Pittsburgh Steelers: Butler Next in Line for Steelers Defensive Coordinator Job?

Matt SimonContributor IIIJanuary 31, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 19:  Linebackers coach Keith Butler (L) and defensive coordinator Dick Lebeau of the Pittsburgh Steelers watch from the sidelines during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on December 19, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler is staying put in the Iron City and clutching a new contract. Butler was due to interview with newly minted Colts head coach Chuck Pagano for the defensive coordinator vacancy, but decided against the trip after meeting with Steelers president Art Rooney II and head coach Mike Tomlin

According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Butler signed a new, and most likely sizable, deal with the Steelers that would keep everyone happy in the short and long term. There is speculation as well that he might have been given some assurances about if and when he might be named as defensive guru Dick LeBeau’s successor. Butler was reportedly told after turning down the Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator opening in 2009 that he would take over for the 74-year-old coordinator when he chose to retire.

LeBeau renews his contract on a year-to-year basis, and though there were rumors he would retire at the end of last year, he’s recently suggested that he is staying.

Len Pasquarelli of CBSSports.com reported that a source within the Colts organization speculated about Butler’s bright future in Pittsburgh, saying, "I think we all pretty much know that he's sure that he'll be the coordinator [in Pittsburgh] at some point soon."


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