Tunch Ilkin Says Mike Munchak Will Make The Steelers Offensive Line Nastier

Pittsburgh Steelers radio color broadcaster Tunch Ilkin played offensive line in the NFL for 14 seasons and he knows all about new offensive line coach Mike Munchak, who he has known for almost 30 years.

During a recent interview on steelers.com, Ilkin talked about what the Munchak brings to the Steelers and how he believes the Hall of Famer can help each and every young offensive lineman on the roster.

Ilkin believes that Munchak will help tackle Marcus Gilbert get more consistent, which has been one of the knocks on him since he was drafted. In the case of tackle Mike Adams, the former long-time Steelers offensive lineman believes that Munchak will help teach him how to prepare and be a professional.

With David DeCastro and Kelvin Beachum both being more of technicians, Ilkin believes that Munchak, who was a technician himself when he played, will help them learn the little nuances of the game.

Perhaps the biggest thing that Munchak can bring to the Steelers offensive line, according to Ilkin, is more nastiness, which has certainly been lacking. Former Steelers linemen Willie Colon and Chris Kemoeatu both had a nasty streaks, and current center Maurkice Pouncey has shown that same trait at times as well.

“If you look back at the Titans’ offensive lines over the past how many years, they’re a nasty bunch,” said Ilkin. “They’ll get after it, and that’s one of the things you’re going to see from this Steelers offensive line. The guys are going to be even a little bit nastier than they’ve been in the past, because that’s the way Mike is.”

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I have a feeling he is going to like embernasty then

  • Berlusconi

    As long as this is not leading to penalties, it’s great.

  • steeltown

    Cant wait!
    I think Ramon Foster has a little nasty in him, they need DeCastro to get mean. Im not sure Beachum will ever be a nasty type, I think he’ll thrive on technique and intelligence.

  • chris ward

    Going to be really intriguing to see how this offensive line develops under Munchak. Hope Munchak can bring back that nastiness that the O-line needs and become more dominant up front, especially in the run game.

  • dgh57

    One of my knocks on Gilbert has been he plays with to much finesse so if Munchack can pry any kind of nastiness out of him I’ll be impressed! Either way Munchack has his hands full for sure when it comes to Gilbert and will probably will also need a little LUCK mixed in there somewhere!

  • PA2AK

    Hey now! Beach has shown a little nasty here and there. Forget which game it was he went after that guy…said he wanted him to know the OL was there or whatever. Problem is his version of nasty is…well…little. He’s not usually in the position to be dominating opponents. Like the guy though, and hope we get to a point that he is just a rotating depth/sub package guy.

  • PA2AK

    I’m confident that he’s going to get the job done. Pair that with being able to block for a RB that runs like he’s got a set…I think this OL can develop into something solid. Even with Adams and Gilbert…blocking for a powerful and effective RB can really do wonders for young guys’ confidence. Not going to hold my breath for an All-Steeler, All-Pro OL…but certainly see some much better futures there.

  • Jollyrob68

    He will get them ready and bring out the nasty in them. I also want to keep Cody Wallace.

  • LayDownTheHammer

    I certainly hope he will fix Adams and Gilbert. The state of those two is worse than post-Katrina NOLA.

  • dgh57

    I’ll say this that I’m more confident in both Gilbert and Adams future with this team than I was before we signed Munchak. I had Gilbert playing out the last year of his contract(in 2014) and moving on so we’ll see what happens.

  • steeltown

    Yea im sort of in that boat, if Adams shows improvement this year they might just let Gilbert walk in 2015

  • RedCarpetDefense

    “Nasty” O-linemen is equivalent to undisciplined and penalized players. The article states two of the Steelers’ worst offenders. How successful have the Titans been with their nasty O-line? Just coach’m up and make them a BETTER unit we’d certainly don’t need some buffoon singlehandedly killing drives or moving us out of field goal range because of some shenanigan as a by product of being nasty. And with this team’s kicker lord knows we need every foot available.
    Better > nasty

  • PA2AK

    I can agree with your main point, but still think nasty can be a significant positive. Dirty on the other hand…not really looking for that.

  • treeher

    Gonna be hard to get the smokers to be nasty – they are too laid back (do you hear me Mike Adams?)

  • Rob H

    Playing nasty, and with an attitude doesn’t have to mean playing stupid. The best lines have been doing it for years…ours use to, and kind of came around towards the end of last season and started playing “nasty”.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Munchack! Best acquisition in perhaps years. I can’t wait to see the final product, which should be a huge improvement. And part of nastiness is just playing to the whistle, while pretending to be partially deaf.

    The Steelers D used to do that for years until all those bloody fines and penalties the league mandated calling on them. Only my opinion of course. But you would have to be blind to believe anything else. Okay, so they used the Steelers to set an example over the past few years. Now let them alone to play their flippin’ game, ya’ bastards! Sorry, did I go too far?

  • Steve

    Usually groups take on the demeaner of their leader. If tatician is what they are taught that is what they will produce and if Nastyness is taught, nasty is what they will be.

  • Steve

    Steelers need to get back to teams fearing them. When the Steelers were winning Super Bowls they were up there in highly penalized team. Hard to be Mr Nice Guy with Teams fearing you but this does not mean taking cheap shots, just good clean Football. Hard hits, Driving blocks and using the run to eat up the clock.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    On a different note, I’m wondering how Velasco will take to his new position coach being that Munchie cut him. Given that he ended the season injured will Munch even want him back? If Velasco gets released would it be in part to an influence in the decision by Munchak?
    Many here seemed to have liked Velasco but if he’s run out of town how would that go over with his teammates? Fans?

  • Derick L Young

    you know this from experience? ha

  • Bruce Hake

    Sure he regrets getting rid of Velasco. He bet on a younger player to fill his shoes and lost his job. His most difficult task will be to undue the ” Gilbert Factor “. Which is all the negative consequences that resulted on offense this year from Gilbert missing blocks. He was overmatched most of the year, it’s a good thing that Adams beat him out for the left side tackle position. If Adams didn’t, Jared Allen would have turned him into a TE like he did to Adams!