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Obviously, Mike Munchak Would Be A Perfect Hire By Mike Tomlin


Former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak was reportedly in Pittsburgh on Friday to interview for the Steelers offensive line coach position and you aren’t likely to find many people that are disappointed to hear that.

Munchak, who was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001 for his 12 years of play at guard for the Houston Oilers, also has a very impressive resume when it comes to coaching offensive linemen.

Prior to becoming the Titans head coach in 2011, Munchak coached the franchises offensive line for 14 years. During that span, four of his linemen; Bruce Matthews, Brad Hopkins, Kevin Mawae and Michael Roos, totaled 10 Pro Bowl invites and his offensive lines were responsible for five different running backs rushing for 1,000 yards in a season an NFL-high 12 times. Those four running backs were of course Eddie George, Chris Brown, Travis Henry, Lendale White and Chris Johnson.

As far as George goes, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell has been compared to him quite a bit and that dates back to his time at Michigan State. Like George, Bell has good height and is a very patient runner. From 1997-2003, George rushed for 8641 yards on 2398 carries and 56 touchdowns behind offensive lines coached by Munchak.

If there were a downside to hiring Munchak, it would be that he might be considered a candidate for another head coaching job as early as next season. In reality, he should at least be with the Steelers two years should they ultimately be able to hire him.

Imagine what Munchak could do for Maurkice Pouncey, Kelvin Beachum, David DeCastro, Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams. Munchak is regarded as a no nonsense coach that is a stickler for the details, especially when it comes to footwork. He knows the inside and outside zone schemes, and the Steelers would be very lucky to land him. Keep your fingers crossed that head coach Mike Tomlin offers Munchak the job and he accepts it.

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  • Kevin Gobleck

    Man that would be a great move to get things started

  • steeltown

    If Munchak is ultimately hired, I see where the concern arises regarding him leaving in a year or two, but hey when/if that happens THEN promote Sarrett to the OL coach position

  • Virdin Barzey

    This would be great. Now he can really tell us who we keep and who has to go. Clearly the last two guys aren’t in Munch’s league. Hope they make him an offer before he leaves.

  • Dwayne Ferguson

    Too perfect… Will never happen.

  • nicolaisim

    Exactly what I said when we drafted Pouncey, Decastro and Jarvis – Never say never :)

  • Ken

    Too good to be true… hope I am wrong

  • Callentown

    Man, that would be a nice hire, although I personally don’t believe the Wizard of Oz could make something out of Adams and Gilbert. Would LOVE to be proven wrong.

    Ya hear that Munch?!?

  • blackandgoldBullion

    When I heard he got fired, the first thing I thought was “Holy Crap! Imagine a guy like that coaching the O line of the Steelers. He would be exactly what the doctor ordered for these guys!” That’s what I said to some buddies.

    Now that he’s there (in Pittsburgh interviewing) and finding out that he was originally from PA has me even more hopeful. Of course, after all this time down south, and who knows what his family might want. My guess is he would want to go to Houston.

    But if the Steelers can make him an offer he can’t refuse, I will be absolutely ecstatic!!! Come on, please. Please!!!

  • RMSteeler

    I’m betting the Rooney’s would pay anything short of their current coordinators or HC. Good thing staff is not under a Cap. After what he’s gone through the past two years, he may want to concentrate on one thing while he recharges his batteries for HC. Going to Browns would be from frying pan to fire.

  • Bill Molinaro

    It would be more that great to have this man back in PA again! I don’t care about him being hired away in the future. If you let all the ‘what ifs’ of deals like this stop you, you will be forever paralyzed and left out in the cold.

  • Bill Molinaro

    Come on here Munch!!!

  • cp72

    Exactly what I was thinking. Want to interview well…go into a meeting and tell the story of how you took 7 young guys and turned them into one of the best lines in the NFL.

  • pittsburghjoe

    This is exactly what the O-Line needs. I don’t care how long he stays! He has the ability to raise the bar.

  • treeher

    Biggest challenge would be taking subordinate role to Haley, but a confident man of good character could make it work.

  • John Hinton

    This would be outstanding if it happens!

