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Dick LeBeau will not return as defensive coordinator for Titans next season


The famous defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau won’t return to the Tennessee Titans next season.

LeBeau was informed on Jan. 22, 2018, that he wouldn’t be asked to join the staff again next season under new head coach Mike Vreabel, who will be introduced in a press conference on Jan. 22, 2018. Previous head coach Mularkey was fired on Jan.15, 2018, after leading the team to a 19-5 record, including a playoff victory against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The former defensive back and Hall of Famer has completed 59 seasons between his years as a player and a coach in the NFL, according to USA Today. LeBeau has two Super Bowl rings from the 13 seasons he spent coaching the Pittsburgh Steelers as defensive coordinator; he spent most of his playing career with the Detroit Lions.

LeBeau was oldest coach in the NFL this past season, at the age of 80. He joined the Titans staff in 2015 under former head coach Ken Whisenhunt. According to Bleacher Report, he "would 'be comfortable retiring if it doesn't work out in Tennessee.'"

Tennessee’s defense was ranked number 13 in yards allowed this season, including fourth against the run, 25th against the pass, and 17th in scoring defense, according to USA Today. Tennessee also recorded the fifth most sacks (43) and allowed the fewest plays of 20 or more yards in the NFL.