Andy Reid was mighty persuasive with Howard Mudd
Howard Mudd was sitting in Arizona retired when Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid called and Reid pretty much didn’t want to take no for an answer.
The relationship the well respected line coach has had with Reid dates back to when the Eagles coach was an assistant coach on Bob Stull’s staff at the University of Missouri in the late 1980’s.
“I have known Andy for 22 years,” Mudd said. “He was a young assistant coach for Bob Stull at University of Missouri. He came over (when I was with the Chiefs) and wanted to know about what I did and why I did it and stuff like that. We spent a lot of time that one year there. I went over and spoke at their spring clinic and got to know him. Then he ends up leaving and Marty Mornhinweg was then the offensive line coach. He asked me if I would spend time.
“(Reid) was in Green Bay and we maintained contact. He’s a really friendly guy and he liked what I did and would always ask me questions as we went through the years. We just maintained contact. When this thing shook down, I was kind of in a state of shock. I went, ‘What?’ He called me and said, ‘Would you consider coming out of retirement?’ He told me this whole story about the interview process with the defensive coordinator. I know Juan (Castillo) very well. He said this isn’t going to work if we make this move if you don’t come.”
Reid said last week he wouldn’t have considered the unconventional move of switching his line coach Castillo to defensive coordinator if he couldn’t get a proven top-notch assistant like Mudd to come in. Mudd was also enticed by new defensive line coach Jim Washburn, who came over from the Tennessee Titans and is a close friend.
“My wife and I were in retirement in Arizona,” Mud said. “We just had a conversation. She asked me if I thought I was finished. I said, ‘Well, yeah, there are a lot of reasons why—I don’t think about it, I don’t really yearn to go apply for jobs and things like that.’ The phone rang about an hour later. I don’t know if some kind of providence was there.
"(Reid) told me the story about Juan and how he had interviewed a number of people. He said, ‘This isn’t going to work unless we can get somebody like you (to coach the offensive line). I want you to consider coming out of retirement, would you consider that?’ I was kind of stumbling around for things to say and I said I’m very flattered. We talked and chatted. Andy is pretty persuasive.”
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