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Monday, March 22, 2010
How does Manning like Colts' changes?

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

After the Colts announced the alterations to their coaching staff Friday evening, Chris Mortensen reported that the changes at the top of the offensive staff aren’t just title alterations.

Tom Moore, the longtime offensive coordinator, is now senior offensive assistant while Clyde Christensen assumes the big title and job. And according to Mortensen, it’s Christensen who will now be in Peyton Manning's ear. Moore has held that role for all of Manning’s time in Indianapolis.

Manning had neck surgery not long ago and hasn’t surfaced yet this offseason to make any public comments.

I’m curious to know how in the loop he was on these alterations, as he vented last year about poor communication when Moore and offensive line coach Howard Mudd, who retired after the Super Bowl, temporarily retired in order to secure some benefits.

The team also made official the promotion of Pete Metzelaars to offensive line coach to replace Mudd, and announced the additions of wide receivers coach Ron Turner and assistant offensive line coach Ron Prince. Jim Bob Cooter went from staff assistant to offensive assistant.

The announcement came via e-mail at 7:45 Friday night, a time when teams or businesses typically put out news they want to get minimal exposure.

I don’t understand the thinking there. What would be so terrible if coaches you’ve promoted or hired actually got a little attention out of it?