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Todd Haley says new line coach Mike Munchak is “a stud”


Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley has been a head coach, and he’s worked with talented players.

But he sounds a little in awe of one of his fellow assistants.

Haley had nothing but praise for new offensive line coach Mike Munchak, saying he brings something new to the Steelers’ staff.

“Really nobody was happier when Coach (Mike) Tomlin, Kevin Colbert and Mr. Rooney were able to pull off getting him to come on board,” Haley said. “He’s a great teacher. He’s great at what he does, the best in the league in my opinion. He seamlessly transitioned into our staff. He’s a stud.”

On a staff which also includes Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau, having Munchak aboard gives the Steelers some added credibility among players.

“Not all great players are great coaches. But he’s definitely one of those great players that transitioned into being a great coach,” Haley said. “The head coaching experience is a benefit because he doesn’t just see it from his position group or his perspective. He sees the big picture, which I take pride in doing, having been there. He is a very good teacher that believes in hard work, like we all do. Great players want to be coached. They want to be pushed to see how good they can be, and these guys are eating it up.”

If Munchak can get the Steelers line to perform to expectations (after spending several high picks on linemen in recent years), it might help him become a head coach again someday.

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26 Responses to “Todd Haley says new line coach Mike Munchak is “a stud””
  1. titansbro says: Jul 2, 2014 9:37 AM

    Wish him well, really do. But he isn’t cut out to be a HC or even an OC. Coaching up the O-line is his bread & butter.

  2. stillersfan says: Jul 2, 2014 9:42 AM

    Regardless of all of the puffery and fake praise that is typically heaped on new coaching and player acquisitions, I think a lot of people agree with Haley. Munchak’s time as a head coach was less than stellar, but his offensive lines have unquestionably been lights-out. We in the ‘Burgh are ecstatic about this guy.

  3. jjackwagon says: Jul 2, 2014 9:52 AM

    Too bad Haley’s poor play calling will doom the Steelers to 6-10 or 7-9.

  4. 6ball says: Jul 2, 2014 9:53 AM

    Okay, your daily posts have convinced me that this Steelers O-line is better than the 92 Cowboys.

    BTW, how did the Titans offense perform last season?

  5. 700levelvet says: Jul 2, 2014 9:57 AM

    Off season hyperbole… Tim Tebow says hello…

  6. floratiotime says: Jul 2, 2014 10:00 AM

    Ridiculous. If he were that good he’d be coaching the Eagles right?

  7. ashleyschafferbmw says: Jul 2, 2014 10:01 AM

    our six rings say hello too buddy

  8. micknangold says: Jul 2, 2014 10:02 AM

    He should focus on getting his interior linemen to stop chop blocking each other.

  9. mrfrostyj says: Jul 2, 2014 10:12 AM

    When asked for comment Munchak told local Pittsburgh press that Haley “Was not his type but he appreciates the compliment”.

  10. holeinone09 says: Jul 2, 2014 10:14 AM

    Only time will tell how much he impacts the Steelers’ OL performance. But with his pedigree, I would think he is a major upgrade to the coaching staff with the chance to make a significant positive improvement. If that happens, it will dramatically improve the running game, which in turn will improve the passing game.

    All that equals a better chance for Super Bowl win no. 7.

  11. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 2, 2014 10:23 AM

    Nothing says ‘stud’ like a CAREER 22 win – 26 loss coaching record.

  12. bengalguy says: Jul 2, 2014 10:37 AM

    “We not in the ‘Burgh” thinks ya can’t get blood from s stone…… He can be the best OLine coach in history, the players blow.

  13. stillers213 says: Jul 2, 2014 10:38 AM

    He certainly has walked into a nice situation. They have been trying to address the O-line for a few years now, so this unit has some high round talent. The O-line was already turning the corner midway thru last season, despite rotating in so many back-ups. Also, having 2 good RB’s won’t hurt things either. I expect the line to be a strength instead of them being the usual primary weakness.

  14. stillers213 says: Jul 2, 2014 10:40 AM

    “Nothing says ‘stud’ like a CAREER 22 win – 26 loss coaching record.”

    It takes much more than a good coach to win troll. I guess you wouldn’t understand what it takes to win being a Bungle fan and all.

