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Mort: Chance LeBeau leaves is very real

Most NFL observers don’t believe there’s a chance Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau will entertain leaving Pittsburgh at the end of the season.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN differs from this conventional wisdom dramatically.

In a chat for Wednesday, Mortensen writes that he believes LeBeau will give leaving for Arizona “serious consideration.”   Asked to estimate LeBeau’s chances of leaving, Mort said 50.5% — for the Cardinals.    (That came in response to a question asking if there was only a .5% chance of LeBeau leaving.)

Mort’s answer is surprising for a few reasons.   His ESPN cohort Sal Paolantonio said on PFT Live this week there was no chance LeBeau would leave.

LeBeau seemed to say he was staying put in an excellent profile by Alex Marvez of last week.   Marvez believes LeBeau has already committed to returning.

“We’re pretty busy still. That’s a good thing,” LeBeau said.   “We’re looking forward to getting things done this year and seeing if we can get a little better on defense next year.”

That doesn’t sound like a man ready to leave town, but at least one reporter believes LeBeau will strongly consider a move.

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54 Responses to “Mort: Chance LeBeau leaves is very real”
  1. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 26, 2011 3:30 PM

    LeBeau isn’t going anywhere.

    “Journalists” today rely way too heavily on the “invented” story for sales and page hits.

    Sort of like, … like… uh, hmmm, give me a minute, I’ll remember.

  2. bigbensrapevictim says: Jan 26, 2011 3:31 PM

    Maybe that geezer LeBeau will be moving to an Arizona retirement home.

  3. discosucs2005 says: Jan 26, 2011 3:35 PM

    Maybe Mort is confusing LeBeau leaving with himself getting fired. But then 50.5% would be too low a figure.

  4. villagoo says: Jan 26, 2011 3:35 PM

    Yawn, is there nothing else to talk about besides undermining coaches still in the SB? Let the Packers and Steelers worry about the game.

  5. smellsmalicious says: Jan 26, 2011 3:35 PM

    welcome to philly, mr. lebeau. the non scumbag side of the state

  6. hobartbaker says: Jan 26, 2011 3:35 PM

    It’ll be like a homecoming for Dick. All of his old friends from high school and college live there now.

  7. Deb says: Jan 26, 2011 3:36 PM

    This is like that Doherty guy trying to start a controversy about Rodgers getting concussed in the Bears game. These bottomfeeders are just trying to manufacture stories where there are none hoping to create controversy around the Super Bowl teams and make themselves seem relevant.

  8. ottomanismydog says: Jan 26, 2011 3:38 PM

    Mort and Shefter have been slipping for some time now

  9. shaggeez says: Jan 26, 2011 3:40 PM

    go to the titans

  10. michaelskakel says: Jan 26, 2011 3:41 PM

    He’s staying in Pittsburgh

  11. jhorton83 says: Jan 26, 2011 3:41 PM

    The Steelers would be foolish to let him go. They typically don’t make mistakes like that. They’ll make him the highest paid defensive coordinator in the league of they have to.

  12. laxer37 says: Jan 26, 2011 3:42 PM

    So Mort says he’s leaving and his cohort Sal Paolantonio says he’s staying.

    I’d be willing to bet a million bucks one of them is right.

  13. cheatsburgh says: Jan 26, 2011 3:46 PM

    They’ll just pick up some more roided out LB free agents.

  14. jstrizzle says: Jan 26, 2011 3:47 PM

    I am trying to figure out what the upside of him leaving Pittsburgh would be. I have to think his defense will only get better next year if he stays.

  15. elmobad says: Jan 26, 2011 3:50 PM

    yo chris.. bet a $100 bill on it? You’d lose..

  16. nitemare1 says: Jan 26, 2011 3:53 PM


    What is your opinion? Not that I care

  17. andyprough says: Jan 26, 2011 3:54 PM

    Chance that Bill Bidwell pays LeBeau enough money to leave? “Very Unreal”.

  18. herokravon says: Jan 26, 2011 3:56 PM

    Why cant this junk wait until after the Superbowl?

  19. steelerdynasty2010 says: Jan 26, 2011 3:57 PM

    typical “just in case it happens” reporting from espn. so a 70 yr old coach is going to leave the only organization he’s ever had success with (at least as a coach) to go across the country to coach a team with 4-3 personnel that is marginal at best?
    and the icing on the cake is that mort claims there’s a better chance of that happening than him staying put.
    ridiculous. he’s either gonna stay or retire

  20. dolphins4 says: Jan 26, 2011 3:57 PM

    Please Dick leave and go to Arizona the Cardinals desperately need you.

