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News » Indianapolis Colts Inside Slant 2009-05-08


Indianapolis Colts Inside Slant 2009-05-08


Indianapolis Colts Inside Slant 2009-05-08
The changes just keeping coming for the Colts.


According to various reports, longtime offensive line coach Howard Mudd has decided to retire from his coaching position with the team. And veteran offensive coordinator Tom Moore also might opt to hang up his headphones.

Mudd, who has worked 11 seasons with the Colts and has been a National Football League assistant for 35 years, apparently made his decision after learning of planned changes in the NFL's retirement benefits package. League owners approved a change in the pension program for non-playing personnel in meetings two months ago.

The 67-year-old native of Midland, Mich., feels as if he has to take his entire lump-sum pension payment now because if he does not exercise that right at 65 under the revised plan, he will be allowed only to accept annuity payments upon retirement that will be reduced to 50 percent value for his immediate survivors if he dies.

Mudd has already maximized his pension because he has surpassed the formula that requires a coach's age and league tenure to equal 75. He has been an NFL assistant for 36 consecutive seasons. Part of the reason the change was made was to prevent an assistant coach who hit the 75 formula to retire and take a lump sum only to return to a team as a high-paid consultant.

Moore, who is 70 and has been an NFL assistant coach for 32 years, is also contemplating walking away for the same reasons.

While the Colts have yet to make an official announcement concerning Mudd's fate, the executive director of the NFL's Coaches Association said Wednesday that the former San Francisco 49ers offensive guard has already filed the necessary paperwork that preceded a retirement.

A replacement for Moore, should he decide to retire, could come from within the current coaching staff with assistant head coach/wide receivers coach Clyde Christensen a possibility. Christensen previously served as the offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2001.

"We have the highest personal affection and professional regard for Howard and it would be inappropriate for us to speculate at this time about any decisions he might eventually reach," team president Bill Polian said in a statement.



Author:Fox Sports
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Added: May 8, 2009

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