Steelers OL Coach Munchak Drawing Interest From Other Teams

Pittsburgh guard David DeCastro sings praises of his position coach

Josh Rowntree
December 31, 2018 - 3:45 pm
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak reacts on the sidelines against the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 52-21.

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The Steelers may, after all, lose one of the game’s most respected assisted coaches. 

At least four teams have reached out to interview Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, according to multiple reports. 

The Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns have already expressed interest in the 58-year-old, who was the Tennessee Titans head coach from 2011-2013 before joining the Steelers. 

A former nine-time Pro Bowl selected, four-time first team All-Pro and NFL Hall of Fame selection in 2001, Munchak has continually garnered the praise of his players while with Pittsburgh. 

“I can’t say enough about him,” guard David DeCastro said. “He’s been awesome. Really, one of the figures you’ll remember in your life and have some great memories with. He’s what makes the game fun. To come to work every day with a guy like that, in a room like that, with guys you care about, it’s been a lot of fun. I hope it’s not the least year with him, but I hope he does what’s best for him.”

DeCastro is one of example of Munchak’s molding of offensive linemen. But DeCastro was a first-round pick. Munchak has been able to develop players with little accolades, like left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, who went from wide receiver, to a defensive player to, finally, a Pro Bowl selection at tackle.

“He just makes the game a lot of fun,” DeCastro said. “Obviously the football stuff is what it is and he’s great at that. He makes the game really simple, makes it easy. You don’t have to think, you just go out there and play and you cover things well. 

“It’s almost like it’s on autopilot, the way he does it. He makes it really fun. It’s a long season, it’s a grind, but we have a good time and we’re serious at the same time as well.”

A year ago, Munchak interviewed for the Arizona Cardinals head coaching job and emerged as a top candidate, but declined a second interview in favor of remaining with Pittsburgh. 

A year later, more teams, in better positions to win, are calling for Munchak.

“Everyone has respect for him,” DeCastro added. “He’s got a gold jacket, all that stuff. But, at the same time, he’s not really cocky about it. He tells us about bad plays and good plays. A lot more bad ones than good. 

“He understands the game. You can just tell, he’s done it, he’s seen it all. There’s nothing he hasn’t seen. You can’t try to fool him or trick him. When he says something you listen and, even if you don’t like it, you know it’s the truth. And that’s how he is.”

Hear all of what David DeCastro had to say below.