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Dick LeBeau to stay in Pittsburgh, sign new deal for 2011

Mike Tomlin, Dick LeBeau AP

Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau isn’t going anywhere.

Although there were reports during the regular season and postseason that LeBeau could retire or even leave the Steelers to coach in Arizona, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that LeBeau will soon sign a one-year contract to return as defensive coordinator for the 2011 season.

I’m not coaching anywhere but here,” LeBeau said.

The 72-year-old LeBeau has worked on a series of one-year contracts every year since 2004, and that will continue to be the case for at least one more year. And although any time you’re talking about a 72-year-old there’s a chance that retirement is around the corner, all indications are that LeBeau and the Steelers are happy to keep working together beyond 2011.

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56 Responses to “Dick LeBeau to stay in Pittsburgh, sign new deal for 2011”
  1. umbskinsfan says: Feb 15, 2011 2:58 PM

    of course he stays

    he has probably the best job in the NFL

  2. medtxpack says: Feb 15, 2011 2:59 PM

    id still take Dom Capers over him anyday…

  3. 7370355q says: Feb 15, 2011 3:02 PM

    Joe Paterno of the NFL?

  4. jc1958cool says: Feb 15, 2011 3:02 PM

    maybe he wants to lose to dom capers one more time!! see you in indianapolis, GREEN & GOLD repeat!!!

  5. Deb says: Feb 15, 2011 3:07 PM

    Didn’t all of us settle this Super Bowl week? But it was a nice excuse to run a lovely photo of Tomlin ;)

  6. svenhoek86 says: Feb 15, 2011 3:09 PM

    Ken Whisenhunt is disappoint.

  7. calzone21411 says: Feb 15, 2011 3:18 PM

    I heard Mike Tomlin offered LeBeau his salary as well till he decides to retire.

  8. brutus9448 says: Feb 15, 2011 3:19 PM

    does it matter. The steelers won’t make it as far next year. They are usually good then bad then good then bad…..

  9. buckfigben says: Feb 15, 2011 3:20 PM

    He would make more money if he just told us where the fountain of youth is.

  10. hobartbaker says: Feb 15, 2011 3:23 PM

    At Dick’s age everything is year to year. He doesn’t plant his garden without having a thorough medical checkup first.

  11. steelergold says: Feb 15, 2011 3:23 PM

    Great defensive mind. Happy that he is staying where he belongs.

  12. ptslice says: Feb 15, 2011 3:24 PM

    LeBeau, unlike Paterno, is revered by the fans. To make this comparison surely indicates you are a Ravens fan.

  13. ampatsisahypocrite says: Feb 15, 2011 3:27 PM

    Cool — now just bring in Nnamdi Asomugha and we’re all set.

  14. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 15, 2011 3:27 PM

    “Although there were reports during the regular season and postseason that LeBeau could retire or even leave the Steelers to coach in Arizona…”

    Uhm, weren’t you guys the ones who invented those stories?

  15. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 15, 2011 3:30 PM

    medtxpack says: Feb 15, 2011 2:59 PM

    “id still take Dom Capers over him anyday…”

    Why take the student over the teacher?

  16. wiscoboy says: Feb 15, 2011 3:30 PM

    Steelers defense is on a decline with over aged players and apparently coaches too

  17. waccoforflacco says: Feb 15, 2011 3:33 PM

    With James Harrison, Woodley, Timmons, Polamalu, Farrier, Casey Hampton, & ziggy Hood…why should he retire…He doesn’t have to do a dam thing but tell them to blitz or not blitz.

  18. tomthebombtracy says: Feb 15, 2011 3:37 PM

    Stats are great but Brees, Brady and Rodgers carved up the Steelers last year; Flacco, Sanchez and the other playoff QBs did not.

    It won’t do a lot of good to be 12-4 again and get blown up by a great QB.

    Work in progress!

  19. arzcardinals says: Feb 15, 2011 3:39 PM

    Coach Butler must be PISSED OFF. He had the chance to got to AZ and be the DC…Pitt said no because he’s under contract and expected to be the next DC in Pitt.

    Butler now knows it’ll never happen. Expect him to leave as soon as he can.

    Hold a guy hostage and he’ll never forget.

    I’m glad the Cardinals got Horton…soon it’ll be Butler running our LB’s.

    He could stay with them or work with his buddy Whis in AZ…..he’s as good as living in the AZ sun.

    Pitt invasion is non-stop!

