Dick LeBeau to return to Steelers

Updated: February 15, 2011, 5:10 PM ET
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Dick LeBeau said Tuesday he will be back for a 10th season as the Pittsburgh Steelers' defensive coordinator.

The 73-year-old LeBeau told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he intends to sign a one-year extension with the Steelers. LeBeau has traditionally gone year-by-year on his contract with the Steelers.

"I'm not coaching anywhere but here," LeBeau told the newspaper.

The Steelers have never finished ranked lower than No. 9 defensively in the NFL under LeBeau, and its average ranking is No. 3. This season, no team allowed less points and only one permitted less yardage than the Steelers.

LeBeau has had two different tenures as Steelers defensive coordinator (sandwiched around, among other things, a head-coaching stint in Cincinnati). Despite having a background in a completely different style of defense, Mike Tomlin kept LeBeau when he was hired to replace Bill Cowher as head coach in 2007.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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