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Dick LeBeau Rumors: Latest Buzz, Speculation on Former Steelers DC's Future

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJanuary 12, 2015

Former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau stands on the sideline during an NFL wildcard playoff football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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Former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau has been named assistant head coach of the Tennessee Titans. 

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LeBeau Named Titans Assistant Head Coach

Thursday, Feb. 5

The Tennessee Titans announced that they had hired Dick LeBeau as assistant head coach on Thursday:

The Tennessee Titans named Dick LeBeau as Assistant Head Coach/Defense. LeBeau will be in charge of the defense and Ray Horton will work with him to implement it. Additionally, Mike Mularkey has been elevated to Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends. Mularkey’s new role will increase his involvement with the offense in general, but specifically will increase his involvement with the run game. To complete the staff, Jason Tucker was added as the Assistant Wide Receivers coach.

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“This is a unique opportunity to add someone like Dick to our coaching staff,” said Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt. “He is a proven commodity in this league and great teacher. One of his greatest assets is the rare ability to relate to all different kinds of players and get the most of them. We had a lot of success together in Pittsburgh and I am looking forward to working together again.”

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reported on Feb. 3 that a deal was likely.

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported a deal is expected to be made Thursday. 

According to a report from ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky on Jan. 28, Dick LeBeau's wife could be the main reason a move to Tennessee hasn't happened yet.


LeBeau Won't Join Cardinals

Sunday, Jan. 25

Kent Somers of AZCentral.com reported that Dick LeBeau won't be joining the Arizona Cardinals as a staff member. Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports on why the two sides ultimately couldn't come to an agreement: 

On Wednesday, Jan. 21, Gil Brandt of NFL.com reported that LeBeau was likely to go to Arizona as a linebackers coach.


LeBeau to Talk With Cardinals, Titans

Thursday, Jan. 22

According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, LeBeau hasn't made up his mind where he wants to go, but he isn't interested in being a position coach:


Whisenhunt Deflects LeBeau Questions 

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt deflected questions regarding Dick LeBeau in a Tuesday press conference at the Senior Bowl, via John Glennon of The Tennessean.

I know this not the answer you want, but we're not prepared to talk about any of those things. When the time is appropriate, we'll have something to say about that, but not right now.


Titans Interested in LeBeau

Monday, Jan. 19

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the Tennessee Titans have expressed interest in adding Dick LeBeau to their staff:

The Titans' interest in LeBeau comes on the heels of a Jan. 14 report from Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports 910, who stated that LeBeau is likely headed to Arizona:

It's clear LeBeau is still garnering plenty of interest despite his recent departure from Pittsburgh. 


LeBeau Not Looking to Retire, Seeks Role Outside Pittsburgh

Monday, Jan. 12

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsbrugh Post-Gazette offered an update on Monday regarding LeBeau's future NFL coaching prospects:

This confirms what Bleacher Report's Jason Cole suspected in stating that Arizona was the front-runner to land LeBeau this offseason:

Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians served as Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator from 2007 through 2011, and he and LeBeau were on the Steelers staff together from 2004 until Arians moved.

ESPN Stats & Info notes how secure LeBeau had been in his job during his time in Pittsburgh:

It's widely expected that Arizona's current defensive play-caller, Todd Bowles, will become a head coach elsewhere. These multiple rumors linking LeBeau to the Cardinals only fortify that notion.

LeBeau is known for deploying exotic blitzes and complex schemes, which would make for a nice transition and allow him to shape his concepts around Arizona's personnel. Bowles was known for dialing up a ton of blitzes, so the Cardinals would retain their attack-mode mindset if LeBeau gets the gig.

Losing Bowles wouldn't be as tough on Arizona if it landed a brilliant mind like LeBeau in his stead. Arians has done a stupendous job since taking over in 2013, and this potential hire figures to garner Arians even further praise.