Friday, January 17, 2014
Steelers to meet with Mike Munchak?
By Scott Brown
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to meet with former Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak about their opening for an offensive line coach next week at the Senior Bowl, per CBS NFL Insider Jason LaCanfora.
Coach Mike Tomlin fired Jack Bicknell Jr. after just one season this month, and that might be the only job on his staff that Tomlin has to fill this offseason.
It makes sense that Tomlin is waiting for the Senior Bowl, which will be played in Mobile, Ala., before hiring an offensive line coach. The week that allows coaches and scouts to evaluate top college seniors has also turned into an NFL job fair.
Munchak has been busy since getting fired after coaching the Titans for the previous three seasons. He interviewed with the Detroit Lions and Penn State for their respective head-coaching jobs. Munchak has also met with the Cleveland Browns, who are the last NFL team with a vacancy at head coach and are waiting to talk with assistants whose teams are still in the playoffs.
Talking to Munchak and hiring him are obviously two different things. But there isn’t a more attractive candidate out there for the Steelers.
Munchak’s credentials as a player -- he is one of the greatest guards in NFL history and is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- would give him instant credibility with the linemen he would coach in Pittsburgh.
He also rose to head coach in Tennessee based on his work in the organization as an offensive line coach.
If the Steelers want to implement -- and stick with -- an outside zone-blocking scheme that would seem to fit Le'Veon Bell's running style, they couldn't find a better point man in doing that than Munchak.