Jauron no stranger to Lambeau Field

Lions interim coach has many ties to Packers as player, assistant coach

As a player, Dick Jauron played against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. As a young assistant coach, he spent nine seasons there under three coaches - Forrest Gregg, Lindy Infante and Mike Holmgren. And, as a head coach, he went back with the Chicago Bears and will return Sunday with the Lions.

"It's a unique place, particularly for a number of us here," Jauron said. "I was a teenager in the '60s when the Packers were sort of in their glory, so my second game (as a player) in the regular season was in Lambeau Field. It was a huge thrill for me.

"Totally different than it is today, obviously, as we remember that field from then. But it's always a thrill to go back there because it has so much history, and it's maybe a bigger thrill for me because I spent nine years there."

Jauron says he has both good and bad memories at Lambeau. He also has special feelings about facing Packers quarterback Brett Favre, who is in the twilight of his NFL career.

"His love of the game is so apparent, I think, and it's one of the things his teams have always rallied around," Jauron said. "It's difficult to watch him go through this. Obviously, they're in this division so you don't want them to do well, but I don't think I've seen him have a losing season. I'm not certain he's ever had one as a starting quarterback.

"A guy that's been so good for our game in general ... we're playing him, (so) you hope he has a bad game against us."

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