The New York Jets have themselves a new head coach - Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. With another vacancy in the Arizona desert, it stands to reason a Steelers castoff would at least venture some interest.
It was said Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians spoke with ex-Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau about the pending opening (Bowles was hired late Tuesday, but it's been expected he would land a head coaching gig this offseason). The question is whether LeBeau, a native of the Cincinnati area, will want to uproot and move, like so many former Steelers players and coaches.
On the plus side, he would continue in the same role he's been in since 2004, and work with a group of defensive players, man for man, more talented than what he had in Pittsburgh. He also would get to work with kindred spirit, Arians, who was also essentially forced out by the Steelers. They would become the next Ken Whisenhunt and Russ Grimm in Arizona - former Steelers staffers uniting in Arizona. The previous duo took the Cardinals to a Super Bowl in their second season there.
A Super Bowl they lost to the Steelers...who's offense and defense were run by Arians and LeBeau. Funny how it all fits together.
It's unknown to what extent Arians discussed with LeBeau the defensive coordinator position, as opposed to any other opening the team is likely to have - at least one assistant would likely follow Bowles to New York. It's certainly intriguing though. The opinion in Steeler Nation appears to be mixed on the decision to part ways with LeBeau, but most would find a level of satisfaction in seeing LeBeau get another defensive coordinator job.
The Steelers announced the hiring of longtime linebackers coach Keith Butler as their new defensive coordinator, an expected move since LeBeau's resignation Saturday. The Steelers move on without LeBeau and perhaps the Cardinals continue an impressive string of defensive teams with another former Steelers coach.