SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 19: Linebackers coach Keith Butler (L) and defensive coordinator Dick Lebeau of the Pittsburgh Steelers watch from the sidelines during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on December 19, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)

Keith Butler Staying Pittsburgh, Turns Down Colts' Defensive Coordinator Job

The Colts added former Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians to their staff, but weren't able to add Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler as defensive coordinator after he decided to stay in Pittsburgh.

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Keith Butler Staying With Pittsburgh Steelers, Not Going To Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts will not have quite as much Pittsburgh Steelers flavor on the sideline as they originally planned for the upcoming season. The team hired new offensive coordinator Bruce Arians away from the Steelers, but they reportedly will not be able to do the same for linebackers coach Keith Butler.

The Colts planned to interview Butler for their defensive coordinator opening, but the veteran coach has decided instead to stay with the Steelers according to the NFL Network's Jason La Canfora. Though it seems like a move from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator would be a solid career move, it sounds like Butler will eventually make an even bigger jump with the Steelers.

Butler's contract had expired, although he had been in negotiations with the Steelers. He is highly respected and has long been viewed as the successor to LeBeau, who goes year-to-year on his contracts but is showing no signs of slowing down.

It'll be interesting to see who the Colts go after next considering it had earlier been reported that Butler to Indianapolis was a done deal.

For more on the Colts search for an offensive coordinator, visit SB Nation's Colts blog Stampede Blue. For more on Butler and the Steelers, check out Behind the Steel Curtain.

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