Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler retires

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Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler is calling it a career.

Butler told the team he is retiring, the team announced.

“It is an emotional day as I announce I am retiring from my football coaching career,” Butler said in a statement. “I have spent every year since 1990 as a coach in the NFL and the NCAA, but the time is right for me to walk away after a successful career both playing and coaching the game I love.

“I want to thank the Rooney Family, Bill Cowher, Mike Tomlin and all the coaches and players that I have been involved with over my entire coaching career. I look forward to spending more time with my family, whom have been so supportive of me throughout the years. I wish nothing but the best to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and I will be cheering them on during my retirement.”

The 65-year-old Butler has been the Steelers’ defensive coordinator since 2015 and was their linebackers coach for 12 seasons before he got promoted to defensive coordinator. His departure represents a significant change for the Steelers’ defense.

The Steelers have not said who will replace Butler, although secondary coach Teryl Austin has previously been mentioned as a potential successor.

13 responses to “Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler retires

  1. Who will be the next puppet to coach the D while Mike Tomlin calls all the defensive plays.

  2. Damn that’s 2 defensive coordinators burrow has managed to can in the same season. If Pitt promotes Teryl Austin as the new dc they will be in serious trouble. He couldn’t make it through half a season in Cincy.

  3. Butler needed to go, but losing Tuitt and Alualu early, the absolute sucky play of Devin Bust and Joe Schobert, and the underwhelming or inconsistent performance from guys like Highsmith and Minkah didn’t help Butler’s cause.

  4. His defensive scheme was horrible. He couldn’t get any play out of his ilb’s. The mentality is next man up but he couldn’t get his starters to man up let alone the back ups.

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