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Keith Butler is expected to become Colts defensive coordinator

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New Colts coach Chuck Pagano is raiding his former AFC North rivals in order to build his new staff.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler will become Pagano’s defensive coordinator in Indianapolis. Butler will fly to Indianapolis on Tuesday to review and sign the contract. The team is also expected to hire Bruce Arians as offensive coordinator after the Steelers made him “retire.”

The Steelers prevented Butler from taking a coordinator job with the Cardinals in the past, but his contract was up this year. They reportedly didn’t want to lose him, but he wanted to become a coordinator.  Pagano, Arians, and Butler all worked under Butch Davis on Cleveland’s staff in 2001.

Even though Pagano talked about building around the players he has, hiring Butler is a sign this will be a 3-4 defense sooner than later.

Pittsburgh has lost a lot of coaching talent lately. Ray Horton left for Arizona last year. Butler is now in Indianapolis and the Steelers have a vacancy at offensive coordinator.

UPDATE 12:12 p.m. ET: Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says via Butler this isn’t a done deal just yet. But it sounds like a “formality” before he takes the job.

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  1. dolphins4 says: Jan 29, 2012 11:12 AM

    Maybe Indy will become the Steelers from the midwest.

  2. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 29, 2012 11:15 AM

    Steelers are old. Their coaches know it and are glad to be jumping ship.
    They will not sniff the playoffs for a decade

  3. realitypolice says: Jan 29, 2012 11:18 AM

    Um, whatever.

    The defensive coordinator of the Colts will be Chuck Pagano.

    Whoever holds the official title is not really relevant.

  4. whackman says: Jan 29, 2012 11:24 AM

    Obviously, Pagano did not think much of the coaches on the ratbirds staff…

    Looks like Tomlin will finally get to put his stamp on the coaching staff… unless of course, Rooney intercedes…

  5. kwgator says: Jan 29, 2012 11:25 AM

    Wow …. If Andrew Luck is a PIG towards women like Big Ben, they will be just like the Steelers

  6. mroklahoma says: Jan 29, 2012 11:25 AM

    They also are gonna need a new RB because of Mendenhall’s torn ACL. Things are not looking bright in the ‘Burgh

  7. ar1888 says: Jan 29, 2012 11:29 AM

    I love the staff the new coach and GM are putting together.

  8. pftcensorssuck says: Jan 29, 2012 11:37 AM

    Pagano, Arians, and Butler all worked under Butch Davis on Cleveland’s staff in 2001.

    ———————————————————
    Butch Davis, huh? Yeah, there’s a Super Bowl in THEIR future alright.

  9. ogre2010 says: Jan 29, 2012 11:38 AM

    WOW!! I thought he will be next coordinator in Pittsburgh when Dick decides to retire

  10. ballsohardu says: Jan 29, 2012 11:43 AM

    Good night steelers

  11. phillyphever says: Jan 29, 2012 11:45 AM

    Anyone want to bet Freeney gets traded.

  12. manningfan98 says: Jan 29, 2012 11:52 AM

    All the coaching changes should be applauded. Good picks. Houston your 1 year rein as division champ is over.

  13. manningfan98 says: Jan 29, 2012 11:54 AM

    And if your title says offensive coordinator. Defensive coordinator is mor than a title. It’s what you do. Not just in name. Get real

  14. flightb0ys says: Jan 29, 2012 11:54 AM

    I kinda like this hire for the Colts. He’s been around a good defense for awhile to be one, but the thing is, the Colts talent on defense is just as good as their offense without Manning there.

  15. Nikhil Balakumar says: Jan 29, 2012 11:55 AM

    neither freeney or mathis r gonna want to play outside linebacker

  16. manningfan98 says: Jan 29, 2012 11:55 AM

    Go colts. Very happy with new coaches.

  17. kravenm3 says: Jan 29, 2012 11:57 AM

    Other teams have been snagging coaching talent from Pittsburgh for years yet they have managed to stay competitive. I don’t see how this is any different. The Rooney’s know how to find good coaches. Those of you who like to speculate that the Steelers are going to all of a sudden fall off the map for the better part of a decade make me laugh.

  18. agc99 says: Jan 29, 2012 12:05 PM

    Arizona is the Pittsburgh wanna be of the west now Indi is the Midwest version.

