Theres one striking resemblance between Ravens coach John Harbaugh and Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid.
When asked to compare the Ravens offense that uses a hurry-up style vs. the one Reid last faced in 2008, he only would chuckle before refusing to do so.
Im not here to do that comparison, he said.
Reid's influence can be seen on Harbaugh, who also refuses to make comparisons when it comes to previous teams and personnel. He was special teams coordinator with the Eagles from 1998-2006 and a secondary coach in 2007 before taking the Ravens job. Reid is entering his 14th season as coach.
Though Harbaugh played at Philadelphia in a preseason game last year, this one counts. That experience was an eerie one for Harbaugh. He expects it to have similar emotions Sunday.
It is like every other game, because its an important game. Its a tough opponent. Its a tough venue, Harbaugh said. But it is special. Anytime you get back and you drive up to the same parking lot you drove into for a number of years as a coach, or a player, and see a lot of familiar faces it means a lot. And it really doesnt hit you until you get there. Then, all of a sudden, your emotions flood up on you.
I assume this year will be the same, or even more intense.
Reid emphasized that Harbaughs experience as a special teams coach tends to be overlooked compared with coordinators when league executives look for head-coaching candidates.
He was really in a very underrated position being a special teams coach, Reid said. People dont understand that he deals with as many (players) as what the head coach does as far as getting the whole team together to function as a special teams unit.