I do like the thought of the Steelers coaches having head coaching experience. Do you guys think that sets guys apart? Also if our o-line does a big jump again say with Munchak does he move on in a year or 2? Does that hurt the team/o line that much do you think?
1. C.J. Mosley LB Alabama
2. Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
3. (comp) Philip Gaines CB Rice
4. Arthur Lynch TE Georgia
5. Ross Cockrell CB Duke
5. (comp) Derrick Hopkins DT Virginia Tech
6. Josh Mauro DE Stanford
6. (comp) Shaquil Barrett OLB Colorado State
7. Quincy Enunwa WR Nebraska
I sure hope Munchak becomes the Steelers offensive line coach..that'd be a EXCELLENT hiring!
Round 1, Pick 15 (15)- Ryan Shazier, ILB; Ohio State
Round 2, Pick 14 (46)- Stephon Tuitt, DE; Notre Dame
Round 3b, Pick 33 (97)- Dri Archer, RB; Kent State
Round 4, Pick 18 (118 )- Martavis Bryant, WR; Clemson
Round 5, Pick 17 (157)- Shaquille Richardson, CB; Arizona
Round 5b, Pick 33 (173)- Wesley Johnson, OT; Vanderbilt
Round 6, Pick 16 (192)- Jordan Zumwalt, OLB; UCLA
Round 6b, Pick 39 (215)- Daniel McCullers, DT; Tennessee
Round 7, Pick 15 (230)- Rob Branchflower, TE; Massachusetts
Call me crazy, but any guy that's been in the league and has a longstanding mindset about how to block in the NFL just might struggle in Pittsburgh. I don't think it's easy for any of these guys or our players to get used to blocking for Ben. Seemed to start working better down the stretch last year, so I'd rather see us stick with the current assistant.
As good as Munchak is, I'm not sure anyone is gonna fit in right away in Pittsburgh.
I know a couple big college program Off Linemen and we have talked about pass blocking. Both in separate conversations said the OL needs to know where the QB is going to be so they can control the angles. If the QB is all over the place is becomes very difficult because the pass rushers sees where the QB is going and the blocker can't.
What I want from a new OL coach is someone who will be able to open up holes for Le'Veon Bell. The rook showed flashes of being special despite very limited blocking in front of him. When Munchak was OL coach in Tennessee, Chris Johnson was the feared CJ2K. When Munchak was otherwise occupied with additional head coaching responsibilities, Chris Johnson was a shell of his former self. Munchak was also their OL coach for Eddie George's entire career (and the closest physical comparison to Le'Veon Bell that I was able to think of was Eddie George). He also was able to get respectable rushing numbers out of guys like Travis Henry, Lendale White, and Chris Brown.
I think guys like Starks and Beachum are good recent examples. By no means are those guys all pros, but they hustled and never gave up on a play even when they got beat. And that's something Ben can work with the way he plays. And I think those are 2 good examples of guys that would actually play better in our system and would struggle elsewhere. And we saw it with Starks after he left.