Munchak’s lateral move should be troubling for the Steelers

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Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak wanted to become the head coach of the Broncos. He’s instead accepting the same job in Denver that he held in Pittsburgh.

The lateral move becomes the latest sign of trouble for a Steelers team that has endured one nagging question after another in recent weeks.

A free agent, given that his contract had expired, Munchak has the ability to go wherever he wants. Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that Munchak’s relocation “probably” was influenced by a desire to be closer to his daughter and granddaughter. Regardless, Munchak has chosen to leave the Steelers and to walk into a situation that could get a little awkward, given that he was a finalist for the job coach Vic Fangio filled, necessarily giving Munchak even greater juice in the organization that the next offensive coordinator will have and possibly making some of the players wonder how the pecking order will be unpacked.

The move comes not long after quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made a public plea to retain Munchak.

“I pray that fans write as many letters as they can to Mr. [Art] Rooney to keep Coach Munchak around,” Roethlisberger said. “He’s such a special coach. When the linemen are happy and love to play for their coach, they play better.”

And now Mike Tomlin will have to find a new offensive line coach, at a time when Tomlin has plenty of other headaches as the offseason begins. It won’t be easy; Munchak helped transform the offensive line into one of the best in the league. If the offensive line regresses, Tomlin’s task will get a lot taller for 2019.

39 responses to “Munchak’s lateral move should be troubling for the Steelers

  1. Maybe it’s worse than what’s being said by Emanuel Sanders about Ben. And Roethlisberger’s teammates are getting close to a full on mutiny. Due to the way Ben interacts with/calls out his teammates. So Munchak thought it wise to distance himself from Ben and continue his coaching unscathed elsewhere.

  2. Hopefully the hiring of Munchak means Elway is waiving the white flag on acting like he knows everything and is bringing in a veteran staff to help him with player evaluation. Elway whiffed on Bolles and pretty much every other O-Lineman for the last 3 seasons, so hopefully Munchak will have some input and Denver can build a decent O-Line.

  3. YES!!!! Time to draft & sign the right players or all this doesn’t mean squat. If you want to win, you’ve gotta win in the trenches… besides having a solid QB. I’m excited for this after several years of crappy to average at best offensive lines in Denver. It’s like having Alex Gibbs again.

  4. Horrible news for the Steelers and speaking as a Steeler fan, this is a vote of no confidence in the current Head Coach and the atmosphere of the team.

  5. Ben, Brown and Bell have poisoned the entire environment up there. Munchak has too much class and ability to have to put up with that crap. He has options beyond the Steelers, and he’s taking one. Simple as that.

  6. “Regardless, Munchak has chosen to leave the Steelers and to walk into a situation that could get a little awkward, given that he was a finalist for the job coach Vic Fangio filled”
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    As a former head coach, Fangio asked Munchak to join his staff so he would someone experienced to bounce ideas off and take on some HC responsibilities. Sometimes the simplest solution is the right one…

  7. It stinks he is leaving but it could be a bunch of other factors including his daughter and grandchild are there and Fangio and Munch were good friends from way back in Scranton.

  8. “Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that Munchak’s relocation “probably” was influenced by a desire to be closer to his daughter and granddaughter.”
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    As Adam Schefter reported before, Munchak TURNED DOWN a head coaching job interview last year because he wanted only to be either with the Steelers or in the Denver area closer to his family. It wasn’t a “probably” – he said so himself.

  9. No fan of any team in that division, but unless you bleed black and gold you can begin to see the power shift occurring right before our eyes. Cleveland is well positioned to start to play for division championships on a yearly basis while Cincy and Pitt duke it out for 3rd place finishes.

  10. Steeler fans are salty. I guess I would be too knowing that the team let go of the one of the best O-Line coaches in the NFL. And for a lateral move at that. I know his contract was up, but it still has to sting a little. I’m excited to see what can be done with Bolles and Paradis.

