Tunch Ilkin says Mike Munchak will teach Mike Adams how to prepare
By Neal Coolong on Feb 17 2014
The former Steelers offensive lineman turned color commentator reveals loads of optimism in the hiring of offensive line coach Mike Munchak.
Preparation is key.
Teaching preparation is coaching. Steelers radio color broadcaster Tunch Ilkin revealed those essentials in a Steelers.com interview regarding offensive line coach Mike Munchak.
Ilkin spoke on what Munchak will bring each key member of the Steelers offensive line, including embattled tackle Mike Adams.
Munchak will teach Mike Adams how to be a pro. He’ll teach Adams how to prepare. He’ll teach Mike Adams how to get more out of himself than maybe even Mike Adams would think was there.
Adams, the physically gifted but struggling left tackle, can be seen as a critical piece of the Steelers' future plans. Another season of slow development can put a rebuilding offensive line off schedule, but the combination of Adams' physical tools and Munchak's proven teaching ability could be like the team getting a high-level return on a current draft pick.
Internal development of younger players is the simplest and most cost-effective way to build a championship caliber team. Adams is clearly the better athlete between himself and Kelvin Beachum, the fellow 2012 draft pick who took over for Adams at left tackle all season. Without yearning to replace Beachum in the lineup (he did an outstanding job, all things considered), it would still be wise of the Steelers to work to Adams' potential, and look to use Beachum in the way they began 2013; as a versatile multi-position lineman.
If Munchak can indeed bring the most out of Adams, starting him at left tackle and gaining a solid, if not outstanding starter, increases their depth on the offensive line, giving them more options in the draft and free agency.
It's the first domino to fall in a long chain reaction that would result in a much deeper team than Steelers fans have seen over the last two years.