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Dick LeBeau
Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator

Biography

Dick LeBeau is in his 59th year in the NFL as a player or coach (46th year) and his third with the Titans.

One of the greatest defensive minds in the game, LeBeau joined the Titans after his second stint as defensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers for 11 seasons (2004 – 2014). Overall, he spent 13 seasons (1995-96, 2004-14) as defensive coordinator for the Steelers where he served as the architect of the Steelers famed “Zone Blitz,” and the accomplishments during those 13 seasons are staggering: 10 top-five defensive rankings, five seasons as the league’s number one defense (2004, 07, 08, 11, 12), four AFC Championships, two Super Bowl wins (XL & XLIII) and nine playoff appearances.

Last year, in his first year as coordinator for the Titans, his defense ranked second in run defense and sixth in third-down defense. The run defense was the highest ranking for the franchise since 2003 and was an improvement from 18th in 2015. The Titans defense ranked sixth in the NFL in sacks with 40 and marked the first 40-sack season for the team since 2010. Lastly, the defense allowed 20.1 points per game (12th in the NFL) after allowing 23.8 points per game last year.

In his first year with the Titans, he worked with Ray Horton, who was the defensive coordinator, and the defense saw significant improvement in many categories, including progress in overall defense from 27th in the NFL in 2014 to 12th, rushing defense from 31st to 18th and pass defense from 15th to 12th.
Dick LeBeau is in his 59th year in the NFL as a player or coach (46th year) and his third with the Titans.

One of the greatest defensive minds in the game, LeBeau joined the Titans after his second stint as defensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers for 11 seasons (2004 – 2014). Overall, he spent 13 seasons (1995-96, 2004-14) as defensive coordinator for the Steelers where he served as the architect of the Steelers famed “Zone Blitz,” and the accomplishments during those 13 seasons are staggering: 10 top-five defensive rankings, five seasons as the league’s number one defense (2004, 07, 08, 11, 12), four AFC Championships, two Super Bowl wins (XL & XLIII) and nine playoff appearances.

Last year, in his first year as coordinator for the Titans, his defense ranked second in run defense and sixth in third-down defense. The run defense was the highest ranking for the franchise since 2003 and was an improvement from 18th in 2015. The Titans defense ranked sixth in the NFL in sacks with 40 and marked the first 40-sack season for the team since 2010. Lastly, the defense allowed 20.1 points per game (12th in the NFL) after allowing 23.8 points per game last year.

In his first year with the Titans, he worked with Ray Horton, who was the defensive coordinator, and the defense saw significant improvement in many categories, including progress in overall defense from 27th in the NFL in 2014 to 12th, rushing defense from 31st to 18th and pass defense from 15th to 12th.

From 2004-14, LeBeau’s defenses ranked among the top teams in nearly every category over this 11-year period, including: points allowed (1st, 17.9), total yards per game (1st, 287.9), rushing yards allowed per game (1st, 89.5), total first downs allowed per game (1st, 16.9), passing touchdowns allowed (2nd, 206), sacks (3rd, 448) and third down percentage (7th, 37.4%). Along with the team success, individual success came as well, with outside linebacker James Harrison earning AP Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2008, safety Troy Polamalu earning the same honor in 2010 and LeBeau adding Pro Football Writers of America Assistant Coach of the Year in 2004 and Coordinator of the Year in 2008 from the Sporting News to his resume.

As an NFL player, LeBeau played 14 seasons (1959-72) as a cornerback for the Detroit Lions and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010 for his play. For four decades, he held the NFL record for most consecutive games played at cornerback (171; Ronde Barber broke the record – 215 games), amassed 62 career interceptions and three Pro Bowl appearances during his 185-game NFL career. In 1970, he led the NFC in interceptions with nine and his 62 interceptions at the time of his retirement ranked third-most (now ninth-most).

LeBeau also spent a significant portion, 18 seasons, of his coaching career with the Cincinnati Bengals (1980-91 and 1997-2002). He initially joined the Bengals as a defensive backs coach and then defensive coordinator. He rejoined the team in 1997 as assistant head coach/defensive coordinator and was elevated to head coach for three seasons (2000-02, 12-33 record). He also spent one season as the assistant head coach for the Buffalo Bills in 2003, and the Bills defense ranked second in the NFL for total yards allowed.

LeBeau started his coaching career in 1973, as the special teams coach for the Philadelphia Eagles, where he spent three seasons. He then went on to Green Bay, where he was the defensive backs coach for four years (1976-79), before joining the Bengals in 1980.

In June 2015, LeBeau was selected for the Class of 2015 Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman Award by the PFWA. The award is given for lifetime achievement as an assistant coach in the NFL.

Dick LeBeau’s Coaching Timeline:
2016-17: Assistant Head Coach/Defense Coordinator, Tennessee Titans
2015: Assistant Head Coach/Defense, Tennessee Titans
2004-2014: Defensive Coordinator, Pittsburgh Steelers
2003: Assistant Head Coach, Buffalo Bills
2000-2002: Head Coach, Cincinnati Bengals
1997-2000: Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator, Cincinnati Bengals
1995-1996: Defensive Coordinator, Pittsburgh Steelers
1992-1994: Secondary, Pittsburgh Steelers
1984-1991: Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs, Cincinnati Bengals
1980-1983: Defensive Backs, Cincinnati Bengals
1976-1979: Defensive Backs, Green Bay Packers
1973-1975: Special Teams, Philadelphia Eagles

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