Mike Munchak says he would consider another opportunity to be an NFL head coach.
He is not actively seeking that opportunity, though.
In a USA Today story this week, the former Tennessee Titans coach said he is comfortable enough in his new role as offensive line coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers to stick around for a while.
“I love what I'm doing,” he said. “Hopefully, we'll be successful for a long time. I'd love to coach 10 more years here with the Steelers and hopefully get more Lombardi Trophies.
“If the opportunity comes for me (to be a head coach), that's great. But I just want to do what I'm doing, do it well. And make everyone better.”
If he got a second chance to be an NFL head coach, it would be a first among former Titans assistants.
Munchak was the third member of Jeff Fisher’s staffs to become get a top job. Munchak succeeded Fisher following the 2010 season. Former defensive coordinators Gregg Williams and Jim Schwartz took jobs with other franchises.
Gregg Williams, Buffalo (2001-03), 17-31-0, 0 playoff appearances
Jim Schwartz, Detroit (2009-2013), 29-51-0, 1 playoff appearance
Mike Munchak, Tennessee (2011-13), 22-26-0, 0 playoff appearances
All three are currently assistants. Williams is once again Fisher’s defensive coordinator, this time with the St. Louis Rams. Schwartz is the defensive coordinator in Buffalo.
Munchak interviewed for two head coach openings (Detroit and Cleveland) after the Titans fired him but ultimately ended up with Pittsburgh.
Schwartz is the most likely to get another opportunity to be a head coach. The fact that he has been to the playoffs is one thing. The fact that he did it at Detroit, which went 0-16 the season before he got the job is bound to make him an appealing candidate in the coming years.
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