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Steelers mum on LeBeau’s future

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Last week, Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau twice mentioned that, while he wants to return to the team in 2014, “we’ll see if people want you back.”

Since then, the Steelers have twice declined to discuss LeBeau’s status.

On Friday, Tomlin told Scott Brown of that Tomlin won’t talk about offseason issues until the offseason.  On Sunday, the Steelers declined comment on the question of whether LeBeau is under contract for 2014.

“We do not discuss any terms of contracts,” the team told PFT via email.

LeBeau’s contract expired after the 2010 season, which culminated in a Super Bowl loss to the Packers.  It’s unknown whether his current deal will be expiring after the 2013 season ends.

Even if it isn’t, the Steelers could decide to move on.  If they do, it could make plenty of the defensive players under contract with the team extremely upset.  Multiple members of LeBeau’s defense have spoken out in his favor in recent days.

Maybe the Steelers eventually will announce that LeBeau has retired.  And maybe he’ll go on to be the coach of the year the next season, just like the last coordinator the team tried to retire.

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24 Responses to “Steelers mum on LeBeau’s future”
  1. blackngold4life says: Dec 16, 2013 12:43 AM

    LeBeau will leave when he’s ready

  2. rams1999 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:23 AM

    Maybe the Steelers eventually will announce that LeBeau has retired. And maybe he’ll go on to be the coach of the year the next season, just like the last coordinator the team tried to retire.


  3. Stiller43 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:04 AM

    Why would they get rid of him? He hasnt forgotten how to coach overnight. Look at his D’s stats the last ten years…the players got injured/old. Lebeau can still coach

  4. thetooloftools says: Dec 16, 2013 3:18 AM

    yea, I see how running off the O-cordinator worked for them. Then they brought in Haleyhole.

  5. daryllh says: Dec 16, 2013 4:17 AM

    Just hand the job to Keith Butler already. He’s been patient enough.

  6. olcap says: Dec 16, 2013 5:15 AM

    Doesn’t matter. This team has lost all respectability that they had earned all these years, on a dumb Thanksgiving stunt committed by a moron.

  7. meatcarroll says: Dec 16, 2013 6:26 AM

    You know, even if it is time for a change I’m going to miss the hell out of Lick DeBeau, and this is coming from a Ravens fan. Truly one of the living legendary figures in NFL history. A legitimate Hall of Fame player AND coach.

  8. iamozzie says: Dec 16, 2013 6:27 AM

    Time to move on Dick.

  9. lionsmark09 says: Dec 16, 2013 6:45 AM

    Come back to Detroit Dick! Come full circle. Gunther is not getting the job done.

  10. baltimorons says: Dec 16, 2013 7:00 AM

    Keith Butler waiting patiently in the wings

  11. lawboy2000 says: Dec 16, 2013 7:41 AM

    I thought that LeBeau only signed one year deals.

    I thought we learned that after 2010, a season that culminated in his defense holding the high octane Packers to 24 points – one fewer than Bruce Arians offense scored (25) in the game.

    Of course, Arians called that bone headed deep ball when the Steelers were on their own 2 yard line that turned into a pick-6 when BJ Raji steamrolled the OL into Ben and was the difference in the game.


    Still Bitter

    P.S. –

    Ben ignored a wide open, single covered Hines Ward on the final drive in favor of trying to hit Wallace on every play even though Ward had been hot leading up to that drive.

  12. howiefeltersnatch says: Dec 16, 2013 7:51 AM

    Throw a black hood one him and he looks just like Emperor Palpatine

  13. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 16, 2013 8:22 AM

    It will be a sad day indeed when Coach hangs them up. The Steelers will be fine though, they’ve been grooming his replacement for years.

  14. farvite says: Dec 16, 2013 10:11 AM

    Drive him right into Green Bays arms.

  15. koenig61 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:16 AM

    “We do not discuss any terms of contracts,” the team told PFT via email.

    The team has always taken this stance when it comes to both player and coaches contracts. They never discuss it during the season especially.
    But I got to hand it to you with that last little shot at the team with the Arians reference.

  16. Deb says: Dec 16, 2013 11:44 AM

    Don’t go, Dad. The defense needs you now more than ever.

  17. citizenstrange says: Dec 16, 2013 12:02 PM

    I don’t want to live in a world where Bottom Third Ben is the Steeler quarterback, Twelfth Man Tomlin is the Steeler head coach and Hall of Famer Dick Lebeau is NOT the Steeler defensive coordinator.

    Bottom Third Ben and Twelfth Man Tomlin will be lucky to get four wins a season on their own.

  18. joerevs300 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:16 PM

    Like many situations people are trying to put it on the coordinator. Of course, the players must play.

    Both Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu have busted coverage way too many times this year in the secondary.

    They lost their signal caller (Foote) on opening day, which largely contributed to their defensive ineptitude the next 3 weeks.

    They’ve also been without Woodley and Keisel the majority of the season.

    Yes, all teams have injuries but the difference is quality depth just can’t be had when you’re giving players $15-20M contracts.

    LeBeau is fine and should retire when he sees fit. Maybe this season he will.

  19. sbchampsagain says: Dec 16, 2013 12:47 PM

    Why was the Steeler stadium empty last night?

    Wasn’t it an AFCN game, in prime time, with playoff implications?

    Here we go Steelers…uhm, here we go???

  20. mutantman87 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:03 PM

    Needs to make a retirement pact with Monte Kiffin.

  21. ruthlessburgher says: Dec 16, 2013 1:34 PM

    LeBeau has been coaching on a series of one-year contracts for the last several seasons.

  22. junglerat524 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:50 PM

    He deserves better players anyway. Hope to see him land somewhere with an actual defense.

  23. Deb says: Dec 16, 2013 3:11 PM

    @junglerat524 …

    Seriously? The guy is 76. When he eventually leaves the Steelers, he won’t be landing with another team. He’ll be retiring.

  24. bigbensucks says: Dec 17, 2013 6:17 PM

    Maybe they will fire him and tell everyone he retired, just like they did to Ariens. Oh, I guess the writer already said that. Worked out better for ariens in the long run anyway.

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