Mike Munchak's name doesn't set off fireworks or symphony music the way someone like Jim Harbaugh would, but by all accounts, the Tennessee Titans made a good hire Monday when they confirmed his hiring as head coach.
Munchak, 51, succeeds Jeff Fisher, who had been the Titans' only head coach since their move from Houston to Tennessee in 1999. In all, Fisher coached the team for 16 seasons before he and owner Bud Adams decided to split.
Munchak's hiring should please longtime followers of the Oilers/Titans. He just finished his 14th season as the team's offensive line coach, played for the Houston Oilers for 12 years and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.
Titans executives interviewed four candidates for the job before executive vice president Steve Underwood and general manager Mike Reinfeldt settled on Munchak. Offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger was among those considered for the post. The Titans also asked for permission to interview New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, a former Titans assistant, but Williams declined, according to the Tennessean newspaper.
This will be Munchak's first head coaching position.