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Hockey5djh


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 2:44 pm    Post subject: Andy Reid's Coaching Tree Reply with quote



I know most of you have seen the picture before of Mike Holmgrenís coaching staff in 1992 that was very popular when Seattle went to the Superbowl. This photograph (above) consisted of 5 future NFL head coaches, Andy Reid, Jon Gruden, Ray Rhodes, Steve Mariucci, and D!ck Jauron. I ran across this photo again the other day and decided to go through Andy Reidís coaching tree because of the recent success of John Harbaugh and Steve Spagnuolo and it lead to some interesting and insightful information. Below are all of the coaches that have ever served under Andy Reid for any length of time and are not still on the Eagles coaching staff.

Andy Reid



Andy Reid has been the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles since 1999, marking this season as his 10th year as an NFL coach. When he started he took over a dismal 3-11 football team and in only than two years he turned the team around to an 11-5 record and playoff team. This team continues to be a contender NFC winning their division 5 times and going to the playoffs 7 times. All of this was done under the guidance of the big man. One thing that I believe many people take for granted in this forum is the steady and constant leadership that Reid and his coaching staff have provided, many coordinators and coaches have left the Eagles in his 10 year reign but Reid and his staff continue along with in-house replacements and familiar face hirings. Of the people that leave Reidís coaching staff nearly all of them have had great success in the NFL or the college ranks. Below are all of the Coaches that have left the eagles coaching staff during Reidís tenure and what they are doing now.

Brad Childress



Brad Childress is currently the Head Coach of the Minnesota Vikings. Childress got his coaching start in the college ranks as a positional coach and coordinator for 4 different colleges with a brief stint in Indianapolis as a quarterbacks coach. Reid brought Childress to the Eagles in his first year as head coach and made him the Eagles quarterbacks coach, here he helped McNabb in his first few years as an NFL player and helped guide him to where he is today. In 2002, he advanced in the Philadelphia coaching ranks and was promoted to offensive coordinator after the retirement of Rod Dowhower. While he was coordinator he coached one of the most explosive offenses that Philadelphia has ever seen in 2004 leading them to a 13-3 record, two losses coming from resting starters at the end of the season, and their first Superbowl birth under the Reid Era. He was hired by the Minnesota Vikings in 2006 after the dismissal of Mike Tice and has since turned the team around. Childress, like Reid, turned his team around in just a few years. His first season was rocky and after ending 6-10 and 3rd in the NFC North many Vikings fans were calling for his job but he has since turned it around and has gone 8-8 and 10-6 in the following years putting Minnesota in the playoffs and giving Minnesota fans reason to cheer for their team.

John Harbaugh



John Harbaugh is the newly hired coach of the Baltimore Ravens that went 11-5 this year and lost to the eventual Superbowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers. He was one of only four coaches that were retained by Andy Reid from the Ray Rhodes era. Coaching Special teams for 9 years with the Eagles he did a very capable job. In 2007 he was promoted as the new secondary coach because of his desire to obtain a head coaching job in the future and he understood that Special teams coaches rarely are considered for head coaching vacancies. The following year his move paid off and he was hired as the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens. He was extremely successful in his first year ending only one win away from the Superbowl with a rookie quarterback.

Steve Spagnuolo



Steve became the third head coach to come from the coaching ranks of Andy Reid when he was hired on Jan 17th of this year to replace Jim Haslett as the Head coach of the St. Louis Rams. His coaching career started back in 1982 as a graduate assistant at Massachusetts. From there he bounced around a lot as an assistant at college teams, NFL Europe teams, and NFL teams. In 1999 Reid hired Spagnuolo as a Defensive assistant. As he did in his past he never stayed in one place long, even in the Eagles organization. In 2000, the year after his hiring he was promoted to defensive backs coach after only a year of tutelage under Leslie Frazier, Jim Johnson and the rest of the defensive coaches. After success working with Dawkins and the secondary he moved on in 2004 to become our linebackers coach. After brief success there he was then hired as the defensive coordinator of the New York Giants in 2007. Here his talents were on display to the national media when the Giants and their vaunted pass rush lead the league in sacks and went on to win the Superbowl, sacking Tom Brady 5 times and ending New Englandís hopes of a perfect 19-0 season. He was just recently hired as the Ramís Head coach and will take over a squad that went 2-14 last season and has the second overall selection in the upcoming draft.

