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Keith Butler changes mind on Colts, will stay with Steelers

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Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler has had a change of heart about becoming the next defensive coordinator of the Colts.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Butler decided against going to Indianapolis after meeting today with team president Art Rooney II and head coach Mike Tomlin.

Butler’s contract with the Steelers had expired and he was free to leave for the Colts whether the Steelers wanted him to go or not, but he has apparently agreed to a new deal. Presumably, Rooney gave him a significant raise to keep him around.

The 55-year-old Butler is expected to become the Steelers’ defensive coordinator whenever the 74-year-old Dick LeBeau retires.

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33 Responses to “Keith Butler changes mind on Colts, will stay with Steelers”
  1. jasonculhane says: Jan 30, 2012 8:47 PM

    Perhaps having no Peyton Manning had something to do with that:)

  2. blackngoldimmortals says: Jan 30, 2012 8:56 PM

    Your welcome for the tip! (bkeyser) Glad to hear the news. Best news out of pit in a while!

  3. curtb29 says: Jan 30, 2012 9:08 PM

    Hey weres all you Steelers haters that were commenting about Butler and Arians leaving that we were done? Look out AFC North looks as if we trying to get Todd Haley from Arizona that spells trouble for the AFC. Deep ties to the Steelers and the Rooney family.

  4. NakedCowboy! says: Jan 30, 2012 9:12 PM

    he wants to inherit not build a new defense…
    keep waiting…
    ol man bones is gonna coach forever!

  5. gguffey says: Jan 30, 2012 9:17 PM

    Ahhhhh…poop!

  6. nightrain42 says: Jan 30, 2012 9:19 PM

    Yes!!!!!

  7. 92and94and51and56 says: Jan 30, 2012 9:51 PM

    I just love how a former Ravens coach is looking to hire Steelers personnel to run his offense and his defense.

    Tells ya something don’t it?

  8. dolphins4 says: Jan 30, 2012 10:00 PM

    LeBeau will coach until he’s 90 so they’ll have to get somebody alot younger to be the next defensive coordinator.

  9. draculalambert says: Jan 30, 2012 10:03 PM

    chalk one up for the good guys!

    “You cannnn put it onnnnnn the booaarrrrrd …YES!”

  10. fancyleague says: Jan 30, 2012 10:20 PM

    He just realized the Colts hired Bruce Arians and bailed as fast as he could.

  11. Deb says: Jan 30, 2012 10:21 PM

    No surprise to Steelers fans. Love ya, Keith!!!

    As for that rumor about Haley … hey, I’ve joked about him being nutty. But the guys knows offense. And he’s got major ties to the Steelers. All I wanted for Christmas was to trade Arians for a serious OC. Signing Haley would have me grinning like the Cheshire Cat!!! :D

  12. steelcurtainn says: Jan 30, 2012 10:43 PM

    Good Move Keith Butler. You’ll pick up another superbowl win in Pittsburgh before you will with the colts. Smart Move.

  13. zackattack006 says: Jan 30, 2012 10:47 PM

    Butler is full of it.. He did the same the thing with the Fins 2-years ago.. He used another team to get a raise…

  14. randolph32 says: Jan 30, 2012 11:02 PM

    The Colts won’t compete for a few years, why go there?

  15. bigredjbird says: Jan 30, 2012 11:15 PM

    Poor schmuck.

  16. lawboy2000 says: Jan 30, 2012 11:36 PM

    It is amusing to watch Pagano raid the Steelers – or try to – but he was with some of those guys in Cleveland in 2002/3-ish. That is scary, really.

    Haley is not Steelers material despite his history with the team. He has repeatedly displayed less self control than Rooney or Tomlin will tolerate from anyone being paid less than $102 million.

    Besides, doesn’t it seem likely that Whisenhunt poisoned Haley on Roethlisberger and his inability to play well with people who believe in a running game?

  17. heyzeus143 says: Jan 31, 2012 12:08 AM

    poor but now richer schmuck, the 3-4 will stay

  18. blackngoldimmortals says: Jan 31, 2012 12:35 AM

    @Zackattack- whats wrong with trying to get the most you can and doing better for yourself? Isn’t that the american way? obviously the guy is good our he wouldn’t be in demand.

  19. cup1981 says: Jan 31, 2012 1:26 AM

    I called that one when the report first hit. Rooney will NOT let him leave, but cannot fire Lebeau yet. I think this shows the writing on the wall. Look for Lebeau to retire this offseason or next.

  20. nickster31 says: Jan 31, 2012 1:27 AM

    zackattack006 says: Jan 30, 2012 10:47 PM

    Butler is full of it.. He did the same the thing with the Fins 2-years ago.. He used another team to get a raise…

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

    He was without a contract, and had an offer from another team. He listened to what was being offered, took the offer to Rooney and said, this is what I have been offered, but THIS is where I want to be.

