Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Age-Old Wisdom on the Eagles' Sideline

Eagles have two of the oldest assistant coaches in the NFL.

Age-Old Wisdom on the Eagles' Sideline

Eagles offensive line coach Howard Mudd prefers smaller, athletic lineman. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Eagles offensive line coach Howard Mudd prefers smaller, athletic lineman. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
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When the Eagles take the field Sunday, they will do so with two of the eight oldest assistant coaches in the NFL.

Team Coach Position   Age   Birthdate
Steelers Dick LeBeau Defensive Coordinator 74 Sept. 9, 1937
Eagles Howard Mudd Offensive Line 69 Feb. 10, 1942
Giants Michael Pope Tight Ends 69 March 15, 1942   
Chiefs Bill Muir Offensive Coordinator 68 Oct. 26, 1942
Cowboys     Hudson Houck Running/Offensive Line    68 Jan. 7, 1943
Colts Larry Coyer Defensive Coordinator 68 April 19, 1943
Chiefs Emmitt Thomas    Defensive Backs 68 June 3, 1943
Eagles Ted Williams Running Backs 67 Nov. 17, 1943
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