Keith Butler to Stay with Steelers; Ray Horton Out?

One of the perils of blogging is thinking you’re smart to upload some tid-bit while eating breakfast before work…

…Only to come home to discover that what you wrote is now irrelevant.

And so it is. In Friday’s morning’s post Steel Curtain Rising’s waxed on the impending loss of linebackers coach Keith Butler, along with some other assistants.

In spite of his name, Dolphins coach Tony Soprano was unable to make Keith Butler an offer he couldn’t refuse. At least when it came to assistant coaching positions. The Dolphins offered Butler their defensive coordinator position, but he declined, meaning Butler will be back with the Steelers next year.

This is a mild surprise, as position coaches normally leap at the chance to become coordinators. Butler has been mentioned as a possible successor to Dick LeBeau, so perhaps, and this is pure speculation opted to stay with the Steelers out of a desire to get first crack at the Steelers defensive coordinator’s position.

Steel Curtain Rising has zero information, but we will ask this question of the PG’s Ed Bouchette and/or Gerry Dulac should they conduct chats next week. Stay tuned.

Additional Coaching Moves

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review is reporting that the Steelers are interviewing former San Francisco 49er’s special teams coach Al Everest. I neither know anything about Everest nor about the state of San Francisco’s special teams over the three seasons that he has coached them.

Anyone with ideas, please feel free to chime in on the comment box.

Like Everest, yours truly is not in a position to opine on Sean Kugler, the Steelers new offensive line coach. However, Bltizburgh, from the website Behind the Steel Curtain, has written and extensive post praising the Steelers for the hire. Click here to check it out (and WHERE does this man find the time to write such thorough posts?)

Ray Horton’s Headed Out?

Finally, Gerry Dulac reported in PG Plus yesterday that one of the reasons why Ray Horton is interviewing for the University of Houston’s defensive coordinator job is because Tomlin may not have decided to retain him….

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