  • Rick M

    Look at Tomlin’s track record in hiring coaches. He hires coaches who pose no threat whatsoever to him down the road (i.e. guys with no real chance of being a Head Coach in the future). As much as I would love to see Munchak take over responsibility for our O-Line – and he seems like an automatic hire if available – I just don’t think it will happen.

  • Sabbie

    This would be a great hire, I hope it happens.

  • joed32

    He has 2 former head coaches on his staff, Munchak would be #3. He didn’t hire LeBeau but he definitely wanted to keep him.

  • Rick M

    He didn’t hire either LeBeau or Haley (two former Head Coaches), as you’re aware. And neither one of them is a threat to be a Head Coach down the road: LeBeau because of age and Haley because of his temperament and his accusations when leaving K.C. (he felt his office was bugged).

    So far, almost exclusively, MT has hired candidates from losing programs who have little to no chance of being a Head Coach in the NFL. I genuinely hope Tomlin proves me 100% wrong when I say that he will not likely hire Munchak, as he would be a superb selection.

  • Steve

    The Steelers O line needs a coach that can show them what they are doing wrong and how to do it right. Aparantly the OL coach we had was not able to do this and that is why he is gone. Thanks for letting us know about coach Tomlin interviewing Coach Munchak.

  • pittsburghjoe

    I didnt think of that….. Good Point. Just send Todd to his room.

  • dennisdoubleday

    You make no sense blaming Tomlin. It would be unusual to hire a former head coach for anything other than a coordinator position. He inherited LeBeau, and, according to you, the only time an OC was hired, he was not hired by Tomlin. So, how exactly has Tomlin failed you? Were there up-and-coming head coaches dying to be named our o-line or ST coach last year?

  • Rick M

    I’m not “blaming” Tomlin for anything. I’m speaking about the type of coaches that he seems to hire.

    You mention the word “failed” in your post. I didnt use that term anywhere in my post. But now that you mention the term, do you seriously feel that the hiring of Jack Bicknell Jr. was not a failure? It was an absolute disaster that almost got Ben ‘killed’ (30+ sacks in the first 8 games until most of the O-line responsibilities were taken away from Bicknell Jr.). If you don’t consider that a failed hire, we’ll agree to disagree.

    A former Head Coach now seems interested in a non-Coordinator position with the Steelers. Let’s see if he is hired by MT or not, because on the surface Munchak appears a great candidate. If he’s not hired, then I completely stand by initial comment. If he is hired, I’ll be the first one to admit I’m wrong and give MT credit.

  • gene mann

    Why have to settle like we did with Bicknell Jr. Make the move to get one of the best OL coaches out there

  • copanut

    I’m sorry, but this is just babbling nonsense. Tomlin hires who he thinks will best position him to win, nothing more or less than that. You may question his competence in evaluating the talent, but that’s a different story.

    The Steelers FO is not in the habit of firing head coaches nor replacing departing head coaches them with their coordinators. The last time they had the opportunity to replace a head coach, they had one, and arguably two, up and coming HC candidates on the staff (Whizenhunt and Grimm), and chose Tomlin instead. Has the team ever elevated one of their coordinators or assitants to the HC position? The answer is NO, not once in team history have they ever elevated one of their own existing coaches to head coach.

    And if the team was so bad that they had to fire the coach (something that hasn’t happened in about a half century), most likely they’d clean house entirely – bring in a new HC from outside and let him bring in his own staff.

    So in short, there is nothing to back up your proposition that Tomlin is afraid to hire up-and-coming coaches for fear of losing his own job.

  • Eric Crook

    i believe that you make a very valid argument

  • LucasY59

    If Munchak can help DeCastro, Adams and Gilbert become the players the Steelers hoped they would be, it is absolutely worth it! even if he leaves in one or two years, he could still turn those players into solid or great o-lineman, and the guy that replaces him has a much easier job.

  • John A Stewart

    Lol do you really believe that Tomlin is calling the shot’s trust me it’s Colbert and the Rooney’s.

  • Rick M

    The only facts are the coaches he has hired. Name me one coach Tomlin has hired from a winning program, or one coach that would ever be considered a head coaching prospect. There are plenty of offensive line coaches and Special Teams coaches for you to choose from who he has hired.