Ron Rivera



Ron Rivera is currently the San Diego Chargers Defensive Coordinator. His coaching career started in Chicago as a defensive assistant from 1997 to 1998. In 1999, while continuing to build his coaching staff from the ground up Reid named Rivera as his new linebackers coach. Rivera had some success while working with such players as Jeremiah Trotter, making him into a two time pro-bowler for the Eagles. He remained here as the Linebackers coach until 2004 when the Chicago Bears hired him as their defensive coordinator. The following season he led the Bears second ranked defense as they charged into the playoffs losing in the second round. He garnered a lot of consideration for many head coaching candidacies but decided to stay with Chicago. In 2006 he did not have as much success as 2005 but the Bears still ranked third in overall defense and first in points allowed. After this season he was interviewed for a few head coaching positions such as Dallas and San Diego which were filled by Wade Phillips and Norv Turner, respectively. This left Rivera in a bind since Chicago opted to not renew his contract and instead give the job to Assistant Head Coach and Linebackers Coach Bob Babich. He ended up becoming the linebackers coach for the San Diego Chargers in 2007 and the following year he took over as the defensive coordinator where he remains today.

Leslie Frazier



Leslie Frazier is very well known as a member of the 1985 Superbowl Champion Chicago Bears, here he lead the team with 6 interceptions that season and did a mean Superbowl Shuffle. His playing career was cut short by a career ending knee injury suffered in the Superbowl. After this unfortunate injury he went into coaching. Starting in the college ranks as a head coach for Trinity College and then a defensive backs coach at the University of Illinois. He was given his NFL coaching opportunity by Reid in 1999 to coach the Defensive backs. In the 4 years as an Eagles coach the defense showed much improvement. In 2003, the Bengals noticed Frazierís success and hired him as their defensive coordinator. That season the Bengals ranked 3rd in the NFL with 36 defensive takeaways. Their total defense improved in the two years he was in Cincinnati but not enough to retain him after the 2004 season. In 2005 he returned to his specialty and coached the defensive backs for the Indianapolis Colts. In his tenure the Colts passing defense went from 15th in 2005 to second in 2006. That season the Colts defeated the Chicago Bears in the Superbowl with two interceptions including a game sealing interception for a touchdown. Four days after his Superbowl victory Frazier was hired by Brad Childress as the Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator. He was just recently given a contract extension and will remain in Minnesota through 2009.

Pat Shurmur



Pat Shurmur got his NFL coaching career start with the Philadelphia Eagles when he was brought in by Andy Reid from the Stanford coaching ranks in 1999. Here he worked as the tight ends coach and helped players like Jed Weaver and Chad Lewis. After three years he was promoted to Quarterbacks coach in 2002 where he specifically worked with McNabb all the way up until last season. In 2006, he was considered by his alma mater Michigan State for the head coaching job which he eventually lost out to Mark Dantonio. He stayed with the Eagles and continued to guide McNabb and the other Quarterbacks for another two seasons. His guidance and skill was noticed by former Eagles defensive coordinator and now Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo because Shurmur was announced as the Rams offensive coordinator less than a week after Spagnuolo was hired. Another interesting fact: Patís uncle, Fritz Shurmur, coached the Rams from 1982-1990.

Dave Toub



Dave Toub started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at UTEP moving on to strength and conditioning coach after only a year. He after a couple of years at UTEP he was hired by Missouri to continue his success as the strength and conditioning coach and then on to defensive line coach. He was hired in 2001 as a special teams assistant to learn under John Harbaugh. He stayed with the Philadelphia Eagles until 2003 when he was hired by the Chicago Bears as the Special teams coordinator. Here is where he really excelled finishing with the number one ranked Special teams unit in both 2006 and 2007 and being voted special teams coach of the year in 2007. He is under contract through the 2009 season with the Bears.

Mike Reed


(Sorry about the small picture)

Mike Reed started his professional career as a seventh round draft pick by the Carolina Panthers. He spent two seasons there before developing his game further on the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe. Here he played cornerback and captained the Galaxy to the 1999 World Bowl Championship (the Superbowl for NFL Europe). He retired from playing and took to coaching the following season with the Kiel Hurricanes of the German Professional League as their defensive backs coach. Reid hired Mike in 2003 as a defensive assistant and quality control coach. Working directly with such coaches as Steve Spagnuolo, Leslie Frazier, and Jim Johnson he learned many things under their tutelage. When his contract was not renewed after 2006 he returned to coaching in the college ranks where he was WR/TE/DB coach for the University of Richmond and currently resides as the defensive backs coach for the NC State Wolfpack.