    You CAN NOT fault a man for looking at his options, like Butler did. If the Rooney’s are willing to pay him coordinator money to be a position coach, then obviously they have big plans for him.

    Welcome back home Keith! Steelers Nation loves you.

  21. apcsteel says: Jan 31, 2012 2:06 AM

    This might be dick lebeaus last year and todd haley would be a great oc

  22. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Jan 31, 2012 6:47 AM

    It was a smart move for him to use the situation to get a nice new deal from the Steelers.

  23. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 31, 2012 7:57 AM

    Poor guy, guess he couldn’t hack it standing on his own two. Still likes the comfort of sitting on old gand-dad’s lap. #nodusky.

  24. maddog111 says: Jan 31, 2012 8:07 AM

    I have a feeling he’s been told Lebeau is going to retire after the 2012 season, and that’s what kept him in Pittsburgh. Hope I’m wrong though.

  25. stew48 says: Jan 31, 2012 8:54 AM

    As one of the oldest Steeler fans, I think it is imperative to remind some of you the great difficulty Hines Ward had getting a fair contract from these very same Rooneys. Way to go Butler!

  26. dmretrogames says: Jan 31, 2012 9:02 AM

    If this means the Steelers are going to continue to play a 3-4 well into the future, they’d better acquire or draft a NT. The 280-lb Steve McClendon is the only healthy NT on the roster at the moment.

  27. geezohman says: Jan 31, 2012 9:03 AM

    moving on….

    what about OC, I hear Todd Haley…

    QUESTION: what was Todd Haley dad do with Steelers?

  28. raiders757 says: Jan 31, 2012 10:09 AM

    I guess he realized that the league doesn’t give the Colts the same favors they give the Steelers and Patriots, so he decided to stay.

  29. bray72 says: Jan 31, 2012 10:19 AM

    @stew48 says:
    Jan 31, 2012 8:54 AM
    As one of the oldest Steeler fans, I think it is imperative to remind some of you the great difficulty Hines Ward had getting a fair contract from these very same Rooneys. Way to go Butler!

    ___________________________

    As one of the oldest Steeler fans (I’m also in that catagory), what are you talking about. Hines loves the Steelers; doesn’t want to go elsewhere. All of the players love it here and want to stay. That doesn’t happen when they’re not fairly paid. Better rethink your position!

  30. ottograham says: Jan 31, 2012 11:14 AM

    @bray72

    I will tell you that youre putting Ward on a pedastal looking through your black and gold sunglasses (in my humble opinion of course). The guy doesnt care who he plays for, hes more worried about getting his dollars up before he retires. In fact hes lucky if he makes it through training camp this year still wearing our colors.

    Had he not gotten 1000 receptions (how pathetic and forced was his 1000th by the way?) he wouldve dreaded coming back for another season just to get a few more catches. I doubt he plays this year and if he does its not for us. The Rooneys refuse to pay for players that have little to offer.

    Maybe if this were pre 2008 Ward would never play anywhere else, but now that hes washed up he may rethink HIS position in this city.

    Sorry pal but behind that korean african american smile of his is a rude and average football player.

    #Wardthrowsmeanestcrackback

  31. quittsburghstoolers says: Jan 31, 2012 1:54 PM

    zackattack006 says:Jan 30, 2012 10:47 PM

    Butler is full of it.. He did the same the thing with the Fins 2-years ago.. He used another team to get a raise…

    ———————————————————-

    Steelers fans are forgetting that little nugget of info.

    (What a surprise, huh?)

    But they’ve never let the facts get in the way of them being homers before so why expect anything to change?

    After all, this is a fan base that roots for such “upstanding” citizens as Roethlisberger & Harrison…

  32. maddog111 says: Jan 31, 2012 2:00 PM

    quittsburghstoolers says:
    Jan 31, 2012 1:54 PM
    zackattack006 says:Jan 30, 2012 10:47 PM

    Butler is full of it.. He did the same the thing with the Fins 2-years ago.. He used another team to get a raise…

    ———————————————————-

    Steelers fans are forgetting that little nugget of info.

    (What a surprise, huh?)

    But they’ve never let the facts get in the way of them being homers before so why expect anything to change?

    After all, this is a fan base that roots for such “upstanding” citizens as Roethlisberger & Harrison…
    ——————————————-
    Nice obsession you’ve got with the Steelers there. From posting on every Steeler related thread, on down to your amazingly clever screen name. Did you honestly think it was clever when you thought it up?

  33. originalsteelcurtain says: Jan 31, 2012 2:00 PM

    zackattack006 says: Jan 30, 2012 10:47 PM

    Butler is full of it.. He did the same the thing with the Fins 2-years ago.. He used another team to get a raise…

    —————————————————-

    ????

    Dear zack-clueless:

    Isn’t that the American way? Use your skills and abilities to better you and your family’s situation?

    Keith would make more money as a DC than a LB coach…Butler is obviously holding out for the job he wants…Steeler DC.

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