PITTSBURGH (AP) Christian Scotland-Williamson looks the part.Standing on the practice field with the rest of the Pittsburgh Steelers Jon Bostic Color Rush Jersey , the rookie tight end blends in seamlessly. The 25-year-old is tall (6-foot-9), big (275 pounds) and athletic.Then Scotland-Williamson opens his mouth. A polite British accent comes out, the kind that would go unnoticed on a soccer pitch, but on a field crammed with dozens of players practically weaned on Americaís Game, it raises eyebrows. Lots of eyebrows.Scotland-Williamson gets it. The former rugby player who was raised in the London suburbs understands heís a bit of a curiosity as a member of the second graduating class of the NFLís International Player Pathway program. At the heart of it all, however, Scotland-Williamson figures the only thing separating him from his teammates is experience. Not passion. Not athleticism. And certainly not drive.ĒItís one of those things where when I was younger, if Iíd been exposed to American football I probably would have played it at an earlier age,Ē Scotland-Williamson said. ĒBut being a British kid, itís not at your doorstep, so itís quite hard.ĒSo Scotland-Williamson opted for rugby. He turned professional at 20 and spent four seasons with the Worcester Warriors of the English Premiership, the top rugby division in the United Kingdom. Then cameras caught him making a monster tackle in a game last spring and his phone rang, with folks wondering if heíd like to come to the U.S. and join the IPP.Started in 2017, the IPP selects a handful of athletes from other countries to come to the U.S. to learn the finer points of pro football. If they make it through a four-month boot camp at IMG Academy in Florida, they can be assigned to an NFL club, where they will spend a season on the practice squad to prove themselves in what amounts to one of the most unusual internships on the planet.Though Scotland-Williamsonís rugby career appeared on the rise https://www.steelerssportshop.com/Mike-Hilton-Jersey , the prospect of heading overseas was simply too tantalizing to pass up.ĒItís kind of like that movie `Inception,í once one plants that seed, thatís it,Ē he said. ĒIím very much someone who doesnít want to live with any regrets and look back at 50 or 60 years old at a bar with your mates and think, `Oh no, what if I could have done this but didnít.í So thatís why Iím here really.ĒThe initial IPP graduation class last spring included three athletes from the United Kingdom and another from Germany. The current group includes Scotland-Williamson and Australian rugby player Jordan Mailata, who impressed the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles so much they used a seventh-round draft pick on him to make sure he didnít end up somewhere else.Scotland-Williamson is not quite as polished. He understood little about the game outside of what he occasionally saw on TV when he arrived in Florida in January. The highly regimented day started with a 6 a.m. walkthrough and often lasted until a film session at a coachís house that wouldnít wrap up until around 9:30 p.m.ĒWe learned a hell of a lot in a short amount of time,Ē Scotland-Williamson said.Just not everything. Though heís studied up on the 100-plus page NFL rule book, he admits heís still a little fuzzy on details in some spots. And while the film work certainly helps, itís quite a bit different when you have your helmet on standing in an offensive huddle listening to a quarterback bark out a play that has very specific instructions. Compared to rugbyís more free-flowing style, itís a lot to take in.The evidence can be found on the practice field. While Scotland-Williamson thinks heís handling his business just fine as a blocker, route running is another matter. The player who never donned so much as a football helmet until rookie minicamp earlier this month practically staples himself to tight ends coach James Daniel, hoping to soak up as much as he can as fast as he can.Yet Scotland-Williamson understands he canít rush things. Thatís why heís grateful the opportunity didnít arise until his mid-20s. Spending four years as a professional rugby player taught him how to deal with bumps in the road.ĒI have a better perspective,Ē he said. ĒEspecially with this where youíre going to get your butt kicked every day for a while until things start clicking. You have to have quite thick skin, so thatís helped.ĒSo does a bit of a thick head. When he told his parents he was putting his rugby career on hold to give football a try, his father balked.ĒI had to give him a massive sales pitch https://www.steelerssportshop.com ,Ē Scotland-Williamson said.That included one very important point: This wasnít a lark or a publicity stunt or fulfilling some bit of wanderlust. This was real.ĒI donít think you go into this half-hearted,Ē he said. ĒYou want it all. You want to make the 53 (man roster). You want to go to Super Bowls. You want to end up being the first international player to make it big. Thatís the biggest thing, not only to represent myself, but it means a lot for the international players who were born outside of America who donít think they have a chance.Ēó ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) ó Mike Munchak, who had been a finalist for Denver's head coaching job, is making a lateral move from the Pittsburgh Steelers to serve as the Broncos' new offensive line coach."There's nobody better as an offensive line coach than Mike Munchak," new coach Vic Fangio said Monday. "The combination of his ability to coach the individual with his ability to coach the group, while also being a big part of the overall offense, is very impressive. Mike's experience and stature as a coach in the NFL make this a home run hire for us."The Broncos also are allowing Gary Kubiak to interview elsewhere and have received permission to interview 49ers QBs coach Rich Scangarello for their offensive coordinator opening, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Monday because the Broncos haven't publicly commented on their offensive coordinator situation. Kubiak, 57, who helped general manager John Elway hit the jackpot in the 2018 NFL draft while serving as his senior personnel adviser , was expected to run Denver's offense in 2019.The Broncos decided not to bring back the old schemes and staff that Kubiak had in mind, however. So, the Broncos are letting Kubiak interview for OC vacancies in Jacksonville and Minnesota after initially blocking other teams from interviewing him.In Munchak Pittsburgh Steelers Customized Jerseys , the Broncos get another seasoned coach. At 58, he's two years younger than Fangio, a fellow native of Pennsylvania.A former head coach in Tennessee, Munchak was a finalist to replace Vance Joseph , but Elway chose Fangio after being won over by his "death by inches" ethos regarding accountability.Munchak instead gets the chance to fix the Broncos' chronically leaky O-line.Last year, the Broncos lost three interior starting linemen to injuries and ended up using a guard at center and four tackles down the stretch.Munchak was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection as a guard for the Houston Oilers from 1982-93 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001, three years before Elway's enshrinement. After his playing career, Munchak joined the Oilers' coaching staff in 1994, beginning a two-decade career that included a stint as head coach from 2011-13.He spent the last five seasons coaching Pittsburgh's offensive line, and the Steelers have compiled a 54-25-1 record over that span.The Broncos had split up their O-line duties last season between Sean Kugler (guards and centers) and Chris Strausser (tackles) but 2017 first-round draft pick Garett Bolles was still flagged for 11 holding penalties, one more than he had as a rookie.If he does return to the sideline in 2019, Kubiak would want to take along his longtime assistants Rick Dennison and Brian Pariani, two coaches who weren't retained in Denver after Kubiak stepped down as head coach following the 2016 season, citing health concerns.Kubiak suffered what the Broncos called a "complex migraine condition" in 2016 and was transported via ambulance from the stadium to the hospital for the second time in three years. He also collapsed at halftime of a game in Houston in 2013 while he was coaching the Texans, and doctors diagnosed a mini-stroke.Kubiak hasn't publicly discussed how he'd be ready to return to the grind of coaching or if he'd be limited in any way because of his health.