Steelers insider and beat reporter Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette is reporting that Pittsburgh will hire Hall of Fame guard Mike Munchak to be the team’s new offensive line coach.
Munchak, who was the head coach in Tennessee the past three seasons, compiling a 22-26 record before being fired following the 2013 season after reportedly refusing to part ways with several of his assistant coaches, will take over for Jack Bicknell Jr, who was let go by head coach Mike Tomlin after the regular season.
Munchak played at Penn State under legendary head coach Joe Paterno in the late 70s and early 80s, before landing in Houston in 1982 and playing 12 Hall of Fame seasons that included nine trips to the Pro Bowl and 10 seasons selected as an All-Pro.
After retirement, Munchak stayed on with the Oilers organization as an assistant coach and was named offensive line coach in 1997 after owner Bud Adams relocated his team to Tennessee, eventually re-naming it the Titans.
- Munchak coached the offensive line for 14 seasons before taking over for Jeff Fisher as head coach in 2010.
According to Bouchette, Munchak coaches a zone blocking system, similar to what the team wanted to implement last season after drafting running back Le’Veon Bell in the second round.
Munchak becomes the Steelers fourth offensive line coach since Tomlin was hired in 2007.