- Jul 26, 2011
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- Detroit, MI
I really want us to give this guy a chance. He is probably the best coach out there for guys like Tez and Galette who have never really played OLB in a 3-4. His LB unit has been amazing consistantly even when they had to move on from guys like Joey Porter he finds CFL/UDFA guys like James Harrison. He also know alot on the 3-4 and has spent 10 years under Dick LeBeau who is an amazing DC. IMO Keith is probably the best candidate out there for us. Here is some info on him. He also has experience as a LB in the NFL as he played for Seattle as a 2nd round pick and compiled the following stats in the 9 years.
<table class="infobox vcard"><tbody><tr style="text-align: left;"><td align="right">Tackles </td> <td align="left"> 813 (second on Seahawks alltime list)</td> </tr> <tr style="text-align: left;"> <td align="right">Interceptions </td> <td align="left"> 8</td> </tr> <tr style="text-align: left;"> <td align="right">Sacks </td> <td align="left"> 4 </td></tr></tbody></table>
Butler began his coaching career at Memphis in 1990, coaching linebackers and later expanding his role to cover defensive ends and special teams by 1997. He was the architect of a surprise 3-4 defensive scheme which led to the U of M's shocking 1996 upset of the #6 Tennessee Volunteers, led by junior quarterback Peyton Manning. He then moved to Arkansas State in 1998 to serve as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.
His professional coaching debut came as a linebackers coach for the expansion Cleveland Browns in 1999. He was the only assistant coach retained after a staff turnover in 2001, and coached the next two seasons under Butch Davis, mentoring the club's first ever Pro Bowl selection since returning to Cleveland, linebacker Jamir Miller.
Butler moved to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2003, serving as linebackers coach. He has been extremely instrumental in mentoring the development of the Steelers' renowned linebacking corps. His linebacking experience has helped the Steelers consistently lead the NFL in rushing defense, total defense, and sacks. For example, the Steelers have ranked in the top five for total yards allowed in 7 of the 9 seasons Butler has served, and never worse than the top ten. Similarly, the Steelers have ranked in the top five for rushing yards allowed in seven of the eight seasons Butler has served, only ranking twelfth once in 2003.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-2"></sup>
Butler has been influential in the development of Pro Bowl linebackers Joey Porter, James Farrior, Lawrence Timmons, LaMarr Woodley, and James Harrison. Harrison, in particular, improved from an undrafted practice squad linebacker into the NFL Defensive Player of the Year under Butler's tutelage.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-SteelersBio_1-1"></sup>
He is considered a leading candidate to take over the Steelers' defensive coordinator position when Dick Lebeau retires, due to his experience in coaching Pittsburgh's 3-4 defense.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-3"></sup>