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.

46 responses to “Keith Butler is expected to become Colts defensive coordinator

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

  2. Um, whatever.

    The defensive coordinator of the Colts will be Chuck Pagano.

    Whoever holds the official title is not really relevant.

  3. 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…

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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…

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

  12. “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?

  13. 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

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

    Maybe Indy will become the Steelers from the midwest.

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    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…

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. @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.

  18. 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.

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

  20. 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?

  21. 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.

  22. @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.

  23. 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).

  24. 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”.

  25. 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!

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