Mudd: Walter the best

Howard Mudd, who will coach the final game of his 35-year NFL career in Sunday’s Super Bowl, had two stints as the offensive line coach with the Seahawks. The first was on Jack Patera’s staff from 1978-82, the second on the staffs of Tom Flores and Dennis Erickson staff from 1993-97.

Before, in between and after, he also coached for the San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs and, for the past 12 seasons, the Indianapolis Colts.

That’s a lot of years and teams, and even more linemen. But when asked at the Super Bowl this week to pick the best lineman he ever coached, Mudd told Sporting News Today, “Walter Jones. I only had him for a year (1997 with the Seahawks), but he had phenomenal abilities. He didn’t struggle ever to play. I don’t think he was ever completely challenged.”

On the field, that is. Jones, who just turned 36, is currently facing the biggest challenge of his All-Pro career that will culminate with him being voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Trying to return from microfracture surgery on his left knee, a procedure that cost him the final four games of the 2008 season and all of 2009.

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