PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WTAJ)– Pittsburgh Steeler’s Defensive Coordinator Keith Butler is hanging up the headset and calling an end to his coaching career.

According to ESPN reporter Brooke Pryor’s Twitter, Butler told the Steelers he was retiring and creating an opening for someone else to come coach the defense.

Butler started his coaching career at the college level with Memphis in 1990. He got his first introduction in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns from 1992-2002. Then, he took the opportunity to be the Steelers’ linebacker coach in 2003, then took over calling the plays for the defense in 2015.

In the 2021 NFL season, the Steelers defense ranked 20th in points-per-game allowed in the league. They also ranked ninth for the most passing yards-per-game and ranked 32nd for rushing yard allowed per-game.

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