Steelers prepping for “weird” reunion with Dick LeBeau

AP

NFL teams go through a lot of turnover over the course of a three-year period and the Steelers are no exception, but an influx of new players and coaches over that span can’t erase Dick LeBeau’s imprint on the team.

LeBeau ran the defense for more than a decade before leaving after the 2014 season and joining the Titans coaching staff. The Steelers and Titans will meet on Thursday night for the first time since parting ways, something that defensive end Cameron Heyward, who played for LeBeau for four years, says will be “weird” because of how much LeBeau’s influence is still felt in Pittsburgh.

“If you spend one, two, three or four years with him, I like to think you grew up with him,” Heyward said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I think a lot of our characteristics are Dick LeBeau-driven. … Our goals and stuff are still Coach LeBeau’s and the way he wanted it because our coaches were under him. I think his imprint is a lasting imprint.”

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin sees that imprint on the Titans as well. He called their defense a “quintessential” LeBeau unit when it comes to stopping the run, forcing takeaways and making the right adjustments to offenses on a weekly basis. Those things used to benefit the Steelers, but Tomlin will have to counter them for the first time on Thursday night.

19 responses to “Steelers prepping for “weird” reunion with Dick LeBeau

  1. He is an all time great defensive mind but his d wasn’t effective his last 3 years in Pittsburgh. Part of that was the Steelers being in cap hell due to constantly restructuring older players but in the end I think both him and the Steelers are better off after parting.

  2. The Steelers D was terrible the last few years under LeBeau. They’ve improved every year since he left across the board to the point where they’re now back to being a top 3 defense. The Titans D is nowhere close. LeBeau was a great coordinator 10 years ago, but the game passed him by.

  3. firecracker87 says:

    November 14, 2017 at 9:57 am

    This will be a good test. If Triplin can’t take care of the Titans they sure won’t be able to take care of the Patriots in week 15.

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    I’m sure no one thought they could beat the Chiefs after getting blown out by the Jaguars…

  4. Dudes 80 years old, and intercepted 60 some passes before any current NFL or maybe even their parents were born… 58 years in the league, still going, I think he earned this respect.

  5. Did anyone notice how the Steelers most recent Super Bowl era started when Dick LeBeau became defensive coordinator and ended when he left. Small Ben in Big Games owes LeBeau his Super Bowl rings and at least 1/2 his career salary.

  6. Did anyone notice how the Steelers most recent Super Bowl era started when Dick LeBeau became defensive coordinator and ended when he left. Small Ben in Big Games owes LeBeau his Super Bowl rings and at least 1/2 his career salary.

    Most of us noticed it takes 53 guys to win a Super Bowl not one….you however struggle with that simple concept …..can’t fix stupid.

  7. The Steelers kinda ran him out of town, but the defense improved after he left, so good decision. Sometimes people get too complacent and need a change of scenery to excel, in effect, having to prove themselves again.

  8. [citizenstrange says:
    November 14, 2017 at 10:59 am
    Did anyone notice how the Steelers most recent Super Bowl era started when Dick LeBeau became defensive coordinator and ended when he left. Small Ben in Big Games owes LeBeau his Super Bowl rings and at least 1/2 his career salary.]

    Hmmm… not quite. Lebeau was the coordinator until 2014. In 2011 the Steelers got bounced int he first round of the playoffs. In 2012, they missed the playoffs. If 2013, they missed the playoffs. In 2014, the got bounced in the first round of the playoffs.

    Since Lebeau left, in 2015 the Steelers won their first playoff game in 2015 before losing a tight one to the eventual Super Bowl Champions, made the AFC Championship game last year, and look poised to go on a run this year. Those defenses from 2012-2014 were atrocious. The Steelers are now the #2 defense in the league. I’d say the right decision was made to let him go.

  9. Dick LeBeau is a legend and was a great coach for the Steelers. Unfortunately, he didn’t (or his defense didn’t) allow young players to get on the field. And that’s the biggest change since he’s gone – the Steelers have been putting younger players on the field and that’s made a big difference and allowed them to get a lot younger on defense.

  10. Pittsburgh is irrelevant, until they can prove they are capable of beating New England. They shouldn’t be taken seriously until then.

  11. The Steelers defense was getting too old and LeBeau’s defense was too complex for rookies to grasp right away. It has worked out for the best for both parties. You’ll never hear a bad word about Coach LeBeau from me (or from anyone else that I’ve ever heard or read)

  12. Pittsburgh is irrelevant, until they can prove they are capable of beating New England. They shouldn’t be taken seriously until then.

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    Measuring everything and everyone in relation to the Pat’s is a sign of a homer adnominal to be taken seriously. Belicheat would be the first past resultarem worthless in predicting future results…smarten uptroll.

  13. Steelers can’t beat New England, even Steelers fans should see this! Big Ben has what, 2 wins against Brady in his career and 1 against Cassel. Most of these games were blowouts too.

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