Position assistants are pretty low on the hierarchy, so when Shaun Sarrett moved up from assistant offensive line coach to offensive line coach in 2019, inheriting that role after Mike Munchak departed to join the Denver Broncos last season, that came with it a change not just in his coaching role, but his ‘advisory’ one as well.
It was known, for example, that Munchak did more than just train the offensive line. Informally, he was also viewed as something of a run game coordinator. Sarrett didn’t say that he took over that informal role when he spoke to reporters last week, but he did acknowledge that there was a bit more on his plate.
The line play is generally regarded as having taken a step back last season, but there are many contributing factors, including the revolving door at quarterback. This year, with Ramon Foster retiring, he is in charge of retooling the line, moving Matt Feiler to left guard and pitting Chukwuma Okorafor and Zach Banner against each other to start at right tackle. That’s a lot on his plate already without his input on game plans.
“As a whole, we work on the game plan together. It’s not just Coach Randy or even the tight ends or whatever. It’s all of us”, he said. “We go into a room and we formulate a plan and we stick to that plan. For me being a first-year guy, you’re gonna have those jitters and stuff, but it’s just one of those things you’re gonna work yourself through”.
“You get more comfortable as the games progress”, he added. “I was already comfortable with the guys, per se, but just the game-planning part probably, a little bit, yeah”.
– Steelers Offensive Line Coach Shaun Sarrett
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