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« on: Jan 23, 2014 at 08:13 »

GREAT hire.

The way the OL began to play more cohesively + getting back injured guys (Pouncey, Velasco*) + one of the best OL coaches in the NFL = ?
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« Reply #1 on: Jan 23, 2014 at 09:08 »

Yes, I'm loving this.  And I do hope Velasco is coming back, they found something there.  Hopefully Munchak finds a way to get turn those disappointing OTs into contributors.

And wouldn't it be incredible to see Bell go for 1500?
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 23, 2014 at 09:33 »

Love the hire.  Best of Tomlin's era easily.  Munchak was really who I wanted but I didn't think we'd be able to snag him due to other head coaching vacancies.  Pennsylvania ties FTW. 
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 23, 2014 at 10:00 »

FWIW, Munchak had a 22-26 record with the Titans, but was 2-1 vs. Tomlin.

IMO, Munchak played his endgame in Tennessee admirably.  Munchak played and then coached with the Oilers/Titans since 1982.  No stints elsewhere, 31 years.  That's some real dedication to a franchise.  After Fisher was canned for going 6-10, Munchak had the Titans in 2nd, 3rd, and 2nd place in the division, which is understandable with division heavyweights like the Colts and Texans.  I don't know whether he was a particularly good or bad HC, but he was being pressured by management to fire almost all his assistants, with the understanding that he would be extended (so, they liked him, but thought he was surrounded by lesser lights).  He thought that was a shitty thing to do and didn't agree to it.   Hand it to him, he's got high principles.  Titans had some meh drafts in 2011 and 2012, not sure how much input he had and how much was the GM: wasn't fond of Locker, and I think it may have hurt Munchak's future.  Titans always seemed to be on the verge of turning it around, but would fizzle down the stretch. 

Well, hope he stays here a while. 
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 23, 2014 at 10:02 »

GREAT hire.

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« Reply #5 on: Jan 23, 2014 at 10:40 »


Well, hope he stays here a while. 

Hope so too.  Born in Scranton Pennsylvania, grew up a Steelers fan and played at Penn State, so hopefully looking at this as a destination for a while.
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 23, 2014 at 11:07 »

And wouldn't it be incredible to see Bell go for 1500?

I think Bell, coming out healthy, with a year of experience under his belt, and the OL improvements, could shoot for 1500.  Not saying he'll hit it, but not out of reach.   At the very least his 3.5 YPC is going to go up.  8 TDs.  45-399 receiving.  Kid's really looking like a smart pick, and he should be ready to be that OL dinner at the end of next year...
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« Reply #7 on: Jan 23, 2014 at 20:27 »

Stud hire. Glad he is on board. Similar to receiving another first round pick. Tomlin now has dos HOF's and tres former head coaches on staff. 2014 looks promising and the draft/fa season has yet to start. tt02
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« Reply #8 on: Jan 25, 2014 at 17:35 »

In other coaching news, RB coach Kirby Wilson took a lateral to the Vikes, after 2 interviews for the Balty OC gig.  Seems curious, unless a) he wanted better upward mobility opportunity, or b) he was nudged out.

I have a difficult time getting a bead on how he did as a coach.  On one hand, Bell took to the bigs very readily, and we saw improvement from Dwyer (who, IMO, didn't always have his head screwed on right).  OTOH, Redman struggled in the lead role, and our running game has gone down the shitter.  Lot of that is due to OL, but as the OL improved last year the running game (see: run blocking) did not keep pace. 

Also, Danny Smith still listed as ST coach on the Steelers website.  Don't we have a new ST coach yet?
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« Reply #9 on: Jan 25, 2014 at 20:42 »

Maybe the fake punt in Green Bay bought Danny another year?
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