Packers Hall of Fame center Frank Winters has been added to the Indianapolis Colts' coaching staff as an offensive line intern.
The Colts' staff was hit hard by the sudden retirements of two longtime offensive assistants — coordinator Tom Moore and line coach Howard Mudd.
Pete Metzelaars was promoted from assistant offensive line coach/offensive quality control coach to replace Mudd. Winters will assist Metzelaars, and Mudd might take a role as a part-time consultant, according Eric Hartz from Scout.com's Colts site.
"We've bolstered our staff a little bit in terms, and we planned to do this anyway but it kind of worked out well," coach Jim Caldwell, who is replacing the esteemed Tony Dungy, told reporters on Tuesday. "We have two interns in our program that will help. A wide receiver intern, Ron Johnson, will help (new offensive coordinator) Clyde Christensen with the receivers. Also, Frank Winters, who certainly had a long, extended career in the NFL, most recently I think with the Green Bay Packers as a center, he will help and assist Pete in those areas.
"Tom and Howard are two of the best coaches that have ever coached in this game at this level, but nevertheless, I think you'll find that the two guys we have who are assuming those duties have been in this system and know this system extremely well and will function quite well within it."
This will be Winters' first foray into coaching. He was active in restaurants and real estate in Kansas City, he said during his Hall of Fame induction.
Winters, who spent 16 years in the NFL, played in 156 games with 141 starts in 11 seasons for the Packers. He was the center during the team's win in Super Bowl XXXI and loss in Super Bowl XXXII. He started all 16 games from 1993 through 1996 and 1999, and made his only Pro Bowl in 1996.
During the 10-year anniversary of that Super Bowl win, Packers.com asked Winters about the possibility of him becoming a coach.
"You miss the guys and stuff, but it's just a different game today," Winters said in 2006. "I honestly think that coaches make it harder than it really is. It's gotten to the point where they just beat themselves over the head with it. I think from a player's perspective, it's more of a mental and physical toll it takes on your body, but I think from a coach's perspective it's just a mental thing.
"I think coaches believe if they spend 101 hours in the meeting room a week and the coach they're playing against spends 100, they think they'll win. The game has gotten so complicated right now and I think they just beat themselves over the head."
Winters, who arrived in Green Bay in Plan B free agency in 1992, was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame last year. Brett Favre, who also was acquired by the Packers in 1992 and became fast friends with the blunt Winters, was his presenter.
"In describing Frank, when you think of great linemen, there are some great names within this organization," Favre told reporters. "You think of (Fuzzy) Thurston and (Jim) Ringo and (Jerry) Kramer and (Forrest) Gregg. I think you need to think of Winters, as well."
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