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Report: Steelers have no interviews set up for open defensive coordinator position

The Steelers likely have the only candidate they want for the position vacated by Dick LeBeau. An ESPN report says there aren't any others in line to talk about the job.

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A source told ESPN's Scott Brown the Steelers have no interviews lined up for their open defensive coordinator position, strongly hinting at the secret everyone knows; the team will most likely hire linebackers coach Keith Butler to replace Dick LeBeau, who resigned last weekend.

Butler reportedly met with head coach Mike Tomlin Monday before Butler and Tomlin left for a week off before the coaches are scheduled to meet and begin preparing for the Senior Bowl - the start of their offseason scouting program. Whenever Butler's hire would be announced remains to be seen, but the alleged lack of interviews being set up with other candidates, particularly with so many teams looking to put together new coaching staffs and several teams having two weeks on the Steelers in their search, it would seem likely if they have no interviews set up, they aren't going to have any.

Butler has been the Steelers' linebackers coach since 2003 when he worked under defensive coordinator Tim Lewis on Bill Cowher's staff. Lewis was fired by the Steelers in 2003, and went on to the same position with the New York Giants. He is the defensive backs coach of the Atlanta Falcons now. Butler stayed under new coordinator Dick LeBeau and has said to have been LeBeau's replacement-in-waiting for the last several years.