The Tennessee Titans announced that offensive line coach Mike Munchak has been promoted to head coach.
A Hall of Fame offensive lineman with the Houston Oilers, Munchak becomes the 16th head coach in Oilers/Titans history.
“This is a special day for this franchise as one of our former players takes over the team as the head coach,” said Titans Owner K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr in a statement released by the club. “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. 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.”
A first-round pick (8th overall) out of Penn State by the Oilers in 1982, Munchak played 159 games for the Oilers, earning nine trips to the Pro Bowl in a career that resulted in his induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.
Munchak has been a coach with the Oilers/Titans since 1994, and his #63 is one of six jerseys retired by the franchise.
The Titans parted ways with longtime head coach Jeff Fisher on January 27. In addition to Munchak, the Titans interviewed current offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, as well as Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks coach Mike Mularkey, New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, and wanted to speak to New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, a former Titans coordinator who withdrew his name from consideration.