Head coach Andy Reid and Panthers boss Matt Rhule will face off on Sunday, but they used to have the same personnel, if not for a decision Reid now calls himself “stupid”.
For six seasons when Reid was the Eagles coach, Rhule was an assistant at the nearby Temple. Reid’s son spent time as a graduate assistant for the Temple football program, and told his father that Rhule would make a great addition to the Eagles team, but Reid didn’t hire him, and Rhule took a job for rival Giants’ Employees division.
“What a dumb thing,” Reid said through ESPN. “I should have found a place. The next thing I know, he’s with the Giants. I said, ‘God, that’s not where I want him to be.’
Reid’s son knows Rhule will do great things in coaching.
“My son kept saying, ‘This guy is an unbelievable football coach’, says Reid. “’He’s so smart. He knows both sides of the ball. He can coach just about anything. I’m just telling you, he’s a star on the road. ‘At that time, I had a good staff and I had no room to bring someone in. There is no space or time. “
Reid has an impressive training tree. The current five NFL head coaches (John Harbaugh, Doug Pederson, Ron Rivera, Sean McDermott and Matt Nagy) have served as Reid’s assistants, and several former head coaches are also Reid’s assistants. But Rhule was the one who escaped.