The Eagles opened their final three days of workouts Tuesday before they adjourn, to then reassemble next month at Lehigh for training camp. This is the mandatory minicamp, even for 71-year-old offensive line coach Howard Mudd, who made his first onfield appearance of the spring. Assistant Eugene Chung has been running the o-line at practices, with Mudd direction from afar.
"I told him to go practice retirement," Eagles coach Andy Reid joked. Reid lured Mudd out of retirement last year. "He wasn't very good at it last time -- if I was able to talk him out of it, he wasn't very good at it ... He's 71 years old, he came off a major hip surgery during the season, battled through that. He's got all kind of energy. Give him a little bit of time to get himself together and get back out here, and he's gung-ho. Actually, after about the third day that he went home, he was ready to come back."
Mudd, who said he spent the time in Arizona and Seattle, said: "Coaches coach with their brains. My brain still works. Well, my wife says she's concerned about it, but no, I'm good. I really am.
"You don't have the same energy when you're older. You just don't. I think it's important (to be able to get away during noncritical times). I gotta be honest, I feel very rejuvenated. I feel vital. I was sitting with Eugene this morning watching some of the video of the past practices, and I said, 'do you realize how much I like this?' And he laughed ... I feel very fortunate that Andy let me do what I did, because there's still some gas in the tank. I want to drive fast, too, and I want to go a long way."