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Steelers Dick LeBeau out as team's defensive coordinator

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The team and its longtime defensive coordinator are reportedly mutually parting ways.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Post Gazette reporter Gerry Dulac reported Saturday afternoon the Steelers and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau have mutually agreed to part ways. LeBeau has been the team's defensive coordinator since 2004.

The news was initially reported by Steve Stout of the Urban Citizen.

A sagging defense over the past few years have begun to take its toll on a team that now has a high-powered offense. While the team's run defense improved over the course of this season, and took a huge step forward after 2013, the team's pass defense, particularly its pass rush, has fallen off.

It's often been said LeBeau would retire when he felt it was time to move on, and perhaps it was his choice.

It's said Keith Butler, the team's linebackers coach for the last 12 seasons, will succeed him, but no word on that has been released yet.

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