NFL news: Around the league in 32 plays

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Pittsburgh Steelers:  The Steelers are expected to keep the Dick Lebeau defense despite the noted coordinator’s departure to Tennessee.  Former Steelers linebacker coach, Keith Butler, has been with Pittsburgh for 10+ years, so he should have a firm understanding of how the defense works.  It’s a rare scenario as most new coaches want to put their own stamp on how a team operates.  It’s also a risky move for Butler as his results will be directly compared to those of Lebeau.

  • Chiefs’ take: The Chiefs will see the Steelers in Week 7 of the 2015 season.  That means that if for any reason the Steelers defense isn’t performing well under Butler, the Chiefs will be in a great position to capitalize.

San Diego Chargers:  The Chargers are confident that they will get an extension done with Philip Rivers.  The situation with Rivers had been a major point of contention in San Diego over the past couple of months.  Rivers stated he had no intention of staying with the team if they moved to Los Angeles.  He has, apparently, changed his mind on that.  In related news, the Chargers are set to begin negotiations with the city of San Diego on a new stadium.

Chiefs take

: As a division rival of the Chiefs, I had really hoped the Chargers would screw this whole thing up.  Without Rivers, the Chargers are a bottom dweller in the NFL.

Colin Kaepernick made yet another bone-headed offseason gaff. At some point he is going to have to stop doing this stuff. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers:  49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, has put his foot in his mouth after an insensitive Instagram post regarding the flooding in Houston.  Frankly, Kaepernick has been in the league far too long to still be making these kinds of childish gaffs.

Tennessee Titans:  Titans rookie wide receiver, Dorial Green-Beckham, has been struggling with hamstring problems throughout offseason camps and is currently being held out.  After missing a full year of football, it isn’t really surprising that he’s having these minor injury concerns.  While an NFL-conditioning program should help, hamstring problems can be a nagging long-term issue.

That wraps up this week in the NFL.