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Jerry Olsavsky and Joey Porter could be promoted as Steelers Linebackers coaches

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As Keith Butler takes the reigns of the Pittsburgh Steelers defense, it now leaves a vacancy to be filled as the linebackers coach.

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Keith Butler has been given the title of defensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers and replaces the legend Dick LeBeau. With the promotion for Butler, it leaves a vacancy at his former position as Steelers' linebackers coach.

There are two individuals currently on the Steelers' coaching staff who are natural fits to fill the position. Jerry Olsavsky, who has been a defensive assistant coach for the past 5 years, and Joey Porter who was recently hired as a defensive assistant in 2014.

Both bring a different edge and expertise to the job as potential candidates.

Olsavsky played for the Steelers from 1989-1997 and has plenty of playing experience at the inside linebacker position to certainly be able to help coach the unit in 2015 and possibly beyond.

Porter was the face of the Steelers defense from 1999 till 2006, and has a ton of credentials to pad his resume for the position. Porter was possibly one of the best to play the outside linebacker position in the Steelers 3-4 defense.

As reported by Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, there is a chance the Steelers don't promote just one of these two individuals, but both to the vacant position. Would Olsavsky focus on the inside linebackers as Porter focuses on the outside pass rushers? That very well could be the case if both are promoted.

Either way you look at it, the Steelers certainly have qualified personnel to help fill Butler's vacant position as linebackers coach.