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New-school Eagles resisting Mudd’s old-school style

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When dissecting the offseason decisions made by Eagles coach Andy Reid, most of the attention focuses on Reid’s choice to move Juan Castillo from offensive line coach to defensive coordinator.  Apart from the challenges Castillo would face in changing to the other side of the ball (especially during a season in which a looming lockout threatened to — and ultimately did — reduce the window for preparation), the move forced Reid to hire a new offensive line coach.

Reid hired Howard Mudd, who most recently coached the offensive line in Indianapolis from 1998 through 2009.  Though Mudd has a great reputation and years of experience and accomplishments, a source with knowledge of the situation tells us that some of the players on offense aren’t embracing Mudd’s methods.

As the source explained it, it’s a classic old-school/new-school generation gap.  The players on the Philadelphia offensive line, along with the rest of the offense, are predominantly young.  Mudd, 69, has been involved in the NFL since before all of them were born.  Then there’s the fact that the unit is struggling, which serves only to create and/or increase tensions between the position coach, the offensive linemen, and the other players on offense.

Complicating matters is that Mudd and the players have had limited time to get acquainted, due to the lockout.  They’ll been together for roughly 2.5 months, and the team’s struggles surely have made it hard for everyone to come together they way they should.

Our advice to the Eagles players?  Buy quickly what Mudd is selling.  The guy knows what he’s doing, and if it’s not getting done, it’s not because his techniques and strategies don’t work.

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43 Responses to “New-school Eagles resisting Mudd’s old-school style”
  1. sniffles sports report says: Oct 15, 2011 1:52 PM

    As much as I am enjoying the Eagles struggles, the NFC east is still up for grabs and the team has to much talent to not get this thing turned around. As is usually the case 3 or 4 wins in a row will have everyone getting along just fine.

  2. waitingguilty says: Oct 15, 2011 1:55 PM

    There’s on other little factor that trumps this conspiracy theory…

    Almost every Eagles lineman is either hurt or playing out of position. It a train wreck on that Oline.

    I’m thinking that has a lot more to do than some lame unnamed source trying to cause trouble.

  3. seahawksfan25 says: Oct 15, 2011 1:56 PM

    Hire Jim mora Jr.

  4. vysethelegend says: Oct 15, 2011 1:59 PM

    > Hire one of the best O-Line coaches in the NFL.
    > Players don’t listen to successful coach’s strategies.
    > Lose games.

    Oh I see

  5. fink says: Oct 15, 2011 2:09 PM

    “Buying-in” will do nothing to solve offensive line injuries (specifically, tackles Jason Peters and King Dunlap) in time for Sunday’s game.

    The Redskins also just had a bye week to both get healthy and get ready for a *home* game isn’t helping the Eagles much either.

    A 1-5 start isn’t just a possibility. It’s a strong likelihood.

  6. drmonkeyarmy says: Oct 15, 2011 2:22 PM

    Here’s the thing….Mudd prefers smaller more mobile OL. Furthermore, in Indy Manning is/was an expert at reading the blitz and feeling pressure, getting the ball out quickly. Vick is obviously not Peyton Manning and the Eagles offense is more of a vertical passing attack. The OL man are getting man handled creating pressure on Vick.

  7. jdandcoke says: Oct 15, 2011 2:23 PM

    i actually think the eagles will win this week. yes, its been great watching this eagles team play like a bunch of retarded keystone cops so far this season….but the eagles DO have talent…and the redskins DO have rex grossman.

    eagles 24 foreskins 13

  8. drmonkeyarmy says: Oct 15, 2011 2:27 PM

    Furthermore, Manning was the guy who called out OL adjustments and whatnot. The Eagles have a rookie doing that, while a solid veteran C in Jamaal Jackson is on the bench. The OL was solid until Jackson got hurt before the playoffs a couple years back. Since then they have struggled with adjustments and reading the defense. Mudd’s insistence on starting the rookie Kelce is part of the problem. The Eagles, as a whole, shouldn’t buy into that. You are getting free rushers up the middle while Kelce is getting man handled as a result. I ask, why should they buy into that?

  9. kd75 says: Oct 15, 2011 2:28 PM

    If a player doesn’t buy into what a seasoned and successful coach is teaching, shouldn’t they get benched in favor of someone who’s willing to listen?

  10. freedomispopular says: Oct 15, 2011 2:40 PM

    As I’ve said from the beginning, I completely expected the Eagles to start off slow due to all the new coaching changes and new players, without having adequate time to prepare. I really wouldn’t be surprised if it all comes together down the stretch and they either make a late playoff run or be a really good spoiler.

