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Posted on: February 11, 2011 4:24 pm

Report: LeBeau to let Steelers know by next week

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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Posted on: January 23, 2011 4:28 pm

Report: Dick LeBeau a 'free agent' after 2010

Posted by Will Brinson

We hear all the time about players who are potential free agents. (Case in point: Peyton Manning, who doesn't have a contract for 2011 ... yet.) But what about the coaches? Case in point: Dick LeBeau, who's contract will reportedly expire following the 2010.

LeBeau, the Hall of Fame player (there's a distinction, and he's in for playing, but "not for coaching") who also happened to architect Pittsburgh's vaunted defense, will be a free agent after this season, according to ESPN.

There appear to be three possible outcomes from LeBeau hitting the market. One, he returns to the Steelers. Two, he retires. And three, he heads to Arizona.

The return to Pittsburgh is obvious, because he's had so much success there and the personnel in place is ideal for his system.

The retirement is a possibility because, as youthful as LeBeau still looks, he's 73.

And Arizona makes sense, because the Cardinals were terrible on defense in 2010, have former Steelers coaches Ken Wisenhunt and Russ Grimm on staff in the desert and don't currently have a defensive coordinator. (Also, old people go to the desert when they want to step away from work and play more golf, so that makes sense too.)

If LeBeau did jump to Arizona, he'd have his work cut out for him, but engineering a turnaround for that defense would be possible -- just not easy -- and would provide a pretty nice cherry on top of LeBeau's already superb career.

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