NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee Titans have named Mike Munchak their next head coach.
Munchak, the team's offensive line coach, replaces Jeff Fisher, who parted ways with the club in late January after 17 seasons. Titans owner Bud Adams initially said that the team would retain Fisher following a 6-10 season, but three weeks later, Fisher was out.
In steps the 50-year-old Munchak, who had coached the team's offensive line since 1997 and has been with the organization for nearly three decades.
"There were many qualified candidates for this position, but Mike makes sense on so many different levels," said Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt. "He has seen this franchise from different angles as a player and a coach and has seen the team built and re-built in many different ways to achieve success. His franchise knowledge will be a great asset moving forward."
Munchak was a guard for the club from 1982-93, when the team was known as the Houston Oilers. Selected to nine Pro Bowls and named All-Pro twice, Munchak was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001. The Titans also retired his No. 63 jersey in 1996.
After retiring as a player, Munchak spent three seasons assisting the coaching staff before becoming offensive line coach.
"This is a special day for this franchise as one of our former players takes over the team as the head coach," said Adams. "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. 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's offensive lines have been a strong point for the Titans, allowing the second-fewest sacks (28.3 per season) in the NFL since he took over the unit. The Titans have also ranked seventh in the league in rushing yards (124.5 per game) during his tenure.