PITTSBURGH — The snow flurries were flying around Pittsburgh on Monday, just like the rumours about the future of Steelers defensive co-ordinator Dick LeBeau.
With LeBeau already scheming ways to slow down Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers when the two teams meet on Feb. 6 in Dallas, rumours have sprouted that LeBeau, whose contract expires at the end of the post-season, will be wooed by Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Wisenhunt, a former Steelers assistant, to fix his team’s leaky defence. The Raiders and Eagles also have been mentioned.
While it could happen down the road, those close to the Steelers feel the odds are against it. LeBeau, who hails from nearby Ohio, has a son who lives in Pittsburgh, is said to love the city, and is very fond of his players.
From the Steelers standpoint, their affection for LeBeau is obvious. Last August the entire team climbed on buses to make the three hour drive to Canton, Ohio, to be in attendance for his Hall of Fame induction.
“It brought us together as a team,” defensive lineman Chris Hoke said.
“We love playing for coach LeBeau. I hope he stays.”
As for LeBeau, his only focus is on the next game, not next season.