    Again, name one – 1 – hired by Tomlin from a winning program, or who even went on to be a Coordinator never mind a Head Coach. If you can’t do it from the significant number of coaches he has hired and fired, then you are the one who is “babbling”. Back up your words with some facts.

  • Cj2007

    Look let’s get one thing straight right now……. Mike Munchak isn’t a winning HEAD COACH in the NFL. He had a 22-26 record as the head coach of the Titans. You’ll act like he is a threat to anyone in the Steelers organization lol, give me a break. Munchak was a heck of a O-line coach and he would greatly improve that mob of O-Linemen we have on the roster. One more thing, how many had coaches do you know that just got fired, had a 22-26 record and turn around and get another head coaching job in the NFL in a matter of a couple of weeks?Answer: NONE and Mike Munchak won’t start that TREND lmao

  • Brandon James

    This is literally babbling nonsense. For one amazing coaches who are next in line for head coaching spots will not be fighting it our for an assistant position, and so that leaves us with this…if you look at a lot of hires, almost always they have a lineage back to the steelers franchise, or they grew up In pa locally. Your disregarding the past however many years of history of the steelers, and I’m almost 100% their are reports Haley was a favorite of the Rooneys, not Tomlin. So in turn that leaves us with this: Pittsburgh doesn’t hire inadequate coaches to make Their HC better. And Tomlin would be gone by now if that was the case.

  • copanut

    Hahahahaha… seriously? You want facts? It is a fact that in their history the Steelers have never once hired a head coach from within. Based on that singular fact, it is a reasonable supposition that Tomlin need not worry much that he would be replaced by one his own coaches.
    Further, it is a fact that the Steelers rarely replace head coaches who have a generally consistent record of winning. It is thus a reasonable supposition that if his concern is his job security, he would best be served by hiring the staff he believes will give him the best chance to win. There is no other rational conclusion.
    As for your opinion of Tomlin’s coaches, it is exactly that, opinions. Opinions are not facts. For some odd reason, I trust the opinions of Tomlin and the Steelers organization more than some random internet wannabe, given the other indisputable fact that the Steelers run the winningest team of the modern NFL era, and, well, you do not.

  • Rick M

    The whole point of my comment was will Tomlin finally hire an offensive line coach who has a really good pedigree – Mike Munchak? You guys seem to be totally disregarding the fact that Tomlin is now hiring his 4th O-line coach in 8 years. How is the offensive line supposed to mesh when it has three different coaches in three years? Do the bad hires not even matter? As for the “lineage” that you talk about, none of Tomlin’s first three O-line coaches (Zierlein, Kugler and Bicknell Jr.) had any significant “lineage” with the Steelers’ franchise.

    If Tomlin hires Munchak, we’ll have a rock solid O-line coach in 2014 and hopefully in 2015 and 2016. If he doesn’t hire Munchak and settles for someone with a far lesser pedigree (as he has done in the past), then ‘yes’ he is scared of hiring an assistant who could take his place if the Steelers have another couple of sub-par years. The fact that you guys so easily defend his past hirings is mind-numbing. I gather you’ll also be comfortable if Munchak is passed over.

  • Rick M

    I never thought Romeo Crennell would get another shot after going 24-40 with Cleveland. But he became an interim Head Coach with K.C. and went 2-1 and somehow that was good enough to get him the full-time Head Coaching position the next year (wherein he went 2-14).

    If Crennel can go 24-40 and get another Head Coaching gig, Munchak can easily do it at 22-26. Probably not for a couple of years, but I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if it happens somewhere down the road.

  • copanut

    Actually, your original contention was the absurd notion that Tomlin would not hire Munchak because he is afraid of hiring someone who might take his job.
    Not a single person has disregarded the questionable quality of the previous OL coaches. You just made that up.
    What you need to decide is whether you want to debate Tomlin’s competence (a legitimate thing to do), or invent unsupported fantasy about his intentions (babbling nonsense).

  • Rick M

    I see you still haven’t named an assistant that he has hired from a winning program, or an assistant that subsequently advanced in his NFL career. If that doesn’t represent hiring non-threatening assistants, nothing does.

