlin, bring in two new guys, and this team STILL wins the division.  Troy may have been the defensive MVP, but we know who the Most Valuable PERSON on this team is.

By the way, Buffalo has players.  How come they didn't win their division moron?



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2011 8:39 pm
 

Report: LeBeau to let Steelers know by next week

yeah.  the players have nothing to do with it at all.



Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Report: LeBeau to let Steelers know by next week

He already has on year left on his contract and he is coming back. Where you writing this?  Its not Pittsburgh that is for sure.



Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2011 5:19 pm
 

Report: LeBeau to let Steelers know by next week

Its no coincidence that the Steelers suddenly mattered when he returned to run the defense years ago.  We can only hope Mr. Buter, DC in waiting, is absorbing as much as he can while Lebeau is still there.   Let get some cover corners and we have a stifling defense.



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2011 5:01 pm
 

Report: LeBeau to let Steelers know by next week

If LeBeau returns -- and it seems pretty likely based on LaCanfora's report -- that's tremendous news for the Steelers, as he's the guy (outside of the players) who makes their dangerous defense works.

Correction - Dick LeBeau is the entire reason the Steelers have had success at all in the past decade.

The Steeler defense determines wins and losses in Pittsburgh, and it really is all about him.




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