  21. holeinone09 says: Jan 26, 2011 3:59 PM

    In all honesty, why would he want to leave? Why not finish his coaching career here, if he really has no desire to be a head coach? That should probably be the only reason for his to consider such a thing. In Pittsburgh, apparently Tomlin gives him complete autonomy to run the defensive show, to the extent that Tomlin changed his defensive philosophy from the 4-3 when he got the head coaching job here. He works for fantastic owners and one of the most stable franchises in the league. The fans appreciate him. He is a living legend in Pittsburgh. The Steelers have a great team with a bright future. Why leave, other than for warmer weather?


  22. firsttoseven says: Jan 26, 2011 3:59 PM

    LeBeau isn’t washed up or useless to the Steelers…why is Arizona interested? They don’t take first stringers, only scrubs. Enjoy Sean Morey suckers!

  23. tombrookshire says: Jan 26, 2011 4:01 PM

    Depends a little on how talented his defense turns out to be next season. But I don’t see him changing teams before he retires. Why should he? He is in the hall of fame, he is in his 70s and has nothing more to prove. A guy of his age tends to want to take on fewer big projects, in favor of improving the quality of the ones he has. His defense is the best in the league right now, and with a few tweaks, it will stay that way or improve. What more could he want to accomplish in a very compleat career?

  24. buckeye044 says: Jan 26, 2011 4:08 PM

    Making things up again, eh Mort.

    Only way he leaves is if he is pushed out or retires.

  25. footballgiants says: Jan 26, 2011 4:13 PM

    It’s also surprising b/c it sounds like Todd Bowles is going to be Arizona’s next D-Coordinator.

    What wouldn’t Pittsburgh just give him a raise?

  26. njhitman says: Jan 26, 2011 4:18 PM

    Mort also said the Jets will win the SuperBowl this year That it would be Phily or the Giants / Jets

  27. ohioraider says: Jan 26, 2011 4:23 PM

    Was it because he was raped by Big Ben?

  28. cityofchampyinz says: Jan 26, 2011 4:33 PM

    In other words.

    Hey lets make up some stuff to talk about since we have 10 days until the Superbowl.

  29. jpelle82 says: Jan 26, 2011 4:35 PM

    “welcome to philly, mr. lebeau. the non scumbag side of the state”

    I’ve never laughed so hard in my life……..

  30. chrisbermansdoublechin says: Jan 26, 2011 4:35 PM

    did Mort find that little nugget, combing thru Dwight Feeneys garbage? Sal Pal says he’s staying, Mort says he’s leaving, somebodys got to be right? It’s a shame, b/c I thought Mort was better than that

  31. ncsteeler says: Jan 26, 2011 4:45 PM

    Why would LeBeau go from a consistently top 5 D to Arz which is consistently in bottom half of the league? Does anyone see the Bidwells opening up the vault and making him a Dan Synder like offer? He retires from the Steelers this year or next or whenever.

  32. geezohman says: Jan 26, 2011 4:47 PM


    Mort , you are blowing it this time, you’re impacting your reputation !

    Look where Lebeau calls ‘home’, his ‘real’ home, where is lives…

    go back and read why he was in cinc, buffalo and pittsburgh… find the fine print of his interviews..

    hint, he was born in London, Ohio… he is staying close to his ‘house’.


    BTW, he took over for Dom Capers… (who is now the DC of Green Bay..

    THIS WILL BE THE (battle) of the TWO GREATEST DC of the modern football era !

  33. huejackson says: Jan 26, 2011 4:48 PM

    LeBeau is goin to the Raiders.
    Raiders413 reported this 2 days ago on here.
    LeBeau and Coach Davis have a good realionship and Coach Davis has already spoken to him….

  34. brintfatre says: Jan 26, 2011 4:51 PM

    Mort has his senior citizens confused… what he meant to say is there’s a 50.5% chance Favre plays for Arizona next season.

    LeBeau isn’t going anywhere!

  35. realfootballfan says: Jan 26, 2011 5:08 PM

    Mort Says there’s a 50.5% chance he’s leaving, which means there is an actual 0.505% chance. Who gets more things wrong than this guy?

  36. Deb says: Jan 26, 2011 5:12 PM

    Mort’s the same guy who guaranteed Joey Porter had played his last game with the Dolphins … just before Joey went back on the field and finished the season with the Dolphins. He’s 73, went on and on about these guys at his HoF induction, and has already been talking about what he wants to do in Pittsburgh next year. Yeah … I’m sure he wants to pull up stakes, head across country, and jump into a new situation in his coaching twilight.

    Speaking of twilight … how old is Mort?

  37. melikefootball says: Jan 26, 2011 5:18 PM

    When golfing in Arizona, they have rattlesnakes, not in Pittsburgh. Go from a serious defense to the Cardinals, at his age I doubt he wants to build a defense. Makes no sense.