  11. Things are getting a bit strange in Denver under Elway, under Tomlin they’ve always been a little strange in Pittsburgh

    Always strange ….as in never a losing season two Super Bowl appearances. ….that kind of strange. Stick to your phony war stories and leave the Steeler speculation to reasonable thinking people…not phonies.

  12. Nofoolnodrool says:
    January 14, 2019 at 6:04 pm
    Things are getting a bit strange in Denver under Elway, under Tomlin they’ve always been a little strange in Pittsburgh

    Always strange ….as in never a losing season two Super Bowl appearances. ….that kind of strange. Stick to your phony war stories and leave the Steeler speculation to reasonable thinking people…not phonies.
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    There is not a coach in the league that does less with so much talent than Mike Tomlin

  13. This all goes back to Tomlin. The non-losing season argument is ridiculous when you have a HOF QB, top 3 O-line, and the best RB and WR in the game. This team should be counting SB’s not players/coaches who want out.

    Tomlin has 2 playoff wins since 2010, 3 if you seriously count the Bungles implosion. He has lost control of this team.

    Time for a coach that can provide leadership, discipline, accountability, and basic coaching.

  14. And now Mike Tomlin will have to find a new offensive line coach, at a time when Tomlin has plenty of other headaches as the offseason begins. It won’t be easy; Munchak helped transform the offensive line into one of the best in the league. If the offensive line regresses, Tomlin’s task will get a lot taller for 2019.

    He’ll sign a “yes” man who will do about as much as Tomlin–nothing. The Steelers have plenty of headaches, mostly because of Tomlin. They should take some aspirin and get rid of Tomlin and bring in a coach with some backbone. That’ll cure their headache.

  15. Denver brings in two great coaches but still have no qb. maybe they’ll win another game.. Meanwhile the Steelers haven’t lost no talent, havent never had a losing season under Big Ben and they’ll still be competing for the afc north crown next yr like they always do.

  16. For the “Tomlin is a great coach” crowd, 2019 will be the proof in the pudding. No Bell, no Brown, worse O-line, a Hall of Fame QB one year older and *clearly* disgruntled, a shaky kicker, a defense of under-performing draft picks, oh… and a much tougher division.

    I can already see the Rooneys signing him to an extension..

  17. Troubling why? The guy took another job. It happens every year. People are going a bit overboard here. They just need to find another quality line coach like they did when they got Munchack. Also, it’s annoying that you keep acting like Tomlin makes these moves. The Rooneys hire and fire the coaches. Always have, always will as long as they run that team.

  18. Troubling why? The guy took another job. It happens every year.

    ……

    Not lateral moves when the previous team hasn’t let you go. He’s leaving a top OL and a winning team/great organization for another great organization but not winning recently and OL a weakness.L

    Daughter/grandchild definitely a factor. Money a factor, in that Denver has to sweeten the pot.

    But don’t fool yourself that this doesn’t look bad for Off with everything else that’s fine on. If nothing else, it will look bad to future coaches/players.

  19. The presence of his daughter and granddaughter were no doubt big factors. Of course, “reporter” Ed Bouchette is more of a homer than most Steeler employees, so no surprise Easy Ed didn’t mention that Munchak might also want to leave the disfunction in the Steelers organization.

  20. Steelers’ fans still think their team is relevant when it continues to implode year after year. The last time the Steelers won a Superbowl was 2008, that’s too long ago to cling to the idea that their team is a contender. Since then, Little Ben got smacked by Tebow, Flacco, Manning, Brady, Bortles, and Rodgers. Cling to that “no losing season” crap all you want. The ship is sinking and there go the rats.

  21. gotta hand it to Elway. he’s making great picks. If he can get Foles, watch out for the Broncos.

    Elway really dug this team into a hole and it looks like he is finally trying to get out of it. Vance Joseph. Bill Musgrave. Paxton Lynch. Case Keenum (granted, he wasn’t horrible, but he wasn’t anything special).

    Hopefully Elway has learned you go all in for a QB and don’t do what he did with Simian, Osweiller, Lynch, and Keenum.

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