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Titans interested in Steelers LB coach as defensive coordinator

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02:33 PM ET 01.16 | The Tennessee Titans are looking to fill their coaching staff now that new head coach Ken Whisenhunt is ready to get to work, and he may look to former employer Pittsburgh Steelers for a potential candidate. According to the reports, the Titans are interested in a member of the Steelers that would make a much bigger splash than when they brought wide receiver Yancey Thigpen over from the Steel City. If Whisenhunt gets his wish, he will be meeting with Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler as a defensive coordinator candidate. Whisenhunt attempted to lure his former colleague Butler away from Pittsburgh when he was the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, but the Steelers denied permission. Now, it appears that Whisenhunt will attempt the same at his new home.

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January 16, 2014  11:39 PM ET

They can only go up I guess.

January 17, 2014  02:26 AM ET

Butlers not a bad hire. I question if DC is out of his range here though. He's done admirably in getting old LBs on Pittsburghs roster to play consistent and developed new talent well (if not always identifying it when it's there). Maybe he could translate that to a DC spot but it's a big leap.
Normally these guys are picked out prior by management and teams as potential leaders. Ofcourse Pittsburgh may have done that in preperation for Dick Lebeau's departure..which may happen sometime within the next 100 years, give or take a few decades.

January 17, 2014  07:08 AM ET

The other teams that fired their coaches have new HC's in place and are now lining up their top choices for coordinators and assistants. The new regime with the Browns are still waiting to interview the guy they hope can be their next head coach after firing their first 'top choice' after one year.

Bummer, Cleveland.

January 17, 2014  07:26 AM ET

Pittsburg denies Whisenhunt permission to talk to Butler the first time , is pretty low on Pitts. part to denie one of there coach's the chance to better himself somewhere else.

January 17, 2014  07:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The other teams that fired their coaches have new HC's in place and are now lining up their top choices for coordinators and assistants. The new regime with the Browns are still waiting to interview the guy they hope can be their next head coach after firing their first 'top choice' after one year.

Bummer, Cleveland.

But - Cleveland was first in line to fire their coach. So they have that going for them.

January 17, 2014  09:09 AM ET
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Pittsburg denies Whisenhunt permission to talk to Butler the first time , is pretty low on Pitts. part to denie one of there coach's the chance to better himself somewhere else.

Butler has permission to interview, but it appears Whisenhunt wants Ray Horton.

January 17, 2014  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The other teams that fired their coaches have new HC's in place and are now lining up their top choices for coordinators and assistants. The new regime with the Browns are still waiting to interview the guy they hope can be their next head coach after firing their first 'top choice' after one year.Bummer, Cleveland.

Nobody wants to make the commitment for just one year.

January 17, 2014  12:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Pittsburg denies Whisenhunt permission to talk to Butler the first time , is pretty low on Pitts. part to denie one of there coach's the chance to better himself somewhere else.

He may be in line to be the next DC if and when LeBeau retires.

January 17, 2014  03:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

He may be in line to be the next DC if and when LeBeau retires.

Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner!!

January 17, 2014  04:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner!!

Yuuuuup!

January 17, 2014  07:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

But - Cleveland was first in line to fire their coach. So they have that going for them.

Great planning by the Brown's "Brain Trust". Fire the coach and then...........
When they do make a hire whoever it is will have a hard time putting together a decent staff.

 
January 18, 2014  09:20 AM ET

Now Butler won't meet with the Titans for undisclosed reasons. Wonder if that's code for Butler saying 'Who?, Heck No!"

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