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07:20 AM ET 02.04 | Justin Hartwig can quite clearly remember winning in Super Bowl XLIII, where the Steelers topped Arizona to claim their sixth Lombardi Trophy. The man most responsible for Hartwig earning that ring at the end of his career is the person who drafted him in the sixth round of the 2002 draft when he was a little-known tackle at the University of Kansas. New Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak drafted Hartwig when he worked for the Tennessee Titans and converted him to center. Despite never playing the position previously, Hartwig became Tennessee's starter for three seasons and played eight NFL seasons before retiring in 2010. "He was a great mentor and a great friend," Hartwig said. "I think the Steelers hit a grand slam home run in getting him."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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February 4, 2014  07:54 AM ET

He has his work cut out for him.

February 4, 2014  08:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He has his work cut out for him.

If he can fix that mess he'll be a HC again in no time.

February 4, 2014  08:10 AM ET

With less players to deal with in Pittsburgh maybe Munchak will have better control on his unit that he did with the whole squad in Tennessee that eventually cost him his job.

February 4, 2014  08:36 AM ET

Fixing any team usually begins with the o-line. Good hire.

February 4, 2014  08:49 AM ET

How did he draft him when he worked for the Titans? He wasn't a HC yet. He supersedes the GM?

February 4, 2014  08:50 AM ET

Pittsburgh's offensive linemen were very excited about this headline, until they read it a second time and realized they were getting a grand-slam hire and not a grand-slam breakfast

February 4, 2014  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Fixing any team usually begins with the o-line. Good hire.

Absolutely. And if anything needs fixed on the Steelers its their O line.

February 4, 2014  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

How did he draft him when he worked for the Titans? He wasn't a HC yet. He supersedes the GM?

Just a little embellishment of Munchak's responsibilities as an OL coach by the PPG.

February 4, 2014  09:24 AM ET

Pittsburgh has 4 present and former HC's on it's staff, Tomlin, Haley, Munchak, and LeBeau, that's a lot of egos to appease. See if Tomlin is up to it.

February 4, 2014  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Just a little embellishment of Munchak's responsibilities as an OL coach by the PPG.

Editorials.. Gotta love em.

February 4, 2014  09:33 AM ET

Im sure he will do well, just focusing. On the OL!!!

February 4, 2014  11:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Pittsburgh has 4 present and former HC's on it's staff, Tomlin, Haley, Munchak, and LeBeau, that's a lot of egos to appease. See if Tomlin is up to it.

Wow, is there a snowball forming in Pittsburgh. Soon they will be hiring ex Head Coaches to assist their current Ex Head Coaches that are Assistants. It's a good thing this isn't a restaurant and we aren't talking about Chefs.

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February 4, 2014  12:15 PM ET

Titans gave up this guy way too early.

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February 4, 2014  04:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Great hire for The Steelers but the token has to go.

Absolutely.

February 4, 2014  04:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Titans gave up this guy way too early.

He was with them for over 30 yrs.

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February 5, 2014  01:27 AM ET
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Tomlin is a very weak head coach who ran Cowhers program till empty. Misfit hire that is now showing how bad it was.

You have a good point, though replacing players also falls on the GM. Still doesn't excuse your borderline bigoted post in #15.

 
February 5, 2014  03:55 PM ET
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Pittsburgh's offensive linemen were very excited about this headline, until they read it a second time and realized they were getting a grand-slam hire and not a grand-slam breakfast

Wrong group. This would better apply to LaMar Woodly. And he'd think it was 3 or 4 grand-slam breakfasts cause that's what he eats in the offseason. At least it seems like it.

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