June 13, 2012 |
Leave it to Howard Mudd, avid motorcyclist, to evoke a riding metaphor when asked if some recent time off would extend his coaching life. "There's still some gas in the tank," Mudd said Tuesday. "I want to drive fast, too, and I want to go a long ways. " Mudd made his first appearance at spring practices this offseason. With the blessing of coach Andy Reid, the 71-year-old offensive line coach skipped four weeks of voluntary workouts in an effort to stay fresh for the coming season.
May 3, 2011 |
Howard Mudd was living, quite literally, in Leisure World when Andy Reid phoned him one January day with the hopes of luring him out of retirement. Reid's peculiar idea of naming offensive line coach Juan Castillo the Eagles' next defensive coordinator could only happen, in his words, if Mudd had agreed to take Castillo's spot only a year after calling it quits with the Colts. There was a brief feeling-out period. Mudd: "You know that I'm not going to do things like Juan did them.
November 9, 2012 |
The Eagles start a former tackle at guard and a former guard at center. Their starting right tackle has not started there since 2010, and their starting left tackle played right tackle for more than a half in the last game. This is the Eagles' 2012 offensive line, a group beset by injuries that sidelined four of its previous starters and has allowed quarterback Michael Vick to be sacked 27 times this season. When they play the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, the Eagles likely will start Demetress Bell at left tackle, Evan Mathis at left guard, Dallas Reynolds at center, Dennis Kelly at right guard, and King Dunlap at right tackle.
January 5, 2014 |
Howard Mudd was trying to think of the free-agent tackle, the one the Eagles were forced to sign after Jason Peters ruptured his Achilles tendon before the 2012 season. "The guy from Buffalo . . . Demetress Bell," Mudd finally recalled. "Oops, that didn't work out. " The former Eagles offensive line coach, now retired, was going through some of the combinations of linemen he was forced to insert into the lineup after four (!) of five starters were injured last season. Mudd wasn't complaining.
December 24, 2012 |
Danny Watkins has played fewer than two NFL seasons, and yet, because of his fall from grace this year and his advanced age, he has been deemed by many to be a bust. If the lesson of Brandon Graham has taught anything it's that two seasons - one interrupted by injury - sometimes cannot be enough time to draw conclusions on draft picks. Even first-rounders. Perhaps Watkins won't ever live up to being selected 23d overall in the 2011 draft. If the right guard was to end his career today, with 18 starts of little note, then the Eagles' decision to take the then-26-year-old former firefighter with only four years of football under his utility belt could be labeled a failure.
October 24, 2012
EAGLES PRACTICE was closed Monday and the members of Howard Mudd's beleaguered offensive line weren't forthcoming afterward, but it eventually trickled out that King Dunlap has replaced Demetress Bell at left tackle. CSNPhilly.com's Reuben Frank reported the switch, which was reflected Monday night in the depth chart posted on the team website. The Eagles signed Bell to start at left tackle in March for $3.25 million this year, after Jason Peters' first of two Achilles' tears.
January 31, 2014 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Winston Justice wasn't traded unknowingly to the Colts two years ago. He said that the Eagles called him one March day and asked him if he wanted to play elsewhere. "They called and asked, 'Do you want to be traded?' It wasn't like they traded me," Justice, now a Broncos tackle, said this week. "They were like, 'Do you want to do this, like, before we do this? Are you sure?' So it was like they gave me a choice to do it or not. " He said yes and was dealt to Indianapolis for an exchange of sixth-round draft picks that jumped the Eagles ahead 15 spots.
December 3, 2012 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and center Dallas Reynolds both started Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys despite being listed as questionable. Cox missed practice Wednesday because of a bruised tailbone and was absent Thursday and Friday because of a death in his family. Cox rejoined the team in North Texas on Saturday. He left the game in the second quarter after he reinjured his tailbone. Cox was taken to the locker room for examination but started the second half.
June 1, 2011
As he follows Juan Castillo, Howard Mudd is careful not to disparage him. "I'm treading on the guy I'm succeeding, and I don't want to do that," Mudd said Still . . . Mudd's lines in Indianapolis allowed 18.5 sacks per season. Castillo's allowed 40.5 per season in the same time span. Of course, Mudd's Colts lines protected Peyton Manning, a predictable, immobile quarterback all too willing to throw balls away. Castillo's Eagles dealt mainly with Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick, the most electric scramblers in league history, who welcomed contact and who hated to waste a down.
July 30, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Demetress Bell doesn't have to go far to find out what it's like to play left tackle for the Eagles, with Howard Mudd as his offensive line coach. Bell, 28, is sharing a dormitory room at training camp with the man he is replacing and whose very large cleats he must step into. "I've got Jason Peters in my dorm room and Howard Mudd in the classroom," Bell said. "What else could you want?" Peters, whose ruptured Achilles tendon led to the Eagles' acquiring Bell in early April, reported to Lehigh University just like the rest of his teammates, even though he is likely out for the season.