FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE SCOUTING ACADEMY ADDS HOWARD MUDD, CHRIS PALMER, STEVE FAIRCHILD, AND JERALD INGRAM TO FACULTY AS OF FALL 2017
(August 2, 2017) -
The Scouting Academy is excited to announce the addition of Howard Mudd, Chris Palmer, Steve Fairchild and Jerald Ingram to The Academy team. This group adds 92 years of NFL experience and 4 Vince Lombardi Trophies to the staff, each bringing a unique positional focus that will deepen the curriculum and provide an enhanced experience to the students.
Legendary Offensive Line Coach Howard Mudd is considered one of the Top 5 OL Coaches of all time, and is credited with advancing the development of the zone run series. Chris Palmer and Steve Fairchild bring invaluable knowledge of the quarterback position as well as the experience of developing some of today’s top athletes. Palmer’s work with QBs such as Drew Bledsoe, Tony Romo, and Eli Manning combined with Fairchild’s ability to unearth and develop late round talents like Marc Bulger and Ryan Fitzpatrick gives the Academy’s students unparalleled access to first-hand knowledge of this position. The Academy’s fourth addition, Running Back Coach Jerald Ingram, allows students direct access to one of the most powerful influences behind the New York Giants’ 2008 and 2012 Super Bowl wins. The Scouting Academy is proud to bring this exceptional group of individuals to our program beginning in the Fall 2017 semester, affording our students access to their depth of knowledge and experience.
“We have a mission here at The Academy to be ‘Where the evaluation community comes to learn.’ We took feedback from our alumni that Quarterback and Offensive Line are some of the most difficult positions to master and added instructors who will help at those positions.” said Scouting Academy Director of Scouting Development, Dan Hatman. “To be able to add professionals of this caliber to the mix is very important to us. Their knowledge, experience, and willingness to help educate future scouts and football professionals is ideal for our students.
"I came to The Academy to talk about Offensive Line because I felt as though the origin of the whole concept was from a scouting standpoint. People that were in the industry started teaching other people the characteristics that you want to learn. Not to necessarily learn it from the seat of their pants, but like a master and apprentice." said Howard Mudd. "That's how coaching is, you learn from a master and they give you a mark and they let you be a scout. So The Academy gives people a perspective. It's an academic thing, and it’s dynamic. I came because this perspective that we have as coaches is an important thing for people who are going to go scouting; it isn't just a bunch of metrics, it’s not just, 'Well, I think.' You have to have some sort of reference point. It ought to be one of the pieces."
"I have spent my professional life studying QB play in the game of football. When I took some time off from coaching, I heard what Dan Hatman was doing with The Academy, teaching people to look at the game the way coaches and personnel people, look at the game." Steve Fairchild explained, "And so having the opportunity, I wanted to see what was going on at The Scouting Academy. There's a wealth of information that all sorts of different people have, and that somebody like Dan would take that and compartmentalize it from position to position from this coach to this personnel guy I think you could get a library of information that could really expedite a guy’s learning curve to trying to be a good evaluator and so forth in the game of football. So it’s been a pleasure this last year to get to know the Academy. I've had the chance to do a seminar at the Senior Bowl, I've had a chance to do some other things along these lines, and it’s good stuff. [I'm] excited to see this develop, this whole curriculum, this whole program."
"There are places where I've been, that a lot of the time we [the coaches] don't get together with the scouts enough to understand how we see it from our perspective of what we're looking at - sometimes we're in our own little general areas. When you come into the NFL, you have to learn how to evaluate thoroughly because of the accountability at our level for the evaluation process." outlined Jerald Ingram, "I think [The Scouting Academy] is great, I think it’s new, it gives us a perspective of what we see as coaches, what’s actually out there, how to evaluate and we'll just see how this grows because from a high school level to the pro level, it’s all the same. It just becomes more defined at our level of knowing your job so I think every level can benefit from this. I just think it’s a great thing."
