Mike Munchak hired one of the few people with comparable — if not superior — credentials to replace him as Tennessee Titans offensive line coach.
Bruce Matthews, the Hall of Fame offensive lineman and the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans all-time leader in games played — not to mention one of Munchak’s best friends — agreed to a two-year contract Wednesday to become the Titans’ offensive line coach.
“I am very excited that we were able to work out something with Bruce,” Munchak said. “He is a great friend, but he also is a great coach. It should be an easy transition for him and our players. The system is one that Bruce is familiar with, and he will be able to pick up where I left off and make the group his own.”
“I also believe the group could benefit from a new voice in the room. He has paid his dues as an assistant coach and is ready for this opportunity.”
Matthews spent the last two years as an offensive assistant with the Houston Texans. He recently agreed to a two-year contract for 2011 and 2012 with that organization but had yet to sign that deal, which made it possible for the Titans to negotiate with him.
Matthews spent 19 seasons with the Oilers/Titans and played 296 games, including 232 straight at one point. He never missed a game because of injury and appeared in 14 Pro Bowls.
He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.
Munchak played 12 seasons and 159 games for the franchise. He earned nine Pro Bowl invitations and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.
Matthews' son Kevin made the Titans’ roster last season as an undrafted rookie. He spent the majority of the season on the practice squad but was promoted to the active roster with three games remaining and played extensively in the final regular-season contest, at Indianapolis.
“For me this is an opportunity of a lifetime,” Matthews said. “It is such a unique opportunity to work with Mike because I think he will do a great job. It is just one of those things I couldn’t pass up.
“Anyone who knows me knows how much I like spending time in Houston. For me to leave there and take this job, it shows you how much this means to me. I also will have the opportunity to coach my son, which is very special.”