While there are many fans hoping the Pittsburgh Steelers will make some changes to their coaching staff this offseason, there cannot be many who want to see the team get rid of Mike Munchak. However, if reports released on Monday are to be believed, the Steelers offensive line coach could end up being among the first to leave.
With a number of teams looking to fill head coaching vacancies in the wake of several dismissals, Munchak is already emerging as something of a hot commodity. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN both the Green Bay Packers and the Denver Broncos have submitted formal requests to be allowed permission to interview him, while Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that the Cleveland Browns also have him on their short list.
And now the Packers have requested an HC interview with Steelers’ OL coach Mike Munchak, per league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 31, 2018
Interview candidates for the #Browns, via @RapSheet: Dan Campbell, Matt Eberflus, Brian Flores and Mike Munchak.— Marc Sessler (@MarcSesslerNFL) December 31, 2018
Broncos requested permission to interview former Titans' HC and Steelers' OL coach Mike Munchak, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 31, 2018
The Packers fired Mike McCarthy in December after Green Bay lost to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 13, dropping their record to 4-7-1 at time, but the mere presence of Aaron Rodgers should make the job attractive to Munchak. While the position in Denver may be less appealing, the opportunities Cleveland offers with some talented young players finally on the roster might too hard to ignore as well.
This is far from the first time Munchak has been a candidate for a head coaching role and the Steelers have done their best to encourage him to stay in the past. Last season he turned down a second interview with the Cardinals for their job, citing family reasons for his decision, at a time when it was rumored he was the leading candidate for the position.
Munchak has been with Pittsburgh since January of 2014 and has completed five seasons with the Steelers. It would be no exaggeration to say his arrival helped transform Pittsburgh’s offensive line into one of the best units in the NFL, developing not only high draft picks, but also undrafted free agents into Pro Bowl caliber talent.