Munchak interviewing Friday
Mike Munchak, the offensive line coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2014, interviewed with the Broncos on Friday.
I write that in the past tense even though as I write this post, Munchak’s interview with the Broncos is ongoing.
Despite his poor record with the Tennessee Titans as a head coach from 2011-13, Munchak is considered one of the strongest candidates the Broncos will interview.
Munchak is a Hall of Fame player and one of the best offensive line coaches in the game. He’s a hard-nosed type of coach who may run an old-school operation but he definitely gets the best out of his players on the offensive line.
WIth the lockout-shortened 2011 offseason, perhaps no team was hurt more than the teams who drafted quarterbacks in the first round. That, and they just didn’t select great players at the position.
Munchak’s Titans selected Jake Locker whose inability to stay healthy proved to be his downfall as a professional football player. He never played a full season with Munchak as the Titans’ head coach, and that was likely a major reason why the Titans couldn’t compete.
Many feel like Munchak will have a much better go of things the second time around, and he’s motivated to be in Denver. His daughter and grandchild live in the Denver area.
Munchak would, of course, also like to prove himself as a head coach again in the NFL, and this could be the right opportunity for him. Denver needs to improve on the offensive line and he would certainly help with that.
He would also have to come along with a couple of strong coordinators as he’s not a play caller offensively. He does have a very specific area of expertise, one the Broncos would benefit from greatly.
Imagine if the Broncos had Munchak coaching their linemen and Bill Kollar coaching the defensive linemen? That would certainly upgrade the team in the trenches.
From the start, Munchak has felt like the odds-on favorite in my brain. We will see if that intuition comes to fruition.