When Dick LeBeau and the Pittsburgh Steelers decided to part ways, the organization brought in long-time linebackers coach Keith Butler to try and fill the gigantic shoes left by LeBeau. LeBeau is now heading up the defense for the Tennessee Titans, and it seems the shoes Butler left at the linebackers coach position are so big it will take two former players to fill them.
Jerry Olsavsky and Joey Porter, both former defensive assistants, have been promoted to coach the linebackers for the upcoming 2015 season. Olsavsky will coach the inside linebackers, the position he played his entire career in the NFL, and Porter will coach the outside linebackers, a position he perfected while wearing the Steelers' black and gold.
The transition and allocation of titles makes sense. Olsavsky will be able to focus on players like Lawrence Timmons, Ryan Shazier, Vince Williams and Sean Spence making them prepared and ready each and every week. Meanwhile, Porter will be working with Jarvis Jones and any number of players the team promotes to their active roster or signs in free agency.
While Olsavsky and Porter can now narrow their focus within their new position, the team now has a vacancy or two at the defensive assistant position. A number of names are being tossed around, but don't be shocked if you see another former Steelers player step into the coaching realm and try their hand as a defensive assistant on Butler's staff.