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Dick LeBeau
Defensive Coordinator
College:
Ohio State
Experience:
8

Biography

Dick LeBeau is in the 10th year of his second tour of duty with the Steelers, for whom he experienced much success during the mid-1990s as both the team’s defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator.

Dick LeBeau is in the 10th year of his second tour of duty with the Steelers, for whom he experienced much success during the mid-1990s as both the team’s defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator.


Considered the architect of the Steelers’ famed “zone blitz,” LeBeau was named the Steelers’ defensive coordinator on January 16, 2004, after spending the 2003 season with the Buffalo Bills. In LeBeau’s 12 seasons as the Steelers’ defensive coordinator (1995-96, 2004-12) Pittsburgh has won six division titles, four AFC Championships and two Super Bowls, while making the playoffs a total of eight times.


In 2009, LeBeau was recognized for his outstanding football career, both as a coach and player. In September, he was inducted into the Varsity O Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame, honoring his career at Ohio State University and over 50 years in the NFL. Then in February of 2010, LeBeau was honored with the highest individual award in professional football when the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced him as a member of its Class of 2010 for his 14-year playing career as a cornerback for the Detroit Lions. LeBeau was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday, August 7, at Fawcett Stadium.


For the second straight season and fifth time since LeBeau returned to the Steelers in 2004, Pittsburgh finished with the number-one rated defense in the league in 2012. Dating back to 1970, the 2012 season was the second time (2008) that Pittsburgh finished in the top-two of fewest net yards, rushing yards and passing yards allowed. In addition, the Steelers had the number-one rated pass defense for the second consecutive season, allowing 185.2 passing yards per game.


The Steelers ranked second in the NFL in rush defense in 2012, giving up 90.6 yards per game and limited teams to the fifth-lowest percentage (35.4) in the league on third-down conversions. Pittsburgh also held its opponent to 20 points or less in 11 games in 2012.


In 2011 the Steelers defense finished first in the league in total defense and pass defense. The secondary held nine teams to less than 175 net passing yards and only gave up 21 pass plays of 25+ yards, which tied for first in the NFL. Pittsburgh was the only team to record two shutouts in 2011, marking the fifth time since 1960 that Pittsburgh recorded multiple shutouts in a season. The defense also led the NFL in fewest points allowed (14.2), marking only the third time in team history that the Steelers gave up less than 15.0 points per game in back-to-back seasons (2010, 14.5)


The Steelers led the league in at least eight defensive categories in 2010 and shattered the team record for rushing yards per game allowed (62.8). The Steelers finished the season with 21 interceptions, the most since 1996, and Troy Polamalu was named AFC Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the second Steelers’ player to earn the honor (James Harrison, 2008) with LeBeau as defensive coordinator.


LeBeau’s defense had a season for the ages in 2008 as they led the league in a number of categories and wreaked havoc on a week-to-week basis on opposing offenses. The Steelers defense ended the season first in fewest yards allowed, pass defense and points per game, while finishing second in rush defense. The defense was led by Harrison, who won several major awards, including AP Defensive Player of the Year, after setting a franchise record with 16 sacks. LeBeau was named “Coordinator of the Year” by Sporting News following the 2008 season.


When LeBeau came back to the Steelers in 2004, his impact on the coaching staff was profound as Pittsburgh returned to the top of the NFL in total defense and rushing defense. In 2005, his defensive game plans played an integral part in stopping four of the NFL’s top five offenses in the AFC playoffs, including limiting Seattle to just 10 points in Super Bowl XL.


Since 1994, the Steelers have led the AFC in sacks six times and the entire NFL three times. Since 2004, the Steelers have the most sacks in the NFL with 381.


LeBeau, 75, is in the 55th year of his NFL career, 14 as a player and the past 41 as a coach. Prior to his return to Pittsburgh, LeBeau served one year as the assistant head coach with the Buffalo Bills and the previous two-plus years as the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals.


After five seasons in Pittsburgh from 1992-96, when he coached the secondary (1992-94) and then was defensive coordinator (1995-96), LeBeau returned to Cincinnati as the Bengals’ assistant head coach/defensive coordinator (1997-2000). He was later promoted to head coach on September 25, 2000 (after three games), and served in that capacity for two more seasons.


LeBeau began his coaching career as a special teams coach for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1973-75. He also was an assistant coach at Green Bay (1976-79) and Cincinnati (1980-83), before serving his first term as the Bengals’ defensive coordinator from 1984-91.


Prior to entering the coaching ranks, LeBeau produced an outstanding pro career. He still holds the NFL record for most consecutive games played at cornerback (171), and is currently tied for eighth all-time with 62 career interceptions. His nine interceptions in 1970 led the NFC, and his 62 career interceptions ranked third in the NFL at the time of his retirement. LeBeau also appeared in three Pro Bowls.


He was born in London, Ohio. He and his wife Nancy have one son, Brandon Grant.

1973-1975

Philadelphia Eagles

Special Teams Coach

1976-1979

Green Bay Packers

Defensive Backs Coach

1980-1983

Cincinnati Bengals

Defensive Backs Coach

1984-1991

Cincinnati Bengals

Defensive Coordinator/

Defensive Backs Coach

1992-1994

Pittsburgh Steelers

Secondary Coach

1995-1996

Pittsburgh Steelers

Defensive Coordinator

1997-2000

Cincinnati Bengals

Assistant Head Coach/

Defensive Coordinator*

2000-2002

Cincinnati Bengals

Head Coach*

2003

Buffalo Bills

Assistant Head Coach

2004-2013

Pittsburgh Steelers

Defensive Coordinator

* Named head coach

after three games in

2000 season.

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