  38. stixzidinia says: Jan 26, 2011 5:28 PM

    LOL. Dick ain’t going anywhere. No rational person would leave an organization like the Steelers where he has carte blanch to run his D the way he wants to go to a lesser organization like Arizona for the privilege of coaching under a lesser head coach with lesser personnel. Not gonna happen.

    Just goes to show what a joke of a network E!SPiN has become.

  39. stixzidinia says: Jan 26, 2011 5:32 PM

    welcome to philly, mr. lebeau. the non scumbag side of the state


    That’s rich on so many levels, but probably not the ones you’re thinking of. Pittsburgh is the cream of PA sports. 5 World Series Titles. 3 Stanley Cups. And 6 Super Bowls (about to play for #7). Philly is all scraps that have dropped from Pittsburgh’s table. And you people lap them up with gusto.

  40. nitemare1 says: Jan 26, 2011 5:34 PM


    I am willing to bet based on your post-that you never graduated high school

  41. larryfitzgerald4mvp says: Jan 26, 2011 5:35 PM

    Steelers fans act like everyone has to be a steeler-lifer. Get realistic, Lebeau has spent more years with the Bengals than he has with Pitt. The chance that he leaves is real, whether you recognize it or not.

  42. newagerocker says: Jan 26, 2011 5:36 PM

    The team on the right side of PA needs his expertise.

  43. beardown4me says: Jan 26, 2011 5:48 PM

    see LeBeau: “If I’m coaching, it will be the Pittsburgh Steelers! Duh! We jumped Mike before we confirmed?

  44. tmc4real says: Jan 26, 2011 5:54 PM

    According to and words from LeBeau’s mouth, he is not leaving until they run him out.

  45. njsteeler says: Jan 26, 2011 5:56 PM

    The Steeler haters on here are really funny! Thanks for the laughs…

    And anyone that thought LeBeau would give up the situation that he is currently in, to work anywhere else is smoking some good stuff. The man is 73 years old, and is not looking to rebuild anyones defense at this point in his life. He has had a top 3 defense forever. Why leave now?

  46. geezohman says: Jan 26, 2011 6:18 PM

    Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau dismissed mounting speculation on Wednesday that he might leave the team to join another squad after the season.

    “I promise you, if I’m coaching, it will be the Pittsburgh Steelers,” LeBeau said, via

    He added, “With this defense, with this group of men, they’ll have to run me out of here.”

  47. smootysmoot says: Jan 26, 2011 6:27 PM

    I don’t know that it would matter if LeBeau left or not. It seems that No matter what the Steelers do, it turns to gold. I have nothing but respect for the Steelers Org. but.. Do they have so damn boring doing it? Watching a Steelers game is painful to watch.

  48. oldbyrd says: Jan 26, 2011 6:32 PM

    Yeah and last week Mort reported that Ronald McDonald was headed for Wendy’s

  49. Deb says: Jan 26, 2011 6:57 PM

    @larryfitzgerald4mvp …

    Not according to LeBeau.

    None of us thinks people have to be Steelers for life. That’s silly. But LeBeau is 73 YEARS OLD. The guy has gone on and on at the Hall of Fame induction and in interviews about how close he is to this bunch of players and how happy he is in Pittsburgh. Most 73-YEAR-OLDS don’t leave their current position, where they’re comfortable, and where they’ve achieved tremendous success to start over at near rock bottom with new people on the other side of the country. The man is close to retiring. This isn’t rocket science. Mort was a fool to report this.

  50. hendeeze says: Jan 26, 2011 7:04 PM

    Why would he leave the Steelers for Arizona’s joke of a D?

  51. burghman says: Jan 26, 2011 7:17 PM

    Mort… want to comment on the following: LeBeau: “If I’m coaching, it will be the Pittsburgh Steelers”.

  52. FinFan68 says: Jan 26, 2011 8:39 PM

    The idea that LeBeau would leave Pittsburgh for another team is ridiculous. If he leaves at all it will likely be a retirement and I suspect the odds go up slightly if the Steelers win. If they lose, he may come back for 1 more year but it is still very possible that he retires anyway

  53. laxer37 says: Jan 26, 2011 9:56 PM

    nitemare1 says:


    I am willing to bet based on your post-that you never graduated high school


    It’s called sarcasm. Google it and educate yourself.

  54. steelernation1 says: Jan 27, 2011 11:33 AM

    ohioraider says: Jan 26, 2011 4:23 PM

    Was it because he was raped by Big Ben?
    well go figure.i read every post and again we have just one pin head who has to make a comment like this..when are u gonna get in that meathead of yours that the guy was never accused of rape.never charged for anything.

    stop with the B.S. and grow up already..these chats are for men and women not immature little punks that got to be where they shouldnt be.

    Coach isn’t going anywhere.he proved all he needed to prove,he is a hall of famer ,got super bowl rings,he likes where he is,enjoys the players he coaches.this story is just to stir the pot Mort has no clue in what he is saying.

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