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Dick LeBeau won't be LB coach, says Pittsburgh reporter

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Gerry Dulac doubts the defensive legend will land in Arizona.

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau has been connected to the Arizona Cardinals for a while now. The rumors have him joining the Cardinals staff as a senior defensive advisor. A recent report says the Cardinals are finalizing a deal to bring LeBeau in as linebackers coach (presumably also as a senior advisor as well).

However, while it has looked inevitable, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Gerry Dulac isn't so sure.

Dulac threw a wet blanket on those rumors with a pair of tweets on Wednesday. One said that LeBeau isn't interested in being a position coach -- just a defensive coordinator, unless he changed his mind.

He did confirm LeBeau would meet with Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians on Thursday about joining the Arizona staff, but indicated he wouldn't be the linebackers coach and also pointed out LeBeau would meet with the Titans next, where Ken Whisenhunt coaches.

Dulac appeared on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM on Wednesday. He reiterated his previous tweets and also said location would be a factor, making it unlikely LeBeau joins the Cardinals staff.

"I'm not so sure he is going to go to the desert," Dulac said. "I believe there's a chance he could end up in Tennessee, which is three hours from Cincinnati, but I don't believe he will go to Arizona. But if he does, trust me, it won't be as a linebackers coach."

Maybe he will join the staff. Perhaps he will be the linebackers coach. He probably won't just have that title. but if location is an issue, then that might be the deal breaker. Arizona can't move. But aside from Dulac, everything else has seemed to point to the Cardinals adding a coaching legend.