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Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (58) / 3/6/1960
College: Penn State

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak has turned down the Cardinals' request for a second interview for their head-coaching vacancy.
It's a sign the Cardinals have either already settled on a head coach or Munchak may be getting the OC job in Pittsburgh if current OC Todd Haley isn't brought back. Perhaps even Munchak is simply just happy with his OL gig in Pittsburgh and doesn't see the Cardinals job as one worth leaving for considering they have no quarterback. Munchak is going to get a second chance at some point. Schefter adds that Patriots LBs coach Brian Flores is back in play for Arizona. Jan 17 - 10:04 AM

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak will have a second interview for the Cardinals' head coaching vacancy.

Arizona will give other coaches a second interview as well, but this indicates Munchak is a serious candidate. Munchak spent 17 seasons with the Titans before being promoted to head coach in 2011, going 22-26 over three seasons. He has been with the Steelers since 2014.
Jan 16 - 10:46 AM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak's Cardinals interview will take place over the weekend.

Munchak has been coaching the Steelers' offensive line since being fired by the Titans following the 2013 season. He's probably a long shot to replace Bruce Arians in the desert.
Jan 4 - 1:57 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cardinals have requested to interview Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak for their head-coaching vacancy.

Munchak was the Titans' head man for three years from 2011-2013, posting a 22-26 record and finishing second in the AFC South a couple times before getting replaced by total failure Ken Whisenhunt. Munchak is one of the best line coaches in the business and probably deserves a second chance as the top man. He's overseen the Steelers' line the past four seasons.
Jan 1 - 6:39 PM

Steelers hired ex-Titans HC Mike Munchak as their offensive line coach.

It should be good news for Ben Roethlisberger and Le'Veon Bell, although Munchak is going to need better linemen. Munchak, a native of Scranton (PA), also drew interest for Penn State's head-coaching vacancy, but lost out to ex-Vanderbilt HC James Franklin. Munchak was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2001 after making the Pro Bowl nine times as a Houston Oilers offensive guard. He spent 1997-2010 as the Titans' offensive line coach.
Wed, Jan 22, 2014 08:57:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports ex-Titans coach Mike Munchak will meet with the Steelers regarding their OL coach position.

Munchak lost out to Jim Caldwell for the Lions' head-coaching job and James Franklin for the Penn State opening, so now he will likely have to settle for an OL coach job. Munchak is regarded as one of the league's best line coaches and has also met with the Texans about their opening.
Fri, Jan 17, 2014 11:04:00 AM

A source tells FOX Sports that Mike Munchak is interviewing with the Browns for their head-coaching vacancy Monday.

As the Browns wait for Broncos OC Adam Gase and Seahawks DC Dan Quinn to finish their playoff runs, they'll talk to the former Titans coach. Munchak would be a good bet to turn around Cleveland's talented yet often underachieving offensive line, but the brass is likely aiming higher than a guy who has already lost out on the Penn State job. Cardinals DC Todd Bowles, Packers QB coach Ben McAdoo, Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt and Panthers DC Sean McDermott have each also been linked to one of the least appetizing jobs available. The Browns hold two first-round picks, but have no franchise quarterback or running back and the front office appears rudderless.
Mon, Jan 13, 2014 09:58:00 AM

The Houston Chronicle reports ex-Titans coach Mike Munchak will interview to be the Texans' offensive line coach on Friday.

Munchak interviewed for the Lions' head-coaching vacancy on Wednesday, but is setting his sights lower. Munchak is regarded as one of the league's very best line coaches, but doesn't have the chops to be an offensive coordinator. That means barring a head-coaching job, he'll be banished back to the ranks of position coach. Unless he has philosophical differences with Texans coach Bill O'Brien, it's hard to believe Munchak couldn't have the offensive line job if he wanted it.
Thu, Jan 9, 2014 07:59:00 PM

Ex-Titans coach Mike Munchak interviewed for the Lions' head-coaching vacancy Wednesday.

