One Of The Best Is Starting Over

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

Hall of Famer and longtime Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Coordinator Dick LeBeau is looking for work at the age of 77. He and Steelers parted ways this weekend and believe it or not, he may not be unemployed long.

Dick LeBeau

LeBeau is one of the greatest defensive coordinators that has ever coached at any level of football. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame back in 2010, played 13 years in the NFL as a defensive back and has two Super Bowl rings.

One of the things he is most known for is his refinement of the ‘zone blitz’. The ‘zone blitz’ wasn’t a ground breaking scheme until LeBeau got a hold of it. It has since become a standard part of any defensive scheme and has given quarterbacks nightmares since it’s implementation.

The best part about all this is that he is not done, even at the age of 77. Current speculation has him becoming the Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator if their current coordinator Todd Bowles ends up becoming a head coach somewhere. Most people with his accomplishments would probably call it a career. But LeBeau isn’t done and he’s showing the AARP crowd that you can still innovate and be effective well into your late 70’s.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens but here at Sideline Signals, we hope LeBeau coaches for a long, long time.

What A Way To Go Out

Nick Aliotti has been at Oregon for almost for a while. He got there in 1978 and although he left for a while in the mid 90’s to coach with the St Louis Rams and at UCLA, he returned to Oregon in 1999 as the Defensive Coordinator. He’s been there ever since and it’s been a good run.

His final game was the a 30-7 win over Texas in the Alamo Bowl. While almost all of the news media was focused on Texas Head Coach Mack Brown coaching his final game, the always quotable Aliotti made one last memorable moment. It’s worth a watch.