ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos have agreed to terms with Mike Munchak as their offensive line coach, Head Coach Vic Fangio announced Monday.
President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway and the Broncos’ search committee interviewed Munchak for the team’s head-coaching position before hiring Vic Fangio to fill the opening.
Now, Munchak will join Fangio’s staff to guide the offensive line, a unit with which the 25-year NFL coaching veteran has plenty of experience.
“There’s nobody better as an offensive line coach than Mike Munchak,” Fangio said. “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 has spent 19 of his last 22 seasons guiding the offensive lines in Tennessee (1997-2010) and Pittsburgh (2014-18). He also served as the Titans’ head coach from 2011-13.
In 16 of those 22 seasons, Munchak’s offensive line finished in the top 10 in the NFL in fewest sacks allowed. He has also coached seven different Pro Bowl offensive linemen during his career.
During his time in Pittsburgh, Munchak transformed the Steelers’ offensive line from a low-performing unit into one of the league’s best. In the 10 years before Munchak arrived, Pittsburgh had the second-worst sack rate in the NFL. Under Munchak’s guidance, the team had the second-best rate during his five-year stint with the Steelers.
He found similar success with Tennessee, as the unit gaveup the third-fewest sacks in the league during his 14-year stretch as the Titan’s offensive line coach. The line also blocked for an NFL-high 12 individual 1,000-yard rushers during Munchak’s tenure.
Munchak should bring a large degree of credibility to the position room, as he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001 after his 12-year career as a guard. He was a nine-time Pro Bowler and a member of the 1980s NFL All-Decade Team.
The Broncos’ offensive line struggled to stay healthy in 2018, as starters Ron Leary and Matt Paradis were lost to season-ending injuries. Max Garcia also was lost for the season, and Jared Veldheer missed several games early in the year.
EDITOR’S NOTE (4:02 p.m. MT): This story was updated with a quote from Head Coach Vic Fangio.