With Mudd and maybe even Moore out of the picture ... will the modern football era have its first player/coach?

With Mudd and maybe even Moore out of the picture ... will the modern football era have its first player/coach?

During the Tony Dungy Era in Indianapolis, the Colts had one of the most stable and unchanging coaching staffs in the NFL. Not anymore.

Following Dungy’s offseason departure, the house of cards formerly known as the Colts’ coaching staff has come tumbling down for a myriad of reasons.  

Obviously, Dungy’s decision to retire was the first and biggest coaching change for the Colts. Upon taking over for Dungy, Jim Caldwell made a few quick moves of his own.

First Caldwell fired special teams coach Russ Purnell. Sure, the Colts’ special teams stunk for the last seven years under Purnell, but with consistent depth issues it was hard to pin all the blame on him. Purnell is now the Jaguars special teams coach.

Next defensive coordinator Ron Meeks hit the road. Also a seven-year staff member, this move was more of a head-scratcher. With Bill Polian investing the bulk of the Colts’ cap room in offense, coaching the defense has always been an uphill battle for Meeks.

Regardless, the unit ranked in the top-seven in points allowed in four of Meeks’ seven seasons. After Meeks was sent packing the Colts finally acquired three 300-pound plus defensive tackles with a pulse … I’m sure he appreciated that. Meeks is now defensive coordinator for the Panthers.

Now comes the news that NFL pension issues have caused the retirement of Colts’ offensive line coach Howard Mudd and that offensive coordinator Tom Moore might be next. Both would’ve entered their 12th season with the organization and they are the architects of the Colts’ offensive philosophy.

While Dungy left Caldwell a well-oiled machine, it seems impossible for a team to lose its head coach, both coordinators, and two position coaches without skipping a beat. Let’s just say the 12-win streak is in serious jeopardy.

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