  19. steelerdynasty2010 says: Jan 29, 2012 12:14 PM

    got tired of waiting for Dick to retires….wish him success

  20. kelly8791 says: Jan 29, 2012 12:15 PM

    That’s a bet on the Freeney trade. No one is gonna want his cap # at his age, and the colts can’t take the cap hit anyway.

    Btw, these guys all worked for Butch Davis, who ran the Tampa-2. I guess everyone who has all the answers assumes they’ll copy PIT and BLT and ignores that little fact.

  21. mustafa67 says: Jan 29, 2012 12:24 PM

    Coach Butler is a good dude, played under him in college at Memphis in ’94. Well deserving.

  22. johntonioholmes says: Jan 29, 2012 12:45 PM

    kwgator

    Chuck is actually trying to get Gary Brackett to murder two people so that his team is kind of like a mix between Pitt and Balt.

    In all seriousness, I’m rather upset because I wanted Butler.

    That linebacking group has pretty much set the standard over the last few years. I know they have a lot of natural talent, but they still needed a good linebackers coach to become as effective as they are.

    I wish him the best, though.

    But one has to wonder why Chuck wouldn’t raid his own staff…

  23. dylude says: Jan 29, 2012 1:23 PM

    In response to:
    whackman
    Jan 29, 2012, 10:24 AM CST
    “Obviously, Pagano did not think much of the coaches on the ratbirds staff…”

    Or maybe he has loyalty to the Ravens organization and just made their path back to the playoffs that much easier.

  24. dylude says: Jan 29, 2012 1:28 PM

    Dwight and Mathis don’t have to be 3 down players anymore. The team can self coach a Tampa 2 defensive and all these coaches can coach that defense as well so they can be a hybrid between a 3-4, 4-3, and Dime Tampa 2 until they get the LB they need to stay in a 3-4.

    This will be an interesting defense but it won’t be good unless we bring in a solid NT and a couple bigger LBs.

  25. lennydpocketqb says: Jan 29, 2012 1:32 PM

    Chuck isn’t raiding his former team because he wants winners.

  26. fastwillie39 says: Jan 29, 2012 1:32 PM

    Keep writing off the Steelers everyone, not gonna happen. Still strong in most areas, butler and Arians not huge losses

  27. nockinon7sdoor says: Jan 29, 2012 1:36 PM

    According to Ravens fans, when a coach is hired from the Ravens’ coaching staff, it is because of the great organization the Ravens have. When a coach is hired from the Steelers’ staff, it is because the coach is leaving a sinking ship or the Steelers can’t keep coaches or (put your reason here).

    What’s up with that?

  28. nockinon7sdoor says: Jan 29, 2012 1:40 PM

    “Obviously, Pagano did not think much of the coaches on the ratbirds staff…”

    dylude: “Or maybe he has loyalty to the Ravens organization and just made their path back to the playoffs that much easier.”

    Yeah, Pagano’s real goal is to make the Ravens’ path to the playoffs easier, not to make the Colts better. Perhaps that is Marvin Lewis’ plan as well?

  29. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 29, 2012 1:48 PM

    kraven

    I’m glad you are laughing, cause I am laughing at your lack of intelligence.

    The Steelers are OLD, that is why they will fall off the playoff map, not because other teams are signing away their coaches.

    freakin nimwit

  30. croghan1919 says: Jan 29, 2012 1:49 PM

    Colts should be able to find out if Jerry Hughes is a bust or not with a 3-4

  31. heyzeus143 says: Jan 29, 2012 1:53 PM

    steelers heading for the Tampa 2 or Tomlin 2, might actually work in a year or two

  32. quittsburghstoolers says: Jan 29, 2012 2:02 PM

    dolphins4 says:Jan 29, 2012 11:12 AM

    Maybe Indy will become the Steelers from the midwest.

    ———————————————————-

    Naw, I don’t see that happening just by them
    obtaining a few former Steeler coaches.

    To become the “Steelers of the Midwest” their
    fan base will have to become way more
    obnoxious & act way more self entitled…

  33. emmac13 says: Jan 29, 2012 2:09 PM

    Steelers don’t even make to playoffs next year.

  34. mattforbid says: Jan 29, 2012 2:13 PM

    The Ravens let Pagano go, with the agreement not to raid their staff. As they had let Rex do a couple years ago.

  35. steeltroll says: Jan 29, 2012 2:14 PM

    Steelers track record of drafting talent couldn’t possibly have anything to do with their success. Colbert isn’t going anywhere. Once again, the demise-prophesiers will be wrong. DB Coach Lake will step in as heir apparent if Butler goes. I love all of you Steeler hating clowns.

