The search is over. The Pittsburgh Steelers have found their man to coach the offensive line. After releasing Jack Bicknell Jr. 19 days ago, the black and gold have hired former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak. Munchak comes to a team whose quarterback was sacked 42 times, seventh highest in the league in 2013.
The Steelers interviewed Munchak last Friday and both sides must have liked what they seen. Munchak, a Scranton PA native, is one of the best offensive lineman to put on a uniform. A nine-time Pro Bowler while playing for the Houston Oilers, Munchak was voted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.
For 13 seasons, Munchak was the Titans’ offensive line coach (1997-2010). After the Titans parted ways with Jeff Fisher, Munchak was named the Titans’ head coach. Tennessee fired Munchak after three seasons, and the Steelers jumped on the opportunity to add Munchak to the staff.
Munchak’s success in Tennessee over the last several years has come through the run game. Running back Chris Johnson seems to have one 1,000-yard season after the next. This is something the Steelers have been missing out on. However, with a lot of talent behind Maurkice Pouncey, Kelvin Beachum and David DeCastro, Munchak should be able to shape the Steelers’ offensive line into shape.