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Pittsburgh Steelers Mutually Agree to Part Ways with Longtime Defensive Coordinator Dick LeBeau

January 10th, 2015 at 5:28 PM
By Doug Rush

While Mike Tomlin wanted Todd Haley back as his offensive coordinator for the 2015 season, he did not feel the same way with longtime defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers had the tough choice to make.

On Saturday afternoon, Steve Stout of the Urbana Citizen (a local paper in Ohio, the town LeBeau grew up in), broke the news that LeBeau and the Steelers agreed to part ways after the 2014 season.

“I’m resigning this position, not retiring,” LeBeau, 77, said in an exclusive interview with the Daily Citizen. “I had a great run in Pittsburgh. I’m grateful for all the things that have happened to me and thankful for all the support I had in Pittsburgh.”

This news is coming off the team's early elimination in the AFC Wild Card Game; a 30-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Tomlin had told the media that he hadn't committed to LeBeau returning, whereas in the past, he was always confident that his longtime coordinator would be back.

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Mike Tomlin Won’t Commit to Dick LeBeau Returning as Steelers Defensive Coordinator for 2015

January 8th, 2015 at 8:39 PM
By Doug Rush

In the past, it was always a foregone conclusion that Dick LeBeau would always return to the Pittsburgh Steelers as their defensive coordinator, but this time, Mike Tomlin was not as affirmative.

While Tomlin announced on Thursday that Todd Haley would be back with the team as the offensive coordinator for the 2014 season, he would not commit to the same for LeBeau returning for an 11th straight season; as per Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Bouchette said that LeBeau wants to return for his 12th season, and 17th overall with the team in two tours (LeBeau was the defensive backs coach from 1992-1994 and then defensive coordinator from 1995-1996), and his 43rd season as an NFL coach, but Tomlin isn't as committing to a return as LeBeau, who is 77 going on 78 years old next season if he remained.

Despite the older age, LeBeau, the Hall of Fame player and NFL coach, has remained one of the best defensive assistants in the entire sport and if he wanted to get another defensive coordinator job next season, would likely have no trouble finding one.

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Steelers to Retain Todd Haley as Offensive Coordinator; Signs 2-Year Extension

January 8th, 2015 at 7:40 PM
By Doug Rush

When Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin addressed the media to talk about their disappointing 30-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, he mentioned that he's still not over it, but he did mention that one of his assistant coaches will return for the 2015 season.

Tomlin will bring back offensive coordinator Todd Haley to run the offense and Tomlin said the team has rewarded him with a two-year contract extension; as Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette reported.

Haley has been in charge of the Steelers offense since the 2012 season and is part of the reason for Ben Roethlisberge having one of his best seasons ever at age 32. Haley has also helped with the progress of Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell as well; Bell was out for the Steelers loss to the Ravens this past weekend.

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Ben Roethlisberger Hopeful to Sign Contract Extension Soon with Pittsburgh Steelers

January 6th, 2015 at 3:24 PM
By Doug Rush

Despite struggling in their 30-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens last week, Ben Roethlisberger is coming off by far one of his best seasons as a professional at age 32.

Roethlisberger threw for 4,952 yards, 32 touchdowns and nine interceptions and lead them to the AFC North division title with an 11-5 record and is coming up on the final year of his current contract; a six-year, $87.9 million deal and is set to make $11.6 million in 2015.

The 32-year-old wants to remain with the Steelers for the rest of his career and wants to retire in Pittsburgh, but he's not worried about his contract situation and heading into the final year of his deal; although he'd like to sign an extension sooner or later.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Come up Short, Defeated by Baltimore Ravens 30-17 in AFC Wild Card Round

January 4th, 2015 at 12:39 AM
By Doug Rush
Without Le'Veon Bell in the backfield for the Pittsburgh Steelers, it was obvious that they missed his presence on the field and the Baltimore Ravens took full advantage of it on Saturday night at Heinz Field in their AFC Wild Card matchup.
The number 6 seed Ravens marched into enemy territory and were able to knock off the Steelers 30-17 in the AFC Wild Card Round, which now sets up a date next Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium with the number 1 seed New England Patriots.
The Steelers got on the board first with a Shaun Suisham field goal from 45 yards to put them up 3-0, but a Bernard Pierce score from five yards out early in the second quarter gave Baltimore a 7-3 lead; and ultimately, a lead they would not relinquish.
The two teams exchanged field goals, as Suisham's 22-yarder cut the lead to 7-6; Justin Tucker's 28-yarder made it 10-6 and then another Suisham field goal, a 47-yarder made it 10-9 heading into halftime.
In the third quarter, another Tucker field goal made it 13-9, but then later in the quarter, the Ravens pushed their lead out even further with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith that made it 20-9 with 4:13 left in the third.
In the fourth quarter, the Steelers cut the lead in half when Ben Roethlisberger found Martavis Bennett on a six-yard touchdown strike to make it 20-15, but then another Tucker field goal, this one from 52 yards out, made it 23-15.
The score that put the game away was Flacco throwing his second touchdown pass of the game, this one to Crockett Gillmore from 21 yards out and made it 30-15. The Steelers were able to get a safety when they blocked a punt to make it 30-17 and attempted to put some points on the board late, but Roethlisberger left the game for a few plays, but when he came back in, he was picked off and the Ravens knocked off the Steelers 30-17 and advanced to the next round,
For Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger went 31-for-45 with 334 yards, a touchdown and two costly interceptions. Rookie Josh Harris failed to deliver in Bell's place, as he had just 25 yards on nine carries. Antonio Brown had nine catches for 117 yards, Heath Miller had six catches for 76 yards
For the Steelers, their drought of winning a game in the postseason continues, as it has now been over four years since the Steelers have won a game in the postseason, dating back to the 2010 AFC Championship Game. The Steelers had a solid season and are set up to be successful with the young talent around them, but the absence of Bell may have been their downfall.
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