LeBeau out as Steelers defensive coordinator
Pro Football Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau and the Pittsburgh Steelers are parting ways, LeBeau told his hometown newspaper and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“We want to thank Dick for his many years of service with the team and all that he has done for this organization,” said Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin. “His coaching helped lead us to many successful seasons and championships. We are very appreciative of his efforts, and we wish him well.”
LeBeau has been the Steelers defensive coordinator since 2004. He was the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals from 2000-02, and except for a one-year stint as a Buffalo Bills asssistant in 2003, he’s been with either the Bengals or Steelers since 1980.
He played 14 years in the NFL with the Detroit Lions and has been a coach for the last 42 years. The recently completed season was his first as Steelers defensive coordinator that the Steelers didn’t finish among the NFL’s top 15 in total defense. He’s considered the architect of the Steelers zone-blitz scheme.
LeBeau, 77, played at Ohio State and grew up in London, Ohio.
The entire Steelers team attended the ceremony when he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton in 2010. He joined Ohio State’s Varsity O Hall of Fame in 2009.
LeBeau still holds the NFL record for most consecutive games played at cornerback (171), and he’s tied for eighth in NFL history with 62 career interceptions. His nine interceptions in 1970 led the NFC, and his 62 career interceptions ranked third in the NFL at the time of his retirement. LeBeau also appeared in three Pro Bowls.