PITTSBURGH — Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau resigned as the defensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The 77-year-old LeBeau had been with the organization for 16 seasons, including serving as defensive coordinator from 1995-96 and from 2004-14.
He was also the team’s secondary coach from 1992-94.
He was inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.
In his 13 years as defensive coordinator, the Steelers have finished in the top five in total defense 11 times and five times the team had the top overall ranked defense.
The team won seven division championships, four AFC championships and two Super Bowls, while making the playoffs nine times during that period.
Linebackers coach Keith Butler is the most likely candidate to replace LeBeau.
JOHNSON ARRESTED: In Orlando, Fla., Orlando police said New York Jets running back Chris Johnson was arrested and faces a misdemeanor weapons charge.
Sgt. Wanda Ford said an officer pulled Johnson over after he ran a stop sign Friday night. When the officer approached Johnson’s vehicle, he said he saw a firearm between Johnson’s feet.
Openly carrying a gun is generally banned in Florida.
SOURCE SAYS RYAN INTERVIEWS FOR SECOND TIME: In Buffalo, N.Y., a person familiar with the Buffalo Bills’ coaching search confirmed to The Associated Press that former New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is being interviewed for a second time.
The meeting was taking place Saturday night, the person said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Ryan was one of 12 candidates to interview for the Bills job over the past eight days.
GAME IN LONDON TO KICK OFF EARLY: In New York, fans of the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars will need to wake up early on Oct. 25 to watch their teams.
The Jaguars will host the Bills at London’s Wembley Stadium that Sunday, with a 1:30 p.m. kickoff London time. That means 8:30 a.m. local time.
TEAM SAYS KYLE SHANAHAN RESIGNED: In Berea, Ohio, the Cleveland Browns said departed offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan resigned earlier this week.
In a release Saturday, the team said it accepted Shanahan’s resignation and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains would also be departing.
The release didn’t specifically characterize Loggains’ departure.
Shanahan was the team’s fifth offensive coordinator since 2009.
The NFL is also investigating whether someone with the Browns improperly sent texts to sideline coaches during games.
FOUNDATION QUESTIONS HIRING OF TANNENBAUM: In Miami, a foundation that promotes the hiring of minorities in the NFL wants a clarification from the league regarding the Miami Dolphins’ hiring of Mike Tannenbaum as executive vice president of football operations.
The job appears to fall under the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to consider minority candidates when hiring for senior football operations positions, said John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation.
“What we want to know is what are the duties and responsibilities of Mike Tannenbaum, because he’s carrying the title of executive vice president of football operations,” Wooten said Saturday. “And that comes under the Rooney Rule.”
The hiring of Tannenbaum was announced Tuesday. A day later, the league said the hiring didn’t fall under the Rooney Rule because general manager Dennis Hickey retains the final say over the draft and other personnel matters.
The league and the Dolphins didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.