It wasn't intentional, but it doesn't hurt, either.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was asked by Steelers Digest editor Bob Labriola how it came to pass the Steelers have three ex-NFL head coaches on their staff.
"I really don’t even think about (them being former head coaches). It’s not something that I set out to do. I think when given an opportunity to fill a position, you just look at the credible men and they happen to be ex-head coaches in some instances and that’s just part of it. I think maybe we get head coaching opportunities because we’re good at what we do.
Me, by nature, I’m a secondary coach. Obviously, I wear a different hat in Pittsburgh, but it’s my vocation, it’s something that’s put me in this position to do what it is I do today. I think the same thing could be said for a guy like Munch as it relates to the offensive line."
Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, offensive coordinator Todd Haley and offensive line coach Mike Munchak were head coaches of the Bengals, Chiefs and Titans, respectively, and LeBeau and Munchak are both in the Hall of Fame. It would appear it's a leg-up, like Tomlin told Labriola, "Maybe ex-head coaches are good coaches, I don’t know."
There's something to be said about whether they're effective head coaches, and of course, that's not what they're being paid to do in Pittsburgh. They've all shown varying levels of proficiency in their respective vocations, as Tomlin might say, and it can only serve to benefit the team.
Assuming, of course, Tomlin can get them all moving in the right direction. That's the key for any group dynamic. The Steelers have won plenty with LeBeau, but are a .500 team with Haley. The addition to Munchak changes that dynamic, hopefully for the better, but we won't know how much of an impact he'll make until the season starts.