Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Mudd plans to return

Howard Mudd told the team before Sunday's game that he plans on returning as the Eagles offensive line coach, several players said.

Mudd plans to return

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Howard Mudd told players today that he intends to return for another season. (Michael Perez/AP)
Howard Mudd told players today that he intends to return for another season. (Michael Perez/AP)

Howard Mudd told the team before Sunday's game that he plans on returning as the Eagles offensive line coach, several players said.

"I didn't know the cat was out of the bag," Eagles tackle Todd Herremans said. "I like Howard. I like his methods. He's a good personality on the team. I'm excited for him to come back because I think we can just get better and better."

There had been some question among some Eagles players whether the 69-year-old Mudd would return for another season. He had retired before only to be lured back to the NFL by Andy Reid last February. Mudd agreeing to take the job then allowed Reid to name Juan Castillo, his then-o-line coach, as defensive coordinator.

Even though Mudd implemented changes to the the Eagles' blocking and altered the look of the line, he is credited for improving the unit this season. Eagles quarterbacks were sacked 32 times this season down from last season's 49. The Eagles also had one of the better running games among NFL teams as LeSean McCoy rushed for over 1,300 yards.

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While Mudd plans on coming back, his future with the Eagles is likely tied to Reid. All signs, however, point to Reid returning for his 14th season. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie will meet with the media later this week to likely confirm his return.

As for Castillo, his future isn't as clear.

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