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Titans announce LeBeau as defensive coordinator

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The Titans announced Wednesday that Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau will take over as the team’s defensive coordinator.

LeBeau worked for the Titans last season as assistant head coach for defense. Ray Horton, the team’s defensive coordinator the previous two seasons, was hired by the Browns Wednesday.

New Titans coach Mike Mularkey also officially announced Terry Robiskie as offensive coordinator and Bobby April as special teams coordinator. LeBeau will retain his assistant head coach title.

LeBeau, 78, was the Steelers defensive coordinator for 11 seasons before coming to the Titans last season. He’s been coaching in the NFL since 1973. The Titans finished 12th in the NFL in total defense last season, up 15 spots from the previous season.

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35 Responses to “Titans announce LeBeau as defensive coordinator”
  1. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 20, 2016 7:48 PM

    LeBeau is a great defensive mind. Trolls making age comments in 3, 2…

  2. hogue34 says: Jan 20, 2016 7:49 PM

    He should have been DC over Horton anyway!

  3. nozzelhead says: Jan 20, 2016 7:56 PM

    Might be the only good hire for the Titans in the past 10 years

  4. coltzfan166 says: Jan 20, 2016 8:11 PM

    Man I hope I look that good when I’m 78

  5. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 20, 2016 8:14 PM

    What about Monte Kiffin? Is he still in Dallas?

  6. phantomgremlin says: Jan 20, 2016 8:20 PM

    Turns out that Horton Heard a Hue.

  7. henryjones20 says: Jan 20, 2016 8:31 PM

    loved him when he was in buffalo under tom donahue

  8. theclebrowns says: Jan 20, 2016 8:33 PM

    Dick BeLeau

  9. bigdinla says: Jan 20, 2016 8:40 PM

    Still one of the all time great defensive minds.

  10. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Jan 20, 2016 8:56 PM

    Wish you well Dick

  11. coryfor3 says: Jan 20, 2016 9:03 PM

    I really hope I have that kind of energy and drive at 78

  12. harrisbarton says: Jan 20, 2016 9:06 PM

    I honestly don’t know how a 78 y.o. guy can withstand the rigors of being a coordinator in the NFL. Really.

  13. jonsilver1947 says: Jan 20, 2016 9:36 PM

    Titans 12th in league in defense in 2015?!? I guess watching them defend Brandon Marshall was an aberration…

  14. randomcommenter says: Jan 20, 2016 9:41 PM

    This could mean titans pass on Joey Bosa at pick 1. He’s not a fit for Lebeau’s brand of 3-4. Lebeau wants DEs that 2 gap and eat up blockers, not rush the QB. That’s the OLBs job.

    They will probably draft the OT from Ole Miss and have bookends along with Lewan to protect Mariota.

  15. f1restarter says: Jan 20, 2016 9:44 PM

    They’ve agreed to schedule practices around his afternoon nap.

  16. streetyson says: Jan 20, 2016 10:01 PM

    “Only 78? What experience does he have, is his dad not available?”
    – Ivor Powell, WW2 veteran who fought the Japs in Burma and former full-time HC of University of Bath soccer team, who retired as HC in 2010 aged 93.

  17. tennesseeoilers says: Jan 20, 2016 10:01 PM

    I’m actually encouraged by three of our hires: Robinson, LeBeau and Robiskie. Now, Mularkey, show us something …

  18. sammievee says: Jan 20, 2016 10:04 PM

    Wasn’t their some logic behind Mr. Lebeau not keeping his previous job despite all the love and accolades from his previous employer?

  19. buckeye044 says: Jan 20, 2016 10:27 PM


    Dude is amazing

  20. 34defense2014 says: Jan 20, 2016 10:30 PM

    I hope the Titans have a great “Cover” Free Safety? Your going to need at least 2 or 3 ProBowl DB’s & at least 1 all Pro-Corner, in a Dick LeBeau Defensive scheme…. Oh,, and lighter faster, more of a Linebacker/Safety type? Your going to need it! Good Coach, falls in love with the Blitz…

  21. autoriot says: Jan 20, 2016 10:33 PM

    78….SEVENTY EIGHT! And people were giving Tom Coughlin hell for being 69…smdh.

  22. spectayl says: Jan 20, 2016 10:49 PM

    Wasn’t he already calling plays last season?

  23. igotbaggage says: Jan 20, 2016 11:04 PM

    Dick LeBeau, he’s a classic & can always teach the game

  24. natijim235 says: Jan 20, 2016 11:29 PM

    Terrible head coach – great D coordinator

  25. bjwbrown2011 says: Jan 21, 2016 12:14 AM

    I wish someone would have given him another chance as a head coach.

    He was the best co-ordinatior in the game for years.

  26. whispersd says: Jan 21, 2016 12:46 AM

    I know 78-year olds that run marathons.

    To all appearances, he looks fit.

    The more relevant question might be whether his mind is as good as it’s been in the past.

  27. schafrath says: Jan 21, 2016 1:42 AM

    Dude will die with his boots on. Inspirational.

  28. wyrdawg says: Jan 21, 2016 2:18 AM

    Well, there you go. This is the acid test for these owners: They have the pieces in place to be the Pittsburgh Steelers… coaching-wise.

    Can they do the front office/ownership roles that’s made the Steelers who they were/are?

    Or are they trying to trade teams with Haslam?

  29. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Jan 21, 2016 4:23 AM

    I love that man

  30. coltcountrysteelerfan says: Jan 21, 2016 7:46 AM

    Great guy, but I think he needs to hang it up. The Steelers defense was steadily declining over his last few years in Pittsburgh and it wasn’t just due to the Steelers having the aging defensive players. I appreciate the years he spent in Pittsburgh but people were figuring out his schemes.

  31. piscataquis007 says: Jan 21, 2016 8:22 AM

    Mike Mularkey, Bobby April, and Dick LeBeau? The Pittsburgh Steelers Coaching staff from 1996 back together again.

  32. gotitan says: Jan 21, 2016 8:25 AM

    Anything will help. ANYTHING!

  33. supersonicsexmachine says: Jan 21, 2016 8:42 AM

    Almost turning into Steelers South with all the ex-Steelers (LeBeau, April, Mularkey).

  34. jdeezman says: Jan 21, 2016 9:17 AM

    Dick Lebeau is different from 99% of all other 78 year olds. He is like a 50 year old… Great person and coordinator.

  35. completefan says: Jan 21, 2016 10:18 AM

    Freak of nature. Best of luck to him.

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