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Keith Butler Turns Down The Miami Dolphins Defensive Coordinator Position

PITTSBURGH - 2009:  Keith Butler of the Pittsburgh Steelers poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by NFL Photos)
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Timothy KesslerAnalyst IJanuary 15, 2010

Keith Butler, 52, apparently wants to stay on as Pittsburgh’s linebacker coach, at least for now, as he turned down the Miami Dolphins offer to become their defensive coordinator.

An interesting side note is that Butler worked for two years in Cleveland with Dolphins current coach Tony Sparano (1999-2000). So they have some sort of familiarity with each other. However, that was not enough to sway his decision.

Butler has been with the Steelers for the past seven seasons, where he is considered to be the person who will become the Steelers defensive coordinator whenever Dick LeBeau retires.

The desire to eventually take over for the legend Dick Lebeau in Pittsburgh must have outweighed the benefits of being promoted to a higher position at this point in time with a different team.

I, for one, am glad he has decided to stay on the team… until the next offer at least. It may be a little sweeter. 

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