OL coach Mike Munchak expected to interview with Arizona Cardinals again: report
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak during NFL football minicamp, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
PITTSBURGH — Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak is expected to receive a request for a second interview from the Arizona Cardinals, NFL.com reported Tuesday morning.
#AZCardinals are putting in 2nd interview requests today for their HC position, and #Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak is expected to receive one, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. He’s a strong candidate.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 16, 2018
The Cardinals first asked permission to speak to Munchak in early January.
Munchak was fired as the Tennessee Titans’ head coach following a 7-9 season in 2013 when he refused to fire some of his assistants at the request of management. Pittsburgh hired the Hall of Fame former guard within three weeks.
At his press conference on Tuesday, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin acknowledge that Munchak had been on an interview.
“I don’t know what’s next or if there’s anything next,” Tomlin said. “Oftentimes, those people hold those cards and they better to equipped to answer that than myself for sure.”
On Monday, a day after Pittsburgh’s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC divisional round, left tackle Alejandro Villanueva spoke highly of Munchak, saying he “deserves the best.”
“He’s proven not only to be a great leader, a great mentor, a great person and a great role model to every single person in this building, but he’s also proven that he’s very good at football: X’s and O’s, leadership and maintaining a very high standard,” Villanueva said.
“So, if a team is lucky enough to have him as a head coach then I’m really happy for him.”
Other Steelers have also praised Munchak. Coty Sensabaugh, who played for the Titans under Munchak, said earlier this month that he never lost the locker room.
“He looked out for the guys,” Sensabaugh said then. “If the team wasn’t provided a service that the guys felt like would make the team better, he would do everything in his power to help get that service.”