  15. lestforce says: Jul 2, 2014 10:48 AM

    I’m happy for Munchak. As a die-hard Titans fan, I know that his stint as HC wasn’t very successful. However, in his short time as HC, he built a very good OL, and always did well coaching as an OL coach. I wish him well, and I can guarantee Pittsburgh will have a much improved OL this year.

  16. steelcurtainn says: Jul 2, 2014 10:55 AM

    If the STUD can get the steelers to run the ball better with Le’veon Bell and Blount then he has over the years. Its already a win for the Steelers offense. Munchaks an offensive line coach. Who cares what his win-loss record is as a Head coach.

  17. ncphinsfan says: Jul 2, 2014 10:55 AM

    Note to Self during NFL Pre-Season- all players are Beasts, some are Freaks and Coaches are Studs.

  18. scrp2 says: Jul 2, 2014 11:01 AM

    Munchak – Two weeks on the job and already fitting in, receiving accolades and praise.

    Haley – Two years on the job and finally received an approving nod from the equipment manager.

  19. magicmtndan says: Jul 2, 2014 11:09 AM

    “Stud” coach’s stud linemen are gonna have a great year blowing Bungles and Ratbirds off the LOS.

    The Steelers’ O-line will keep the team on the field running the ball and throwing it to dominate TOP (Time Of Possession) and the scoreboard.

    Keeping the other team’s offense (and our defense) off the field is the best way to control and win games and the Steelers will have plenty of that this year.

    Get ready Steelers haters – you’re gonna lose this year

  20. stillers213 says: Jul 2, 2014 11:12 AM

    I happen to like what Haley has done and we will all thank him later for extending Ben’s career.

  21. Steeley McBeam says: Jul 2, 2014 11:43 AM

    doctorrustbelt says:

    Nothing says ‘stud’ like a CAREER 22 win – 26 loss coaching record.


    Good thing we didnt hire him as the head coach then! He did, however, coach the offensive line that got Chris Johnson to 2,000 yards in 2009. A much more appropriate comparison.

    The more, or in your case less, you know…

  22. enoughofthatalready says: Jul 2, 2014 11:50 AM

    (1) Everyone acknowledges that Munchak was an unsuccessful head coach. He even said himself that he was not ready for it. However, he is an excellent OL coach.
    (2) The Steelers’ OL makes many technical and mental mistakes that busts up plays too often. Munchak will correct this.
    (3) The Steelers’ secondary had it worst performance in recent memory when they lost to the Broncos in the playoffs with Tebow as the QB. John Elway could have beaten the Steelers on that particular day in his present condition. The “joke” is getting old.

  23. enoughofthatalready says: Jul 2, 2014 11:54 AM

    Haley is hoping the offensive line play improves so that he can keep calling Wide Receiver screens on 3rd and 10 and sending 3 receivers on fly patterns on 3rd and 2.

  24. says: Jul 2, 2014 1:33 PM

    I’m trying hard to keep my excitement about Munchak in check, but it’s getting more and more difficult.

    The offensive line’s progress this season, regardless of how well they do, should be one of the more interesting story lines to follow this season.

  25. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Jul 2, 2014 10:57 PM

    Steelers: two 8-8 seasons
    bungles: two terrible decades

    we gave you a 2 year window, you blew it and couldn’t win a playoff game; u know the ones that actually mean something. But now here are the fans talking smack. Well you better get it in while you can. I have seen every single steelers game since they started televising, so I have a good reference point, and I will tell you all now that this Pittsburgh team (provided there are not too many key injuries) is a legitimate contender for the Lamar Hunt Trophy, and Lombardi #7 as well.

    Sleep well bungles

  26. clashpoint says: Jul 3, 2014 4:22 AM

    I’ve read him talk about how he’s pretty happy just being a position coach and might just stick around the Steelers a while, which is great to hear. With the Titans he went from ol coach to head coach without ever being a coordinator, just because the opportunity happened to come up. So he took a chance, and took the head coach job with the team he’d been with all his career, just because those kinds of opportunities are rare. Can’t blame him and you would have done it too.

    Besides, should Haley fail to produce, Munchak would obviously be a strong candidate for the offensive coordinator job. The Steelers are the only NFL team with three former head coaches on their coaching staff and I like having that kind of experience on board. Go Steelers!

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