Mike Munchak, Steelers linemen excited about fresh start

AP

This offseason brought about a big change for Mike Munchak.

He was fired as the Titans’ head coach, ending a three decade run with the organization that drafted him in the first round of the 1982 draft on a sour note. Munchak wasn’t out of work for long, though. He signed on to coach the Steelers offensive line, a move that Munchak says allows him and the oft-troubled Steelers linemen to break new ground during the 2014 season.

“I just think it’s exciting for all of us. We have a fresh start for me, a fresh start for the linemen, a new way of looking at things (and) fresh eyes on what they’ve been doing and they’ve been successful. These guys are very prideful. They’re very excited about the opportunities,” Munchak said, via ESPN.com.

The Steelers are on their third line coach in as many years, so fresh starts aren’t exactly the freshest thing in Pittsburgh. Munchak is inheriting a line that comes with a bit more stability than some of the previous versions even before you factor in the return of center Maurkice Pouncey. Given Munchak’s previous success as a line coach, it could make for a mix that pushes the next fresh start well into the future.

21 responses to “Mike Munchak, Steelers linemen excited about fresh start

  1. Brilliant move by Steelers, hiring a Hall of Fame OL who strenghten is position coaching should lengthen Bens career & open holes for their RBs.

  2. Not so fun fact: Pouncey and DeCastro have played a total of THREE games together in their careers.

    Get these guys on the field at the same time along with some good coaching and watch out!

  3. It’s depressing when you bring in a new coach to save a team that does not have a playoff win in three years and hasn’t made the playoffs in two years ….. and it’s not the head coach.

  4. Steeley McBeam…
    Not so fun fact: Pouncey and DeCastro have played a total of THREE games together in their careers.

    WOW I did not realize that bro!

  5. It’s depressing when you bring in a new coach to save a team that does not have a playoff win in three years and hasn’t made the playoffs in two years ….. and it’s not the head coach.

    Life must be tough for you to deal with. Most fans would love to be able to say no playoffs for the last two years. I guess you like to think you are miserable…let he throw you an anchor.

  6. If the Steelers hadn’t signed Munchak to coach the offensive line, the ratbird a were seriously considering bringing him in as a third wide receiver…

    GO STEELERS!

  7. I think, after this upcoming season has ended, we will look back on the hiring of Munchak as one of the best moves the Steelers made this offseason.

    He is a proven commodity as an o-line coach and you have a young, but talented group of players that need some coaching up. If anyone can get the most out of that group, its Munchak.

    Now, if they can just stay healthy….

  8. Steelers get away with holding? Are you serious? Dismissing the fact that such a statement is ridiculous, in the first half of last season, the defenders blew past the linemen before they could even get their hands up to even attempt to hold. In any event, Munchak will make the OL better which in turn makes the offense better which in turn makes the team better.

  9. This unit could very well be one of the team’s strengths this season instead being the biggest weakness. We witnessed it heading that direction during the 2nd half of 2013. Can’t wait for football!
    Hey bungle fan, you will be wishing and hoping for your team to reach 8-8 rather quickly once the season begins.

  10. If the line stays healthy, you can bet the Steelers will have 3 or 4 “one trick ponies” for the whiners! And, that is to say nothing about a possible one trick pony running back. Munchak is probably the best signing by the Steelers in a lot of years.

  11. Given his resume as both a player, and as a top-quality position coach, it’s not unreasonable to expect improvement at every position along the offensive lin. If the line can pass block like it did late last year, and run block up to their potential, it should improve both the running and passing games. Huge addition! Go Steelers!

  12. I saw a stat from last year, the Steelers were 8-0 when they rushed the ball 25 or more times in a game, and 0-8 when they didn’t. This is not a coincidence. The improvement along the line (and among the running back group, with Blount and Archer added to Bell) is going to have a domino effect, it’ll improve the running game, it’ll improve the pass blocking, it’ll improve the play action passes, it’s going to improve everything on offense. The line actually started getting better in the last half of last year, and their 6-2 record reflected that. I think it’ll be significantly better this year. Go Steelers!

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