  11. theharshestreality says: Oct 15, 2011 2:45 PM

    This O-Line stunk up the place last year too. Reid put all of his eggs into the Vick and Asomugha baskets. 20/20 hindsight says – bad move.

  12. janvanflac says: Oct 15, 2011 2:57 PM

    Eagles are 3rd in the NFL in total yards, and last I checked most of the turnovers, like passes that bounce off of receivers’ hands, fumbles past the line of scrimmage, trick plays gone wrong etc. aren’t the OL’s fault. So they must be doing something right. this is a non-story.

  13. tombrookshire says: Oct 15, 2011 3:02 PM

    He also coached the line that blocked for Manning a much better QB. And, he had much better talent than the Eagles.

  14. wawa33 says: Oct 15, 2011 3:09 PM

    His name is Mudd.

  15. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Oct 15, 2011 3:15 PM

    eiggles = not good

  16. richm2256 says: Oct 15, 2011 3:18 PM

    tombrookshire says:
    He also coached the line that blocked for Manning a much better QB. And, he had much better talent than the Eagles.
    ——————————————————–
    Peyton Manning is obviously a Hall of Fame QB, but even HE wouldn’t have been nearly as successful flat on his back without a solid offensive line.

    I think Howard Mudd knows a thing or two about O-lines.

    Signed,
    Jeff Saturday

  17. dirtydrynn27 says: Oct 15, 2011 3:24 PM

    The Redskins defense poses a serious problem with this O-Line….Orakpo and Kerrigan could do some damage in this game!

  18. duncanthecat says: Oct 15, 2011 3:25 PM

    Other than the LT, would anyone on The Eagles start for anyone else in even the NFC East!

    The coaching might add to the mess, but the talent is clearly missing.

    And yes, Reid and the staff is to blame for lame draft picks through the years.

  19. otis52gsh says: Oct 15, 2011 3:30 PM

    I love these who always has a statistic about one thing or another they are doing ok at. Haven’t you ever herd people say statistics don’t win games. I’m pretty certain it’s the final score. He is a stat for you, look how fricking games it took Vick to THROW for his 100th TD. Awful!!

  20. bobbyhoying says: Oct 15, 2011 3:40 PM

    Regardless of the problems the Eagles have, I completely trust Rex to end their losing streak. Thanks so much, in advance, Rex.

  21. paulsdamnblog says: Oct 15, 2011 3:42 PM

    Lots of blame to go around on this team now. Lack talent on the O’line, is on of the bigger problems. You can coach’em up all you want, but if the players don’t grasp the concepts…

  22. 706vet says: Oct 15, 2011 4:20 PM

    It’s actually media created that this is a bad, brutal o-line. It is not. Despite new players, injuries etc. they’ve actually played pretty well.

    Other than week one Vick has been protected well. The offense continues to crank out yardage (3rd in NFL) and still manages to be 11th in NFL PPG. This despite numerous red zone failures and turnovers! Wow!

    “Vick is under constant assault” is a media creation meant to make excuses for Vick. Media loves Vick. Period. He’s not running for his life unless he fails to get rid of the ball.

    The source probably resides within the Philly area media who despise Andy Reid.

  23. blackqbwhiterb says: Oct 15, 2011 4:21 PM

    Yeah, dissension, love it!!! Somehow I hope the Redskins can make a statement and win this game…..but I fear we may be unable to stop the Eagles from making big plays like last time….come on Redskins!!!!

  24. derekjetersmansion says: Oct 15, 2011 4:47 PM

    Only 7 sacks given up all year, as well, which makes Vick’s complaining all the more stupid.

  25. phillyrick22 says: Oct 15, 2011 5:00 PM

    it can be that they haven’t been together that long, but Castillo wasn’t that bad as the o line coach… I’d put Castillo back as o line coach, get rid of Mudd and get a d coordinator… I’d definitely keep Washburn though!

  26. dolphins4 says: Oct 15, 2011 5:23 PM

    The Eagles should move Juan Castillo back to O-line coach and then hire a great defensive coordinator at the end of the year.

  27. acerockolla821 says: Oct 15, 2011 5:38 PM

    @vysethelegend says: Oct 15, 2011 1:59 PM

    > Hire one of the best O-Line coaches in the NFL.
    > Players don’t listen to successful coach’s strategies.
    > Lose games.

    Oh I see

    ———————————————-

    You are aware the Eagles are averaging the 8th most yards per game in NFL history through five games, right?

  28. raiderapologist says: Oct 15, 2011 6:01 PM

    Don’t think you can place much blame on the lockout. Oakland has a new line coach, and that unit was generally expected to struggle, but Campbell didn’t even have to wash his uniform until after the Houston game.