Mark Whipple



Mark Whippleís coaching career started with the Division I-AA UMass Minutemen. As head coach from 1998-2003 he posted a 49-25 record with two Conference Championships. In 2004 he was hired by the Steelers as an assistant coach and quarterbacks coach where in 2005 he helped guide rookie QB Ben Roethlisberger to a Steelers Superbowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks. He was replaced by new Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin in January of 2007 and was hired the next day by Andy Reid. Whipple worked as an offensive assistant for one season with the Eagles and this year he was hired by the University of Miami as their offensive coordinator, which should be returning 9 starters on the offensive side of the ball this year.

Other coaches that have passed through Reidís door:

Rod Dowhower is happily retired after serving as Reidís offensive coordinator from 1999-2001

The only coaches that have been on an Andy Reid coaching staff that I could not find any information on are (feel free to add anything you know):

Trent Walters
Mike Kelly
Tommy Brasher

While doing the research for this I ran through an Eagle all time coaches list and was surprised to find all of the following current and former NFL Head coaches that at one point or another wore Eagles green on the sidelines.

Bill Callahan Eagles OL coach 95-97
Tom Coughlin Eagles WR coach 84-85
Jon Gruden Eagles OC 95-97
Sean Payton Eagles QB coach 97-98
Marv Levy Eagles Assistant Coach 1969
Wade Phillips Eagles DC/LB Coach 1986-88

And for fun Iíll throw in the Defensive coordinator of the #1 ranked defense in the league and Superbowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers:
D!ck LeBeau Eagles ST coordinator 1973-75
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great post Hockey5djh, just shows how far Andy's 'influence' has gone.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good stuff and an interesting read. I've been thinking about this for awhile myself, but I'm glad you did the research for me!

I can't believe Marv Levy was on the staff all the way back in the 60's. That's insane!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's amazing you guys could have all of those good coaches on the sidelines and still have no super bowl to show for it. I'm impressed. Kudos.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good post Hockey5djh.

Man, there were a whole lot of overrated coaches in one room there. I'm surprised that that stairwell was able to contain the massive amount of ego running around in it.

I think Reid's proteges will enjoy more success than Reid ever will. Harbaugh seems to understand the need to run the football, as does Childress. Childress' Vikings will do even better if they ever find a decent QB. Spags could do well for himself too as he understands that players make plays and win championships more than schemes. Unfortunately the direct Holmgren proteges never learned that for some reason, and of them only Gruden (with Tony Dungy's players) won a Super Bowl as a HC. They all have Holmgren's superiority complex and think that they are smarter than everyone else and never do anything wrong.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great Post. Very interesting to read. To add a little:

Tommy Brasher retired as D line coach but is still on the staff in a lesser role. I think Jim Johnson has him review his own play calling to look for patterns other teams could use. Some thing like that but semi retired.

Other noteworthy ex eagle coaches were Jeff Fisher. I think he was buddies d corrodinator.

Thanks for the good post.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kellygreen wrote:
Great Post. Very interesting to read. To add a little:

Tommy Brasher retired as D line coach but is still on the staff in a lesser role. I think Jim Johnson has him review his own play calling to look for patterns other teams could use. Some thing like that but semi retired.

Other noteworthy ex eagle coaches were Jeff Fisher. I think he was buddies d corrodinator.

Thanks for the good post.


Good catch, for whatever reason when I went down the list I read over his name. Jeff Fisher was the defensive backs coach from 1986-88 and the defensive coordinator from 1989-1990 before goign to the Rams(LA), the 49ers, and eventually the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 6:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Andy Reid's Coaching Tree Reply with quote

Look how skinny Reid looks back then. Shocked
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

reverend_kyle wrote:
It's amazing you guys could have all of those good coaches on the sidelines and still have no super bowl to show for it. I'm impressed. Kudos.


Wow. Pissed your SB winning coach that was just fired came from us?

A simple thank you will suffice Rolling Eyes .
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This still won't garner us a Superbowl Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy Toledo Batman! Look how skinny Reid is in that picture!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot of those guys are Jim Johnson guys not Andy guys.
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Bednarik60 wrote:
A lot of those guys are Jim Johnson guys not Andy guys.


You've lost your stash sig wearing privledges.
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BLick12 wrote:
Bednarik60 wrote:
A lot of those guys are Jim Johnson guys not Andy guys.


You've lost your stash sig wearing privledges.



Crying or Very sad But i like it.
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Bednarik60 wrote:
BLick12 wrote:
Bednarik60 wrote:
A lot of those guys are Jim Johnson guys not Andy guys.


You've lost your stash sig wearing privledges.



Crying or Very sad But i like it.


It is a privilege, not a right to wear that, and if you do choose to wear it you better say how Andy's poops smell like cinnamon.
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