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Mike Munchak Likely to Stay With Steelers

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Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak was one of the hottest names thrown into the ring following the opening of eight head coaching positions around the league just a few weeks ago. Munchak was expected to pursue a second stint as a head coach after leading the Tennessee Titans to a 22-26 record over three seasons from 2011-2013.

After helping build one of the best offensive line units in the league, it appeared that Munchak was on his way to find a new gig and escape the soap opera-esque atmosphere that had enveloped his team in Pittsburgh. Yet Munchak wouldn’t leave his current position for just any new gig, as he would only leave for the “exact right fit” per Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network.

After declining to interview with the Miami Dolphins, Munchak had expressed great interest in the Denver Broncos head coaching position. After interviewing with the Broncos organization, the race was narrowed down to Munchak and Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.

Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Broncos decided on Fangio as their new guy moving forward.

 

What’s this mean for Munchak and the Steelers?

Unless a last-minute, undeniable offer comes through for Munchak, he will likely stay put in Pittsburgh for another season. Munchak has undoubtedly proved his worth within the organization, and just might see a promotion within the team itself in order to keep him around for the long-term. In an off-season filled with seemingly nothing but self-implosion, the Steelers got a huge victory by having Munchak stay in their building, even if it’s for one more season.

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Report: Steelers to Hold Training Camp at Team Facility, Not at Saint Vincent College

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It looks like the Steelers will be staying home for training camp this August.

According to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday, the league has informed teams that they must hold training camp at their facilities later this summer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Steelers will now be conducting training camp on the South Side, instead of their traditional summer home of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, snapping a 54-year streak.

The league still plans for training camp to begin on time, but has made no announcement on changes to the season or whether games will have fans.

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Steelers Announce 2020 Preseason Schedule

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The Steelers have announced dates and times for their 2020 Preseason schedule.

Pittsburgh will start the year early in Canton, taking on the Dallas Cowboys in the annual Hall of Fame game. This will be the Steelers’ seventh appearance.

The Hall of Fame game will kickoff Thursday, Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. on NBC, shown locally on WPXI-TV.

The team will then return to Pittsburgh for a two-game home stand against NFC South foes.

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will come to town on Friday, Aug. 14, a primetime matchup at 7:30 p.m. on CBS/KDKA-TV.

Next, another home game for the Steelers, this time against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Aug. 23. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. on FOX/WPGH-TV.

The Steelers will close out their preseason slate with a pair of road contests.

First, a date with a familiar face, as they take on Le’Veon Bell and the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Friday, Aug. 28.

Pittsburgh will close out the preseason schedule on Thursday, Sept. 3 in Charlotte against the Carolina Panthers.

Both games are at 7:30 p.m. on CBS/KDKA-TV.

The Steelers went 3-1 in the preseason last year, with their only loss coming in the finale, also against the Panthers.

PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Thursday, Aug. 6, 8 p.m. vs. Dallas Cowboys at Canton, Ohio

Friday, Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m. vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sunday, Aug. 23, 8 p.m. vs. New Orleans Saints

Friday, Aug. 28, 7:30 p.m. at New York Jets

Thursday, Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m. at Carolina Panthers

REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

Monday, Sept. 14, 7:15 p.m. at New York Giants

Sunday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m. vs. Denver Broncos

Sunday, Sept. 27, 1 p.m. vs. Houston Texans

Sunday, Oct. 4, 1 p.m. at Tennessee Titans

Sunday, Oct. 11, 1 p.m. vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Sunday, Oct. 18, 1 p.m. vs. Cleveland Browns

Sunday, Oct. 25, 1 p.m. at Baltimore Ravens

Sunday, Nov. 1 BYE WEEK

Sunday, Nov. 8, 4:25 p.m. at Dallas Cowboys

Sunday, Nov. 15, 1 p.m. vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday, Nov. 22, 1 p.m. at Jacksonville Jaguars

Thursday, Nov. 26, 8:20 p.m. vs. Baltimore Ravens

Sunday, Dec. 6, 1 p.m. vs. Washington Redskins

Sunday, Dec. 13, 8:20 p.m. at Buffalo Bills

Sunday, Dec. 21, 8:15 p.m. at Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday, Dec. 27, 1 p.m. vs. Indianapolis Colts

Sunday, Jan. 3, 1 p.m. at Cleveland Browns

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Steelers Announces Jerseys Numbers for Rookies and Free Agents

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The Steelers have announced jersey numbers for the rookies and free agents they added this off-season.

Wide receiver Chase Claypool already revealed on his Twitter last week he would be wearing No. 11, but the team announced Wednesday that outside linebacker Alex Highsmith will wear No. 56.

The Steelers made a splash this off-season adding a tight end Eric Ebron, who will stick with his No. 85 jersey he wore with the Colts. They also beefed up the offensive line by signing Stefen Wisniewski. He will also stick with the number he has held his entire career, No. 61.

Freshly signed fullback Derek Watt is switching to No. 44, while newly acquired defensive tackle Chris Wormley will don No. 95.

The pair of Maryland Terrapins selected in the 2020 NFL Draft — Anthony McFarland Jr. and Antoine Brooks Jr. — will wear No. 26 and 25, respectively.

Continuing with the theme of Steelers rookies, fourth round guard Kevin Dotson has chosen No. 69.

Seventh round nose tackle Carlos Davis will wear No. 73.

 

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