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Keith Butler to meet with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin regarding defensive coordinator position

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In what seems like a foregone conclusion, Dick LeBeau's expected replacement, Keith Butler, will discuss the team's defensive coordinator position with head coach Mike Tomlin today, per the Post Gazette.

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There isn't much floating around the resignation of Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau to suggest the team plans to explore options outside the organization to find his replacement.

They may not even bother looking past the most likely candidate.

Gerry Dulac of the Post Gazette reported Monday Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin will meet with linebackers coach Keith Butler - said to be LeBeau's replacement for several years - today to discuss the position.

By previous accounts, and Butler's declination of two defensive coordinator positions in the past (Miami in 2010 and Indianapolis in 2012), he's considered to have been the successor to LeBeau. It's likely he gets the job, assuming he shows up on time, is dressed nicely and doesn't say anything controversial to Tomlin during his "interview."

Butler has been with the team since 2003, and in that time, he's seen over the production of Joey Porter (who's now a defensive assistant with the Steelers), James Harrison (2008 Defensive Player of the Year) and Lawrence Timmons (a Pro Bowl selection in 2014).

The Steelers are likely to follow the same path the Cincinnati Bengals did in 2014 after defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer was hired as the Vikings' head coach. They promoted assistant Paul Guenther, who had been with the team since 2005, and the team kept much of their scheme in place.

LeBeau said he isn't retiring but the report is both sides agreed to LeBeau's resignation.