Steelers OL coach flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct

After multiple infractions at the line of scrimmage, it was Pittsburgh offensive line coach Mike Munchak who drew the first unsportsmanlike conduct penalty of the AFC wild-card matchup between the Steelers and Bengals.

Late in the first quarter, Bengals safety Reggie Nelson pushed Jordan Todman out of bounds at the end of a 14-yard carry, and Munchak, a Hall of Fame lineman, stepped in and grabbed Nelson’s hair. Munchak was called for unsportsmanlike conduct and the 15-yard penalty was enforced between downs.

Five plays after the penalty, Nelson made a big sack on Ben Roethlisberger on third-and-6 from the Cincinnati 36-yard line. The play went for a 10-yard loss and pushed the Steelers out of field goal range.

Munchak, 55, is in his second season on staff with the Steelers. He was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection during his career with the Houston Oilers in 1982-1993. -- Laurel Pfahler, contributing writer


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