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.