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

By D.J. Byrnes on January 22, 2018 at 11:02 am
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One of the most legendary figures in the NFL coaching circles could be at a career's end.

Titans beat reporter Paul Kuharsky reported Monday morning that defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, who just wrapped up his 59th consecutive year in the NFL as a player or coach, won't join Mike Vrabel's new staff.

The Tennessean previously reported LeBeau would be "comfortable retiring" if Vrabel did not retain him.

LeBau played defensive back on Woody Hayes' 1957 Ohio State national championship team before going on to a 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.

After retiring as a player in 1972, he joined the Philadelphia Eagles as a special teams coach before stops in Green Bay, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Tennessee. He was head coach of the Bengals from 2000 through 2002.

He joined Tennessee in 2015 after a 10-year stint as the defensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers. LeBeau is currently 80 years-old.

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