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Howard Mudd plans to retire, again


Last year, former Colts offensive line coach Howard Mudd emerged from retirement to become the offensive line coach in Philly, replacing Juan Castillo, who had been promoted to defensive coordinator.

This year, Mudd will call it quits again.

I decided quite a while ago,’’ Mudd said Friday, via Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News.  “I gotta go be a grandpa.  That was the plan two years ago and Andy talked me out of it.  But this time, it’s going to be permanent.

“I told my wife last night, I really like coaching. But it’s time.”

Even if Mudd didn’t think it was time, it would definitely be time.  With Andy Reid most likely on the way out, most if not all of the rest of the staff will be joining him.

Mudd’s time with the team has been checkered.  Initially, some of the players resisted his ways.  As the play of the line improved, they warmed up to Mudd.  This year, injuries have greased the skids for a major slide.

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20 Responses to “Howard Mudd plans to retire, again”
  1. fuglyflorio says: Nov 30, 2012 5:25 PM

    Nothing like a stint in Philadelphia to make retirement look really attractive.

  2. bdawks20 says: Nov 30, 2012 5:36 PM

    His system didn’t work in Philly. He didn’t have Peyton Manning back there like he did during his time in Indy and while injuries did make him look bad, he just wasn’t able to develop and utilize players like Danny Watkins and King Dunlap.

    They got rid of a lot of talent on that line because players didn’t fit into his system. His line was strong in the run game but they couldn’t protect the QB at all

  3. bostroff says: Nov 30, 2012 5:45 PM

    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out

  4. vicksprman says: Nov 30, 2012 5:54 PM

    The way this line has been a coached he has already retired.

  5. pftcensorssuck says: Nov 30, 2012 6:12 PM

    Why does Roger Mudd get so much credit for being an O-line coach, and no one outside of New England has ever heard of Dante Scarnecchia?

    Best O-line coach in the last 40 years.

  6. chb74 says: Nov 30, 2012 6:36 PM

    Teams have to be careful when hiring coaches who worked with offenses led by Manning, Brady, Rodgers etc. The temptation is to think “oh, hey, look how great these coaches made those QBs and offenses!”, when in reality it’s more like “look how otherworldly QBs can make coaches look better than they actually are!”

  7. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Nov 30, 2012 7:23 PM

    andy’s two biggest overreaches of the dream team era (the last two years) were howard mudd and jim washburn. theres a reason spags wouldn’t take the job in the off season. castillo was forced to create a defense with the dline only accountable to wash. with the lack of talent at linebacker and safety this was futile. wide 9 seems to generate stats not wins.

  8. freedomispopular says: Nov 30, 2012 7:26 PM

    Sean Connery? Is that you?

  9. east96st says: Nov 30, 2012 7:56 PM

    “… and no one outside of New England has ever heard of Dante Scarnecchia?”

    Maybe because the Giants won two Super Bowls because NE’s O line couldn’t get the job done?

  10. vinceofdarkness says: Nov 30, 2012 8:45 PM

    Remember Mudd spelled backwards is Ddum, got that from my main man bugs bunny.

  11. therealtrenches says: Nov 30, 2012 9:39 PM


    Mudd and Washburn are both proven coaches. They were great hires. For that matter, Andy Reid himself is a proven coach, despite not having a ring to show for his efforts.

    The problem in Philly isn’t with those guys. It’s with the GM, Howie Roseman, whose approach to assembling a team is roughly equivalent to putting a fantasy football team together.

    Do you think it’s a coincidence that three coaches with as many wins between them as Reid, Mudd, and Washburn couldn’t win games in 2011 and 2012? Of course it isn’t. By then, the team’s roster had Howie’s fingerprints all over it.

    And the real crime in all of this is the when Jeffrey fires Andy, he won’t show Howie the door, too, even though he probably should.

  12. mrconnors says: Nov 30, 2012 9:47 PM

    NE’s o-line got the job done fine in the last SB. Even on the safety, the pick to Blackburn, the Welker drop, Brady wasn’t hurried.

    The 2007 SB, sure, they got massacred, but regarding this last one, please. The Giants pass rush was probably like 7th on the list as to why the Pats lost (Gronk injured, Welker drop, Patriots D failing to get off the field, not falling on 3 forced fumbles, etc)

  13. cherrybop says: Nov 30, 2012 10:10 PM

    Philly is like a black hole when it comes to the Eagles’ luck, both on and off the field. They must’ve enacted a curse upon themselves when they called themselves the Dream Team…how long will the curse linger?

  14. gcsuk says: Nov 30, 2012 10:55 PM

    Does that mean we don’t have to watch that pathetic “celebration” when he jumps 2 inches off the ground to chest bump the O-Linemen? REALLY wacky, Mudd. It was pretty embarrassing.

  15. rickc402 says: Dec 1, 2012 3:56 AM

    Best O-line coach in 40 years was Joe Bugle bro.

  16. TheWizard says: Dec 1, 2012 6:22 AM

    Maybe because the Giants won two Super Bowls because NE’s O line couldn’t get the job done

    It took 2 perfect passes from Eli to win those games.

    I doubt New England’s O-line would have done very well on pass defense.

  17. andyreidsbossoms says: Dec 1, 2012 8:39 AM

    Thx for your service Mudd man

  18. jazz607 says: Dec 1, 2012 1:01 PM

    Thank God!!!!!

  19. dcbassguy says: Dec 1, 2012 1:09 PM

    To those of you that think Mudd can’t coach an O-line, please go watch some tape.

  20. philliesphan says: Dec 1, 2012 7:41 PM

    It looks like he and his players retired before the season started.

    Reid has made several bad decisions the past few years, Mudd, Washman, Castillo as D-cooridinator, draft picks have been terrible, and thinking he could make Vick into a viable NFL QB.

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