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Default Long time Steelers DC Dick LeBeau resigns



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Dick LeBeau out as defensive coordinator. Says he and #Steelers have agreed to mutually part ways: "Time to go in a different direction."

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"I'm resigning this position, not retiring," LeBeau, 77, said. "I had a great run in Pittsburgh. I'm grateful for all the things that have happened to me and thankful for all the support I had in Pittsburgh."

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The tradition of good defense in Pittsburgh (as we know it) just might be a thing of the past.
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The tradition of good defense in Pittsburgh (as we know it) just might be a thing of the past.
& Lebeau may have been asked to resign the position because of it.
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& Lebeau may have been asked to resign the position because of it.
Guess you're right. Being in the top 5 in total defense is unacceptable.
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Hopefully it's not for undisclosed health issues.

Obviously I'm far from a Steelers fan, but I have much respect for LeBeau.
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Default Re: Long time Steelers DC Dick LeBeau resigns

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Hopefully it's not for undisclosed health issues.
Don't think so...
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LeBeau just completed his 11th season in his second tour of duty with the Steelers, but he was asked to resign after meeting for several days with Coach Mike Tomlin.

“I’m resigning, I’m not retiring,” LeBeau said in an interview with the Post-Gazette after the story was first reported by the Urbana (Ohio) Daily Citizen. “It was a lot of great days, a lot of great years. It’s time to go in a different direction.”

During his tenure with the Steelers, LeBeau’s defense ranked No. 1 overall in the league five times and in the top five 10 times.
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“It happens,” said LeBeau, 77, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame who spent 56 years in the league as a player and coach. “It’s like I’m starting brand new. In this business you can end up in that position.”

LeBeau said he did not know if he will continue to coach in the NFL.

“I don’t even know, but I’m not retiring,” LeBeau said. “There might not be anyone interested.”
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Don't think so...
If that's the case Pittsburgh f'ed up.
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Guess you're right. Being in the top 5 in total defense is unacceptable.
Not sure what you're referring to here - Pittsburgh's D hasn't been top 10 in either yardage or points for the last two seasons.
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Not sure what you're referring to here - Pittsburgh's D hasn't been top 10 in either yardage or points for the last two seasons.
I pulled it up on the internet. NLF.COM said this (5th). I wanted to verify again and I got they were 18 (which is fine in terms of a DC).

I don't know what to tell ya.

I stand by my argument, especially to TK who simply guessed. LaBeau is awesome today, and would be tomorrow.
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I stand by my argument, especially to TK who simply guessed. LaBeau is awesome today, and would be tomorrow.
I guessed??

Pittsburgh's D has not been "The Pittsburgh D" LeBeau is famous for for a long, long time. Even if their numbers were top 5, when they were needed to be stout, they weren't.

I can't remember the last time the Pittsburgh D won them a game.

& their tradition of developing LBs seem to have gone by the wayside.

I blame Tomlin myself. But it seems like they're making LeBeau the goat.
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Guess you're right. Being in the top 5 in total defense is unacceptable.
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Tomlin has now forced out LeBeau and Bruce Arians. The guy is such a prick.
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Don't think so...

LeBeau just completed his 11th season in his second tour of duty with the Steelers, but he was asked to resign after meeting for several days with Coach Mike Tomlin.
Totally conflicting reports out:

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NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL GameDay Morning that LeBeau's resignation caught the Steelers by surprise, per sources involved in the situation.

While some in the organization were clear that LeBeau could stay as long as he wanted, the longtime coach thought it was time to go, Rapoport was told. It's believed that LeBeau, 77, wanted to depart alongside veterans such as cornerback Ike Taylor and safety Troy Polamalu, who are unlikely to be back with Pittsburgh in 2015.

The logical heir apparent for LeBeau is Keith Butler, who the Titans tried to hire away last offseason. The Steelers blocked the move, perhaps paving the way for Butler -- the team's long-tenured linebackers coach -- to take over Pittsburgh's coordinating duties.
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Totally conflicting reports out:
They edited that paragraph since I posted it...
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Mr. LeBeau, one of the most revered defensive coordinators in the National Football League who is regarded as the architect of the zone blitz that is copied by many other teams, agreed to resign after meetings over several days with Coach Mike Tomlin...
Then added this inference...
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The mutual parting was reminiscent of the announcement three years ago that offensive coordinator Bruce Arians had agreed to “retire” when in fact team president Art Rooney II told him he would not be offered a new contract. A week later, Mr. Arians joined the Indianapolis Colts as offensive coordinator.
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His defense finished 18th overall in the league, including 27th against the pass. The Steelers allowed 15 pass plays of 40 yards or longer, second most in the league behind the Philadelphia Eagles (18). It was the second season in a row the Steelers allowed more long pass plays than any team in the AFC...
I'd believe the local papers over whatever is put out for Rapoport to publish. He's a public relations mimeograph.
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Seems like there are rumors that Dom Capers might be out in Green Bay after the season. I think that would be a perfect landing spot for LeBeau, if that is the case.
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I just hope he doesn't land as a DC in the AFC South!

Someone is going to get a helluva' coach in LeBeau.
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Seems like there are rumors that Dom Capers might be out in Green Bay after the season. I think that would be a perfect landing spot for LeBeau, if that is the case.
Aren't they the same guy? I think they'll look for someone a little younger. Like 60-65.
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Hopefully it's not for undisclosed health issues.

Obviously I'm far from a Steelers fan, but I have much respect for LeBeau.
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I just hope he doesn't land as a DC in the AFC South!

Someone is going to get a helluva' coach in LeBeau.
Agreed! I've always respected the heck out of his defenses. They were very entertaining to watch
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Aren't they the same guy? I think they'll look for someone a little younger. Like 60-65.
IMO, Capers can't hold LeBeau's jock.
I think GB has could be the best team in football for the next 2-4 years with an improved defense, so I'd take LeBeau in a heartbeat if I was GM there.
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