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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – In the latest news in an offseason full of turmoil so far for the Pittsburgh Steelers, they lost one of their most respected coaches to an AFC team on Monday.
Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak accepted the same job with the Denver Broncos.
The loss on Munchak is a big one for the Steelers, who have boasted on of the NFL’s best lines under his tutelage.
Munchak has held the offensive line coaching position in Pittsburgh since 2014, but his contract was up after the season, allowing the Broncos to poach him. After firing Vance Joseph as head coach after the season, Munchak was a finalist – along with Vic Fangio – for the Broncos head coach opening. Munchak missed out on the job, but Fangio convinced him to join the club anyway.
Before Pittsburgh, Munchak was the head coach of the Tennessee Titans from 2011-13. He also spent time with the Houston Oilers/Titans organization as an assistant from 1994-2010.
Munchak was a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee in 2001 after a successful career as a lineman for the Oilers from 1982-2003. He attended Penn State and was a first-round pick in the 1982 draft.
The Steelers announced that Shaun Sarrett, who just completed his seventh season with the team, has been promoted to fill Munchak’s role. Sarrett was an offensive assistant with the team from 2012-17 before being promoted to assistant offensive line coach for this past season.
We have promoted Shaun Sarrett to offensive line coach.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) January 14, 2019
“We are excited to promote Shaun to coach our offensive line,” said Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. “We have full confidence in his coaching abilities, and we look forward to him using his experience as he has been preparing for this opportunity to take on the challenges that will be presented to him.”
Tomlin took to Twitter Tuesday to congratulate Munchak on the new position.
“Congrats Munch, a great friend and coach who had a tremendous impact on our football team and community in Pittsburgh. Best of luck to you and your family in Denver.”
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