Mike Munchak reportedly a “dark horse” candidate in Arizona

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As the Cardinals search for their next head coach, they may be going for a former head coach who currently is working as a position coach.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak is a “dark horse” candidate to succeed Bruce Arians as the next coach of the Cardinals.

Munchak, a Hall of Fame offensive lineman, spent three years as the head coach of the Titans. Though he has attracted some attention based on his work with Pittsburgh’s offensive line, Munchak was four games under .500 with the Titans. (Jeff Fisher, in contrast, was 22 games over .500 during his time with the Titans/Oilers.)

While it’s not clear what Munchak’s presence would mean for the Cardinals, his absence could be bad news for the Steelers. As one league source opined when Munchak’s name first emerged for the Arizona job, the Steelers will be “screwed” if he leaves.

14 responses to “Mike Munchak reportedly a “dark horse” candidate in Arizona

  1. “the Steelers will be “screwed” if he leaves.”

    Position coaches make 75-150k a year. Head coaches millions. If Pitt wants to retain the guy they’ll have to pay him bigtime over the going rate. Assuming he gets offered the AZ gig.

  2. Munchak is a very good O-line coach. and certainly helped develop that line into one of the NFL’s best. However, the biggest reason for the improvement is probably the investment in top-flight talent along that line. Easier to be a good coach when you have a lot of very talented players.

  3. I hope he leaves. He turned what was a real weakness of the Steelers into a strength and I’m still bitter about him pulling Reggie Nelson’s hair in the playoff game. Bengals fan here by the way

  4. As one league source opined when Munchak’s name first emerged for the Arizona job, the Steelers will be “screwed” if he leaves.

    He’s a great coach but it’s hardly the end for the Steelers. All of their Superbowl wins and appearances came before he was hired by the team.

  5. The Looneys will let this great coach walk and they will stick to the end with their affirmative action clown. Their intent on proving to everyone how right they were takes precedence over winning another lombardi. What a travesty this organization has become. They’re already screwed as long as they keep Tomlin at the helm. Munchak will fit another organization very well. He might bring Big Ben with him to AZ.

  6. “All of their Super Bowl wins and appearances came before he was hired by the team.” You mean he wasn’t a Steelers coach 40+ years ago when Trip Tomlin was a mere 2 years old?

  7. As a Steeler’s fan, I hope Arizona doesn’t hire Munchak. As mentioned in the article, this wouldn’t be the first Steeler coach Arizaon has hired. They poach the coach, then they poach assistance coaches, poach free agents, and setup a system similar to Steelers, which means they end up coveting the same style of player as the Steelers do. This does not benefit the Steelers.

    I have nothing against Munchak, hope that he can find a job elsewhere, just not with the Arizona. No need for more “Pittsburgh west” teams.

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