Steelers eye Munchak for OL coach job

Steelers eye Munchak for OL coach job
January 18, 2014, 5:30 pm
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(Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

The Pittsburgh Steelers, seeking to fill their vacant offensive line coach position, brought in former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak for an interview on Friday. It wasn’t clear that he was offered the job, but Munchak also should have some other options to consider.

The Cleveland Browns, who are being deliberate about naming a new head coach, have spoken to him about replacing Rob Chudzinski, and Munchak also has interviewed for another offensive line post, with the Houston Texans.

The Steelers fired Jack Bicknell Jr. shortly after the regular season ended, opening up their position. Munchak himself was fired by the Titans after the season.

As pointed out by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the addition of Munchak would give the Steelers two Hall of Fame players on their coaching staff. Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau was inducted into the Canton Hall for his play as a defensive back, and Munchak earned his place with nine Pro Bowl seasons during his 12 years as an offensive guard with the Houston Oilers.

At ESPN.com, Scott Brown called Munchak the Steelers’ No. 1 target for the job.

“The only drawback I can see with Munchak is that he will remain on the radar in regard to NFL coaching jobs for the foreseeable future,” Brown wrote. “His next stop may simply be a layover until he gets another head-coaching job.”