Mike Munchak, the former Penn State star lineman fired recently as the Tennessee Titans’ head coach, interviewed Friday for the Steelers’ offensive line coach vacancy, according to a team source.
Munchak, 53, interviewed earlier this week to the Browns’ head coach — Cleveland is the only NFL team without a coach — but the Browns also want to talk with Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase.
Munchak, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, also interviewed for the Detroit Lions’ head coaching job, but they hired Jim Caldwell, the former Colts coach and Ravens offensive coordinator.
Munchak met Friday with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and offensive coordinator Todd Haley several days before much of the team’s staff heads to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. The offensive line coach’s job is the only opening on the Steelers’ staff.
The Steelers have not revealed if they plan to interview any more candidates for the job at the Senior Bowl.
Munchak was fired by the Titans on Jan. 4 after refusing to make massive changes to his coaching staff, including the firing of both of his coordinators. He turned down a contract extension, saying he couldn’t fire coaches who didn’t deserve to be replaced.
Munchak had a 22-26 record in three seasons at Tennessee, including a 7-9 record this season. The Titans beat the Steelers each of the last two seasons.
Tennessee hasn’t made the playoffs since 2008 or won a playoff game since 2003.
Munchak played for Penn State in 1979 and 1981; he missed the 1980 season with a knee injury, but still was the No. 8 overall draft pick by the Houston Oilers in 1982. He started at left guard for 12 seasons and was chosen for the Pro Bowl nine times, beginning in 1984. He also was selected to the NFL’s all-decade team for the 1980s.
After retiring, he returned to the Oilers one year later in 1994 as a quality control coach and became the offensive line coach in 1997, staying in that job through 2010
After former coach Jeff Fisher left in 2011, Munchak replaced him as head coach.
Munchak is a native of Scranton, where the street in front of Scranton High School is named for him.
It is not uncommon for a former head coach to return to being a position coach. Last week, the Falcons hired former Vikings head coach Mike Tice as their offensive line coach.
Munchak was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.