Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin on Tuesday declined to say whether Dick LeBeau would return as defensive coordinator in 2015.
LeBeau, 77, has spent the last 11 years as the defensive coordinator in Pittsburgh. According to Tomlin's comments, however, the head coach has not yet discussed a return for a twelfth season with LeBeau.
The Steelers finished the regular season with an 11-5 record and won the AFC North.
The team was 18th in the league in yards allowed, giving up 353.4 yards per game, and 18th in the NFL in points against, allowing 23 per game. The 368 points allowed by Pittsburgh was the seventh-most in the AFC.
Pittsburgh also allowed 6 yards per play, the most in the conference.
Bouchette also noted a marked difference in response compared to years past when Tomlin was asked about LeBeau's return.
MIke Tomlin once laughed at a post-season press conference when asked if LeBeau would be back and said of course.. Different answer today— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) January 6, 2015
Pittsburgh gave up 246 passing yards but only 46 rushing yards in the team's 30-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC wild-card game on Jan. 3.
LeBeau has coached in the NFL for 42 seasons. He joined the Philadelphia Eagles as a special teams coach in 1973. His first defensive coordinator position was with the Cincinnati Bengals in 1984. From 1992 to 1996, he served as defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator for the Steelers, before returning to the Bengals. He took over as defensive coordinator in Pittsburgh in 2004.