Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2014 Goal: $450.00 - To Date: $450.00 (100.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > Steelers Football > Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Pro Bowl
8:00PM Eastern on ESPN

Thread Tools
Old 02-05-2011, 07:14 AM   #1
A Son of Martha

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Posts: 7,976
Gender: Male
Member Number: 10438
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Cook: Kugler invaluable to Steelers

Cook: Kugler invaluable to Steelers
Saturday, February 05, 2011
By Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Steelers' MVP?


Offensive line coach Sean Kugler.

It has to be Kugler, right?

OK, relax. I'm not talking about the Most Valuable Player. The Steelers voted that honor to deserving safety Troy Polamalu. I'm thinking Kugler is the team's Most Valuable Person. Go ahead, try talking me out of it. You can't. There's no way, especially if the Steelers beat the Green Bay Packers Sunday night in Super Bowl XLV with backup center Doug Legursky starting in place of injured Pro Bowler Maurkice Pouncey.

I mentioned this to Kugler the other day at one of the Steelers' media sessions. He looked at me as if I were from Mars. "I find that amusing," he said, snickering. "I haven't played one snap all season."

That doesn't mean Kugler won't have a big say in which team wins the big game at Cowboys Stadium. A lot of people are saying his line -- especially without Pouncey -- is no match for the Green Bay Packers' stout front seven. Of course, a lot of those same people said the Steelers wouldn't make it to the Super Bowl with that line.

What do they know?

"They're survivors," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said of his offensive linemen.

Overachievers, too.

Kugler, still humble, says it has nothing to do with him and everything to do with the "unbelievable effort" the linemen give every day to get better. "It's a wonderful group. I'll tell them I can't wait to get to work to be with them. I know they're going to give me everything they have. I can't ask for more."

That's true, all true. The linemen are a proud bunch. They're not interested in credit and shrug off their critics like flies. They're too busy putting their hands in the pile -- a popular Tomlinism -- to pay attention to the barbs. Anyway, they know they're better -- at least collectively -- than the critics say.

But don't underestimate Kugler's role here. Someone has to coach 'em up, right? It's hard to imagine any NFL assistant doing a better job than Kugler this season. "An awesome job," Tomlin called it.

When Kugler was hired by the Steelers after the 2009 season, his projected starting lineup for the '10 season was left tackle Max Starks, left guard Chris Kemoeatu, center Justin Hartwig, right guard Trai Essex and right tackle Willie Colon. The line that will start against the Packers is, from left to right, Jonathan Scott, Kemoeatu, Legursky, Ramon Foster and Flozell Adams.

Kugler has been a magician.

Colon was lost for the season before training camp with an Achilles injury. Hartwig was beaten out in the exhibition season by the precocious Pouncey -- "the best rookie I've ever been around," Tomlin said -- and released. Essex missed four games with an ankle injury, then lost his starting job to Foster. Starks was finished for the season after a neck injury in Cincinnati Nov. 8.

Kemoeatu, Pouncey and Adams are the Steelers' only linemen who played exclusively at their positions. Scott played both tackles and at left guard. Foster played both guards and at right tackle. Essex played every position but center. Legursky played center and both guards and took the occasional rep as a blocking fullback.

Kugler made it all sound a lot easier than it was for three reasons:

Every lineman bought into Tomlin's "standard-is-the-standard" preaching. "They really emphasize it here," Kugler said. "All the players see it. None of 'em want to be the one who disappoints when they step in."

Every offensive player, led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, accepts and welcomes the replacement guys as legitimate starters. "They all believe in each other," Kugler said. "They play for each other."

The injured starters aren't threatened by their replacements. To the contrary, they take on the role of assistant coach and try to help them. "I'll be in the meeting room and I'll see Max Starks in the corner talking to Jonathan Scott or I'll see Willie Colon talking to Maurkice and Legursky. That's really neat to me. You don't get that with every team."

All three elements will be in play Sunday night. Legursky doesn't want to let his teammates down as Pouncey's replacement, not now, not in this game. The other players will rally around Legursky. "There's no doubt that Doug will do just as good a job, if not better than Pouncey," Adams said, flatly. And Pouncey will be on the sideline for Legursky, another pair of eyes -- along with Kugler's -- to watch what's happening with the Packers defense and to make suggestions.

"I'm lucky to have this job," Kugler said. "If you're in coaching and you get a chance to work for the Pittsburgh Steelers, you've reached the pinnacle of your profession. The success this organization has year after year, the physical, blue-collar style that it plays ... If you're an offensive line coach, this is the only place to be. I've got the greatest job in the world. I really am very fortunate."

Almost as fortunate as the Steelers are to have Kugler.

Their MVP.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11036...#ixzz1D5cx5XVe
mesaSteeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2011, 07:25 AM   #2
Living Legend

Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 4,991
Member Number: 15497
Thanks: 1,201
Thanked 3,428 Times in 1,370 Posts
Default Re: Cook: Kugler invaluable to Steelers

I think he has done a phenomenal job because he rallied the guys together. There are not good as individuals, but they are good as a unit. Who laughing now O-line?
SH-Rock is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2011, 11:33 AM   #3
Living Legend
steeltheone's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Harrisburg Pa.
Posts: 3,522
Gender: Male
Member Number: 6351
Thanks: 334
Thanked 413 Times in 247 Posts
Default Re: Cook: Kugler invaluable to Steelers

I still think the first team lineman were not that good, so there is not much of a fall off with the replacements.
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence." - Vince Lombardi
steeltheone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2011, 11:45 AM   #4
Team President
Rick5895's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: St.Thomas, ontario , canada
Posts: 2,170
Gender: Male
Member Number: 5148
Thanks: 31
Thanked 102 Times in 48 Posts
Default Re: Cook: Kugler invaluable to Steelers

Originally Posted by steeltheone View Post
I still think the first team lineman were not that good, so there is not much of a fall off with the replacements.
Individually they may not be the best, but they are selfless players and work together as a team very well, Kugler has brought a great mentality to them. Whenever a coach can talk guys into playing different positions, even if they may struggle then he has done a great job.
Rick5895 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2011, 11:46 AM   #5
tube517's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 493
Member Number: 1868
Thanks: 499
Thanked 206 Times in 75 Posts
My Mood: Sleepy
Default Re: Cook: Kugler invaluable to Steelers

Arians sucks
tube517 is online now   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:23 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2015 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2015 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts