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Indianapolis Colts part ways with long-time running backs coach Gene Huey

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INDIANAPOLIS – Gene Huey is out as Indianapolis Colts running backs coach.

Huey, the longest-tenured Colts assistant coach in franchise history, will not be retained by the team, the club announced Tuesday. Huey's 19 seasons with the Colts were the most for an assistant in franchise history.

“I thank Gene Huey for the work he has done for the club for many seasons,” Head Coach Jim Caldwell said in a statement. “During his time, Gene played a key role with many players both on and off the field, and he was a part of coaching staffs that helped create a very special time in franchise history.

“I thank him for his contributions and wish him continued success.”

Huey, 63, coached with the Colts for 304 games. That was also the most for an assistant in franchise history. In the last two decades, he has worked with 1,000-yard rushers Edgerrin James – the franchise's all-time leading rusher – Marshall Faulk and Joseph Addai.

Each also made the Pro Bowl with the Colts.

The Colts have ranked 31st, 32nd and 29th in the NFL in rushing the past three seasons, averaging 92.7 yards per game this season, a season in which Addai missed half the season with a neck injury.

The departure continues a recent trend of change on the Colts' staff since Jim Caldwell took over as head coach in January 2009.

Caldwell that off-season hired Larry Coyer as defensive coordinator and Ray Rychleski as special teams coach. Clyde Christensen moved from wide receivers coach to offensive coordinator this past season, and the team hired Ron Turner as wide receivers coach to fill Christensen's role.

Longtime offensive line coach Howard Mudd retired last off-season, and was replaced by long-time offensive line assistant Pete Metzelaars.

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