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Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (57) / 3/6/1960
College: Penn State

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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

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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

The Nashville Tennessean reports Titans coach Mike Munchak's status remains "in limbo," and that things could go "either way."

It's par for the course for one of the league's most dysfunctional franchises. Beat writer Jim Wyatt "can't see any scenario" where Munchak would be given an extension, thereby staving off lame-duck status heading into the final year of his contract. Wyatt also believes Munchak will be required to shake up his staff if he's to remain in Nashville. The Titans have lacked vision since parting ways with coach Jeff Fisher, and don't appear any closer to finding it.
Thu, Jan 2, 2014 07:51:00 PM

The Titans are "taking some time" before deciding the fate of head coach Mike Munchak after a 7-9 season.

Club president and CEO Tommy Smith hasn't told Munchak when they will meet, and isn't even in Nashville currently. Munchak expects Smith to "be deliberate ... then have a meeting and make a decision." It's reasonable to think Munchak will be retained based on the fact that he was not let go on Black Monday, but until the Titans announce his future, he'll be left to twist in the wind.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 04:59:00 PM

Titans coach Mike Munchak denied a report that he's let Penn State know he's interested in their head-coaching position if Bill O'Brien bolts.

O'Brien, the former Patriots offensive coordinator and ESPN's 2012 NCAA Coach of the Year, is going to be one of the hottest names in the NFL starting next week. If he leaves Happy Valley, both Munchak and Greg Schiano will be heavily linked to the job because of their Penn State ties. Of course, Munchak won't speak on that until he gets canned by the Titans. "I am fighting for this job, to make it work," he said. "I am not looking for another job, and no one is looking on my behalf. I don't know where (media) comes up with that kind of stuff."
Thu, Dec 26, 2013 10:23:00 AM

Titans owner Bud Adams has passed away at the age of 90.

According to the team, Adams "passed away peacefully from natural causes" at his Houston home on Monday morning. One of the founders of the AFL, Adams has been the Titans/Oilers' sole owner since their inception in 1959. He uprooted the team from Houston in 1996, moving it to Tennessee. A World War II veteran, Adams is a member of the AFL Hall of Fame.
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 01:19:00 PM

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