Former Steelers linebacker James Farrior was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and All-Pro (2004, 2008) under Keith Butler when he was the team's linebackers coach. Now that Butler is the team's defensive coordinator, Farrior is among those excited about what he is going to bring to the defense.
"He is an aggressive coach," said Farrior. "Some coaches lay back and let athletes make plays. He is an aggressive coach and they will have some exciting things going on this year."
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Farrior doesn't anticipate any type of major overhaul on the defense, but definitely thinks that Butler will put his own twist on things.
"I think it's going to be similar," said Farrior. "He coached under Dick LeBeau and being around him and the system. It will be similar, but he will add a little spice to it.
"He has been around the team for a long time. He knows the heartbeat of the defense, what the guys like to do. He will make the calls accordingly. They have been around him enough for them to be comfortable with his personality."
Butler has coached the Steelers linebackers since 2003, after serving in the same role for four seasons in Cleveland. Butler brought playing experience with him when he arrived in Pittsburgh, after a 10 year career with the Seattle Seahawks (1978-87).
"He is a fiery guy, a passionate coach and understands the game well, playing in the league for a long time," said Farrior. "He understands where the players are coming from and how the players see the game. That helps make him a good coach, he can relate to the players that way."