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Mike Munchak named coach of the Tennessee Titans

February 7, 2011 | 11:03 am

Mike Munchak has worked through the ranks of the Tennessee Titans organization, and now he has reached the top. The offensive line coach and Hall of Fame lineman will replace Jeff Fisher as the Titans' head coach.

Munchak, 51, has never coached or played for any other NFL team than the Titans, who were known as the Houston Oilers when Munchak was selected with the eighth overall draft pick in 1982.

“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,” owner Bud Adams said in a statement. “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.”

Munchak played 159 regular-season games and made a club-record nine Pro Bowls before retiring in 1994. His No. 63 jersey was retired in 1996. He started his coaching career as offensive quality control assistant and was promoted to offensive line coach in 1997, a position he held for the past 14 seasons.

-- Chuck Schilken