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Mike Munchak
Offensive Line Coach
Age:
57
College:
Penn State
Experience:
22

Biography

Mike Munchak
Offensive Line Coach

Mike Munchak is in his fourth season as the offensive line coach for the Steelers, after being hired on January 23, 2014.

Munchak is entering his 36th season in the NFL, having spent 32 of those years as a player, and later as a coach, with the Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers organization. Munchak served as the head coach of the Tennessee Titans from 2011-2013.

Mike Munchak
Offensive Line Coach

Mike Munchak is in his fourth season as the offensive line coach for the Steelers, after being hired on January 23, 2014.

Munchak is entering his 36th season in the NFL, having spent 32 of those years as a player, and later as a coach, with the Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers organization. Munchak served as the head coach of the Tennessee Titans from 2011-2013.

On August 4, 2001, Munchak was recognized for his outstanding playing career when he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In 2016, the Steelers’ offensive line helped pave the way for RB Le’Veon Bell to have one of his best seasons on record. Bell, who was named a Pro Bowler, a second-team AP All-Pro and Steelers’ MVP, led the NFL in scrimmage yards per game (157.0). He also set the team’s single-game record for most rushing yards in the regular season (236, Week 14 at Buffalo) and in the postseason (170, AFC Divisional Playoff at Kansas City).

Two offensive linemen, David DeCastro and Maurkice Pouncey, were recognized for their outstanding play during the 2016 season. DeCastro and Pouncey each earned Pro Bowl honors. DeCastro was also named a second-team AP All-Pro.

Collectively, the offensive line allowed just 17 sacks on QB Ben Roethlisberger, the fewest sacks he has ever taken in a single-season in his career.

Munchak’s group stared in the face of adversity in 2015, as the unit lost Pouncey to a season-ending leg injury during the preseason, and the group lost tackle/guard Kelvin Beachum to a season-ending knee injury in Week 6. With the “Next man up” approach, center Cody Wallace and offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva each stepped into the starting lineup and remained there for the entire regular season and postseason.

In 2015, the offensive line helped block for an offense that finished tied for first in the NFL in yards per play (6.3), third in the league in net yards per game (395.4) and net passing yards per game (287.7), tied for fourth in the NFL in points per game (26.4) and fifth in the league in plays of at least 20 yards (76).

In Munchak’s first season as the Steelers’ offensive line coach in 2014, the line helped block for an offense that set numerous single-season team records and led the NFL in multiple categories.   

In 2014, the team set single-season records in points (436), total net yards (6,577), passing yards per game (301.6) and total first downs (379). Pittsburgh’s offense also finished first in the NFL in time of possession (32:24), yards per first-down play (6.42) and tied for first (Green Bay) in the NFL in yards per play (6.2). The Steelers also scored 30 points seven times on the season to tie a franchise record for most 30-point games in a single season (1975 and 1979).

In his three seasons as the head coach of the Titans, Munchak compiled a 22-26 record (.458). He posted 15 wins in his first two seasons as the Titans’ head coach, which were the third-most wins by a coach in his first two full seasons with the team. Munchak’s first season as head coach in 2011 saw the Titans finish with a 9-7 record, which was the team’s first winning season since 2008 and made him one of only two rookie head coaches (Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers) to post a winning record in 2011.

Prior to taking over as head coach, Munchak spent 14 years (1997-2010) as Tennessee’s offensive line coach. During his tenure, four of his offensive linemen totaled 10 Pro Bowl invitations and led the way for five different running backs to total an NFL-high 12 1,000-yard rushing seasons. The Titans ranked seventh in the league in rushing yards (124.5 yards per game) and finished in the top 10 in rushing seven times from 1997-2010. From 1997-2013, the Titans are the only team to produce 16 1,000-yard rushers.

In 2009, Munchak’s offensive line group helped pave the way for a 2,000-yard rushing season by Chris Johnson. Johnson became only the sixth player in NFL history to reach that mark and was named the Offensive Player of the Year.

In Munchak’s 14 seasons as offensive line coach, only twice did the team start the same five linemen from one season to the next. However, the Titans allowed the second-fewest sacks (28.3 per season) in the NFL from 1997-2010. In 2003, the offensive line provided protection for QB Steve McNair to garner NFL co-MVP honors.

Munchak began his coaching career with the Oilers as an offensive assistant in 1994, before officially becoming an offensive quality control coach for the 1995-96 seasons. Then Titans head coach Jeff Fisher promoted Munchak to offensive line coach prior to the start of the 1997 season, where he remained until he took over as the Titans’ head coach in 2011.

The Oilers selected Munchak with the eighth pick in the 1982 NFL Draft, making him the first offensive lineman chosen that year. Munchak played guard for Houston for 12 seasons from 1982-93 and started 156 regular season games (seventh-most in franchise history) and 10 postseason contests. Munchak was selected to nine Pro Bowls (1984-85, ’87-’93) during his career and was named to the NFL’s 1980s “All-Decade” team. The team retired Munchak’s number 63 jersey in 1996 and he was inducted into the Titans/Oilers Hall of Fame in 1999.

Munchak played his collegiate football at Penn State from 1979-81 and earned a business degree. Among his many honors, he is also a member of the Pennsylvania, Texas and Polish-American Sports Halls of Fame.

Munchak is a native of Scranton, Pa., and is married to Marci. They have two grown daughters, Alexandria and Julie.

1994-1996
Houston Oilers
Offensive Assistant/Quality Control

1997-2010
Houston Oilers/Tennessee Oilers/Tennessee Titans
Offensive Line

2011-2013
Tennessee Titans
Head Coach

2014-2017
Pittsburgh Steelers
Offensive Line