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Dick LeBeau says age isn't issue for Steelers defense

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04:15 PM ET 12.13 | The Pittsburgh Steelers strength has often been the stellar play from their defense, but the unit has struggled in 2013 and the entire team has suffered as a result. Pittsburgh now finds themselves on the outside looking in for answers and the criticism is being directed at many of the team's aging defensive stars. However, as far as defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau is concerned, age is not the reason that the Steelers have had a difficult time stopping opposing offenses. The Steelers secondary has been one of their biggest weaknesses, which would go against LeBeau's comments. When you look at the play of Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor and Ryan Clark, it appears clear that they have lost a step and teams are able to take advantage of them slowing down.

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December 13, 2013  11:47 PM ET

There's the face of a man who knows something about age.

December 14, 2013  12:03 AM ET

The mans 104 years old, WTF else is he gonna say

December 14, 2013  12:07 AM ET

At his age, 60 sounds young.

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December 14, 2013  06:43 AM ET

Clark is their worst player on D this year after being one of the best last year. If age didn't cause that big of a drop off in one year than what did?

December 14, 2013  07:47 AM ET

A Picture says a thousand words!!!

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December 14, 2013  07:55 AM ET

wow,....I thought that [pic] was dick's ~bronze~ bust at the H.O.F..........with a hat on it.....!?

December 14, 2013  08:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

If there is a dumber wideout in the NFL someone please let me know who. The kid has talent, but he is a dummy.

Darius Heyward-Bay. But I'm just nit-picking.

December 14, 2013  08:23 AM ET

AARP:

Aging Athletes Ruining Pittsburgh.

Time for a youth movement.

December 14, 2013  08:34 AM ET

being a pats fan...... I hope they make NO changes.....!!

December 14, 2013  09:02 AM ET

Of course age is a factor, but no coach is going to say it to some reporter. They will be replaced next year, they are still there as payback from the organization for those superbowl wins. It happens.

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December 14, 2013  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Best defensive guy in football, possibly ever.

even better than buddy ryan......and his ''85'' bearz......?!

December 14, 2013  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

even better than buddy ryan......and his ''85'' bearz......?!

Consistency. Yes, 85 Bears were great, but for longevity, it's LeBeau by a mile.

December 14, 2013  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Consistency. Yes, 85 Bears were great, but for longevity, it's LeBeau by a mile.

Not even a contest. Add in LeBeau had to work his magic as the rules were being rewritten to make it harder and harder to defend anybody.

December 14, 2013  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Not even a contest. Add in LeBeau had to work his magic as the rules were being rewritten to make it harder and harder to defend anybody.

Bingo.

And the thing I respect about LeBeau - even though this could be viewed as a negative for some people - is that he understands his limitations.

Head coaching wasn't for him. So he stuck to what he does best.

December 14, 2013  10:39 AM ET

Are there any coaches in the HOF who made their mark almost entirely as a Coordinator?

I could be wrong but I don't think there are. Dick LeBeau could and should be the first.

December 14, 2013  10:53 AM ET
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Are there any coaches in the HOF who made their mark almost entirely as a Coordinator?I could be wrong but I don't think there are. Dick LeBeau could and should be the first.

Granted I know he's already in the HOF for his contributions as a cornerback...

(which I'm mostly certain he wouldn't be if it wasn't for his popularity in coaching)

...I guess it'd also be a question of eligibility to be enshrined again, this time for coaching? Or does the NFL just say okay you're already in and that's that.

 
December 14, 2013  11:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#21):

Granted I know he's already in the HOF for his contributions as a cornerback...(which I'm mostly certain he wouldn't be if it wasn't for his popularity in coaching)...I guess it'd also be a question of eligibility to be enshrined again, this time for coaching? Or does the NFL just say okay you're already in and that's that.

Actually the reason it took him so long to get recognized as a great corner was that he played his career next to Dick (Night Train) Lane. If he hadn't had the 2nd career as a a DC it is quite likely that he would never have gotten in. Not often that two players at the same position for the same team both end up in the hof.

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