Dick LeBeau Tells Arizona: "Get Off My Lawn"


Yesterday afternoon, ESPN Insider Chris Mortensen conducted his weekly chat. I, naturally, ignored this because Mort is always wrong.  If he were a weather man and predicted a bright sunny day, better pack your galoshes because there’s a monsoon on the way.  That’s probably why Adam Shefter has the glamorous position of Senior NFL Insider at the four letter.

Still, some people evidently pay attention to his ramblings because yesterday it was brought to my attention he said there was a “50.5% chance” Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau would be leaving for the same job with the Arizona Cardinals after the season.  Now if he had said Miami, I would’ve put some stock in it since old people and drug dealers love Florida.

LeBeau’s contract does expire after the season.  So I guess Pittsburgh West can offer him a truckload of money to move to the desert.  And since Arizona is like the Old Steelers Home, there would be a lot of familiar faces to work with.   While there has been zero indication he has friction with Mike Tomlin, the Steelers have an interesting situation with linebackers coach Keith Butler.

Butler is a LeBeau disciple who has been tabbed as a bright young up-and-coming defensive coordinator candidate.  In fact, the pitiful Cardinals, in their eternal quest to copy the Steelers in every way except winning, went after Butler for their D-coordinator job last year.  Smartly, he turned them down which would inspire the conspiracy-minded Fox Mulder types out there to think  he may have been given assurance he was the first in line to the throne when the 73 year old LeBeau retires.  I’m not saying it’s happening but I can see where maybe the Steelers would prefer to elevate Butler to the top job rather than risk losing him.

Of course, it’s all moot since NFL.com asked LeBeau about the rumor and he said, “I promise you, if I’m coaching, it will be the Pittsburgh Steelers.”  Given the emotional nature of his Hall of Fame speech this past summer where he spent more time talking about his players than talking about himself, I have no doubt his words are sincere.  So the players who love the man enough to call him “Coach Dad” can rest easy knowing their guru will be back next year.  And Steeler Nation can rest easy knowing the finest defensive mind in NFL history will be dialing up his patented zone blitzes for the Black and Gold next season.

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  • Tom G

    Dick Labeau is the man! We are blessed to have him, his skill set, and the attitude he brings with him to the Steelers.

  • Hennessy

    I don’t know how I missed that NFL interview. It’s good to know he came out and made that stance to shut everyone up. The pundits that came up with this one had to have eaten 5 more acid tablets than the ones who said Pittsburgh was considering Randy Mossballs when he left the Vikings. The only thing funnier than to think the Rooneys would consider a washed up loudmouth is that the greatest D mind to ever sport a uniform or headset would leave to join the Pittsburgh head coach candidate that wanted to get rid of him. Wonder if thats why Ole’ Wizzy was shipped to the Desert in the first place?

    Perennial contenders? Check
    League leading defense? Check
    Young core of starters and upcomers? Check
    Organization that loves me? Check
    Gigantic fan-base that loves me? Check
    Coach that loves me? Check

    Silly girly-boys with birds on their hats that play for a douche coach who might fire me at any time in front of the 5 people that have ever been Cardinal fans? Nope, Pittsburgh ain’t got that one…..

    Guess I’m heading out to the desert… Bye Art, Bye Mike, Bye Keisel’s Beard, Hellooooo Air-Reeee-zona!!!