Fresh off the news that former-Colts offensive line coach Howard Mudd has come out of retirement to coach for the , we get the news that the Colts have filled the coaching vacancy left by the fired-retired Gene Huey.
D1scourse.com, a blog that covers Maryland and DC-area sports, reports that the recently-hired University of Maryland running backs coach David Walker will leave the school and coach the same position with the Colts.
Walker was hired at Maryland by new head coach Randy Edsall, the man who coached Donald Brown at UConn. Walker had spent the last few years at Pitt working for Dave Wannstedt. From the DC sports blog I Reserve The Right To Change My Mind:
Walker is a strong recruiter who consistently lands 3- and 4-star talent from New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, plus he’s a great position coach too. Walker recruited, and then developed LeSean McCoy into one of the top running backs in the Big East. McCoy is now the starting running back for the Philadelphia Eagles, and this past season put together nearly 1,600 yards of total offense. Impressive stats, especially when you consider it was McCoy’s first season as a full-time NFL starter. In 2009 and 2010, Walker worked closely with future NFL prospects Dion Lewis and Ray Graham. Lewis and Graham combined for nearly 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns to help carry the 2010 offense. In 2009, Lewis ran for over 1,600 yards, 17 touchdowns, and won Big East Offensive Player of the Year, as well as being selected as a second team All-American. Walker’s presence at Maryland should be felt immediately as the Terps have a stable of talented running backs. Look for big 2011 campaigns from senior Davin Meggett and sophomore D.J. Adams.
Walker has big shoes to fill. Gene Huey was arguably the best RB coach in football.
It is interesting to note that since Jim Caldwell has taken over the coaching reigns, we've seen coaching legends like Howard Mudd and Gene Huey 'retire' for various reasons. It seems pretty clear that Mudd didn't want to 'retire' after the 2009 season (he worked with the Saints during training in 2010) and we know that Huey fully expected to be back with the Colts in 2011, but was surprisingly 'not retained.' Huey, deciding not to uproot his family and move to Minnesota to work for new Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, is now retired.
2011 is going to be an interesting year for Jim Caldwell. Should the running game continue to regress, he won't have Howard Mudd or Gene Huey to scapegoat anymore.
That said, we welcome David Walker to the Colts and wish him luck.