Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Media day highlights: Keith Butler, etc.
By Mike Sando
ARLINGTON, Texas -- A few subjects I'll be expanding upon following Super Bowl media day at Cowboys Stadium:
- Keith Butler, linebackers coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, could be a prime candidate to become defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals. It's unclear whether the Steelers will let Arizona interview Butler following the Super Bowl, but Butler cleared up one misconception about his current situation. Butler said his contract does not include a clause identifying him as the Steelers' next coordinator. Butler expressed gratitude to the Steelers for increasing his pay substantially during his last negotiation. He said he had no idea whether he would be heading to Arizona. He said the Pittsburgh job appeals because the organization knows how to acquire suitable talent.
- Dom Capers, the Green Bay Packers' defensive coordinator, explained why he thought San Francisco 49ers players would respond well to their new defensive coordinator, Vic Fangio. Capers pointed to Fangio's smarts.
- Former St. Louis Rams defensive tackle D'Marco Farr offered thoughts on why he thought Marshall Faulk and Cortez Kennedy should be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I also checked in with Winston Moss for thoughts on Kennedy, his former college and pro teammate.
- Packers coach Mike McCarthy touched on his relationship with quarterback Aaron Rodgers after McCarthy's former team, the 49ers, passed over Rodgers in the 2005 draft (I'm sure 49ers fans haven't had enough of Rodgers this week).
The Steelers' media session is ongoing. I'm going to head back out there. Just wanted to check in on Butler in particular.