Mike Munchak: 'Tradition was big lure for me'

Titans coach Mike Munchak on the sideline during a game with Green Bay on December 23, 2012
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Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak admits the club's history was a big lure for him to accept the coaching job with the team.

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak has revealed that the club's history was a big part in convincing him to join them during the off-season.

Munchak was fired as the head coach of the Tennessee Titans at the end of the 2013 season after guiding them to a 7-9 record.

The Steelers were quick to snap up the 54-year-old to improve their struggling offensive line for the 2014 campaign.

He told the club's official website: "A lot of it is about timing. I was available, and the Steelers had an opening at the same time. Pittsburgh itself for me is more Pennsylvania, and being from Pennsylvania I have a lot of family and friends who live in this part of the country.

"That was a huge plus for me. And then football-wise, there is the tradition. The Steelers' tradition is something that I've competed against for many, many years. I got to see first-hand what it was like, the success Pittsburgh has had over the years, year-in and year-out, always a team everyone wants to beat.

"I really liked that. I'm big into tradition, I think it's important, and I was curious to see what it was all about and what it was like. To be part of that now, just getting my feet wet, [I'm] excited about the opportunity."

Munchak was a ten-time All-Pro offensive lineman during his 12-year NFL career.

Emmanuel Sanders #88 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after scoring on a 5 yard touchdown pass in the first half against the Miami Dolphins during the game on December 8, 2013
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