Is was reported on Friday by several outlets that the Steelers interviewed former Tennessee head coach Mike Munchak for the opening as their offensive line coach.
- The position became available when Jack Bicknell Jr. was let go after just one season in Pittsburgh.
Munchak, a Hall of Fame offensive lineman who spent 12 seasons with the Oilers before retiring following the ’93 season, stayed with Houston as an assistant coach in 1994 and became the offensive line coach in 1997 after owner Bud Adams moved his franchise to Tennessee, eventually re-naming it the Titans.
- Munchak served as offensive line coach for 14 seasons, before getting the nod as head coach in 2011 after long-time head coach Jeff Fisher departed.
However, after three mostly underwhelming seasons, in which the Titans finished a combined 22-26, Munchak was fired following the just completed 2013 regular season when he reportedly refused to part ways with several of his assistant coaches.
Munchak, who played at Penn State in the late 70s and early 80s under legendary head coach Joe Paterno, was also rumored to be interested in the vacated head spot at Happy Valley before James Franklin got the nod last week.
If Munchak does indeed get the job as offensive line coach in Pittsburgh, it would obviously be an awesome find, as he certainly has the credentials to take the Steelers young and often-struggling unit to the next level. However, after being a head coach for three seasons, Munchak no doubt has aspirations for a head coaching job somewhere, if not in the NFL, then perhaps the college ranks.
Therefore, the Steelers may be looking for another offensive line coach next January, but if Munchak can make a difference for the young hogs up front who are entrusted to protect franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, it might be worth that year.
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