Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, the uncle of Super Bowl winner and defensive player of the year runner-up and WWE guest referee Clay Matthews, is the newest member of Mike Munchak’s coaching staff in Tennessee.
TitanInsider was the first to report the news, and the team has since confirmed it. Matthews arrives from Houston, where he had served as assistant offensive line coach.
“For me this is an opportunity of a lifetime,” Matthews said in a team-issued release. “It is such a unique opportunity to work with Mike because I think he will do a great job. It is just one of those things I couldn’t pass up. Anyone who knows me knows how much I like spending time in Houston. For me to leave there and take this job, it shows you how much this means to me. I also will have the opportunity to coach my son which is very special. I want to thank the Houston Texans for giving me my first chance to coach and I appreciate all they did for me.”
Kevin Matthews is a backup center on the Titans. (Apparently, owner Bud Adams’ anti-nepotism stance doesn’t apply to the coach-player relationship.)
“I am very excited that we were able to work out something with Bruce,” Munchak said. “He is a great friend, but he also is a great coach. It should be an easy transition for him and our players. The system is one that Bruce is familiar with, and he will be able to pick up where I left off and make the group his own. I also believe the group could benefit from a new voice in the room. He has paid his dues as an assistant coach and is ready for this opportunity.”
Munchak still needs to fill key positions like offensive and defensive coordinator, and various other slots on the staff.