  20. halftermguv says: Feb 15, 2011 3:39 PM

    One of the good guys of the NFL. The fact that he wasn’t inducted into the HOF as a player is still a load of crap.

  21. jimmysee says: Feb 15, 2011 3:46 PM

    A very talented guy — it will be the NFL’s loss when he finally hangs it up.

  22. buckeye044 says: Feb 15, 2011 3:47 PM

    Pretty sure he is 73 and will be 74 very early next season………should there be one.

  23. buckeye044 says: Feb 15, 2011 3:50 PM

    @halftermguv

    He was inducted as a player.

  24. PCa Survivor says: Feb 15, 2011 3:55 PM

    halftermguv says:
    Feb 15, 2011 3:39 PM

    “The fact that he wasn’t inducted into the HOF as a player is still a load of crap.”
    _____________________________
    Uh, he was inducted as a player. The fact that it took forever to recognize his 62 INTs, which at the time was third most in NFL history, is a load of crap.

  25. zone44blitz says: Feb 15, 2011 3:56 PM

    halftermguv says:
    Feb 15, 2011 3:39 PM
    One of the good guys of the NFL. The fact that he wasn’t inducted into the HOF as a player is still a load of crap

    ====================================

    He was inducted as a player.

  26. 7370355q says: Feb 15, 2011 3:57 PM

    @ptslice

    Yes I am a Ravens fan, but I didn’t mean it as a negative at all towards lebeau. I’m just saying that he has been in pittsburgh for awhile and has become a coaching legend there, nothing against lebeau at all. My intention of that statement was a compliment not an insult.

  27. steelersmichele says: Feb 15, 2011 3:59 PM

    arzcardinals says: Pitt invasion is non-stop!

    No kidding. I liked Wiz when he was in Pittsburgh, but he isn’t anymore. He needs to start developing his own coaches.

    However, you are wrong about Butler. He knows the Steelers keep their coaches for a long time, so he’ll wait until LeBeau retires.

  28. citizenstrange says: Feb 15, 2011 4:05 PM

    When LeBeau does retire we will find out exactly just how good of a coach Tomlin is and how good of a quarterback Roethlisberger is.

    It is quite a luxury to only have to score 13 points per game to get a winning record.

  29. wtf2812 says: Feb 15, 2011 4:06 PM

    @ the cards fan …. Butler isn’t pissed at all. He knows he gets that gig when LeBeau goes and why would he wanna coach a no-talent defense like Arizona’s????? Plus have to depend on an offense with no QB??? LMAO.

    @ the couple of packers fans on this thread … OK, you won the Super Bowl, but don’t get too full of yourself. You won the spoils for a year, but don’t act like its a given every season because it’s not. You had THREE turnovers – one for a TD – and still the Steelers had a chance to win in the final two minutes. They didn’t. But it was no blowout. Sheeeeesh.

  30. horatio69 says: Feb 15, 2011 4:06 PM

    As a Stillers fan, I have mixed feelings about Lebeau staying…he’s a bit overrated. However, Bruce Arians has got to go.

    BRING ME THE HEAD OF BRUCE ARIANS!

  31. steelersmichele says: Feb 15, 2011 4:14 PM

    citizenstrange says: It is quite a luxury to only have to score 13 points per game to get a winning record.

    Goes to show how great our defense is under LeBeau–If we only need 13 points to win, then the other team isn’t scoring more than 12.

  32. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 15, 2011 4:19 PM

    arzcardinals says: Feb 15, 2011 3:39 PM

    “Coach Butler must be PISSED OFF. He had the chance to got to AZ and be the DC…Pitt said no because he’s under contract and expected to be the next DC in Pitt. …Hold a guy hostage and he’ll never forget.”

    If being the heir apparent to the Steelers DC gig is being “held hostage”, they can capture me anytime and I won’t resist.

  33. hypocycloid says: Feb 15, 2011 4:29 PM

    I don’t think is necessarily good news for Steelers fans.

  34. jrobitaille23 says: Feb 15, 2011 4:33 PM

    @wiscoboy

    seriously? old and on the decline? you do realize they ranked #1 this year. What a tool statement.

    If Lebeau had better corners to work with and healthy Troy Steelers win that SB. Expect the F.O. to finally address the D’s one weakness this offseason. D may actually be best they have ever had next year.

  35. citizenstrange says: Feb 15, 2011 4:57 PM

    steelersmichele says:
    Feb 15, 2011 4:14 PM
    citizenstrange says: It is quite a luxury to only have to score 13 points per game to get a winning record.

