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.

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

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. @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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. @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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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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