According to multiple sources including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette, the Steelers have hired (or will hire) Mike Munchak as their next offensive line coach.
With the Hall of Fame offensive lineman and long-time Oilers/Titans coach on the staff, there will be no more excuses for the play of the Steelers’ offensive line in my opinion.
Injuries aside, when you bring on one of the most respected line coaches in the league expectations will be higher and they should be.
I find it ironic that in what amounts to a do or die year for Mike Adams in 2014 that he will now get some of the best coaching he’s ever had. The ball is now in Adams’ court so we’re about to find out just how bad Mike Adams wants it.
This really is a great time to bring Munchak considering how young the offensive line is but his hiring raises one concern for me.
Munchak will be the third former head coach working under Mike Tomlin along with Dick LeBeau and Todd Haley. Should the Steelers struggle again, especially early in 2014, the rumors will circulate faster than then we might imagine.
The good news about those three guys is that none were very successful as head coaches but that doesn’t mean there won’t be rumors and that there won’t be pressure within the organization. The bottom line here is that this hire will do one of two things.
It will expose just how bad Kevin Colbert’s selections of linemen in the draft have been or it will prove just how good of a coach Mike Munchak is.
I’m hoping for the latter.
Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @steeldad and follow the website at @SCBlitz. He can be heard Mondays on Trib-Live Radio at 730pm ET talking Steelers and is a blogger for ESPN 970 in Pittsburgh.