    Goes to show how great our defense is under LeBeau–If we only need 13 points to win, then the other team isn’t scoring more than 12.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    You have a firm grasp of the obvious.

  36. jhorton83 says: Feb 15, 2011 4:59 PM

    I’ve said this before, but Dick LeBeau really deserved a better shot at being a head coach than his one stint with the Bengals. Nobody could have won with that team. Not even Lombardi in his prime.

  37. steelersmichele says: Feb 15, 2011 5:16 PM

    citizenstrange–thank you. But my comment was directed towards those ragging on my D and their old age. Sometimes you have to be “obvious” with some of these posters. They don’t get sarcasm or subtle compliments.

  38. melikefootball says: Feb 15, 2011 5:57 PM

    Dick is a class act and the Steelers classy in resigning him to stay in Pittsburgh. Steeler defense seems to give there heart and soul to play for LeBeau.

  39. brockington42 says: Feb 15, 2011 5:59 PM

    @wtf2812

    “You had THREE turnovers – one for a TD – and still the Steelers had a chance to win in the final two minutes.”

    GB had a sure drop of a TD pass and 6 other drops and still hung 31 on you guys.

    I feel like I’ve woken up in this weird land where turnovers counting as part of the game are optional. Why do you guys keep acting like these 3 turnovers were acts of God or something? Sheesh! It’s not like they were phantom face-masking calls or something.

  40. ladystpaul says: Feb 15, 2011 6:01 PM

    @citizenstrange

    “You have a firm grasp of the obvious.”

    ————————

    As opposed to the rest of you morons.

  41. footballrulz says: Feb 15, 2011 6:16 PM

    I would think most Steeler fans are happy about this. Sure wish the Pack would tie up Capers for a few more years

  42. ampats says: Feb 15, 2011 6:36 PM

    FrankBollo says,

    Now bring in Nnamdi Asomugha and were all set.

    Sorry to see you still have an alcohol/drug problem and I still consume your mind.

    Hope you are still enjoying the hangover from losing the SB !

    I enjoyed watching the game !

  43. jamson64 says: Feb 15, 2011 6:46 PM

    jc1998cool-Feb 15, 2011 3:02 PM

    How old are you? You sound like you’re 12.

  44. Deb says: Feb 15, 2011 6:54 PM

    @tomthebombtracy …

    Tom Brady is the only QB who can lay legitimate claim to having “carved up” this defense. The Pats seem to have our number, just as Roethlisberger seems to have the Ravens’. If we’d called for a challenge on our TD in New Orleans, we’d have won that game. And with three turnovers converted to 21 points–in a game that had a 6-point score difference–it seems obvious that the Green Bay defense should get the props for the Super Bowl. Pittsburgh played poorly on both sides of the ball that night, but Nick Collins was particularly impressive in following the play on that pick 6. Without that 7-point score, we’d have won.

  45. steelernation1 says: Feb 15, 2011 7:44 PM

    @horatio69
    i couldnt agree with you more about Bruce Arians..i am not a big fan of his at all.

    Dick Lebeau is a class act…couldnt be more happy to see him stay.now if the Steelers do a better job at getting DB’s to help the rest of the D the Steelers would be that much harder to play against

    also to improve the O-Line is a nother need for sure..healthy is what they need.

    and to the idiot that said the steelers D is too old?explain why they were and are the #1 D in football? bet you cant…age means nothing at all,they got a mix of young talent in there with them.

    dont be suprised to see the Steelers back in the Big game next year..

    the only reason they strugled at the end of the year is the O-Line was injured most of the season.give Ben more time to do what he needs to do and there would be no question that he will rank as one of the best in football..

  46. SteelTown6 says: Feb 15, 2011 7:44 PM

    hypocycloid says: Feb 15, 2011 4:29 PM

    “I don’t think is necessarily good news for Steelers fans.”

    Proofread much?

    The fact that you don’t think probably IS good news for Steelers fans

  47. tomthebombtracy says: Feb 15, 2011 8:15 PM

    @Deb:

    Big Steelers fan like you but…….

    If you want to play coulda shoulda woulda about the Green Bay game…how about all those drops by Packers receivers including the one third down that was a 70 yard TD ala Larry Fitzgerald in SB 43, a game another great QB, Kurt Warner, lit it up.

    I couldn’t remember much about the Saints game but I looked at the stats….34-44, 300+ yards, 100+ rating. Brees ate our lunch.

