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Kelvin Beachum says Mike Munchak isn't just giving 'old man stories'

Whatever stories Munchak is giving the Steelers' offensive line, he should keep them coming. Pittsburgh's pass protection is reaching a level which few dared to dream of three years ago.

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Coming off of the best pass-protection game the Steelers have had in 2014, it's appropriate to throw some credit to Steelers' offensive line coach Mike Munchak. DK On Sports writer Dejan Kovacevic spoke to Steelers' left tackle Kelvin Beachum on the subject, as well as discussing Beachum's steady improvement since taking over the blind-side tackle position in Week 6 of the 2013 season.

"The dude played 10-12 years, a Hall of Famer," Beachum told Kovacevic on a video posted on Thursday to DK On Sports. "You know, he tells us a different story every day, so it's not like you're hearing 'old man stories,' it's a guy that's giving you something new every day."

Whatever stories Munchak is telling the team, here's hoping they keep coming. Pittsburgh's offensive line ranks ninth in the NFL in Pro Football Focus's Pass Blocking Efficiency stat, providing a clean pocket on 84 percent of the Steelers' passing attempts. Beachum has been remarkably efficient during that time, despite a down game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 4.

The group has been outstanding of late and Beachum has been a key component in that. Keep in mind, this is a seventh-round pickup from the 2012 draft - the same one that produced starting right guard David DeCastro, as well as deposed tackle Mike Adams.

Adams stepped in for injured right tackle Marcus Gilbert in Week 8 against Indianapolis and performed well, looking much more fluid and aware than he did in the disastrous first four games of the 2013 season. The Steelers' ability to build a better-functioning and more-capable offensive line from its original state three or four seasons ago is remarkable, and they're starting to see the benefits of that now.