Mike Munckak Says Everyone Will Know Who Kelvin Beachum Is In 2014

Ever since Mike Munchak was hired to be the Pittsburgh Steelers new offensive line coach, he’s been careful not to talk specifically about which players will man the two starting tackle spots in the 2014 season opener. However, during a Tuesday afternoon interview on NEPA Sports Radio, Munchak confirmed the obvious.

[Kelvin] Beachum and [Marcus] Gilbert are our two tackles,” proclaimed Munchak. Beachum, this will be his first year as a starter. [He’s] a very athletic, a very tough, physical, hard working football player that wants to be the best at his job. He’s a guy that everyone’s going to get to know real quickly here as he goes into this season. And then Gilbert at the right tackle is doing a really nice job.”

Once again, this isn’t breaking news outside of the words finally coming out of Munchak’s mouth. While he would likely want us to believe that second-year tackle Mike Adams still has a shot at winning one of the two spots, we’ve known all along that wasn’t going to be the case.

Kelvin Beachum and Marcus Gilbert both ended the 2013 season as the starters and both deserve to remain in those roles to start the 2014 season.

As for the rest of the Steelers offensive line, Munchak believes that right guard David DeCastro is going to be “really special” this year. As for center Maurkice Pouncey, who missed all but eight plays last year after suffering a serious knee injury in the season-opener, Munchak believes he’s fully healthy once again.

“He looks really good in OTAs,” Munchak said of Pouncey. “The injury is definitely behind him. He’s one of the leaders of the football team. It’s fun to have him.”

  • Terrence Phelps

    Who would have thought Beachum would be known as one of our most athletic lineman and holding down the LT spot…talk about hardwork and determination. Nice Work Kelvin Keep it up!

  • srdan

    I get your optimism and like it, but his athletic ability is nowhere near Decastro or Pouncey. Those are two of the most athletic linemen in the league that just happen to play on the same team.

    I am excited to see this guy with a full offseason under his belt as a starter. It’s a different approach. And he is good against smaller faster DEs that we face. We don’t face a Peppers or Williams in our division, we have suggs and such. Pouncey is much better suited for Suggs. Ok by me!

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Beachum will do his best out there, but IMO the ideal is that he slides to the spot that Foster is currently in and Adams or a draft pick soon takes over that LT spot. A true LT.

    Now that being said, as much as we get blasted for our OL draft picks not working out, we haven’t yet had the chance to really see DeCastro next to Pouncey. If Gilbert can get his game together, the right side of our OL could be very, very good.

  • Milliken Steeler

    Known all along? Gilbert? We shall see. I think this is a classic example of building confidence in your players…..I believe in Beachum however Gilbert…we shall see.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    This is bad news about Adams and the teams depth IMO. Lt is a position I have to consider as most dangerous to the team this year. I might take an LT in the first over a CB next year.

  • ApexSteel

    Kelvin Beachum really surprised me last year. Once he settled in he was out there handling primer pass rushers solo and doing a pretty good job of run blocking. He still had room to improve and I’m hoping he can do just that.

  • joed32

    Adams is depth.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    From Steelers.com interview with Munchack: “Mike Adams is pushing both Beachum and Gilbert.”

    We should be ecstatic if this is the case. Everybody improving in every way, with Adams the solid backup and only then will you see Whimper as a no. 4 right now. If we half of what I expect from Munchack, it will still be a tremendous improvement for the line and the entire team.

  • HiVul

    Beachum gave up 1 sack over the last 8 games if I recall correctly, and you’re set on replacing him right now? I think he’s performed well enough to warrant a little more optimism than that

  • Eric MacLaurin

    He’s only one person for one.

    If Adams has already confirmed he can’t start this year he’s really, really bad and unworthy if beech is hurt.

    I don’t see any other potential LT’s on the roster.

    I’ll be thrilled if Beech is a middle of the road LT and think it’s possible but I don’t like betting on it. Betting he stays healthy and continues to improve dramatically is really pushing your luck. Betting he continues that for 2 more years is just stupid.

    I would rather have a stud LT and a solid backup and deal with CB another way than to run with a beecham and prayer program.

  • Ike Evans

    Disagree beach is better at tackle than guard….so maybe right tackle if we somehow find a really good left tackle somewhere

  • joed32

    “If Adams has already confirmed he can’t start this year he’s really, really bad and unworthy if beech is hurt.”

    I didn’t get that out of the article at all. And where are you getting this stud left tackle, I’d like to have one as well?

  • Eric MacLaurin

    In the draft next year. I made the comment I would use the number one pick next year to get a LT instead of the CB I would have otherwise preferred.

    That was my take from Adams being dismissed already from any possibility of being the starter. Beech isn’t that good unless Adams is that bad.

  • joed32

    We’ll have to wait and see but if Munchak is high on Beachum I’m willing to wait and see if he’s right. He’s supposed to be a good coach who knows talent.

  • Derren _

    Why do so many fans base Beaches talent in comparison to a size stereotype. We have drafted those size stereotype LT’s that have not produced. Beach has good size, athleticism and a whole lotta brains which is more than can be said for some of our OL. I will take as many Beaches as I can get. It’s a complete package.

  • Madi

    I believe Beachum and Gilbert are the starters. I believe it will probably stay that way, and they’ll both play better in 2014 than they did 2013.
    But I don’t believe Adams is just a backup and won’t be pushing for a starting job. I think Munchak’s full of it there, and they will give him a chance at either spot. He’s too high an investment with too high a ceiling to give up on after the little time he’s had.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Don’t think we really know that. He has 17 starts, 16 at Tackle and 1 at TE. 22 games and we have barely seen him at G.

  • Lil Smitty

    Beachum is not ideal for a left tackle by a few inches and a few pounds. He is athletic and very smart. Everything that I have heard about him, indicates he has a goal of studying and training to be the best tackle he can be. Considering he completed a master degree on scholarship, I feel pretty confident he will continue to improve. He will be facing speed rushers most of the time at left tackle. If he would be facing massive interior Dlineman like Haloti Ngata(?) I would be more concerned about his size.
    He reminds me of Tunch Ilkin, but maybe smarter( sorry Tunch)

  • Ike Evans

    No i donr know, but the coaches do. Thats been stated on more then one occasion by more then 1 coach

  • Steve

    Adams will have his chance, it’s a long season, then we can evaluate his progress and play. Munch has a lot more credibility than a drunk who says “They tried to steal my Truck”, when he started the argument and didn’t want to pay-up.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Really? I must have missed that. Weird the team’s site still has him listed as an OG.

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    If you ever watched his feet you’d understand that all he needed was some experience to get accustomed to the speed of the game and a chance to hone his technique. He is like a dancing bear and he has long arms even though he is short. On top of this he is smart…class prez in school. Watch Arnfeldt this year….same motorM

  • SfSteeler

    Beach is not 6-5 330, but he has performed in his short time and is athletic enough for the position…as far as another first round pick on the OL, thats what the selection of coach Munch as OL coach will have on all of them moving forward!

    my question is Adams mental motivation moving forward…he must continue to develop given him being our 3rd tackle…

  • Bradley Campbell

    Another Beachum like guy I like Wesley Johnson- Smart guys pretty athletic with tons of starting experience. Wouldn’t shock me if he sticks around.