Meet the Eagles New Coaches: Howard Mudd

Posted: August 10, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Today we continue our series on the new Eagles coaches by putting the spotlight on the new O-line coach, Howard Mudd.

How many of you cringed last season every time Mike Vick took a hit behind the line of scrimmage? I say behind the line of scrimmage because once he takes off running, he’s pretty much on his own. Last year the Eagles played musical chairs at right tackle, with the likes of Winston Justice and King Dunlap getting playing time at the position. Neither of the aforementioned tackles are good enough to protect Vick’s blind side on a full-time basis. This year however, the offensive line has been revamped. Mainstays Jason Peters and Todd Herremans are back atleft tackle and left guard respectively. There is also the return of center Jamaal Jackson and the arrival of promising rookie guard Danny Watkins. The Eagles also added via free agency, veteran tackle Ryan Harris. With this new line, it’s only fitting that the Eagles brought a new face to mold them and bring them together. Enter Howard Mudd.

Howard Mudd is known for his 11-year stint with the Indianapolis Colts. When we hear Indianapolis Colts, we hear Peyton Manning, we hear high powered offense, one that performs more like a symphony rather than a garage rock band. Here are some tidbits on Mudd’s resume that make him more than qualified for the job.

  • Colts had the highest point total in the league during his tenure (26.1)
  • Colts had the lowest sack total in the league during his tenure (227)
  • League’s lowest sack total six different seasons
  • 2006 Super Bowl Champion

It’s tough not to be excited about the potential when you read stats like that. I believe that with this line, the offense is in for its best season yet. It is customary for the QB and running back to take the big boys out to nice dinners every time certain milestones are reached, (300 yard passing games, 100 yard rushing games, pro bowl elections, etc.) Expect the guys on this offensive line to eat hearty this season, and not on their own dime.


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