Munchak Offers High Praise For Ramon Foster, The Line’s Unsung Hero

There’s two things you should know. Mike Munchak is a quality offensive line coach. And Ramon Foster is a quality offensive linemen.

Speaking at the annual C.O.O.L Clinic last month, the Mecca for offensive linemen, Munchak heaped praise on Foster for how consistently he gets the job done.

“My left guard,” Munchak told the group, referring to Foster, “he’s so damn big, if he just sets right, it’s hard to beat him. Even if you’re able to run around him, it takes awhile to get there.”

Munchak uses a simple philosophy; put your guys in position to succeed.

“If the biggest thing is…my guy isn’t very athletic, find a way to get him in front of his defender. Let him use his size. The squarer you play, the more you can use your width and your size.”

He noted Foster struggles on jump sets, attacking and being aggressive on the defensive linemen, so Munchak doesn’t coach him that way. Instead, he teaches patience, staying square, and firing out on your first two steps to establish a strong base.

Munchak would later go on to praise Foster for that patience. He also noted the Big Ragu weighs around 340 pounds, much heavier than the listed 328 on the team’s website. That’s no surprise considering 328 was Foster’s college weight coming out of Tennessee. Casey Hampton didn’t exactly play at 320 pounds, either.

Throughout the clinic, he showed clips of Foster and David DeCastro winning with their first two steps in pass pro. One example (the back and forth is the video, not your computer).

By the way, Munchak brought assistant coach Shaun Sarrett to the clinic, another sign they’re a tight-knit group and Sarrett deserves some credit for the line’s development.

Foster has been that model of consistency, working his way up the ladder as a UDFA out of Tennessee. Making the team, becoming a swing linemen, seeing time at right guard before kicking over permanently to left guard, he made his 100th career start in 2016.

He isn’t the strongest or the most athletic linemen but he’s patient, consistent, and effective. Combine that with Munchak’s ability to alter his coaching points and tailor them to his player’s suits and you have the making for an excellent guard. Which Foster undoubtedly is.

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  • AndyR34

    “the Big Ragu”…folks here have been trying to get rid of him for a long time now. Apparently, they prefer a shiny new toy to their ol’ reliable. Fortunately, Munchak is smarter…oh so much smarter than they are.

  • Bryant Eng

    I”m going to disagree about the Big Ragu not being the “strongest” offensive lineman. If I had to guess, he is pushing around the most weight of anyone on that O-line.

  • Big White

    A real find as an UFA. Perhaps his path will shed a positive light on Villanueva/Steelers negotiations. Road Map.

  • george

    One of the most under rated OL in the NFL IMHO. We got a major hometown discount when he resigned. I’d like to see the Steelers get #7 SB win with him and Debo still here.

  • Alex Kozora

    Strongest relative to anyone in the league, not just on the team.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Finney is following the same path as foster.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    More guys like Foster required. 3 different positions where he filled in for injuries early in his career. Always written off, even when he became a solid starter, he has certainly showed people. I have praised him for years and years. It’s not just the superstars that win you championships, it’s guys like this that over achieve. Sure all the faster, more mobile guys have nice speed numbers and might occasionally look good in the open field, but just watch Foster play. Love guys like this.