About The Scouting Academy
The Scouting Academy is an online-based instructional curriculum designed to better educate students in the player evaluation process of National Football League teams. Established by former NFL scout Dan Hatman, the Academy establishes a new standard in education for students seeking to enter the NFL in a player personnel capacity. By utilizing an online platform, the Scouting Academy offers a 16 week comprehensive curriculum that allows students to develop at their own pace.
About Howard Mudd
Howard Mudd is a former NFL offensive lineman and offensive line coach with over 50 years of NFL experience. He played seven seasons for the San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bears from 1964 to 1970 and was a three-time Pro Bowler in 1966, 1967 and 1968. He pursued a coaching career following his retirement as a NFL player. He spent two years as an assistant coach at the University of California, before moving to the NFL, and coaching for the San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs between 1974-1997. From 1998–2009, he was the offensive line coach for the Indianapolis Colts, with whom he won Super Bowl XLI. Peyton Manning played for the Colts for 11 of those 12 years, and credits much of his success to the protection he's received from Mudd's front line. He was talked out of retirement to become the Philadelphia Eagles offensive line coach for the 2011 and 2012 seasons before retiring again. For his work as an assistant coach, Mudd earned the Pro Football Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award.
About Chris Palmer
Chris Palmer is a 40+ year coaching veteran with over 20 years of NFL experience, including serving as the head coach for the Cleveland Browns and as an offensive coordinator with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans. Palmer has spent a career developing QBs and he has aided in the development of players like Drew Bledsoe, Tony Romo, and Eli Manning. Palmer was also the quarterback coach for the New York Giants from 2007-09 earning a victory in Super Bowl XLII. Palmer has worked in a total of four professional leagues (NFL, UFL, USFL, CFL) and has 15 years of experience in the college ranks. Furthermore, Palmer held the dual role of Head Coach and General Manager for the Hartford Colonials of the UFL and is experienced in building rosters.
About Steve Fairchild
Steve Fairchild has 35 years of coaching experience at both the NFL and collegiate levels, including 19 seasons as an offensive coordinator. He began his coaching career in 1982 as the offensive coordinator at San Diego Mesa Community College. Fairchild has worked with many dynamic players in college football and the NFL. He was a part of San Diego State’s high-octane offenses that were highlighted by running back Marshall Faulk and quarterback Dan McGwire. During Fairchild’s three seasons at San Diego State from 1990-92, the Aztecs enjoyed three straight top-10 finishes in NCAA scoring and total offense. Fairchild spent eight seasons in the NFL. He worked as the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills in 2006 and 2007, as quarterback J.P. Losman posted the 11th-best QB rating in the NFL in 2006 and passed for 3,051 yards. Prior to his stint with the Bills, Fairchild was the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams from 2003-05. Teaming up again with Faulk, Fairchild and the Rams enjoyed three straight top-10 finishes in total offense, including the NFL’s second-ranked scoring offense in 2003. Quarterback Marc Bulger was the 2003 Pro Bowl MVP. Fairchild was the senior offensive assistant for the San Diego Chargers after a four-year stint as the head coach at Colorado State, which included the highest-ranked recruiting class in program history and a victory in the 2008 New Mexico Bowl.
About Jerald Ingram
Jerald Ingram is a 30 year coaching veteran of the college and NFL ranks, with 20 years in the NFL and 2 Super Bowl victories under his belt. Ingram became a football coach after his playing career at Michigan. He began as a graduate assistant at Michigan in 1984 and then held assistant coaching positions at Ball State University (tight ends, 1985; running backs, 1986–1990) and Boston College (running backs, 1991–1993). In 1995, when Tom Coughlin moved from Boston College to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Ingram followed Coughlin and became the Jaguars' running backs coach from 1995 to 2003. When Coughlin joined the New York Giants in 2004, Ingram again followed and became the Giants' running backs coach from 2004 to 2013. In three seasons under Ingram's tutelage, Tiki Barber emerged as a dominant running back in the NFL, gaining over 5,000 rushing yards through the 2004 and 2006 seasons. In 2008, the Giants led the NFL with 2,518 rushing yards and won Super Bowl XLII in 2008 over the previously undefeated New England Patriots.
Director of Scouting Development, The Scouting Academy