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Mike Munchak is likely out in Denver, which could open up a return to Pittsburgh

Updated: Feb 2, 2022

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According to Mike Klis for 9News in Denver, Mike Munchak is unlikely to return as the Broncos offensive line coach, as new head coach Nathaniel Hackett is looking at other offensive line coaches with more experience in his system.

Klis also mentioned that Munchak has opportunities elsewhere and there's a slight opportunity he returns back with the Broncos.

Update: Munchak is indeed out in Denver. The Broncos have hired Butch Barry to be their next offensive line coach.

An opportunity elsewhere that would be fitting is in Pittsburgh, as Munchak was the Steelers offensive line coach from 2014-2018 before leaving for the Broncos because he wanted to live in Denver to be closer to his daughter and granddaughter.

The Steelers also have a vacant offensive line coach position after Adrian Klemm left for Oregon following the Week 16 loss to the Chiefs. Assistant offensive line coach Chris Morgan was a candidate to be promoted to the position, but he was hired as the Bears offensive line coach on Wednesday.

Obviously, Munchak would be a huge upgrade to the offensive line room. Munchak was a Hall of Fame player and is one of the best offensive line coaches in the league. He was great during his tenure with the Steelers from 2014-2018 and was beloved by his offensive linemen.

I'm honestly surprised that Hackett wouldn't retain Munchak, but Klis reports that the issue apparently is Hackett is going to run the traditional West Coast, zone-blocking scheme while Munchak's specialty is with the gap, or man-on-man, blocking schemes.

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