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80th birthday looming, Dick LeBeau still sees himself as a “Bengal and Brown guy”

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He’s a Hall of Famer best known for playing for the Lions and coaching with the Steelers. But Dick LeBeau, the soon-to-be 80-year-old assistant head coach of the Titans, identifies with a team that cut him, and with another that fired him, multiple times.

“I’ve always been really a Bengal and Brown guy at heart, like I am a Buckeye, because I am from Ohio and I like the Ohio teams,” LeBeau recently told Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

It was Paul Brown, then coach of the Browns, who drafted LeBeau before cutting him. And it was Paul Brown, then owner of the Bengals, who hired LeBeau to serve as defensive backs coach in 1980.

LeBeau initially spent 11 years with the Bengals, helping the team to a pair of Super Bowls and climbing to defensive coordinator. Fired after the 1991 season, he landed in Pittsburgh as defensive backs coach, again making it to the role of defensive coordinator. He returned to the Bengals in 1997 as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach, later becoming head coach in 2000. He was fired after three seasons.

The return to Pittsburgh in 2004 started LeBeau’s most successful decade in coaching, with a pair of Super Bowl wins. Nudged aside for Keith Butler in 2015, LeBeau joined the Titans, where he’s been for two seasons and counting.

With many making Tennessee a trendy postseason pick, LeBeau could still get to another Super Bowl before calling it a career. Regardless of what happens, he’ll likely still see himself as a Bengal and a Brown, despite those two gaudy Super Bowl rings that celebrate their despised rivals from Pittsburgh.

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31 Responses to “80th birthday looming, Dick LeBeau still sees himself as a “Bengal and Brown guy””
  1. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Jul 4, 2017 11:54 AM

    I sure wish my Packers had a good defensive coach like Dick LeBeau. But we don’t.

  2. stew48 says: Jul 4, 2017 12:11 PM

    A Steeler fan here who has always been very grateful for the contributions LeBeau made while with Pittsburgh.

  3. stew48 says: Jul 4, 2017 12:12 PM

    Paul Brown was not the HC when Bengals went to 1982 Super Bowl in Detroit.

  4. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 4, 2017 12:18 PM

    Nothing but respect for coach LeBeau and thanks for what you gave Pittsburgh and the Steelers…a class act. Not a big deal he is free to do what he chooses especially at 80.

  5. joetoronto says: Jul 4, 2017 12:35 PM

    I can’t believe he’s 80, salute!

  6. absolutevisuals says: Jul 4, 2017 1:08 PM

    Got to respect his career. Did what he enjoyed and still is even at the age of 80.

  7. smarter than you says: Jul 4, 2017 1:15 PM

    One of the best defensive minds the game has ever known.

  8. streetyson says: Jul 4, 2017 1:31 PM

    Not surprised he doesn’t want to be associated with Trip’s Steelers. He resigned after his most successful decade on the sidelines but it’s clear Trip wanted him out as part of a youth movement. This has echoes of Coughlin’s push from Giants. Treated poorly after a raft of injuries on D saw their pass-ranking slip to 28th but overall still 15th. Steelers didn’t want to lose linebackers coach Butler, and a poor season a good excuse to make Dick feel unwelcome.

  9. ytownie says: Jul 4, 2017 1:36 PM

    Most fans have no idea of the time required in film study, preparation, and coaching that it takes to be an NFL coach, especially a coordinator. To do it at age 80 is simply amazing. My hat’s off to you Dick. Keep going as long as your effective.

  10. berniespimp says: Jul 4, 2017 1:40 PM

    Coach LeBeau deserves a statue!

  11. formerchargersapologist says: Jul 4, 2017 2:44 PM

    @stew48 says:
    Jul 4, 2017 12:12 PM
    Paul Brown was not the HC when Bengals went to 1982 Super Bowl in Detroit.

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    The article says Paul Brown was the owner in 1982, not HC.

  12. nhpats says: Jul 4, 2017 3:11 PM

    I can fully understand him wanting to distance himself from Mike Tomlin….

  13. redlikethepig says: Jul 4, 2017 3:26 PM

    Sometimes it’s better not to speak.

  14. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 4, 2017 3:36 PM

    nhpats says:
    Jul 4, 2017 3:11 PM
    I can fully understand him wanting to distance himself from Mike Tomlin….

