Steelers interview Munchak for OL job
By Alan Robinson
Published: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, 3:45 p.m.
Hall of Famer Mike Munchak was considered to be one of the NFL's best offensive line coaches before becoming the Titans' head coach in 2011. The Steelers apparently hope to convince him to be an assistant again.
Munchak, a former Penn State star, interviewed Friday with coach Mike Tomlin and offensive coordinator Todd Haley to become the Steelers' offensive line coach. Jack Bicknell Jr. was fired two weeks ago after one season.
Shaun Sarrett, who assisted Bicknell this season, also is a candidate. The Steelers haven't said if they will interview additional candidates next week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
While it is not common for a former head coach to return to being a position coach, it happens. Former Vikings coach Mike Tice was hired last week as the Falcons' line coach. And Munchak never was a coordinator during 14 seasons on the Titans/Oilers staff before he became coach. Munchak had a 22-26 record in three seasons, including a 7-9 record this season. The Titans beat the Steelers each of the past two seasons.
Munchak, 53, was fired by the Titans on Jan. 4 for refusing to make massive changes to his coaching staff, including firing both coordinators. He interviewed with the Lions, but they chose Jim Caldwell as their coach. He also interviewed for the NFL's last remaining head coaching job, with the Browns, but they also want to talk with Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase.
Munchak, from Scranton, played for Penn State in 1979 and 1981, missing the 1980 season with a knee injury, before being a nine-time Pro Bowl guard with the Oilers. He joined their staff in 1994, one season after retiring. He was named to the all-decade team of the 1980s and to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.
Alan Robinson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @arobinson_Trib.
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