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hawaiiansteel
01-29-2012, 04:06 PM
SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 2012

If Butler leaves, who replaces him


It appears that Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler is going to take the job as defensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts under new head coach Chuck Pagano.

Butler is expected to be in Indianapolis on Tuesday to finalize things, leaving the Steelers another opening on their coaching staff.

This one, however, will be pretty easy to fill. Former Steelers linebacker Jerry Olsavsky, who is already on staff, will be the no-brainer replacement.

As a player, Olsavsky always got the most out of his talent by knowing the defense inside and out and being technically sound. Those traits will make him a great linebackers coach and possible future replacement for Dick LeBeau.

It is interesting to note that Pagano, who had been Baltimore's defensive coordinator, will now have Bruce Arians coordinating his offense and Butler coordinating his defense.

Adding to the irony of the situation is that Mike Tomlin was seen at a downtown Pittsburgh hotel meeting with former Indianapolis head coach Jim Caldwell, who was replaced by Pagano.

Caldwell presumably was interviewing for the Steelers offensive coordinator position vacated when Arians was fired/retired last week.

posted by Dale Lolley

http://www.observer-reporter.com/or/sidelines/

Jooser
01-29-2012, 04:07 PM
James Farrior?

NW Steeler
01-29-2012, 04:10 PM
So much for taking the reigns for LeBeau.

Slapstick
01-29-2012, 04:44 PM
I think that the Steelers promote Jerry Olsavsky to LB coach and hire someone like Chris Hoke or Aaron Smith (if he retires) to the Defensive Assistant position until Coach Mitchell calls it a career...

Then, after Mitchell retires, promote that player and hire someone like Ryan Clark as Defensive Assistant until LeBeau retires (or dies!) and Carnell Lake becomes DC...

Then, the cycle continues...

I've often thought that the best way to maintain the integrity of the 3-4 Zone Blitz after LeBeau retires is to retain players, like Lake and Olsavsky, who have played in and understand the nuances of that scheme...

hawaiiansteel
01-29-2012, 06:24 PM
Arizona = Pittsburgh West

Indianapolis = Pittsburgh Midwest


Sources: Keith Butler to join Colts' staff

Updated: January 29, 2012
By Adam Schefter | ESPN


Not only do the Indianapolis Colts plan to add former Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians to their staff, but Indianapolis also plans to hire Keith Butler, Pittsburgh's linebackers coach, as its defensive coordinator, according to league sources.

Butler is planning to fly to Indianapolis on Tuesday to review and sign the contract that will make him a part of former Ravens defensive coordinator and current Colts head coach Chuck Pagano's staff.

Arians is scheduled to fly to Indianapolis on Monday to review and sign the contract. The Steelers had said he "retired" from his post but he confirmed last week that the team actually let his contract expire and he was still listening to coaching offers.

Butler's contract with the Steelers expired after this season. Pittsburgh did not want to lose him, but Butler wanted to be a defensive coordinator and Steelers defensive coordinator D!ck LeBeau will be back again next season.

The 55-year-old Butler joined the Steelers before the 2003 season. Butler, Arians and Pagano were all part of then-Cleveland Browns coach Butch Davis' staff when he took that job in 2001.

Adam Schefter is ESPN's NFL Insider.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/75163 ... ven=twelve (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7516360/pittsburgh-steelers-lbs-coach-keith-butler-run-indianapolis-colts-d-sources-say?eleven=twelve)

phillyesq
01-29-2012, 08:36 PM
I think that the Steelers promote Jerry Olsavsky to LB coach and hire someone like Chris Hoke or Aaron Smith (if he retires) to the Defensive Assistant position until Coach Mitchell calls it a career...

Then, after Mitchell retires, promote that player and hire someone like Ryan Clark as Defensive Assistant until LeBeau retires (or dies!) and Carnell Lake becomes DC...

Then, the cycle continues...

I've often thought that the best way to maintain the integrity of the 3-4 Zone Blitz after LeBeau retires is to retain players, like Lake and Olsavsky, who have played in and understand the nuances of that scheme...

I like your thought process Slapstick.

Don't forget, their are also guys like Kevin Greene and Darren Perry out there coaching with the Packers under Dom Capers who could be brought back into the fold.

Chadman
01-29-2012, 08:42 PM
Chadman would suggest Olsavsky would become LB coach. Might that open the door for Raheem Morris to fit in as an assistant coach/assistant DC?

phillyesq
01-29-2012, 08:46 PM
Chadman would suggest Olsavsky would become LB coach. Might that open the door for Raheem Morris to fit in as an assistant coach/assistant DC?

