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Frank Reich Hires Howard Mudd As Colts Senior Offensive Assistant Coach

Frank Reich is bringing back a pretty popular coach to his staff in 2019. A look into the Colts hiring legendary assistant Howard Mudd.

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INDIANAPOLISOne of the most decorated assistant coaches in NFL history is returning to the Colts.


Frank Reich has hired Howard Mudd as a ‘senior offensive assistant’ for the 2019 season.


Mudd, who turns 77 years old this weekend, was the legendary offensive line coach for the Colts from 1998-2009, with Reich and him overlapping on Indy staffs from ’06-09.


During Mudd’s reign as offensive line coach in Indy, the Colts had one of the soundest pass protection groups in the entire NFL. Peyton Manning, Jeff Saturday and Tony Dungy routinely lauded Mudd’s coaching ability in the trenches.


Widely regarded as a Hall of Fame caliber assistant coach, Mudd has over 40 years of NFL experience.


He was most recently with the Eagles in 2011-12, missing out on Reich’s time in Philadelphia.


Along with the Mudd hiring on Thursday, the Colts also filled their final coaching opening this offseason, with the hiring of new assistant offensive line coach Klayton Adams.


A few weeks back, the Colts hired Chris Strausser as their new head offensive line coach. Adams played for Strausser in college at Boise State, so there’s familiarity between the new O-line coaching duo.


Strausser came over from Denver, where he was the Broncos offensive line-tackles coach in 2018 and the assistant line coach in 2017. The Broncos finished last season 8th in sacks allowed per pass attempt and 4th in rushing yards per play. He has 30 years of coaching experience, 28 of which came at the college level.


In 2019, Strausser will now coach an offensive line in Indianapolis that has all 5 of their starters returning from last season. Even the Colts’ first few depth spots are under contract for 2019.


Taking a look at the future at offensive tackle, where Strausser’s primary role was with Denver last season, the Colts will need to eventually develop a tackle whenever Anthony Castonzo is done playing.


Strausser took the place of the fired Dave DeGuglielmo, who coached an offensive unit that allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL last year.


With the 2019 NFL Combine three weeks away, they have no coaching openings on their staff. That's a far cry from this time last year when they still were without a head coach.



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