    Live by the sword (blitz) and die by the sword (blitz) and it’s clear looking at the replay that he Pack picked up the blitz on some key plays.

    Yeah, maybe Troy nicked up..and know McFadden was sore…and now we know Harrison had a bad back but the real MASH unit all year was Green Bay.

    If we played them 10 times, we’re looking I believe at 7 repeats at least.

  48. tomthebombtracy says: Feb 15, 2011 8:16 PM

    @Deb:

    Big Steelers fan like you but…….

    If you want to play coulda shoulda woulda about the Green Bay game…how about all those drops by Packers receivers including the one third down that was a 70 yard TD ala Larry Fitzgerald in SB 43, a game another great QB, Kurt Warner, lit it up.

    I couldn’t remember much about the Saints game but I looked at the stats….34-44, 300+ yards, 100+ rating. Brees ate our lunch.

    Live by the sword (blitz) and die by the sword (blitz) and it’s clear looking at the replay that he Pack picked up the blitz on some key plays.

    Yeah, maybe Troy nicked up..and know McFadden was sore…and now we know Harrison had a bad back but the real MASH unit all year was Green Bay.

    If we played them 10 times, we’re looking I believe at 7 repeats at least.

  49. goldsteel says: Feb 15, 2011 8:33 PM

    Of course it’s good that Dick Labeau is returning. Who else will read that Christmas story to the team? One year contracts since 2004. A very down to earth approach. Dom Capers, Tony Dungy and Marvin Lewis were all defensive coaches for the Steelers.

    GO STEELERS!

  50. halftermguv says: Feb 15, 2011 10:47 PM

    Yikes…he was inducted as a player…sorry. The blue pill is for even numbered days NOT odd numbered days.

  51. Deb says: Feb 15, 2011 11:18 PM

    @tomthebombtracy …

    Oh, you’re one of us … thought you were one of those nutty Rodgers-obsessed Pack fans. :roll:

    Look, I care more about my gut impressions than stats. Was stunned to see Rodgers had passed for over 300. He made no impression on me during the game. I don’t consider him in the same company with Brees, Brady … or Ben. And if our guys had been on their game, he wouldn’t have done anything without the defense that handed him 21 points. MVP? Please.

    To me he’s just another overhyped QB who’ll be forgotten in a few years. Mentioning him in the same breath with Brady is insulting to Tom. And I don’t even like Tom! I’ll continue to bite my tongue on idiotic comparisons to Favre. (But bitterness makes people stupid.)

    As far as that nonsense about us not being able to play with the pretty QBs … horse manure! We were plagued by injuries and need a star corner. But our, a-hem, NUMBER ONE defense can play with anybody. You’re buying into their hype. STOP IT! We ran out of gas and they gave it all they had. Mad props to their defense. But if we played them 10 times with both teams healthy, I wouldn’t lose sleep over the outcome.

    Yeah, if they hadn’t dropped all those balls … That would fall under the woulda, coulda, shoulda heading :)

  52. ampatsisahypocrite says: Feb 16, 2011 12:55 AM

    “As the daddy of a daughter I’m only offended when a Steeler does something that gets in the news” ampats says:
    Feb 15, 2011 6:36 PM

    Sorry to see you still have an alcohol/drug problem and I still consume your mind.

    Hope you are still enjoying the hangover from losing the SB !

    I enjoyed watching the game !
    ———————————————

    Not even half as much as I enjoyed watching the Jets punk the Patsies. Ha ha ha!

  53. illumination666 says: Feb 16, 2011 1:07 AM

    Pittsburgh…lol

  54. paulieorkid says: Feb 16, 2011 9:27 AM

    @ halftermguv who said:
    Feb 15, 2011 10:47 PM
    Yikes…he was inducted as a player…sorry. The blue pill is for even numbered days NOT odd numbered days.

    ===

    The blue pill is actually for …. ohhhhh nevermind.

  55. dmobey says: Feb 16, 2011 9:31 AM

    Yes, QB obsessed fans have issues.

    Ironic, no?

    *******************************

    Deb says:
    Feb 15, 2011 11:18 PM
    @tomthebombtracy …

    Oh, you’re one of us … thought you were one of those nutty Rodgers-obsessed Pack fans.

  56. holeinone09 says: Feb 16, 2011 9:35 AM

    Most of us knew this would be the result for him. There is no reason for him to leave the Steelers at this point. He is beloved here, is wanted here and is successful here. He will retire here.

    GO STEELERS!!

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