Keith Butler was named linebackers coach. Butler coached linebackers for the Cleveland Browns during the past four seasons (1999-02), and spent the previous nine years coaching in the college ranks. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, the University of Memphis, where he coached linebackers from 1990-97 and also coached defensive ends and special teams (1995-97). He served as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Arkansas State University in 1998.
The Steelers also hired former Steelers safety Darren Perry as assistant defensive backs coach. Perry spent the 2002 season coaching safeties for the Cincinnati Bengals after an eight-year NFL career as a starting safety. He will assist Willy Robinson in the secondary, primarily handling the safeties.
"Keith and Darren bring some excellent experience to our coaching staff," Cowher said. "They both are very familiar with our defensive schemes, as players and coaches, and will make valuable contributions to the staff."
Butler was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round of the 1978 NFL Draft and played linebacker for 10 seasons (1978-87) with Seattle. He served as a defensive captain for the team and started 132-of-146 games in his career and still ranks second on the club's all-time tackles list with 813.
Butler replaces former Steelers linebackers coach Mike Archer, who was recently hired as defensive coordinator at the University of Kentucky.
Perry was originally drafted by the Steelers in the eighth round of the 1992 NFL Draft — the Steelers' first draft under Bill Cowher — and immediately became a starter at free safety. Perry played seven seasons (1992-98) with the Steelers and started the first 110 games of his career, including the postseason, after a successful college career at Penn State. He is currently tied for seventh in Steelers' history with 32 interceptions.
Perry signed with the San Diego Chargers in 1999 but did not play due to a neck injury. He finished his playing career in 2000 as the starting free safety for the New Orleans Saints. Perry played in 139-of-141 possible games, missing only two games in 1997 due to a groin injury.
--SteelCitySports Press Release