Munchak becomes the franchise’s first former player to coach the team.
“Mike has been successful at everything he has been associated with at our franchise and I have no reason to believe that he won’t be successful as our head coach,” Owner Bud Adams said in a statement on the Titans web site. “He earned Hall of Fame distinction as a player and yearly he has been one of the best offensive line coaches in the NFL. He understands where we have been and knows where we need to go.”
Munchak has been the Titans’ offensive-line coach for the past 14 seasons and was the favorite to take over from Jeff Fisher.
Munchak had an incredible playing career first at Penn State and then with the Houston Oilers. He coaching career has been under the radar, but has also been very impressive as the Titans offensive lines are perennially one of the best lines in the NFL.
Munchak’s offensive line allowed the second fewest sacks (28.3 sacks per season) in the NFL since he assumed control of the group in 1997. Additionally, the Titans ranked seventh in the league in rushing yards (124.5 yards per game) during his tenure.
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