While it’s true that the Eagles’ offensive line has been nothing short of a disaster this season, it’s hard to place much blame on the unit’s coach, Howard Mudd, for their lackluster performance. A rash of devastating injuries cost All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters his entire season, while center Jason Kelce, right tackle Todd Herremans, and guard Danny Watkins have missed varying degrees of their 2012 campaigns. Though in the case of Watkins, I’m not sure it truly mattered.
But after only two season in Philadelphia, the 71-year-old Mudd will call it quits after the season. This time for good. Mudd retired briefly after the 2009, but was lured back to the sidelines by soon-to-be-fired head coach Andy Reid. But with the Eagles suffering through a miserable season and the organization’s future uncertain, Mudd will be making this exit a permanent one.
Here’s Mudd, via Paul Domowitch of The Philadelphia Daily News”I decided quite a while ago. 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.”
With Mudd’s certain departure, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to imagine many members of Andy Reid’s current coaching staff sticking around beyond this season.