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    No you can’t possibly understand. It would take a football mind and brains to do that and you are missing both. Stick to cheering for the Cheetahs and be quiet

  15. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 4, 2017 3:39 PM

    nhpats says:
    Jul 4, 2017 3:11 PM
    I can fully understand him wanting to distance himself from Mike Tomlin….

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    Does saying negative things about people really make you feel good about yourself? It seems that’s all you do…..tremendous waste of oxygen.

  16. milkcan44 says: Jul 4, 2017 3:48 PM

    Apparently he has one of the key skills of a defensive back — a short memory.

  17. nhpats says: Jul 4, 2017 4:51 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Jul 4, 2017 3:36 PM
    nhpats says:
    Jul 4, 2017 3:11 PM
    I can fully understand him wanting to distance himself from Mike Tomlin….

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    No you can’t possibly understand. It would take a football mind and brains to do that and you are missing both.

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    Sadly for the Steelers, Mike Tomlin lacks both. He proves it every time his team lines up against BB and the Pats.

  18. stillabengalsfan says: Jul 4, 2017 5:00 PM

    The pride of London, Ohio

  19. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 4, 2017 5:23 PM

    Sadly for the Steelers, Mike Tomlin lacks both. He proves it every time his team lines up against BB and the Pats.

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    You are wasting oxygen again. To face the Cheetahs in the playoffs last year Tomlin lead his team thru injuries and suspensions. What did you do to help Belicheat? Talk is cheap otherwise you would be broke.

    I think as a troll you should check out Tomlins record…..before you embarrass yourself more.

  20. mrclutch5569 says: Jul 4, 2017 5:28 PM

    When did Dom Capers become a crappy coach?

  21. The Almighty Cabbage says: Jul 4, 2017 5:51 PM

    So the article centers around Mr. LeBeau’s time with the Bengals and the Browns while mentioning the Steelers and the Titans… and the first comment is about the Packers, posted by the purple weirdo that idolizes Jeffrey Dahmer and has no clue that the entire zone-blitz scheme was developed when LeBeau was secondary coach and Dom Capers was DC.

    That pretty much sums up the purples.

  22. bdshaffer20 says: Jul 4, 2017 6:52 PM

    Paul Brown CUT a Hall of Fame Cornerback? He is and will always be a LION… ONEPRIDE

  23. ravensaresuperior says: Jul 4, 2017 7:17 PM

    Drool has to cut it out. I’m about ready too pee myself reading his ridiculous responses.

  24. PFT loves the Steelers says: Jul 4, 2017 7:21 PM

    @the almighty cabbage: LeBeau was using the zone blitz with the Bengals in the 80’s. You can find articles with Sam Wyche talking about it.

  25. kifleheimer says: Jul 4, 2017 7:24 PM

    Keep triggering, Yinz fans. Dr. Richard Rydze is still the architect that made Lebeau look like a good DC.

  26. noknoknokpenny says: Jul 4, 2017 7:35 PM

    So if I understand your point correctly, you’re saying that Tomlin didnt cheat by intentionally stepping onto the field and trynig to trip Cortez Allen?

    Ok. Well, thats a fine position to take but dont expect anyone else to find you credible.

  27. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 4, 2017 7:50 PM

    noknoknokpenny says:
    Jul 4, 2017 7:35 PM
    So if I understand your point correctly, you’re saying that Tomlin didnt cheat by intentionally stepping onto the field and trynig to trip Cortez Allen?

    Ok. Well, thats a fine position to take but dont expect anyone else to find you credible.

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    I must have missed that trip on Cortez Allen….his own player? Fake news ….

    Ravensarentsuperiortoroaches….the terrible twos will make you pee your pants…it’s ok.

  28. noknoknokpenny says: Jul 4, 2017 8:29 PM

    Excellent…so you did see the attempted trip on Jacoby Jones and you agree that it was cheating.

    Its rare to find a Steeler fan who is wiiling to accept the truth.

  29. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Jul 4, 2017 10:28 PM

    Class act. Too bad those are hard to find in today’s NFL/

  30. charliecharger says: Jul 5, 2017 7:21 AM

    I see him as a Lion.

  31. vottorific says: Jul 5, 2017 8:21 AM

    Dick was a great corner in his playing days. Held interception record for a long time I believe. 80 years old and still going strong. Saw him play golf this weekend at his benefit. Brought nine ex defensive players with him. He looked like he could play golf on the tour. Amazing guy!

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