Dick LeBeau


Film Room: Something Borrowed, Something New In Keith Butler’s Defense

Much of our focus with Keith Butler’s defense has been its expected evolution in 2017. Transitioning away from Dick LeBeau’s scheme and incorporating more man coverage, the buzzword we’re all probably too caught up in. It’s important to remind everyone Butler’s defense has – and will continue to be –…


Dick LeBeau: I’m ‘A Bengal And Brown Guy At Heart’

This may not be directly related to the Pittsburgh Steelers any longer as of two years ago—a sentiment that is still somewhat odd to express—but former defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau recently gave an interview to Cincinnati.com as part of the Cincinnati Bengals’ 50th anniversary as a franchise, and LeBeau was…


Film Room: Man Coverage Concepts The Steelers May Use In 2017

It’s no secret the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to use more man coverage this season. Mike Tomlin said they need to be able to play more man, they drafted a pair of corners with that in mind, and Carnell Lake literally said as much during the draft. Last year under…


Film Room: Keith Butler’s Dog Rush 1

We’re starting to hit a lull in the offseason, clearly. I don’t know about you but I’m dying for some football. So we’re jumping back into the tape today to break down one of Keith Butler’s blitzes we’ve never gone over yet. Sound good? Usually with these breakdowns, we’re looking…


Steelers Failed To Succeed In Key Defensive Philosophy For 2016

Please check out this updated post at the link here.  We’ve leaned pretty heavily on old Dick LeBeau playbooks throughout each season. Keith Butler has carried over concepts and philosophies from him, the man who worked under for more than a decade, many of which we’ve discussed after games in…



Film Room: Butler Storms The Dolphins’ Backfield In Win

Keith Butler has had a lot in his bag of tricks during his time in Pittsburgh. His Storm Fire Zone, though, might be his most popular, and effective blitz concept. It produced another splash play against the Miami Dolphins yesterday afternoon. The Dolphins come out in a 2×2 set early in…


Film Room: Steelers’ Rush Lane Integrity Critical To Defensive Success

Admittedly, this isn’t the sexiest topic to write about. But if you like the highlight reel plays, the sacks and big plays, they often stem from doing the little things. To create pressure, it all starts with discipline, rush lane integrity, and balance. Before all the drawings, the schemings, and…


Steelers’ Splash Tied To Wins And Losses

I won’t bury the lede. When the Pittsburgh Steelers can prevent teams from gains of 35+ yards, they win. When they don’t, they lose. That’s why this was one of Dick LeBeau’s core principles and made the Steelers’ defense so tough to beat. Keith Butler has carried the torch to…


Steelers Spin: Week Three Rants And Ramblings

The battle of the Keystone State rages today featuring a matchup between a sparkle-eyed rookie and a grizzled veteran as the Pittsburgh Steelers face the upstart Philadelphia Eagles. Many in the City of Brotherly Love are hoping new sensation Carson Wentz will be the most successful rookie quarterback since Ben…




Film Room: Keith Butler Brings The Thunder

You have to tip your hat to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense. Facing two tough-on-paper offenses to start the season, with an underwhelming pass rush, they’given up a pair of 16 point performances. That meets Keith Butler’s goal of holding teams under 17. Butler has to be credited with calling two…


Steelers’ Free Agent Losses: Where Are They Now?

The Pittsburgh Steelers had a large number of players from their 2015 53-man roster who hit free agency this past offseason, and, as you might recall, many of them ended up signing with other teams. Some of them even joined each other on the same roster. With us now on…