The Denver Broncos have lost offensive line coach Sean Kugler to the Arizona Cardinals. Could this be an indication of Mike Munchak arriving?
After the 2018 season came to a close for the Denver Broncos, the team fired head coach Vance Joseph. They also gave other members of the coaching staff permission to seek a job somewhere else. One of those coaches, offensive line coach Sean Kugler, took that opportunity and left the Broncos for the Arizona Cardinals.
Kugler was tasked to coach the guards and centers, while Chris Strausser is in charge of coaching the tackles.
The Broncos have had offensive line problems for a number of years, particularly at the guard position. They have had guys such as Elijah Wilkinson and Billy Turner play in those spots last season. Those are not high-profile names.
It has been one of the Broncos’ Achilles heels the last few seasons. Of course, the blame isn’t all put on Kugler, as 2018 was his only year coaching the Broncos.
Kugler goes from coaching a not-so-good offensive line to the Cardinals, who gave up 52 sacks during the 2018 regular season.
So, Denver will need to fill yet another coaching vacancy. A name that seems likely and one to keep an eye on is Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak.
Munchak was in contention for the team’s head coaching position. The Broncos ended up choosing Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio as the guy to lead the team.
The fact that the Broncos had used two coaches for separate jobs on the offensive line is very interesting. Usually, teams choose just one guy to lead each position group. That is likely to change if Munchak is hired.
Munchak is a Hall of Fame offensive lineman, so his experience both on the field and on the sidelines could greatly benefit the Denver Broncos.
So, while another coach departs from the Mile High city, another one will eventually join the team. Whether that’s Munchak remains to be seen.