  36. croghan1919 says: Jan 29, 2012 2:15 PM

    quittsburghstoolers says:
    Jan 29, 2012 2:02 PM

    dolphins4 says:Jan 29, 2012 11:12 AM

    Maybe Indy will become the Steelers from the midwest.
    ________________________________________
    I was kinda sorta thinking the same thing:
    The NFL should realign the AFC north and south.
    Indy to the north with a Ravens and 2 Steelers coaches and Cincy to the south since they are further geographically futher south and Indys north.
    But then Colts fans would have to put up with Baltimore fans whining about losing the Colts twice a year instead of every few years… so forged aboud it

  37. kravenm3 says: Jan 29, 2012 2:35 PM

    @thatobnoxiousguy

    Intelligence notwithstanding, one coach (Arians) was fired and the other has obvious aspirations of becoming a DC. With Lebeau still in town that wasn’t going to happen this year. Butler was given a shot to be the DC in Indianapolis and he took it. Good move on his part in my opinion.

    Your comment has no logic to it no matter how you slice it. Without resorting to pithy remarks about your intelligence I will simply point out that there seems to be 107 people, at least at this point, that disagree with your original comment. I am sure that number consists of more than a few unbiased people who interpreted the intelligence of your comment the same way I did.

  38. indywilson40 says: Jan 29, 2012 2:48 PM

    Kelly8791, Get real. All of the coaches may have coached under Butch Davis, and Davis may or may not have ran a cover 2 back then, but there is no way The Colts will keep the cover 2. None of the coaches had any power under Butch Davis and none have been involved with a cover 2 over the past 10 years. The cover 2 defense is HISTORY in Indianapolis.

  39. vincentbojackson says: Jan 29, 2012 2:50 PM

    Once agin proves my theory that the Ravens are all consumed with their big brother the Steelers.

  40. chefjayson says: Jan 29, 2012 3:21 PM

    I don’t know how other Colts fan feel but I for one am excited. Goodbye Tampa-2….you won’t be missed. The 3-4 might seem far fetched at first glance but I see it being successful. Finally get to use Jerry Hughes at LOLB. Move Conner to ILB with Angerer and move Brackett (who’s always at his best in coverage) to ROLB. Why not? Not like the defense could get worse right?

  41. Deb says: Jan 29, 2012 3:46 PM

    The Steelers wisely chose not to renew Arians’ contract. Some people are having kittens over the terminology used, but the important thing is that he’s gone. Buh-bye. We needed a shakeup on offense. I don’t want to lose Butler, but things have a way of working out as they should.

  42. qj1984 says: Jan 29, 2012 4:13 PM

    @whackman

    Not exactly. There was an agreement in place that he wouldn’t raid the Ravens coaching staff once he got hired elsewhere. He’s keeping his end of the deal.

  43. cup1981 says: Jan 29, 2012 6:14 PM

    I’ve been screaming for years that this guy would only wait so long before leaving. We all thought he was gone last year, but he hung around anticipating Dick retiring after this season. Wouldn’t be surprised if Lebeau is planning on retiring an Butler just doesn’t know yet, so as the Steelers said, it isn’t a done deal yet…

    As for our D being old… Ummm, dude, we have the youngest line behind the oldest line. Our reserves, which are all able to start and two of which might start this year, are among the youngest in the league (Hood, McClendon and Heyward).

  44. realitypolice says: Jan 29, 2012 6:56 PM

    qj1984 says:
    Jan 29, 2012 4:13 PM
    @whackman

    Not exactly. There was an agreement in place that he wouldn’t raid the Ravens coaching staff once he got hired elsewhere. He’s keeping his end of the deal.
    ========================

    You’re going to have show some proof of that.

    Why in the world would Pagano make any kind of deal with the Ravens? He doesn’t need their permission to interview for and accept a head coaching job else where.

    The Ravens would have no leverage whatsoever to force such a “deal”.

  45. sudz28 says: Jan 30, 2012 9:30 AM

    Just one more way the Ravens (or in this case former Raven D-coordinator) try to model themselves after the class of the Conference. They try to emulate exactly what the Steelers do or have done and hope for similar success. It’s so cute watching your little sister constantly trying to copy you!

  46. steelerdynasty2010 says: Jan 30, 2012 10:23 PM

    sorry folks…nothing to see here….he’s staying!!!

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