Earlier in the week, the Pittsburgh Steelers appeared poised to interview the person many felt was the front runner for their vacant offensive line coach position, Carolina Panthers assistant Ray Brown. While no official word was released on that potential interview, the team did add an interesting name to the list on Friday.Shaun Sarrett was known to have interviewed for the opening. While Sarrett could be a solid candidate as he is likely partially responsible for the units improvement over the second half of the season, he does not come close to the pedigree of the latest interview, former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak.
The Hall of Fame lineman, who was fired in early January, has been making rounds through the NFL and NCAA ranks since being left go by the Titans. In all, he talked to the Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns and even Penn State about their head coaching vacancies, with only the Browns remaining as an option, although they are waiting for the NFL playoffs to shake out to discuss their job with other candidates.
Not only was Munchak, a Hall of Fame lineman for the Houston Oilers, he was a respected line coach for both the Oilers and Titans. He was named head coach of the Titans in 2011. According to reports, he has also interviewed with the Houston Texans for their open offensive line coach job.
Munchak would be a solid hire for the Steelers, as much like offensive coordinator Todd Haley, he may have to return to his roots before jumping back into a head coaching role. With the young talker on the Steelers roster, he may be exactly what the team needs to improve their consistency in front of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and in the running game.
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