Tag:Keith Butler
Posted on: January 31, 2012 5:13 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2012 5:16 pm
 

Keisel 'grateful' Butler returning to Steelers

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By Ryan Wilson

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 CBSSports.com 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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Posted on: January 30, 2012 8:34 pm
 

Report: Keith Butler will return to Pittsburgh

By Josh Katzowitz

There was talk Sunday that new Colts coach Chuck Pagano, already ready to hire former Steelers assistant Bruce Arians as his offensive coordinator, wanted to nab Pittsburgh linebackers coach Keith Butler to take over the Colts defensive coordinator job.

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Butler, though, has turned down Pagano.

That’s according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, which writes that Butler will return to the Steelers as the linebackers coach.

It’s clear that Pittsburgh values Butler, because last offseason, when the Cardinals wanted to interview Butler for their defensive coordinator job, the Steelers denied Arizona’s request.

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Butler is assumed to be the heir to Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, and ultimately, that job is better  than the one in Arizona, and if LeBeau plans to coach only a season or two more, staying in Pittsburgh to wait him out probably makes sense for Butler.

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Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:56 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2012 3:16 pm
 

Report: Pagano looks at Butler, Caldwell at PIT

Chuck Pagano reportedly is looking at Keith Butler to be his defensive coordinator (US Presswire).By Josh Katzowitz

Man, new Colts coach Chuck Pagano must have some serious respect for one of the teams his old ballclub hates the most. That would be the Steelers, and Pagano, the former Ravens defensive coordinator, reportedly will pluck another Pittsburgh assistant to be a coordinator for the Colts.

On Saturday, it was Pagano surprisingly yanking Bruce Arians out of his so-called retirement in order to make him the offensive coordinator, and a day later, ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that Pagano will hire Steelers linebacker coach Keith Butler as defensive coordinator.

A word of caution, though: according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Butler will interview the job Tuesday and said it’s “not a done deal.”

And in a switcheroo that only a Kirk Cameron fan could love, NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora reports that Caldwell will interview for the open Steelers offensive coordinator spot vacated by Arians.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and Caldwell spent one season together in 2001 with the Buccaneers when Tomlin was the defensive backs coach and Caldwell was the quarterbacks coach.

In Pagano’s case, the possible decision to hire anybody from the Steelers defensive coaching staff is probably a smart move -- especially considering Pittsburgh has been a top-ten defensive team in yards allowed every year since 2000.

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Butler has been in Pittsburgh the past nine years, and he’s credited with helping mold James Harrison, James Farrior and LaMarr Woodley. Like Arians and Pagano, Butler worked in Cleveland in 2001, so Pagano knows what kind of coach he’s getting.

As PFT reminds us, Butler wanted to interview for the Cardinals defensive coordinator job last year but the Steelers denied him the chance. Now that Butler’s contract is up, though, it sounds like Butler -- who is largely considered the heir to Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau -- is ready for a promotion.

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Posted on: February 8, 2011 11:41 pm
 

Looking like Ray Horton will be Cards' new DC

Posted by Andy Benoit

Ken Whisenhunt had been patiently waiting for the Super Bowl to finish up so that he could talk to some of the Steelers assistants about Arizona’s vacant defensive coordinator position. Reportedly, Whisenhunt’s top choice was Steelers linebacker coach Keith Butler. But when the Cardinals requested to interview Butler, the Steelers said no.

Thus, it will be Whisenhunt’s second choice who likely gets the job: Ray Horton. The Steelers defensive backs coach has an expiring contract. Horton, 50, is flying to Phoenix on Wednesday. The longtime NFL defensive back worked with Whisenhunt for three years under Bill Cowher in Pittsburgh. In all, Horton has been an NFL assistant for 17 years.

As for Butler, don’t feel too bad about the Steelers denying him an opportunity to chat with the Cards. According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, Butler is the heir apparent to Dick LeBeau.


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Posted on: February 7, 2011 5:54 pm
 

Hot Routes 02.07.11: Where Vegas got hammered

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • So, as it turns out, the bookies aren't so smart after all. Okay, they're smart, but they're not perfect -- having Green Bay as a 2.5-poing favorite (or 3-point fave at kickoff depending on where you went) ended up torching them, as America laid tons of money on the Packers. At one point, Jay Rood, the guy runs the MGM's sportsbook, took a call from his boss who asked "What's the worst-case scenario?" Rood answered: "It's happening."
Posted on: January 20, 2011 6:35 pm
 

Whisenhunt could be looking East for help

Pittsburgh LB coach Keith Butler could be pursued by Arizona (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It looks like Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt is going after a few of the Steelers defensive assistant coaches in order to fill Arizona’s defensive coordinator spot.

As the Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers blogs today, Whisenhunt wants to talk to Pittsburgh LB coach Keith Butler for the position (the Cardinals already interviewed Greg Manusky but he took the Chargers job instead). Thing is, Whisenhunt has to wait until next week at the earliest to ask the Steelers for permission to talk to Butler, because Pittsburgh is still alive in the playoffs.

But here’s why Butler (pictured at right) might want to stay in Pittsburgh: he supposedly will take over the Steelers defensive coordinator role when Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau decides to retire (though that doesn’t appear to be happening in time for next season).

If Butler’s not interested in Whisenhunt's offer – or if Pittsburgh declines to let Arizona interview him – the Cardinals could go after Steelers secondary coach Ray Horton. As Somers writes, Horton “knows the LeBeau scheme as well as anyone.”

If that’s the case, perhaps the Cardinals should do what makes the most sense for them: ask for permission to speak to – and then hire – LeBeau himself.

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