Long Time Offensive Line Coach Howard Mudd Retires from the Indianapolis Colts
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Colts offensive line coach Howard Mudd has decided to retire, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. Mudd, 67, is upset over the NFL’s pension-plan changes for non-players. He coached Indianapolis’ line for 12 years, routinely turning late-round and undrafted players into starters. A 33-year assistant, Mudd had been the longest tenured active coach. He’ll be replaced by assistant Pete Metzelaars. May. 5 – 11:00 pm Source: ESPN.com
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Howard Mudd had probably the greatest last name an offensive line coach has had or will ever have. His retirement form the Indianapolis Colts will not only be missed in name sake though as he was probably the Bob McKitrick of his time. Mudd like McKitrick had a nitch for taking low end draft picks and guys off the street and turned them into successful NFL linemen. Assistant line coach Pete Metzelaars is expected to take over at offensive line coach.
At the start of the off-season the Colts lost their class act head coach Tony Dungy to retirement as well. Former assistant head coach Jim Caldwell was promoted to head coach upon Dungy’s announcement. Thank goodness the Colts still have offensive coordinator Tom Moore in place or I don’t know what would happen to the Colts this year. As it stands I’m still very concerned for the Colts running game and Peyton Manning’s protection. Especially since Manning came of knee surgery last year.
Learning from history the Colts had best choose wisely on their new offensive line coach. For if you look at the San Francisco 49ers and what happened the them (especially Steve Young) once they lost McKitrick it wasn’t a pretty site. Their offensive line crumbled to nothing and poor Steve Young suffered with his career ending in too many concussions. I hope to heck Payton Manning doesn’t end up the same way.
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For now it’s still a wait and see. We will know more once spring goes along and preseason games get started on this one. I will say this for the time being, this off-season more than any off-season the Colts need to be healthy. Especially their offensive line and Peyton Manning.
Chemistry is so important and even more important for a time and rhythm quarterback like Manning. If these components are not in cohesion this spring I say pull back and draft Colt players at a low value only. That means Anthony Gonzalez and first round pick running back Donald Brown deeper in the draft.
Written By: Sean Douglas- fantasy-info.com
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