He was hired by the Redskins.

Chadman
01-29-2012, 09:14 PM
Guess not then! :D

papillon
01-30-2012, 12:48 AM
Chadman would suggest Olsavsky would become LB coach. Might that open the door for Raheem Morris to fit in as an assistant coach/assistant DC?

He was hired by the Redskins.

Thankfully, getting a Colt reject head coach would be bad enough, do we really need two head coaches that weren't so swell?

Pappy

hawaiiansteel
01-30-2012, 01:13 AM
Steelers linebackers coach Butler could be bound for Indianapolis

By Ralph N. Paulk, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, January 30, 2012

http://files.pittsburghlive.com/photos/2012-01-29/0130SteelButlerFrontCAP-b.jpg

After a 12-4 season, it didn't appear the Steelers had much patchwork to do to make another Super Bowl run. But coach Mike Tomlin is scrambling to hold together his coaching staff.

Retired offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is set to accept the same job in Indianapolis, and now linebackers coach Keith Butler is rumored to be following Arians, having emerged as the lead candidate to take over the Colts' troubled defense.

Butler is scheduled to meet with the Colts on Tuesday to talk about their defensive coordinator job, while Arians is expected to sign a contract Monday, according to ProFootballTalk.com.

Butler, 55, had been considered the likely successor to Steelers defensive coordinator D!ck LeBeau. He spent the past nine seasons with the Steelers after a short stint in Cleveland, where he and Arians were on the Browns' coaching staff with new Colts head coach Chuck Pagano.

While Arians and Butler are seemingly headed to Indianapolis, former Colts coach Jim Caldwell has emerged as a leading candidate to replace Arians, according to multiple reports.

The Tribune-Review could not reach Tomlin to confirm an NFL Network report that he interviewed Caldwell this weekend. Caldwell, 26-22 in three seasons in Indianapolis, had been the Colts' offensive coordinator before taking over for Tony Dungy in 2009.

The Steelers are likely to consider other candidates for the job, including quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner.

In 2001, Caldwell and Tomlin were on Dungy's staff in Tampa Bay, where Caldwell was the Bucs' quarterbacks coach.

If the Steelers opt for Caldwell, it could indicate that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger may not have much influence with management, considering his unwavering confidence in Fichtner.

If Butler leaves, former Steelers linebacker Jerry Olsavsky could be a candidate to replace him. The former Pitt All-American was linebackers coach at Youngstown State before joining the Steelers in 2010 as a defensive assistant.

Arians was in the final year of his contract, as is Butler.

A few Steelers players expressed surprise at Butler's apparent departure.

Linebacker LaMarr Woodley tweeted, "Is it true that coach Butler's heading to Indy?" And cornerback William Gay asked, "Are we losing another coach to free agency?"

The Steelers began this past season with their linebacking corps as the strength of what became the league's top-ranked defense.

But injuries to Woodley, James Farrior and James Harrison challenged Butler to get more out of his injury-plagued reserves Stevenson Sylvester, Larry Foote and Jason Worilds, who started for Woodley in the Steelers' 29-23 wild-card loss to Denver.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... z1kuZzDDCy (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_779031.html#ixzz1kuZzDDCy)

ramblinjim
01-30-2012, 09:40 AM
Hawaiian - in your new signature pic, Aaron Smith looks massive. I'd seen pictures of him before but not standing next to say Snack and company. Cool pic.

phillyesq
01-30-2012, 10:26 AM
Hawaiian - in your new signature pic, Aaron Smith looks massive. I'd seen pictures of him before but not standing next to say Snack and company. Cool pic.

Yeah, that pic of the DLine is great.

Slapstick
01-30-2012, 12:52 PM
I like your thought process Slapstick.

Don't forget, their are also guys like Kevin Greene and Darren Perry out there coaching with the Packers under Dom Capers who could be brought back into the fold.

I think that Darren Perry is not a possibility in Pittsburgh since Tomlin let him go back in '07...

Greene? Maybe...but Greene was a Capers guy...he played for Capers as DC here and when Capers was HC in Carolina...

Not that he isn't a good LB coach, but he'd need a promotion to come back to Pittsburgh...

D Rock
01-30-2012, 01:37 PM
Hawaiian - in your new signature pic, Aaron Smith looks massive. I'd seen pictures of him before but not standing next to say Snack and company. Cool pic.


He's absolutely friggin huge. I've had a chance to meet him when I made a delivery to his house a few years back. Just a giant of a man.