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Pittsburgh Steelers to Retain Keith Butler as Linebacker’s Coach

January 18th, 2014 at 11:40 PM
By Mark Mihalko
Every season, teams reach out to the Pittsburgh Steelers for permission to speak with linebacker’s coach Keith Butler about their opening for a defensive coordinator. 2014 started off the same way, fortunately for the Steelers, it ended the same way as well.
'Defense manhandling the Steelers, Broncos vs Steelers 2012' photo (c) 2012, Craig Hawkins - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/
Long considered the heir-apparent to Dick LeBeau, Butler has been a constant interviewee across the league for teams in search of a coordinator. This year, the Tennessee Titans and new head coach Ken Whisenhunt reached out to the organization and Butler. Yet, once again, it appears that Butler will again return to help develop the teams young  linebackers, while he waits for LeBeau to step aside.
 
This is the third time Whisenhunt has tried to lore Butler away from the Steelers, interviewing him twice while he was the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. Ironically, as was they case in Arizona, former Steelers' assistant Ray Horton may end up the coordinator. 
 
If this is in fact the case, the Steelers will be able to keep their defensive staff in place heading into what is likely an important period of player development. 2013 did see major contributions from young defenders and 2014 will likely show much of the same, especially at linebacker where the team will certainly be looking for depth one they work out the Jason Worilds / LaMarr Woodley situation.
 
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Tags: Dick Lebeau, Football, Keith Butler, Ken Whisenhunt, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers, Ray Horton, Tennessee Titans

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