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Paolantonio says LeBeau will definitely be back in Pittsburgh next season

Mike Tomlin, Dick LeBeau

On Sunday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported that Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau will become a free agent after the season, when his contract expires.

On Monday, ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio told ProFootballTalk Live that LeBeau is going nowhere.  Per Paolantonio, LeBeau will be back in Pittsburgh in 2011.

Here’s the video.

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15 Responses to “Paolantonio says LeBeau will definitely be back in Pittsburgh next season”
  1. discosucs2005 says: Jan 24, 2011 12:59 PM

    If the Steelers win the Super Bowl maybe he retires, but it would be pretty unlikely that LeBeau would move laterally to another team. (I’m guessing he’s too old to get a head coaching job any where.)

  2. The James Harrison Foundation says: Jan 24, 2011 1:01 PM

    Best defensive coordinator in the league. Second best head coach in the league. Most Super Bowl rings and a chance for another. Wouldnt have it any other way!

  3. nesuperfan says: Jan 24, 2011 1:17 PM

    Unless he wanted to become a head coach, or retire, why on earth would he leave?

  4. Deb says: Jan 24, 2011 1:19 PM

    So much for the people mouthing off to us yesterday that LeBeau would be leaving. The man is 73 years old. At his Hall of Fame ceremony, he spoke about the love he has for these players and the Steelers. It makes no sense to think he’d want to move across the state or country to start over in the same position for another team when he can stay where he is with players who are like family and retire on top in his own good time.

  5. citizenstrange says: Jan 24, 2011 1:24 PM

    As a Steeler fan I DREAD the day that LeBeau retires. It will be almost impossible to win games without the #1 defense in the NFL.

    For example, last year when the Steelers had only the #5 defense – which is still pretty good – they didn’t even make the playoffs.

    Gotta love Roethlisberger hanging a sweet 17 points on the Jets to go along with his smokin’ 35.5 QB rating though.

    GO STEELERS!

  6. Spoonthis says: Jan 24, 2011 1:40 PM

    Thanks for the report Mike but I posted that yesterday. I guess I should have tweeted it or something.

  7. The James Harrison Foundation says: Jan 24, 2011 1:42 PM

    Don’t worry about him leaving, he has been grooming the LB coach Keith Butler to take over his playcalling for years. It won’t be as drastic of a drop off compared to hiring a new D coordinator entirely.

  8. richabbs says: Jan 24, 2011 1:53 PM

    I think the issue with Dick LeBeau is whether Keith Butler leaves for Arizona, if LeBeau comes back to the Steelers. Of course, this may depend on whether Butler’s contract is up or if the Steelers grant Arizona permission, if the contract is not up. Butler is suppose to be the “D Coordinator-in-waiting,” but he might rightfully be wondering how long he has to wait if LeBeau signs a new contract.

  9. jackhall00 says: Jan 24, 2011 1:56 PM

    In a related story, Troy Polamalu will return as the dandruff shampoo salesman for the Steelers.

  10. buckeye044 says: Jan 24, 2011 2:01 PM

    As long as the Steelers want him, that is where he will be.

  11. geezohman says: Jan 24, 2011 2:02 PM

    Go back and study Lebeau the last 10-15 years or more… He stayed CLOSE to ‘home’ !

    Thats the reason he was in Cinc, Buffalo and Pittsburgh…. good jobs… CLOSE TO HOME !

    He has said time and again… he will keep coaching !

    Steelers sometimes just do contracts at the end especially if they can’t get ‘agreements’ right before the season.

    Bet the house on that. In a ‘few’ years, I’ll wonder who will replace him. A GREAT GUY.

    for the HEAD COACH people, sorry, he is just not HC material. Just like BUD CARSON, what happened after his Cleveland HC job? (went to Phily and put them #1 as DC

  12. eaglesfans says: Jan 24, 2011 2:03 PM

    ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio,,may just get this one correct.

    Since,,LeBeau (himself),told the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jonathan Tamari following the Steelers’ win over the Jets that if he’s coaching in the state of Pennsylvania it will be in Pittsburgh.
    (which was yesterday) .. and there may be a chance
    Sal, already the Inquirer.

  13. holeinone09 says: Jan 24, 2011 3:04 PM

    @citizenstrange says:
    Jan 24, 2011 1:24 PM

    Gotta love Roethlisberger hanging a sweet 17 points on the Jets to go along with his smokin’ 35.5 QB rating though.

    * * * * * * * *

    Yeah, I know what you mean, strange citizen. Let’s not think about the fact that the Jets play arguably the best pass defense in the league. You know, that neither Manning or Brady could beat the past few weeks? Or, that the Jet’s defensive game plan just migth have been built specifically to stop Ben, which may have allowed the Steelers to attack a little better on the ground. Or, let’s just ignore that Ben ran for several critical first downs to extend drives and keep the Jet’s offense off the field. Or, forget that Ben ran for a TD. Or, forget that one of Ben’s picks hit Rashard right in the hands (always a terrible place to throw the ball). Or, that in the last drive Ben completed 2 crucial passes to seal the deal. Or, that Ben had a heck of a year overall for the team. Yeah, why let facts get in the way, when you want to make the same point that you posted on several different threads. Ben sucked in the game, and I am sure that Charlie or Byron could have put a ton more points on the board yesterday. A ton more points. Yessirree. BTW, do you also go by the ID of connie?

    GO STEELERS!!

  14. zone44blitz says: Jan 24, 2011 3:29 PM

    Coach LeBeau will not leave Pittsburgh or go anywhere far away from his home. He wants to be close to his family in London, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. However, he will keep coaching until no one wants him to coach anymore. In his Hall of Fame speech he said “Life is worth livin’, age is just a number” Coach LeBeau will coach until he is no longer wanted.

  15. cup1981 says: Jan 24, 2011 7:25 PM

    LeBeau will either retire or stay in Pittsburgh. When LeBeau does take off his headset forever, have no worries my fellow Steelers fans, Keith Butler will take over and perform admirably.

    Here’s to another year, at least, of LeBeau in the ‘Burgh!

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