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LeBeau hopes to return in 2014

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Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau doesn’t think age is a problem with the team’s defense.  He also doesn’t think his own age is a problem.

According to Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, LeBeau said Thursday that he wants to return for another season.

“I’ve been blessed to be able to coach this long, and I want to coach, obviously. Because I am a coach,” said the 76-year-old Hall of Famer.  “Again, we’ll have to see if people want you to coach.”

There has been no indication that the team may want to go in another direction.  Other than LeBeau’s repeated vague suggestion that perhaps the team does.
“This is the time only to think about our players and getting them better,” LeBeau said   “But I feel great. I feel strong, and we’ll see if people want you to come back.”
LeBeau has been running the Steelers defense since 2004.  Even after Mike Tomlin, who proved himself as a 4-3 Tampa Two defensive specialist, arrived as head coach, Tomlin stuck with LeBeau’s effective 3-4 attack.  And Robinson has collected quotes from various players who rave about LeBeau.
Still, after one 8-8 season and another that will at best match it, change could be coming to Pittsburgh.  Only one change — getting rid of Tomlin — would raise more eyebrows than not bringing back LeBeau.
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18 Responses to “LeBeau hopes to return in 2014”
  1. steelerben says: Dec 13, 2013 1:38 PM

    It might not be next season, but the odds are greater and greater every year that LeBeau isn’t going to be the defensive coordinator any longer. Hopefully the plan for succession is in place.

  2. thepftpoet says: Dec 13, 2013 1:40 PM

    At this point, LeBeau could go out on the field and outplay some of the players on that depleted Steelers defense.

  3. mikejr80 says: Dec 13, 2013 1:41 PM

    Lebeau is an inspiration. Still doing it after all of these years.

  4. iamozzie says: Dec 13, 2013 1:47 PM

    Butler should be the Defensive coordinator and Lebeau should of been gone years ago. Time for the Steelers to move to a 4-3 and use the up and coming studs they are grooming for the new era. Ozzie knows!

  5. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Dec 13, 2013 1:52 PM

    Many in Steeler Nation are so quick to squeeze the trigger the instant we don’t have a great season.

    I’m thankful we have reason to be so spoiled, but it’s also a double-edged sword that we’ve become so spoiled – as many Steeler brothers and sisters have short fuses and get their noses bent out of joint at the first sign of trouble.

    What if we had given up on Noll after he went 1-13? What if the Cowboys had given up on Landry after he went 0-11-1? Cowher had a 6-10 season, and many in Steeler Nation wanted him gone. Cowher later led us to much success, including a Super Bowl title. Arians designed our offense, and led us to two Super Bowls, winning one (XLIII) – and the one we lost (XLV) was certainly not his fault – and the lynch mob came out rabid, frothing at the mouth, carrying torches, etc.

    We need to all take a step back, suck in a deeeeep breath of oxygen and soak in the bigger picture. LeBeau is a Canton Enshrinee for great reason. He is an absolute treasure that we should appreciate to the utmost extent. We should be exceptionally grateful for LeBeau – I sure as hell am.

  6. iamozzie says: Dec 13, 2013 1:57 PM

    “LeBeau is a Canton Enshrinee for great reason. He is an absolute treasure that we should appreciate to the utmost extent.”

    Brett Farve is a HOF but he stayed too long also. All of your other references relate to 1 losing season, Tomlin was 8-8 last year and worse this year. These following letters spell it out P-a-t-t-e-r-n
    Do you see it?

  7. arodgersgloryhole says: Dec 13, 2013 2:09 PM

    Dick LeBeau will retire when Dick LeBeau wants to.

  8. citizenstrange says: Dec 13, 2013 2:14 PM

    Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau is the ONLY thing keeping the Steelers relevant.

    It sure isn’t Bottom Third Ben or Twelfth Man Tomlin.

  9. wtfchiefs says: Dec 13, 2013 2:28 PM

    If he wants to go I am sure Tomlin will stand in his way.

  10. citizenstrange says: Dec 13, 2013 2:32 PM

    Even after Mike Tomlin, who proved himself as a 4-3 Tampa Two defensive specialist,
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    HA! HA! HA! That’s a good one! Tomlin had ONE YEAR (2006) as the defensive coordinator of the Vikings. And in that one year the Vikings finished DEAD LAST IN THE NFL AS IN #32 against the pass.

    But luckily for him (unluckily for Steeler fans) Tomlin was able to lay down that sweet, sweet, gobbledygook double talk and blow away the Rooneys in his interview.

  11. citizenstrange says: Dec 13, 2013 2:41 PM

    add to previous

    And the Vikings were 6-10 in 2006.

  12. steelcurtainn says: Dec 13, 2013 3:06 PM

    The best defensive minded coordinator will return for 2014 and the steelers defense will be better because of it.

  13. sdakota says: Dec 13, 2013 4:03 PM

    one of the reasons the steelers use to stay good, they knew how to draft and they knew when to let a guy go.
    it appears that has changed, with multiple high picks on o-line with such failures as M.Adams and Decastro taking out the 1 true o-lineman on their squad. Now they hold on to old players, restructuring contracts year after year. now it has come back to haunt them.

  14. Deb says: Dec 13, 2013 7:00 PM

    Can’t imagine anyone not wanting Dick LeBeau to return for another season. That would truly indicate someone wasn’t playing with a full bag of marbles.

  15. mrmidevil says: Dec 13, 2013 7:58 PM

    Umm….the offense is predictable, defense cant stop anything, and special teams is a joke! Fire them all!!! Head coach included!

  16. keiselsbeard says: Dec 14, 2013 5:08 AM

    As much as I respect Coach LeBeau, it’s time to hang it up or burn the prevent D section of his playbook. One or the other has to go. This defense (& no, it’s not 100% because of age) hasn’t been able to hold onto a lead or consistantly finish a game in years. Much respect, but it’s time for a change.

  17. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Dec 14, 2013 8:02 AM

    Deb says:
    Dec 13, 2013 7:00 PM
    Can’t imagine anyone not wanting Dick LeBeau to return for another season. That would truly indicate someone wasn’t playing with a full bag of marbles.

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

    I have a feeling the cody wallace comments should be rolling in. :)

  18. halusbr33 says: Dec 14, 2013 11:41 AM

    I would expect him to be back.

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