Thursday, February 13, 2014
Colbert: 'All eyes and ears' on Munchak
By Scott Brown
PITTSBURGH -- General manager Kevin Colbert didn't do anything to temper fans' enthusiasm for the hiring of offensive line coach Mike Munchak.
Colbert said Munchak may have been the most respected offensive line coach in the NFL prior to becoming the Titans' head coach in 2011.
Munchak, a Hall of Fame guard, returned to his roots after the Titans fired him in January, and he joined Mike Tomlin's staff.
Munchak is Tomlin's fourth offensive line coach, following Larry Zierlein, Sean Kugler and Jack Bicknell Jr.
“It was real exciting to have the opportunity for him to join us,” Colbert said on Wednesday. “I think [the players] will be all eyes and ears when you have a Hall of Famer talking to you and trying to teach you and I think they're excited for that.”
Hopes for the Steelers' offensive line are as high as they have been under Tomlin.
A line that showed significant improvement in the second half of last season should only get better under the tutelage of Munchak and with the return of Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey.
Munchak figures to work closely with tackles Mike Adams and Marcus Gilbert, and he could be the key to unlocking the considerable potential of the former.
“I don't think Coach Munchak was brought in for any one player,” Colbert said in reference to the underachieving Adams. “You hope that he gets the most out of all your guts and obviously he has the credentials to do that.”
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who has already met Munchak at the Steelers' practice facility, agreed.
“I know the line will be excited,” Roethlisberger said on 93.7 The Fan, “because any time you have a Hall of Famer coaching you better listen up.”