MOBILE, Ala. _ Mike Munchak has been to the Senior Bowl many times.
But this is his first go-around at the event as a head coach.
Last year, Munchak did not take over as the Titans head coach until well after the Senior Bowl.
Jeff Fisher was still at the Titans helm a year ago at this time.
Munchak is on hand with the Titans coaching staff as well as members of the front office and said he is just observing and soaking things in. In past years, his only duty was to pay attention to the offensive line. This year, he has much more on his plate.
“In the past, I just concentrated on one group of guys. It's just getting to know all these players. I've not finished studying at this point,” Munchak said. “Obviously the scouts have just done the homework. We just have some information on the guys that are here and it's just a matter of trying to get familiar with them and see them in person a little bit and kind of go from there.”
While all this is new to Munchak, a little bit of his past was here in Mobile on Tuesday.
Former Houston Oilers coach Jerry Glanville, who coached Munchak as a player, is in Mobile and now works for the upstart United Football League. He said Munchak was a dedicated player and a tough guy in those days with the Houston Oilers.
“I saw a hard worker and I saw a guy that loved the game,” Glanville said of Munchak. “I saw a guy that played with an unbelievable amount of pain and in games he probably never should have played. We had a very tough, physical bunch and the physicality of our team was second to no one. No one wanted to play smash-mouth with us and he was a big reason for that. Him and (Bruce) Matthews could make you look like a good coach, even if you called the wrong play.”