Steelers interview Munchak


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Former Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak came and went without accepting or possibly even being offered the position of offensive line coach with the Steelers.

But the fact he met Friday with coach Mike Tomlin and offensive coordinator Todd Haley at the team’s South Side facility indicates Munchak is interested in the position.

“He wouldn’t have come if he wasn’t,” said a team source.

Munchak has had several interviews since being fired last week after three seasons as head coach in Tennessee, including talking to the Cleveland Browns about becoming their head coach. He also interviewed with the Houston Texans about becoming their offensive line coach.

He is willing to go back to being an offensive line coach because he was never a coordinator when he was an assistant on Jeff Fisher’s coaching staff with the Titans.

Munchak is the second known candidate to interview for the position that opened when the Steelers fired Jack Bicknell Jr. several days after the end of the regular season. Offensive assistant Shaun Sarrett also interviewed for the position.

Munchak would be an attractive hire for many reasons, but one of the plusses is he ran zone-blocking schemes when he was the Titans offensive line coach and continued to use them when he was head coach.

If Munchak were hired, he would be the second member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the Steelers coaching staff, joining Dick LeBeau. Munchak, a former offensive guard at Penn State who played 12 seasons with the Houston Oilers, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.

He would also be the third former NFL head coach on Tomlin’s staff, joining LeBeau and Haley.

Munchak was the first offensive lineman selected and the eighth overall pick in the 1982 draft and was selected to 10 All-Pro teams and made nine Pro Bowl appearances with the Oilers.


Gerry Dulac: gdulac@post-gazette.com; twitter: @gerrydulac First Published January 17, 2014 3:14 PM

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