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Kelvin Beachum Shares His Thoughts On Mike Munchak


When the Pittsburgh Steelers lost offensive line coach Sean Kugler following the 2012 season, it began what was essentially a two-year coaching search that left Jack Bicknell Jr behind as a speed bump fill-in on the road to the main goal, the acquisition of the highly reputable Mike Munchak this offseason.

We’ve already read a variety of beat writers share their thoughts on what kind of impact they believe bringing in such an established presence would have on the young and talented but underachieving offensive line.

We’ve even heard from Munchak himself a time or two during interviews speak about why he chose to come to Pittsburgh, and even a bit about what he expects to bring to the offensive line, and the offense as a whole.

Now that the team has been able to meet a few times with the offseason officially underway, we are finally beginning to hear from the players, and Kelvin Beachum recently shared his thoughts on his new position coach, who gives the offensive line precisely what the team was looking for: in Beachum’s words, “instant credibility”.

He described Munchak as “no-nonsense”. Like the team as a whole, after missing the playoffs for two straight seasons and failing to win a postseason contest in three years, “he wants to win. He is hungry to win”.

More specifically, Beachum said that “with the addition of coach Munchak, technique is really going to be a thing that he focuses on and makes sure that we do a good job of”, a proposition not too surprising, given that Munchak made a Hall of Fame career out of being a technically sound right guard during his playing years.

It’s his reputation from his playing days that gives him that credibility as a coach, and a comfort level with the players he’s coaching. Beachum said about him that “he knows how to excel. He’s done it a very high level. He’s known for it, and I think he’s going to bring a lot to the room and I know he will”.

“To have a Hall of Famer in the room really just speaks volumes because he’s played the game” he added. “He knows what you’re going through, he knows what to expect, he knows you’re going to get beat sometimes, which is part of the National Football League”.

Most importantly, perhaps, however, is that he’s already built a rapport with his new pupils and instilled a sense of unity of purpose within the offensive line room, which has already been able to meet as a group a few times this offseason.

The linemen know what they have in Munchak, and likewise, they believe that their coach knows what he sees in his players. Together, they share a common responsibility and a common goal to elevate the offensive line, and both parties seem motivated to achieve that end.

“He wants to get the job done. He has guys in the offensive line that are hungry to win and to go out and prove that this is an offensive line that can really carry this team. He’s already had a presence in the room since we’ve met with him a couple of times as an offensive line”.

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  • Shea Fahr

    Freaking loved this hiring. I cannot wait for camp.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Best acquisition in ages! Munchack will contribute to a great renaissance for the Steelers. He has even coached boring no-name RB’s to 1000 yard rushing seasons.

  • dgh57

    Love this hire! We strengthened the very foundation of this team with this hire as that’s where it all starts on the OL. This hire will have a trickle down effect as it will even have a positive effect on the Defense if we can increase our Time of Possession while on Offense. Can’t wait till the season starts!!

  • John Hinton

    Getting Munchak could very well prove to be the best move the FO made this off season.

  • Matt Manzo

    Did Munchak ever play with someone in Beachums situation? Late rnd pick, too small, gets a chance to start but hasn’t locked down the job? He might have some great advice for Beachum?!

  • 20Stoney

    Agree with everyone. Hope we can keep him around for awhile.

  • Rubem Dornas

    I don’t know the answer but I really admire Beachum. I hope Munchak can improve him in a way that he could be our starter for years.

  • Mike Amaro

    I love the hire but can’t help thinking the negative effect it can have…..A new line coach for the second year in a row will come in and use his techniques in camp and the players will have to transition to a new scheme……but say he is offered a better position on another team next season. That would be three years in a row off transitioning that cant be good for development….. All in all I hope Munchak loves it in Pittsburgh and doesn’t care to leave for A few extra dollars.

  • Darryl Battle

    I love the fact that he said he wasn’t here for a short term and looking to be a HC again. Since he is from Pennsylvania, this is like coming home for him. I loved his play when with the Oilers/Titans. This is great for our young and improving O-Line. Great P/U!

  • Josh Knepshield

    Pennsylvania is his home, so he could stay awhile. Plus he plays a zone scheme, which is what we played last year.

  • Ahmad

    Man I am so loving this Munchak hiring! I’m glad to see him focusing on technique as that should alleviate some of the injury woes of the OL. Yeah you can’t stop freak accidents like what DeCastro did to Pouncey but proper technique will put the OL in a better position to avoid avoidable injuries.

  • joed32

    He had his shot as a head coach and has said that he doesn’t want to do it again, much like LeBeau. They both were awful as head coaches.

  • Matthew Marczi

    The impression I get is that there won’t be much of an adjustment, as in learning a new offense (like when Haley came in). Beachum said that Munchak is “just tweaking a thing here or there”. The main differences should just be more emphasis on being technically sound and actually successfully incorporating some outside zone, which Bicknell failed to do last year.

    As far as Munchak leaving for greener pastures in a short time, that’s certainly a possibility, but I was very encouraged by the interview that he gave to the team’s site, where he talked about the fact that he never looked to be the head coach. He was basically the last man standing in Tennessee at that time and was handed the job. He’s an offensive line coach by profession, and I’d think he likes the position he’s in: a stable franchise in his home state with a bundle of young, high-pedigreed talent.

  • Alex Kozora

    For comparisons sake, what Beachum said about Coach Bicknell in training camp last year.

    “He’s cool. He’s funny. He’s doing well. We’re getting to know him, he’s getting to know us. Things are going pretty smooth.”

    Something tells me he likes Munchak better.

  • Steve

    Coach Munchack was told in Tenn to let go of both Coordinators, which he wouldn’t do, so they let him go and cleaned house.

  • ATL96STEELER

    You can only applaud a HOF hire for any position coach especially one with HC experience…the OL is truly a unit and keeping the same 5 out there as a unit has been a major challenge the last several yrs…I know friendly fire took out Pouncey…technique I’m sure they can improve on, but hopeful for good health throughout the season.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Haha, I was seriously considering including that. In hindsight, I probably should have. Also related: “[Munchak]’s one of those guys you don’t have to go to Google and read about him. You know about him already.” Wonder who was in his search box last year?

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