Dick LeBeau Reportedly Won't Return to the Titans, Weighing Retirement

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Andy Vance's picture

From The Tennessean's coverage:

LeBeau played 14 seasons in Detroit, from 1959-72, where he snared a franchise record 62 interceptions, which still rank 10th in NFL history.

The Venerable Dick LeBeau hasn't put on a set of pads in four decades, and he's still in the top 10 in picks. A living legend, tops in the game at every stage of his career.

Homey1970's picture

^ this

LeBeau is a greater ‘legendary figure’ as a player than a coach, even though he invented the zone blitz.  Man was a baller.

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BuckeyeDave's picture

And this

Hall of Fame career with the Detroit Lions after the Cleveland Browns, who selected him in the fifth round of the 1959 NFL Draft, cut him in training camp.

shows that even in 1959 the Browns did not know how to handle a great Buckeye in the draft 

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cuttyrock's picture

Can we hire him as a consultant. I would love if he came home.

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SilverBullets4Life's picture

My Thoughts Exactly!!! Defensive Quality Control??

MACTE VIRTUTE

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EZE4TD's picture

Have been wondering that for 10 years. Kept waiting for him to finally retire. The man is a freak (in the best possible way).

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C-Deck's picture

Defensive analyst or guru. 

"Hit them hard and see how they fall"

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teddyballgame's picture

I believe they're called anal-ysts and yes, Bama has over 50 on staff

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HandsOfSweed's picture

Let's come up with a list of men that are HOFers as a player AND as a coach.

Dick LeBeau. Maaaaybe Mike Ditka, too.

Anyone else? I'd say George Halas, but he wasn't as a player. Possibly Ernie Stautner. He was a great assistant, but nowhere near LeBeau.

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HandsOfSweed's picture

Ray Flaherty is the other lock. He was a HOFer as a player with the Giants and led the Redskins to 2 World Titles as HBC. He also invented the screen pass.

LeBeau and Flaherty. That might be it. Amazing.

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BrutusB's picture

Mike Ditka is the Trent Dilfer of Coaching - rode a HOF defense to a title despite not really doing a whole lot himself.  The core of that team probably should have won multiple titles, but after it dissolved he was never anywhere close again.  And that's before you consider his Ricky Williams trade in NO.

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buckzilla1's picture

Mike Ditka is the Trent Dilfer of Coaching 

COLD BLOODED!  LOL +1

It's the Off season, much like an NFL ref I will ignor it.

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LoufromOSU's picture

"Great moments are born from great opportunities."  - Herb Brooks

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HandsOfSweed's picture

Fair enough. Thats kinda why i stretched the word maybe out so far.

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NHBuckeye's picture

What a career!   Enjoy the retirement coach, you've earned it.

Fields of Dreams

 

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

59 consecutive years!  Wow, that is mind-blowing!  Great career, Mr. LeBeau.

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BucksHave7's picture

Guessing he didnt invest in a 401k when he was young.

BucksHave7

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Buck68's picture

hmmm... "legendary".

to me that means 'continues to grow' after his career is over.

Dick LeBeau.  Legend.

Buck68

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GlassCityBuckeyes's picture

Might be one of the best coach's ever,he never stopped evolving when alot of coach's get stuck in their ways and fall out.

28 Saturdays till kickoff

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Browns88's picture

Talk about longevity in a career, I’m impressed

Browns88

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ohiowhitesnake's picture

after the Cleveland Browns, who selected him in the fifth round of the 1959 NFL Draft, cut him in training camp.

The Browns downfall began then...

11W > work 

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I_Run_The_Dave's picture

LOL.  If we assembled all the talent the Browns have cut or passed on in the last even 5 years, you'd probalby have a playoff contender.  Instead we're 0-16.

Good to know they haven't changed in half a century.  And we shouldn't expect them to now, either.

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Ethos's picture

Lol i was going to say this exact thing.  You probably would have an undefeated team that would move to superbowl.  Someone with more time than me should put together the "Browns Cut Fantasy Team"

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

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I_Run_The_Dave's picture

To be fair, I'd think you would have to restrict draft misses to one per pick.  We could also look at recent trades as well.  Definitely would be an interesting thought experiment.

You also have to wonder how much coaching/scheme has to do with it.  Even at Cleveland, these are still NFL players.  You have to have a special kind of bad to not win even 1 game.

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AzBuckeye45's picture

Wow. I didn't realize the Browns actually became the "Browns" back in 1959!!

"Cause I couldn't go for three!"
Woody Hayes-1968

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

Mr. LeBeau, You are an impressive man. You have done so much. You deserve to retire comfortably and enjoy every single moment. If you have the itch to add a little more.... We would be fortunate to be associated again. Consultant means you can fish as much as you chose to. Be well Buckeye.

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Nashville's picture

Ohio State needs to have him dot the i next year. He has certainly earned it. 

"You can never pay back, but you can always pay forward."

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

Ninja'd me, Nashville!

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

Time to come dot the "i" in the 'Shoe, Mr. Lebeau. You're a Buckeye legend and need proper honoring.

Go Bucks.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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ShawneeBuck74's picture

You know what to do, Urban.

You win with people. 

And so forth...

9 Units Strong!

 

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TLB's picture

Guess the Lions are my team of choice now since that's where it all began.

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ncinthenext3's picture

Thanks for the memories, coach.  A living legend.  I'll miss watching his D on the field.  Innovator, inventor and creator.

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Not a Titans fan but it still boggled my mind that the franchise makes the playoffs this season, wins a first-round game at KC and played NE tough for a bit THEN blows up the entire coaching staff. I know they hired Vrabel but I am not convinced he's going to come in his first year and lead them to the AFC title game or the Super Bowl. In fact I could see them regressing terribly.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Woody trolling the SEC.

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wpbbuckeye's picture

The pride of London, Ohio.  Incredible coach and a great person.  

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0H-10's picture

I knew I'd seen a sign somewhere...

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Crumb's picture

I know he had a rough couple of years for the Bengals, but I would trade Marvin Lewis for him right this second without ever looking back. The man is a legend. 

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

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Steelydan54's picture

The guy is still a near scratch golfer at 80 as well. One of the kindest, most considerate human beings in the history of the world. And yet, tough as nails in between the lines. I hope he takes time to do whatever makes him happy for the rest of his life, but also hope he gets invited regularly to share life lessons with our Buckeyes. The man is a national treasure. 

Steelybuck54

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