With the news yesterday that the Tennessee Titans have hired former Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt speculation has started about who he will add to his staff.
Popular thought has it that Whisenhunt may seek Steelers’ linebackers’ coach Keith Butler to fill his defensive coordinator position in Tennessee.
This would not be the first former Steelers’ coach to work under Whisenhunt.
Russ Grimm has served as his offensive line coach, Ray Horton has served as his defensive coordinator and Kevin Spencer was his special teams coach. All three of those men served in Arizona.
The issue with Butler leaving the Steelers is somewhat complicated.
Popular opinion has long held that Butler would be Dick LeBeau’s successor when the Hall of Famer decided to finally hang up the whistle.
That notion may have been squashed a bit during Mike Tomlin’s season ending press conference. He was asked about this very topic and made it very clear to me at least that there is no ‘line of succession’ in place.
Whether ‘Butler to Tennessee’ comes to fruition or not doesn’t matter to me. I believe Butler has more than put in enough time and deserves a shot at running a defense in the NFL.
My concern is that he could go on to be a darn good coordinator. My larger concern is that it will be somewhere that isn’t Pittsburgh.
Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @steeldad and follow the website at @SCBlitz. He can be heard Mondays on Trib-Live Radio at 730pm ET talking Steelers and is a blogger for ESPN 970 in Pittsburgh.