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Steelers name Munchak OL coach

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Mike Munchak, fired earlier this month from his job as the Tennessee Titans' head coach, found work as Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive line coach.

"I am excited that Mike will be joining our staff at the Pittsburgh Steelers," head coach Mike Tomlin said. "Mike's offensive line background speaks for itself, both as a Hall of Fame player for the Houston Oilers and as a very successful coach with the Tennessee Titans. I look forward to having him join our coaching staff as we have already started preparing for the 2014 season."

Over three seasons as the Titans' coach, Munchak posted a 22-26 record and failed to guide the team to the playoffs. He subsequently interviewed with the Detroit Lions for their head-coaching vacancy that eventually was filled by Jim Caldwell. He also talked to the Cleveland Browns, who remain without a head coach.

A Penn State alumnus and Pennsylvania native, Munchak met with school officials after the head-coaching job at State College before James Franklin was hired.

Munchak, 53, spent 31 years with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans franchise. He lost his job in Tennessee after refusing to fire his offensive line coach and longtime friend, Bruce Matthews, a source close to the team confirmed to The Sports Xchange.

In Pittsburgh, Munchak replaced Jack Bicknell Jr., who was fired after just one season as offensive line coach. The Steelers wound up 27th in the NFL in rushing and 20th in total offense.
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