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Keith Butler to Stay with Steelers

The Steelers got their guy yesterday when Keith Butler decided to stay with the team.  Butler will remain the Linebackers Coach.  Butler was named the Defensive Coordinator in waiting a few seasons ago.  For him to turn down the Colts DC position means that he must have been given some major guarantee that it would be happening soon.  Butler did not even make it to his interview with the Colts so the deal must have been sweet.
I am glad we kept Butler.  It would have been such a huge loss if he went somewhere else.  To train a guy for that long to run your defense and just let him slip away would have been a bad move.  Butler knows Lebeau’s scheme inside and out.  He is the only person who could really make it work on this staff.  The Steelers could have looked outside but it would not have been the same.

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Keith Butler To Remain in Pittsburgh, Declines Interview With Indianapolis

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In a plot twist amid a shaky offseason in Pittsburgh, linebackers coach Keith Butler has decided to remain in Pittsburgh, after meeting with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and team president Art Rooney II Monday.

The news leads to speculation as to what, exactly, Butler was given to stay.

Butler received a handshake agreement with the organization in 2009 to become the team’s defensive coordinator when he turned down an offer from then coach Tony Sporano to become Miami’s defensive coordinator. That handshake must have been renewed, and likely with it, a raise.

There is no word on whether he will receive a title change or anything of that nature.

His decision to stay, and the team’s desire to keep him in place, will only raise speculation on the future of current Steelers defensive coordinator Dick Lebeau. It seems unlikely Lebeau would go public with any desire to retire after the 2012 season, so the decision to keep Butler on staff could be construed as the Steelers passively forcing Lebeau out.

Lebeau’s defense is on the brink of a transformation with the team facing tough decisions on the futures of DE Aaron Smith and NT Casey Hampton. LBs Larry Foote and James Farrior are also coming under question as to their inclusion on the 2012 roster.

However, Pittsburgh had the league’s best scoring defense in 2011, amid multiple injuries and a complete upheaval of the starting lineup from Week 1 to Week 17. The season saw rookie DL Cameron Heyward play extensive snaps – rare for a Steelers rookie defensive lineman – and several young guys playing key roles as the season progressed.

It’ll be interesting to see how this is received; the outcry on the forums here on BTSC about letting Butler go was loud.

(as a sidenote, Graig Clawson was right)

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Keith Butler changes mind on Colts, will stay with Steelers

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Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler has had a change of heart about becoming the next defensive coordinator of the Colts. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Butler decided against going to Indianapolis after meeting today with team president Art Rooney II and head coach Mike Tomlin. Butler’s contract with the Steelers had expired and he was…

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