Replacing a legendary figure like Dick LeBeau, obviously, is a tall order. But for Keith Butler earning the admiration of the players is a key factor in rebuilding a struggling defensive unit. Lawrence Timmons, one the Steelers' most experienced defensive players, is excited for Butler's inaugural season as defensive coordinator.
"Coach Butler is a great teacher," said Timmons per Teresa Varley of Steelers.com. "I have known him since I came here in 2007. He's been my position coach. He's a Christian man, a great man. I think he is going to do a great job being our defensive coordinator. I am looking forward to it."
Timmons is just one of the great linebackers molded by Butler during his time as the Steelers' linebackers coach, as Lamarr Woodley, James Farrior and Larry Foote all enjoyed great careers, not to mention James Harrison's Defensive Player of the Year performance in 2008.
Timmons, along with defensive end Cameron Heyward were two bright spots in an otherwise forgettable season defensively for the Steelers. The former first round draft choice from Florida State earned his first Pro Bowl selection and was the one constant figure in a revolving door of linebackers during the 2014 season. Timmons admits Butler likely won't be reinventing the defense, but he expects his new coach to add a twist to the traditional defensive schemes.
"I know we're going to be blitzing. So look forward to that," Timmons said.