When Todd Haley was hired to be the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator in 2012, all of the talk at that time was about how tough the change in terminology was tough to learn. Even quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was troubled by it.
“(I’m) looking over this Rosetta Stone that sits in front of me called our new offense,” said Roethlisberger on NFL Network’s The Rich Eisen Podcast. “It’s just it’s different, it’s new, (but) I’m sure I’ll pick up on it.”
This year, the Steelers have yet another new offensive line coach with Mike Munchak replacing Jack Bicknell Jr., but he’s doing his best to adapt to his players instead having them adapt to him.
“The terminology is somewhat staying the same,” left tackle Kelvin Beachum told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “He is just tweaking a thing here or there.”
Munchak has a lot of tweaking to do when it comes to technique in addition to fully implementing the outside zone blocking scheme that never got off the ground last season.
“He has knowledge of it, and we’re getting more practice reps with it,” Foster said. “It’s not like it’s a big deal, like it’s the whole offense, but him being able to coach it and having done it for years, I think that’s one of the biggest things right there.”
Another big thing this year is the fact that the offensive line didn’t really have any turnover during the offseason. While the current starting five have never taken one regular-season snap together, at least they are familiar with one another. At least they can speak to each other using the same language that they learned last season.