Steelers Todd Haley On Mike Munchak: ‘He’s A Stud’

2014 is crucial year for Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley after back to back 8-8 seasons and to say that he’s happy about now having Mike Munchak on board coaching the offensive line is understatement.

“Really nobody was happier when Coach (Mike) Tomlin, Kevin Colbert and Mr. Rooney were able to pull off getting him to come on board,” Haley said of the Steelers’ new offensive line coach, according to Scott Brown of “He’s a great teacher. He’s great at what he does, the best in the league in my opinion. He seamlessly transitioned into our staff. He’s a stud.”

Munchak’s job moving forward is to turn five offensive linemen into studs for the Steelers and hopefully keep all of them healthy for an entire season in the process.

In his first two seasons in Pittsburgh, Haley has directed a Steelers offense that has finished 28th and 29th overall in the league in rushing yards per attempt and that needs to improve drastically in 2014 if the team expects to make a run at a seventh Lombardi Trophy. Haley believes that Munchak is up to the task because of his experience not only as a player, but as a head coach as well.

“Not all great players are great coaches. But he’s definitely one of those great players that transitioned into being a great coach,” Haley said. “The head coaching experience is a benefit because he doesn’t just see it from his position group or his perspective. He sees the big picture, which I take pride in doing, having been there.”

As for Munchak, he believes his new group of players are now not only realizing their own potential, but also hopefully enjoying the process of improving.

“I think they’re seeing the skill around them, the plays that we can make down the field and they’re excited knowing that our big play is giving Ben (Roethlisberger) an extra second to throw a football or opening a hole,” Munchak told Brown. “So I think together it’s going to be fun. It’s been fun for me so far me and I’m hoping that they’re enjoying it, too.”

While Munchak believes his group will improve this season, he also understands that the process of getting better will take some time.

“I think you got some guys that can really do some good things, and again I’m asking them to do different things than they’ve done in the past,” said Munchak. “They’ve had three line coaches in three years so everything is not going to change overnight and what we want to do.”

  • MC

    I expect big strides from the offense as a whole this season.

  • Weiss Chad

    Best move of off season imo

  • treeher

    It WILL change overnight.

  • stellarsfan

    With a young, talented roster filled with a healthy mix of veteran experience (including super bowl champions, probowlers, and potential HOF candidates) and arguably the best coaching staff I’m the league, the sky’s the limit for this team in 2014.

  • Aric Brown

    i expect big strides from people with long legs

  • Rupert

    I think the look on my avatar’s face says it all! Pouncey looks focused and angry at OTAs. And AFTER he signed a great contract. I think they could be special by years end. Hoping at least.

  • Geoff Cordner

    I’m really excited by this coaching staff! From top down to the addition of Joey Porter. Lets get this season fired up!

  • 2443scott

    thinking if todd doesnt get the steeler off- into playoffs this year its all on him he has the people …then i see mike moving into todds old job….

  • Burgh Ball

    Of the offseason moves, bringing in Munchak was the best of the moves.

  • Lil Smitty

    It will change overnight, but it will take until Dec. to reach their full potential. In time for a playoff run. Can we start the season already!

  • Steve

    treeher is correct. The day coach Munch started working with the offensive line is the day things changed, and it all started with his hire. Our line has not had a line coach in 2 years. Last year the coach was out the door the minute Pouncy was hurt. It was not his fault but the cut block that he taught wrote his exit paper.