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Old 01-13-2010, 02:07 PM   #1
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Steelers lose one defensive assistant, possibly another
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Steelers have lost another assistant from their coaching staff and could be in danger of losing one more.

Lou Spanos, a defensive assistant for the past 15 seasons, has agreed to become the linebackers coach for the Washington Redskins under new Coach Mike Shanahan. The Redskins have hired former Steelers defensive coordinator Jim Haslett to install the 3-4 defense in Washington.

Also, Steelers linebacker coach Keith Butler is a candidate to become defensive coordinator with the Miami Dolphins. He has been granted permission by the Steelers to speak with Dolphins Coach Tony Sporano.

Coach Mike Tomlin has already had three changes on his coaching staff: Offensive line coach Larry Zierlein and special teams coordinator Bob Ligashesky were fired and quarterbacks coach Ken Anderson retired,

Meantime, Omar Khan, the team's football and business administration coordinator, interviewed yesterday with new Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll about becoming their general manager. He is one of four known candidates for the position.

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Thoughts? I want to keep Butler myself!
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:52 PM   #2
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Going to the skins' for the $, going to the fins for the weather (but not this week).
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Old 01-13-2010, 03:03 PM   #3
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I don't mind losing Spanos all that much, but Butler is a hell of a coach. I was hoping he would eventually replace LeBeau.
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Old 01-13-2010, 03:39 PM   #4
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Can't fault guys for leaving in the name of advancement. Plenty of assistant coaches to be had.
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Could this mean a change is coming for the D?
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Could this mean a change is coming for the D?
The switch to the 4-3 or Tampa 2 was inevitable. I think it just sped up though.
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Also, Butler IS a good coach and knows defense. With LeBeau reaching retirement soon I was hoping he took his spot. I hope he stays to ride this coming season to wait of LeBeau actually retires.

I cant blame for leaving though. Butler will teach the 3-4 D in Miami and out of LeBeau's shadow.
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The switch to the 4-3 or Tampa 2 was inevitable. I think it just sped up though.
We don't have the personnel to switch to a 4-3, and as long as Lebeau is here, we'll have a 3-4.
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I don't mind losing Spanos all that much, but Butler is a hell of a coach. I was hoping he would eventually replace LeBeau.
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Surprised more guys weren't taken from our defenisive staff after last season actually...

and as long as we have Troy P, we will never run a true Tampa 2 Defense. He's way to dynamic a player to sit back in that type of defense (which everyone knows is very susceptible to passes down the center of the field to the tight end and also gives up a lot of slant patterns for big gains)
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