Colts move quickly to replace two retired assistants

Speaking on sports radio station 1070-The Fan, Indianapolis Colts President Bill Polian said the team has already moved to replace recently retired offensive coordinator Tom Moore and offensive line coach Howard Mudd, reports the Indianapolis Star.

According to Polian, Clyde Christensen has been elevated from assistant head coach/wide receivers coach to offensive coordinator, while assistant offensive line coach Pete Metzelaars has been named the team’s new offensive line coach.

Polian did not indicate who would fill in at the positions formerly held by Christensen or Metzelaars.

“The main cogs in terms of operating the program are in place, have been in place and were prepared to do this,'” Polian said. “It’s just a transition that we would rather not have made, but we knew full well that it’s likely we were going to have to.”

The Star reported Thursday that Moore and Mudd had officially decided to retire after the NFL recently changed its pension plan.

On Wednesday, NFL.com analyst Pat Kirwan took a closer look at the expected retirements of both coaches, calling them the latest blows to a Colts staff that has already been hit hard this offseason.

Writes Kirwan: “I worry that the Colts have taken more hits than any good franchise can withstand in a single offseason.”

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