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Old 02-17-2014, 10:19 AM   #1
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http://www.steelers.com/news/article...3-226384ab30c4

I like the man. Mike Munchak is an old friend, a guy I first met at the Pro Bowl after the 1988 season. I was instantly impressed with his work ethic, a perennial All-Pro who just kept working on his craft. We traded helmets at that Pro Bowl, and I always kept his on a shelf in my home.

My first chance to see him actually coach came when we did some instructional videos for the National Football League Youth Fund. Munch was one of our technicians, and he did a clinic where we videotaped him working with the kids. Heís a tremendous teacher, a fundamental teacher. He goes by the numbers. He has a great eye to see when guys are doing it right, and when theyíre not doing it right he has a great eye to tell why theyíre not doing it right.

And he was a physical, nasty, tough guy, and you love those kinds of guys on the offensive line. He would get after it, wouldnít back down, just one of those tough guys you would love to have on your side.

When Mike played, the Houston Oilers were a run-and-shoot offense, and they ran a lot of draws, a lot of delays. The Oilers never really ran much outside-zone. When Mike became a coach, and I watched his offensive lines with the Oilers, and then the franchise moved to Tennessee and became the Titans, those offensive lines could run the outside-zone and they also could come off the line and straight-block. They could do both, and if you can do both you really have something.

If you look back at the Titansí offensive lines over the past how many years, theyíre a nasty bunch. Theyíll get after it, and thatís one of the things youíre going to see from this Steelers offensive line. The guys are going to be even a little bit nastier than theyíve been in the past, because thatís the way Mike is.

MARCUS GILBERT
Heíll make Marcus more consistent, because if I was Marcus Iíd want to improve upon my consistency. A guy like Munchak is a coach who will teach guys to pay attention to detail, to hone their craft to the next level. Heíll develop that part in these players.

When you play for a guy like Mike Munchak, youíre going to want to be a professional, because thatís the way he went about his business as a player and itís the way he goes about his business as a coach. Thatís the area where Mike will help Marcus really grow: being more consistent and taking his craft to the next level.

DAVID DeCASTRO
Munchak and DeCastro are both right guards, and I think heíll teach DeCastro the nuances of the game that a young player doesnít have just yet. Not only was Munchak a physical, tough player, but he also was a very smart player. Munchakís wealth of experience will have a tremendous effect on David.

MIKE ADAMS
Munchak will teach Mike Adams how to be a pro. Heíll teach Adams how to prepare. Heíll teach Mike Adams how to get more out of himself than maybe even Mike Adams would think was there.

KELVIN BEACHUM
In many ways heíll teach Beachum the same kinds of things heíll teach DeCastro Ė nuances of the game. One of the other things Mike can do for Beachum is that heís coached a couple of Pro Bowl tackles, and so what Munch will be able to do is contrast Beachumís play with some of the Pro Bowl tackles he has coached. Munchak will be able to point out, this is what Brad Hopkins did well, or this is what David Stewart did well. Mike will be able to bring his experience of coaching other guys who have played that position, and then use it to bring Kelvin along.

MAURKICE POUNCEY
Gee, I donít know. Pouncey is such a tremendous athlete, a much better athlete than Mike ever was. (Laughs). All joking aside, Pouncey is all of the things you want as long as he stays healthy.

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE HIRE
I believe itís hugely significant. What Mike Munchak brings, there is no way to put a value on that. He was a Hall of Fame player who was very gifted, and he was also an over-achiever. That experience can translate well to younger players.

If you were a great player in this league but you werenít an over-achiever or a great technician, sometimes itís hard to reach players. But because of the kind of player Mike was, heíll be able to teach these guys what they need to know, and the guys will respond to him because when he speaks he has tremendous credibility.

All they need to do is go back and watch some old video of Mike Munchak as a player. That will show them real fast who he is.
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Looks like we have a name for a new Steeler Radio show. "The Tunch 'n Munch Report"
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best off season move thus far by any AFC North team
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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. Heíll teach Adams how to prepare. Heíll 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.

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I've always said dude is the best Offensive line coach in the NFL....best hire in Tomlins tenure...now just get a new QB coach and completely new strength and conditioning team in there....
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Love Beachum! Has a very high ceiling and showed well in his 1st year as a starting LT in the league!
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I've always said dude is the best Offensive line coach in the NFL....best hire in Tomlins tenure...now just get a new QB coach and completely new strength and conditioning team in there....
Amen on the Strength and Conditioning coach. Does Coach Geimont have incriminating pictures of the Rooney Family or what? We have never had the amount of soft tissue injuries we've had since he took over.
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Dude, Tunch is rad... He nailed it... Munch is gonna help these boys be nasty men, look out Bungles n DirtBirds, your gonna get run over soon.. T-Sizzle, you should have went to the NFC when you had the chance....
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this - what we saw in the 2nd half of season was nothing - I think we're staring at a top 10 offense in the making

PLUUUSSSSS, I'm gonna' pray to the injury gods - if guys can be healthy down the stretch I think this O is going to help hide some deficiencies on defense. Look what this team was able to do in the 2nd half with the personnel we already have.

I'm getting more stoked for this draft because I think we are going to get more impact players more quickly out of this year's draft. If that happens, combined with Wheaton, Thomas coming along - we got ourselves a real Steelers team.
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Very smart move by Tomlin and co. If Munch can get the running game going, like top 5 hopefully, everything else will just fall into place. I always thought that this Oline in the right situation, and right coaching, can be one the best units in the league. Very excited about next season!
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