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    Mike Munchak's approach a hit with players

    August, 8, 2014
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    By Scott Brown | ESPN.com

    LATROBE, Pa. -- His credentials as an offensive line coach are such that Mike Munchak could have easily told his players the first time he met with them as a group they need to do it his way.

    No questions asked.

    That Munchak has taken pretty much the opposite approach is one reason why left guard Ramon Foster recently said, “He’s golden with me.”

    “The way he comes at you is respectful and makes you want to work for the guy,” Foster said.

    Added Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey, “I can’t praise him enough the things he brings to us. He’s the man.”

    Munchak, who joined Mike Tomlin’s staff last January, would shrug off such talk -- just as he did in June when asked if he was the Steelers’ most significant offseason addition.

    But Munchak, a Pro Football Hall of Fame guard and highly-regarded line coach, clearly has a presence, even when he is just leading his players through drills before the start of practice. That presence, his résumé and his love of teaching form the foundation of a coaching style that is noticeably lacking in volume.

    “Our group is like a family. Just like my children I can look at you and I know what you did wrong and you know what you did wrong and we’re good with that,” Munchak said on why he doesn’t go ballistic when one of his players makes a mistakes. “I don’t need to scream so everyone can see that I’m really coaching my guys up. Sometimes I find that coaches will go nuts on a guy and you’ll look at the tape and you were wrong as a coach. The perception is maybe the media watching practice is going that guy’s getting chewed out and the next day I realize, geez, I was wrong. I think you have to be careful.”

    That is not to say Munchak is too buddy-buddy with his players or soft on them. He just doesn’t see the point in embarrassing players to get his point across.

    “Some guys needs a push, and we’ve had some good talks in our meeting room. We’ve had talks on the field. They get the point,” Munchak said. “That’s how I liked to be coached when I played, and I’ve got to do what’s most comfortable for me because players can tell if ‘I’m real or not.”

    That authenticity as well as Munchak’s philosophical approach to coaching is what has really endeared him to his players.

    “I’m big on explaining to them the whole picture,” said Munchak, who coached the Oilers/Titans offensive line from 1997-2010 and spent the previous season as the Titans’ head coach. “Here’s what we’re doing, here’s the concept, this is what we believe in, and then they believe in it and they understand the concepts so they can apply it. They appreciate that and they want to see accountability for all of them, not just ‘Hey, Pounce you get a free ride because you guys have been here.’ They see everyone’s getting treated the same way that way.”

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    Man, backup oline is SO BAD

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    Man, backup oline is SO BAD
    Im actually not too worried about this. Sure, the entire backup line wasn't very good, but other than preseason, when is this team EVER going to be in a situation where the entire backup online is in the game???

    Injuries may necessitate one or two backups in the game at a given moment, but never the entire second or third unit.

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    I know, but they are very bad. At least the starters look like the best in a long time. Bunch of nobodies backing them up.

    I always felt like we had 1-2 quality backups before...but beachum and foster are now starters lol

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    We'll keep 9 OL on the roster, with 7 active on gamedays. Beachum, Foster, Pouncey, DeCastro, and Gilbert will start. Cody Wallace will back up the 3 interior OL spots and Mike Adams will be the backup swing tackle. Veteran tackle Guy Whimper and versatile rookie Wesley Johnson likely make the final 53 man roster but are inactive most weeks until injuries strike. Perhaps Chris Hubbard or Will Simmons can challenge Wesley Johnson for that final roster spot if the team feels that it can stick Johnson on the P.S. for his first year. It doesn't really matter how good the rest of the guys are at this point, since they will all likely be out of a job in a few weeks, with the exception of a practice squad guy or two.

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    @EdBouchette: #Steelers trying to sign OT Marcus Gilbert to contract extension. Could be done this week

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    Quote Originally Posted by K Train View Post
    @EdBouchette: #Steelers trying to sign OT Marcus Gilbert to contract extension. Could be done this week
    After seeing Mike Adams out there for an extended period of time, I can understand why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K Train View Post
    Man, backup oline is SO BAD
    Rough first outing for reserve linemen

    by Ray Fittipaldo

    The Steelers gave second-year guard Chris Hubbard a long look during the first two weeks of training camp and they did the same in the first preseason game against the Giants Saturday night. Hubbard saw 48 offensive snaps, including four with the first-team offense after starting left guard Ramon Foster left the game with an eye injury. Unfortunately for Hubbard, he didn’t make the most of his reps.

    Hubbard was leaky in pass protection and not much better in the run game. What was apparent to the naked eye on the telecast was confirmed by Pro Football Focus, which blamed Hubbard for three quarterback hurries, two more than any other Steelers offensive lineman.

    Hubbard had done much better against the Steelers defense in the first two weeks of camp. He took the first-team reps for the first few days of camp when Ramon Foster was away from the team because of his mother’s death. When Foster was injured last week Hubbard once again ran with the first-team offense. He played fairly well. The same can’t be said for his first preseason outing of 2014.

    If Hubbard follows up with a bad practice or two this week we could see more of undrafted free agent guard/center Chris Elkins, a camp standout who played only nine snaps against the Giants.

    Overall, it was not a good night for the players vying for reserve roles on the line.

    First, the good news: the starters, except for Foster, took 14 reps and did not allow a sack while providing running lanes for Le’Veon Bell that helped the Steelers score the first points of the game.

    The bad news: just about everyone that entered the game thereafter had some struggles against the Giants’ front. Second-team right guard Bryant Browning gave up a sack and a hurry. Reserve right tackle Guy Whimper allowed a hurry and a hit on the quarterback as did Cody Wallace.

    The only reserve lineman with a clean sheet, according to PFF, was Mike Adams, who struggled for much of the first two weeks of camp. Adams played a team-high 53 snaps. It should be noted that Giants first-team defensive end Jason Pierre Paul went right around Adams and provided pressure on a pass play in the first quarter when the Giants first-team defense played against the Steelers’ second-team offense. The only thing that saved Adams was the fact that Hubbard’s man got pressure first and they gave the hurry to Hubbard on a play when Bruce Gradkowski was forced to throw the ball away.

    The Steelers are likely to keep three reserve linemen. Adams, Wallace and Whimper are the frontrunners to earn those jobs. In week 1 of the preseason no one threatened to change those plans.

    A few other notes:

    *Among offensive skill position players, Justin Brown led all Steelers with 46 snaps while veteran Lance Moore got just three.

    *Sixth-round pick Jordan Zumwalt didn’t have a chance to show the coaches much during the first two weeks of camp because of a groin injury, but the linebacker from UCLA was credited with six tackles in only 25 defensive snaps.

    *Other defensive standouts included DE/NT Cam Thomas, who had three tackles and a QB hurry in 18 snaps; ILB Vince Williams, who had four tackles and a hit on the QB; and S Jordan Dangerfield, who had three tackles.

    Of note:

    *Rookie sixth-round pick Daniel McCullers played 22 snaps at nose tackle while Hebron Fangupo played only eight. McCullers was credited with a QB hurry.

    http://sportsblogs.post-gazette.com/...e-linemen.html

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    Justin Brown was a major disappointment for leading the offense in snaps. Then again, like i said the backup olines were pure ****

    Mccullers was interesting. Almost looks better off at DE than NT though

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    Quote Originally Posted by K Train View Post
    Man, backup oline is SO BAD
    Wait, I thought Cody Wallace was going to replace Pouncey? and that the new draft pick was the best player on the team
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