If you’re tuning into the Steelers vs. Patriots game and wondering what’s missing, look at the Steelers sideline. Longtime defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau isn’t there. The 77-year-old announced his resignation from the team in January. LeBeau was with the Steelers for 13 seasons, overseeing two Super Bowl champion squads. LeBeau was replaced by Keith Butler, the Steelers’ linebackers coach of 12 years.
Note: LeBeau resigned from his position with the Steelers, he did not retire. He’s now assistant head coach with the Tennessee Titans. So he’s not concerned about the Patriots right now — LeBeau’s thinking about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. LeBeau is “impressed” with what he’s seen from the Buc’s rookie quarterback, Jameis Winston. “There’s no question about what he can do athletically,” LeBeau said of Winston. “He was the No. 1 pick of the draft and you don’t do that if you are not a pretty good athletic specimen.” The Titans face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 13, 4:25pm on CBS. The Steelers face the Patriots on September 10 (8:30pm, NBC).