  29. cowboy88 says: Oct 15, 2011 6:05 PM

    Excuses, Excuses! Cowboys OL coach, Hudson Houck, is 65 and the players are responding to him great and are growing as a unit.

    Either Mudd isn’t a very good coach (which I don’t believe), or the players need to grow up and act like professionals.

    Problem is Andy Reid.

  30. kevpft says: Oct 15, 2011 6:28 PM

    acerockolla821 says: Oct 15, 2011 5:38 PM

    You are aware the Eagles are averaging the 8th most yards per game in NFL history through five games, right?

    Tragically, games are decided by points, not yards.

    1-4.

  31. psychotim says: Oct 15, 2011 6:58 PM

    I’m sure that all the OL’s high school and college coaches were laid back, laissez-faire types, right?

    Or maybe, just maybe, they’re not as talented as some thought they were?

  32. yevrag3535 says: Oct 15, 2011 7:13 PM

    I don’t believe you once again, sorry. These guy are professional, they are getting paid. It is only 5 games into he season. And if they only win 1 game this year – guess what – the worls will not end,,,, Get a real job please, oh I forgot you can’t your a lawyer… sorry for that but use that education for something good….

  33. stixzidinia says: Oct 15, 2011 8:12 PM

    Our advice to the Eagles players? Buy quickly what Mudd is selling. The guy knows what he’s doing, and if it’s not getting done, it’s not because his techniques and strategies don’t work.
    ————————-

    And why would NFL players want to heed the advice of a blogger who’s never played the game? Stop trying to act like you know the X’s and O’s of the game just because you got on TV. You’re not in the Eagles locker room and you’re not an analyst.

  34. nfl fan says: Oct 15, 2011 8:18 PM

    After all the expectations, it must suck to be an Eagles fan…..Isn’t it great!

  35. yevrag3535 says: Oct 15, 2011 9:42 PM

    I guess it better to ge a fan than a closet punk like you. We are always waiting down at the Linc for real fans like you. It is only a stupid game, not life and death. Never was and guess what ever will be. The Eagles will be OK…

  36. skolvikesskol says: Oct 15, 2011 9:43 PM

    Excuses excuses!!! Who cares?!

  37. exeaglefan says: Oct 15, 2011 10:01 PM

    What difference does Vicks yardage stats make if he cant win the game same old vick stats not wins. There is no “I” in team-except “Vicks team”

  38. acerockolla821 says: Oct 15, 2011 10:16 PM

    kevpft says: Oct 15, 2011 6:28 PM

    Tragically, games are decided by points, not yards.

    1-4.

    ——————————————-

    Thanks for ignoring the point of my statement, or maybe you just misunderstood the point. I was responding to someone who seemed to imply that the Eagles were losing games because they weren’t doing what their offensive line coach was telling them to do. I pointed out that the Eagles offense was not the problem.

  39. dawkattack says: Oct 15, 2011 10:43 PM

    Kudos stix kudos

  40. chazzmon says: Oct 15, 2011 10:50 PM

    Peyton never missed a game while Coach Mudd was the Colts O-Line Coach so maybe these guys ought to listen up! Iggles problems are that they turnover the ball to often and Castillo has 3 Pro Bowl corners wondering where they’re supposed to play. All that being said if they win this week they’re back in the mix in the NFC least.

  41. tialen says: Oct 15, 2011 11:12 PM

    cry me a freaking river

  42. trollhammer20 says: Oct 16, 2011 11:22 AM

    So the Eagles have the third rated offense. Nice.

    Chargers had the #1 offense and the #1 defense last year, statistically speaking. They watched the playoffs from home.

  43. drew05 says: Oct 16, 2011 12:45 PM

    706vet says:
    Oct 15, 2011 4:20 PM

    It’s actually media created that this is a bad, brutal o-line. It is not. Despite new players, injuries etc. they’ve actually played pretty well.

    Other than week one Vick has been protected well. The offense continues to crank out yardage (3rd in NFL) and still manages to be 11th in NFL PPG. This despite numerous red zone failures and turnovers! Wow!

    “Vick is under constant assault” is a media creation meant to make excuses for Vick. Media loves Vick. Period. He’s not running for his life unless he fails to get rid of the ball.

    The source probably resides within the Philly area media who despise Andy Reid.

    ——-
    Well said, 706vet.

    I was formulating something very close to this…no need, you took care of it for me.

    The O-line has gotten much better in every game, and is playing at an acceptable level right now.

    Now, if only the tackling issues were a media created phenom…unfortunaltely, that is something that is a real issue.

    Hopefully the Iggles hold onto the ball, and bring the ball-carrier down more consitently today.

    Go Eagles.

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