Dick LeBeau and Steelers agree to part ways

The Steelers and long-time defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau have agreed to part ways.

LeBeau, 77, has been a coach in the NFL for 42 years.

Hurt by a string of poor drafts, LeBeau’s defense has not been as strong in recent seasons as it had been in the past.

“I’m resigning this position, not retiring,” LeBeau, 77, said. “I had a great run in Pittsburgh. I’m grateful for all the things that have happened to me and thankful for all the support I had in Pittsburgh.”

The Steelers decision to keep or part with LeBeau was said to be in the hands of Art Rooney.

LeBeau had two tenures as Steelers’ defensive coordinator – from 1995-96 and the most recent, which began in 2004 and included victories in Super Bowls XL and XLIII.