Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay confirmed Wednesday that he expects to bring back assistants Tom Moore and Howard Mudd as consultants to the team, possibly as early as training camp, which opens Aug. 2, reports the Indianapolis Star.
Moore and Mudd have been on the Colts’ staff since 1998, as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, respectively. Both coaches decided to retire last week due to changes in the league’s pension plan.
“We don’t have any signed agreements, but I do believe all parties feel Tom and Howard would play significant roles for us moving forward and they would be consultants,” Irsay said. “They not only would be a major part of what we’re trying to do in ’09, but they’d continue to mentor and tutor some of the other coaches.”
Exactly when the two coaches would be eligible to return is unclear, writes the Star.
According to Larry Kennan, executive director of the NFL coaches association, Mudd, 67, is under the impression a retired coach must wait six months from the time he files his retirement documents to assume a paid consultant’s role. That would make it mid-November before he and Moore, 70, could return. It might be possible for them to return earlier as unpaid consultants until they were allowed to be added to the team’s payroll.