    Keep living in your dream world and believing that Tomlin always hires the best available candidates out there. If Munchak isn’t hired, your theory will be blown to smithereens – not that you would have the courage to admit, or even recognize, it.

  • Rick M

    They’d never hired a black coach before Mile Tomlin, what’s your point (“the Steelers have never hired a head coach from within”). There’s a first for everything.

    As for the rest of your comment; you’re great with the insults. Too bad you don’t have a little knowledge to back them up. Night “nut”.

  • copanut

    I’m not interested in playing your little game of diversion. Pity you can’t just acknowledge that you made a mistake in claiming that Tomlin is afraid to hire good coaches out of fear that they will take his job. Nobody is fooled by your attempted diversion. Well, maybe one person.

  • copanut

    Okay Rick, you win. Tomlin clearly prefers to hire coaches who he believes will not help him to win because, uh, winning less will help him to keep his job. I apologize that I just didn’t get that earlier.

  • copanut

    And just for the record, I never insulted you. What I did was to challenge the assertions you made, and to challenge your attempts to divert the discussion rather than address the challenge. I certainly have nothing against you personally even if I find the opinions you expressed here to be preposterous and unsubstantiated.
    I do understand that when one’s assertions are publicly challenged and can’t be defended, the result is personal embarrassment that may be mistaken as having been insulted. C’est la vie.

  • copanut

    Another example would be Bill Belichik, who also had a losing record at Cleveland but got another shot. Perhaps anyone who is stuck in Cleveland gets an automatic mulligan as a consolation prize. But the important point is in neither the Belichick case nor the Crennell case did they get another shot immediately. They had to wait a few years. I’d say a couple of years of Munchak’s services would be well worth it.

  • Brandon James

    Sorry Rick, Copa called you out already. I also never said specifically at the O-Line position, I’m talking in general with all coaching spots, it’s something that holds true to the steelers. And let’s see this past year it was reported they had to settle and Tomlin didn’t get who HE wanted. The O-Line coach before him resigned to coach his former college. There are a lot of holes in your argument, and your generalizing a lot.

    P.S you act like every coach in the league would be on their knees to accept any coaching job from the steelers. Maybe ever think there have been no good candidates available to hire? OH WAIT. That happened last season….

  • mrallnite111 .

    Does Bruce Arians count..?

  • joed32

    He didn’t hire Haley? Who did? And if he’s not doing the hiring then why are you blaming him for Bicknell and not hiring Munchak, etc.

  • Cj2007

    Thank you Copanut, that’s what I said in my post but Rick M took what I stated and twisted it. What does Romeo have to do with Munchak? Read my post again Rick M and you will discover that I never said Munchak doesn’t deserve another shot at becoming a head coach again in the NFL, but he won’t get another shot this season just a few weeks after he just got fired by the Titans. Maybe he gets another offer in 2 to 3yrs to become a head coach again. If he accepted the job he would be a great asset to the team, not a threat to Tomlin,Haley or any other coaches.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Dude, think about what you are saying. Who hires a coach from a winning team? Slim to none and slim is on vacation. Most coaches on winning teams either don’t leave or they become head coaches. Look at the Bengals. Nobody leaves a winning program as head coach or coordinator to become a coordinator.

    Why do you think Munchack is available? Losing season. If he got hired by Tomlin, your point makes no sense because he came from a losing team…hence being fired.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I still think the only question for Munchak is where do I wish to be an O Line coach. He played in Houston for his entire career then moved on to coaching and staying with the same organization as they moved to Tennessee. Does he still have family in Houston, or perhaps lots back in PA where he was born? That might factor into his decision.

    Does he want to coach the Texans, that already have some great linemen? Or does he want to go to the Steelers with all those young guys that he can help mould? I hope it’s Pittsburgh.

  • gene mann

    so he left without any offer

  • Bob Loblaw

    Lebeau? No. Though if he wanted he could have a head coaching job in a second. Haley though? If the offense in Pittsburgh continues to improve you can bet some desperate team will give him an interview.

  • joed32

    Did I miss the post where you admitted you were wrong and gave MT credit?

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