June 12, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler instructs as linebacker Brandon Hicks (44) listens during minicamp at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Titans interested in Steelers LB coach Keith Butler as defensive coordinator

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The Tennessee Titans are looking to fill their coaching staff now that new head coach Ken Whisenhunt is ready to get to work and he may look to his former employer, the Pittsburgh Steelers, for a potential candidate.

According to the Nashville Tennessean, the Titans are interested in a member of the Steelers that would make a much bigger splash than when they brought wide receiver Yancey Thigpen over from the Steel City.

If Whisenhunt gets his wish, he will be meeting with Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler as a defensive coordinator candidate.

Whisenhunt attempted to lure his former colleague Butler away from Pittsburgh when he was the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, but the Steelers denied permission. Now, it appears that Whisenhunt will attempt the same at his new home.

Butler is a prime candidate for the job because of his familiarity with the 3-4 system, which Whisenhunt wants to install, but he is considered the defensive coordinator in waiting in Pittsburgh for when Dick LeBeau decides to retire.

If Butler is not given permission to speak with the Titans and he gets removed as a candidate for the job, keep an eye on Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who worked with Whisenhunt in Arizona and Pittsburgh.

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