It was originally reported that Munchak would sit down with the Lions on Friday of this week. The Lions have now interviewed Ravens OC Jim Caldwell, Munchak, and ex-Texans coach Gary Kubiak for the opening. Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt is expected to meet with Lions brass before the weekend. Whisenhunt is being coveted by both the Lions and Titans, among others.
Wed, Jan 8, 2014 03:54:00 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports the Lions will interview Mike Munchak for their head-coaching vacancy Friday.

Munchak was canned by Tennessee after going 22-26 in three seasons. The Titans wanted to keep Munchak, but only if he was willing to make serious changes to his coaching staff. He refused. Accompanying Munchak to the Detroit interview will be OC Dowell Loggains, to whom Munchak was most loyal. Loggains has also drawn interest from the Giants as an OC candidate. The Lions seem to want a head coach with previous experience. Munchak fits the bill, but Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt remains the favorite.
Tue, Jan 7, 2014 08:44:00 AM

Mike Munchak's refusal to make mass changes to his coaching staff is the reason he was fired by the Titans Saturday.

Munchak was offered a chance to return with a contract extension, but the Titans' brass wanted an entire new set of coaches working with him. He would have had to not only can his best friends in OL coach Bruce Matthews and LBs coach Chet Parlavecchio, but also OC Dowell Loggains and DC Jerry Gray. "I can't fire someone when I don't believe they should be fired. Firing someone is awful. Too many people were going to be affected," Munchak said. Everything will come up roses for Munchak if he can land the Penn State job. He was born in Scranton, PA, played his college ball for Joe Paterno and has been a huge supporter of the program ever since.
Mon, Jan 6, 2014 08:43:00 AM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports ex-Titans coach Mike Munchak will interview for Penn State's head-coaching vacancy on Monday.

Miami (FL) coach Al Golden was at one point considered the favorite in Happy Valley, but Penn State wants to give Munchak a long look, as well. The Titans are moving forward with their head-coaching search now after Munchak balked at firing his assistants, which was a prerequisite from the franchise for him to keep his job. He refused. Munchak played college ball at Penn State.
Sun, Jan 5, 2014 11:16:00 AM

Titans fired coach Mike Munchak.

Munchak met with Titans CEO Tommy Smith on Friday and was offered a chance to come back with conditions, which reportedly involved significant changes to his coaching staff. He apparently balked at the offer, and will now become the sixth NFL coach fired this offseason. Munchak managed just a 22-26 record during his time with Tennessee, failing to make the playoffs in all three of his seasons. The Titans have major concerns at quarterback and running back entering 2014 and figure to target an offensive-minded coach as his replacement. With Al Golden widely expected to leave the University of Miami, Munchak is likely no longer a candidate for the Penn State job.
Sat, Jan 4, 2014 02:51:00 PM

The Nashville Tennessean reports "indications are" the Titans will retain Mike Munchak as head coach in 2014.

Through three seasons, Munchak has managed records of 9-7, 6-10, and 7-9. Ostensibly satisfied with mediocrity, the Titans will retain their full front office and coaching staff with the decision, which also bodes well for Jake Locker's chances of entering 2014 as the Titans' starter. Tennessee's roster isn't in awful shape, but there are major quarterback and running back questions in Nashville, and the defense could also use talent injections at a number of key spots. As of January 3, we'd set the over-under on Titans 2014 victories at around 7.0. Per ESPN AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky, Munchak's career record against teams that finish with a winning record is an abominable 3-20.
Fri, Jan 3, 2014 05:45:00 PM

The Nashville Tennessean reports Titans CEO Tommy Smith will meet with coach Mike Munchak and GM Ruston Webster on Friday morning to discuss their futures with the franchise.

Beat writer Jim Wyatt wrote Thursday that Munchak's status remains "in limbo," and things could go "either way." Munchak has coached the Titans the past three seasons, managing a 22-26 record with zero playoff appearances. Webster went out and blew a bunch of cash on free agents last offseason only to see the team manage seven wins behind Ryan Fitzpatrick's quarterbacking for much of the year. In-season reports had the Titans' front office unhappy with the coaching staff veering away from a run-heavy offensive scheme in favor of a pass-first spread, even though it was installed to complement Fitzpatrick's strengths. We should have a clue on Munchak's job status by Friday afternoon.
Fri, Jan 3, 2014 09:00:00 AM

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