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A source tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Bill Cowher will not return to coaching in 2013.
Over the past couple weeks, Cowher has reportedly been contacted by "several" teams -- one of which was "likely" the Browns. But the ex-Steelers boss is saying he's not interested right now "because he is comfortable with his professional and personal life" as a CBS studio analyst. Cowher, 55, may not be interested for another four or five years, according to the Post-Gazette's source. Wed, Jan 9, 2013 11:10:00 AM

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Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher expects to coach again in the future.

The Steelers' head man from 1992-2006, Cowher has been away from coaching for six full seasons, but believes his job as a T.V. analyst has helped keep him sharp. "One thing about this job is it’s been really good because it allows me to study the game and do features on the game," Cowher said. "It’s not like I’m out of it. I know how the game is changing." Cowher rumors have become an annual part of hiring season, but he hasn't been credibly linked to any of this year's open jobs. If he returns to the sideline, it will likely be 2014 at the earliest.
Tue, Jan 8, 2013 08:23:00 PM

Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau told the team that he'll be back for 2013.

LeBeau, 75, said "it will be up to [head coach] Mike Tomlin," but he did tell his defensive players that he would return for his tenth season as the team's defensive coordinator. Pittsburgh ranks No. 1 in total defense, but the unit ranks tenth in points allowed, and is No. 27 in turnovers forced. The defense is also getting long in the tooth and is in major need of an infusion of young talent.
Fri, Dec 28, 2012 08:44:00 AM

Steelers signed coach Mike Tomlin to a three-year extension through 2016.

File this one under "no-brainer." In addition to a pair of Super Bowl appearances, Tomlin boasts four AFC North championships in five years. Only once has his defense failed to finish first or second in the NFL. A charismatic motivator, tone setter and team leader, Tomlin is also one of the best quotes in the business. The 40-year-old's career winning percentage of .688 (55-25), tied with Ravens coach John Harbaugh, is good for seventh in league history.
Tue, Jul 24, 2012 02:08:00 PM

Updating a previous item, Steelers LBs coach Keith Butler has decided against accepting the Colts' defensive coordinator job.

Teams have been trying to lure Butler out of Pittsburgh for years, but he's Dick LeBeau's heir apparent and the Steelers want to keep it that way. They've done so by signing Butler to a new contract, according to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora. Butler was scheduled to "interview" with Colts brass on Tuesday, although it was just a formality. Indianapolis was intent on hiring him. Chuck Pagano will now have to look elsewhere.
Mon, Jan 30, 2012 07:51:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette confirms that Dick LeBeau will return as Steelers defensive coordinator in 2012.

LeBeau turned 74 in September, but his defenses are still going strong. LeBeau's 2011 unit ranked first in the NFL against the pass and first in total defense, both in terms of yardage and points allowed. He hasn't overseen a defense that has finished outside the top-five in the league rankings since 2006.
Wed, Jan 11, 2012 04:07:00 PM

Steelers coordinators Dick LeBeau and Bruce Arians plan to return for the 2012 season as long as they're invited back.

Both coordinators have been year-to-year for a while now. LeBeau is now 73 years old, but he boasted the league's No. 1 defense once again despite an aging nucleus. Arians, 59, has said in the past that he will walk away from football rather than coach another team's offense.
Tue, Jan 10, 2012 01:54:00 PM

Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau expects to sign a new one-year contract with the Steelers "any day now."

"I'm not coaching anywhere but here," LeBeau reiterated Tuesday. The 72-year-old has worked under a series of one-year deals since returning to Pittsburgh back in 2004. Head coach Mike Tomlin also assured offensive boss Bruce Arians that he's wanted back for another season. The Steelers have the pieces in place to contend again in 2011.
Tue, Feb 15, 2011 02:35:00 PM

The Steelers will begin contract talks with defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, whose contract expired after the Super Bowl.

They're targeting next week for a new deal. According to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, LeBeau has given the Steelers "strong indications" that he plans to stay on. "It looks very positive," added a source with knowledge of the situation. The Steelers' fallback would be LBs coach Keith Butler.
Fri, Feb 11, 2011 03:53:00 PM

The Steelers reportedly blocked the Cardinals from interviewing LBs coach Keith Butler for their defensive coordinator job.

The Rooney family is simply protecting its investment here. After handing Butler a hefty raise in response to the Cardinals' and Dolphins' interest last season, they placed a clause in his contract allowing them to deny permission for an interview elsewhere.
Tue, Feb 8, 2011 03:16:00 PM

When considering him for their vacant head coaching job in 2007, the Dolphins reportedly passed on then Vikings assistant Mike Tomlin because he was "too hip-hop."

Instead, they hired Cam Cameron, who guided Miami to a 1-15 record during his one-year stint in South Florida. It's proof of how difficult it can be to identify new head coaching talent when you consider it was Tomlin, and not Cameron, that was considered the riskier hire then.
Sun, Feb 6, 2011 08:44:00 AM

Steelers LBs coach Keith Butler indicated Tuesday that he does not have a clause in his contract that makes him the "coordinator in waiting" for Dick LeBeau's retirement.

Butler has been of interest to the Cardinals in the past and may be again this year. He did say that he "loves" the Steelers and acknowledged that the Rooney family paid him "a lot of money" to stay in Pittsburgh last year. Defensive backs coach Ray Horton made it clear that he's seeking a coordinator job, speaking of the similarities between the Steelers' and Eagles' "fire-zone and overload blitzes."
Tue, Feb 1, 2011 01:43:00 PM

Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau told NFL Network Wednesday that he will not be leaving Pittsburgh after the season.

"With this defense, with this group of men, they'll have to run me out of here," said LeBeau, who is 73 years old with an expiring contract. "I promise you, if I'm coaching, it will be the Pittsburgh Steelers." ESPN's Chris Mortensen caused an uproar Wednesday when suggesting in an online chat that LeBeau would "seriously consider" leaving for the Cardinals' DC job.
Wed, Jan 26, 2011 05:43:00 PM

Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau threw a bucket of ice-cold water on rumors that he might leave for the Eagles in 2011.

"If I'm in the state of Pennsylvania I'm going to be in Pittsburgh," he said, seemingly leaving the door open for Arizona as an option. LeBeau has history with Cards coach Ken Whisenhunt, and Whiz needs a defensive coordinator. LeBeau is also scheduled for unrestricted coaching free agency in 2011.
Sun, Jan 23, 2011 11:15:00 PM

The contract of legendary Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau expires after this season.

LeBeau, 73, led the NFL's No. 1 defense this season. It's interesting to note that the Cardinals -- coached by former Steelers assistant Ken Whisenhunt -- have not hired a defensive coordinator yet. Still, it's hard to see LeBeau leaving Pittsburgh.
Sun, Jan 23, 2011 03:08:00 PM

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