The Pittsburgh Steelers will have a new defensive coordinator in 2015 as Dick LeBeau will not be back next season, according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Dick LeBeau out as defensive coordinator. Says he and #Steelers have agreed to mutually part ways: “Time to go in a different direction.”
— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) January 10, 2015
According to the Saturday afternoon report, LeBeau said he and the Steelers have agreed to mutually part ways.
“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.”
LeBeau has been the Steelers defensive coordinator since 2004.
The Steelers defense has suffered in getting sacks and turnovers for four straight seasons. With LeBeau now out, one would think that linebackers coach Keith Butler will be the one to replace him.
LeBeau was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010 and he is credited as being the architect of the fire zone blitz. LeBeau coached two Super Bowl winning defenses while in Pittsburgh. In 2008 he was named Coordinator of the Year of by the Sporting News.