There is one coach in the NFL who is 76... his D is slipping and we are rebuilding. What I want for the Steelers only applies to DL. Point blank period.
Just because I want DL to move on doesn't mean the formula has to be applied across the board using imaginary expiration dates.
The next DC... emphasis on NEXT, should definitely move on after 5 years if he is successful. Great OC's and DC's who are younger always ger HC offers. Its foolish to think a successful DC who is on the rise will stay for a decade. DL left for a HC gig, Haslett left for a HC gig, Capers left for a DC gig.
When your DC isnt 75 and is succesful they leave for HC gigs.
Come to think of it, I misspoke.... I definitely have one rule. Any coach who is 76 and sees a dip in prosuction will be on my please retire list.
- Butler? (who's been supposedly groomed for the role for years)
- Jerry Olsavsky (a former Steeler, and a guy who's been on our staff for a few years now)
- Lake (who everyone here wants to give endless kudos to. I like him, don't get me wrong)
- Tomlin is a defensive guy, I'm sure he has contacts from his coaching tree of others he likes.
That is enough of a list, of hot prospects to choose from IMO. If you don't think they're ready, then what the he11 has each of them been doing on our staff all this time? And again, I make the point... these guys have goals and ambitions too. What if one of those guys is someone we think will be a GREAT coordinator, and someone like Cleveland offers them a gig. Then we just lost our future DC, because we held on to Lebeau too long and didn't want to hurt feelings or whatever.
Bear in mind, I have a lot of respect for Lebeau. And I know it is a touchy situation. You don't just kick a HOF talent and person like DL to the curb as unceremoniously as I've been talking. But I'm just on an internet forum, so I can be more direct. He should be treated with utmost respect, but he shouldn't be treated like a king (who has his "job" for life).