Reports: Steelers hire Mike Munchak as offensive line coach
Published 9:19 PM EST Jan 22, 2014
Scranton native, Penn State alum also had job offer from Houston Texans
PITTSBURGH —Former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak will become the next offensive line coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to numerous reports.
The Houston Chronicle's John McClain tweeted Wednesday night that Munchak would be joining the Steelers instead of the Houston Texans, where he also interviewed for the same position under new head coach Bill O'Brien. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter also reported Munchak was going to Pittsburgh.
Munchak, 57, spent the past three seasons in Tennessee as head coach of the Titans. Before that, he spent 12 years with the franchise -- then the Houston Oilers -- as a Hall of Fame offensive lineman. After that, he joined the Oilers coaching staff in 1994 and remained with the franchise until this offseason.
A native of Scranton, Pa., and an alumni of Penn State, Munchak is the third former head coach on Mike Tomlin's staff in Pittsburgh, joining Dick LeBeau (Cincinnati Bengals) and Todd Haley (Kansas City Chiefs).
Munchak takes over the reins of the Steelers' offensive line from Jack Bicknell Jr., who was fired earlier this month after one season in Pittsburgh.
The team planned to install an outside zone-blocking scheme under Bicknell, but those plans never really materialized and were only confounded by injuries.