77 year old Dick LeBeau wants to keep coaching but it won’t be happening in Pittsburgh. The Steelers have officially parted ways with LeBeau after 11 seasons during his second tour of duty in Pittsburgh.
LeBeau told his hometown newspaper that the sides mutually parted ways and LeBeau leaving is officially being tabbed as a “resignation”, which sounds better than being fired.
“I’m resigning this position, not retiring,” LeBeau, 77, said in an exclusive interview with the Daily Citizen. “I had a great run in Pittsburgh. I’m grateful for all the things that have happened to me and thankful for all the support I had in Pittsburgh.”
Mike Tomlin sounded like a coach at his end of the season press conference who was looking to part ways with LeBeau, compared to previous years where he would laugh at any suggestion of LeBeau not returning.
Linebackers coach Keith Butler has been tabbed since 2011 as the Steelers defensive coordinator in waiting but there’s also been talk that Tomlin may not be fully on-board with Butler as defensive coordinator anymore, and others outside the organization will get strong consideration.
On the offensive side of the ball, Todd Haley will return in 2015, signing a two year extension that keeps him under contract through the 2016 season. Haley was rewarded with the extension just prior to week 17.