Reid should feel at home at Lambeau

As Andy Reid returns to Lambeau today, the Eagles' skipper joins long line of returning coaches. Laura recaps their success (or lack of it) against their old club...

Another week means another reunion between the Packers and a member of Mike Holmgren's prolific Packer coaching staff.

Monday night brings Andy Reid, a long-time Green Bay assistant, back to the Lambeau Field sidelines.

Reid joins the long line of former Packer assistants who have gone on to become head coaches in the NFL. Steve Mariucci, Marty Mornhinweg, Dick Jauron, Jon Gruden, Ray Rhodes and, of course, Holmgren himself are among those who first coached for Green Bay, before leaving to eventually coach against them.

Reid served stints as the Packers' quarterbacks, offensive line and tight ends coach during his seven seasons in Green Bay. He was named the Eagles' head coach in 1999 in a semi-swap which saw Ray Rhodes hired as the head man in Green Bay went Holmgren went to Seattle.

While Reid's Philadelphia career has not yet brought him the championship he realized in Green Bay, his run has been a success so far. The Eagles have advanced to the NFC Championship game the past two seasons, both times are the reigning NFC East winner. Reid has forged a 44-28 regular season record plus a 4-3 playoff mark. He was twice named coach of the year (2000 and 2002) for his resume which includes the highest winning percentage in the Eagles' history (.608).

As a head coach, Reid has faced the Packers only once – a 6-3 Green Bay win on Sept. 17, 2000. That game marked Mike Sherman's first career coaching win at Lambeau Field.

Reid isn't the only Eagle making a landing in his former home. Linebacker Nate Wayne joined the Eagles as a free agent this season after three seasons in Green Bay. Philadelphia's starting weakside linebacker, Wayne is second on the team's tackle list with 55, and has one sack.

Wayne was quoted in interviews with Philadelphia media this week as saying he is excited about returning to Lambeau, calling it a "special place," but said he is being cautious not to let his emotions get the best of him."

Two weeks ago, another former Packer joined the Philly ranks. Defensive tackle Mike Flanigan, a long-time Bear, spent the 2001 season in Green Bay, posting 46 tackles and 4.5 sacks. Flanigan signed with the 49ers for the 2002 season. Waived by SF in the final roster cutdown, the Brussels, Wis., native signed with the Eagles Oct. 28 to fill the gap left by Hollis Thomas' season-ending injury.

Two of the biggest names to fly from Green Bay to Philly are no longer with the Eagles; wide receiver Antonio Freeman is back with the Pack, and running back Dorsey Levens signed on with the N.Y. Giants this season.

Here's the rundown of former members of the Packers' coaching staff against their former team (with teams after Packers,Green Bay position and W-L record):

Coach Role with Packers Team Record
Mike Holmgren Head Coach '92-98 Seattle 1-1
Dick Jauron DB coach, ‘86-94 Chicago 2-8
Steve Mariucci Quarterbacks coach '92-95 SF/Detroit 1-7
Jon Gruden Receivers coach '92-94) Oakland/Tampa Bay 1-1
Andy Reid QB/TE/OL coach ‘92-98 Philadelphia 0-1
Tom Coughlin Receivers coach '84-86 Jax 0-2
Marty Mornhinweg Off. Asst./Quality control/QB, '95-96 Detroit 0-4


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