Less than a week after passing on Mike Munchak for the Denver Broncos head coach position, the Hall of Fame guard will join the club to coach the offensive line.
Munchak, lauded for coaching one of the NFL’s best offensive line in Pittsburgh, will be tasked with improving a line that has struggled in recent seasons.
The 58-year-old’s arrival is a coup for the Broncos with several teams interested in the former Tennessee Titans head coach, whose contract with the Steelers expired.
The hope for the club is that Munchak can replicate his success transforming the offensive lines in Tennessee and Pittsburgh.
The Broncos finished the season with two tackles playing guard and a guard playing center after injuries to Matt Paradis, Ronald Leary, and Max Garcia, while 2016 first-round left tackle Garett Bolles’ technique has led to high accepted penalties through his first two seasons in the league.
“There’s nobody better as an offensive line coach than Mike Munchak,” Fangio said in a statement.
“The combination of his ability to coach the individual with his ability to coach the group — while also being a big part of the overall offense — is very impressive.
“Mike’s experience and stature as a coach in the NFL make this a home run hire for us. We’re very excited to add him to our staff.”
Munchak’s arrival comes as the Broncos have questions over who will coach the offense in 2019.
Reports had Gary Kubiak in line to take up the offensive coordinator role, but differences with new head coach Vic Fangio led to the Broncos’ Super Bowl-winning former head coach to leave the club.
Kubiak, who had been a senior personnel advisor with the Broncos and parted ways on amicable terms, has now joined Minnesota in an unspecified offensive role with his son Klint, who was an assistant offensive/quarterbacks coach in Denver, also joining the team.
The Broncos initially had a request to interview San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello rejected, but he is expected to visit with the club this week.
What we learned w/Broncos today:— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensBSN) January 15, 2019
-Hired Mike Munchak as OL coach
-Will interview Rich Scangarello for OC
-Vikings hired Gary Kubiak as assistant head coach/offensive advisor
-Elway: Case Keenum is “probably a short-term fix”
-Elway: “We’ve got to” find the long-term QB
Running backs coach Curtis Modkins and wide receivers coach Zach Azzani, both of whom were in Chicago while Fangio was defensive coordinator, are expected to be retained.
On the defensive side of the ball, defensive line coach Bill Kollar and linebackers coach Reggie Herring are expected to return, but secondary coaches Greg Williams and Marcus Robinson will not.
The Broncos have retained the services of special teams coordinator Tom McMahon, regarded as one of the best in the league, and his assistant Chris Gould.
The club has also retained their head of strength and conditioning Loren Landow and his assistants Anthony Lomando, Cedric Smith and Tyler Hill.