It only took a few hours to find former offensive line coach Mike Munchak’s replacement, after Munchak accepted an offer to join the Denver Broncos for the same position on Monday.
The Steelers settled on Shaun Sarrett, the team’s assistant offensive line coach under Munchak for the 2018 season. It didn’t take very long to find a replacement, especially for an organization that historically promotes from within its walls.
“We are excited to promote Shaun to coach our offensive line,” said Coach Mike Tomlin in a statement on Steelers.com “We have full confidence in his coaching abilities, and we look forward to him using his experience as he has been preparing for this opportunity to take on the challenges that will be presented to him.”
The immediate promotion of Sarrett prompts a vibe of confidence from the organization that Sarrett was the right and logical choice. Before being promoted to assistant offensive line coach, Sarret spent the 2012-2017 seasons as an offensive assistant for the Steelers.
Sarrett’s familiarity with the team and guidance under Munchak were big bonuses for keeping him around.
Fans shouldn’t expect to see any noticeable differences in the play of the offensive line, if any at all take place. The loss of Munchak will be felt in some form or fashion, yet the promotion of Sarrett is preceded with a sense of stability within the coaching ranks, something the Steelers could certainly use across the board.