Andy Reid has developed quite the coaching tree since taking over as the head man in Philadelphia back in 1999. Some of his former assistants that have gone on to be successful NFL head coaches include Ron Rivera, Steve Spagnuolo, Leslie Frazier, Brad Childress and Pat Shurmur.
Finding good assistant coaches is a huge responsibility for a head coach in the NFL. There is way too much going on during practice or a game for a head coach to handle everything. He needs his assistants to help develop young players, improve the fundamentals of his position and notice things going on in the game that the head coach isn't aware of.
Football is the ultimate team sport, and the coaching staff is no different. One player doesn't make the team great and neither does one coach. Great teams always have a great coaching staff. That doesn't mean several of those assistant coaches go on to be great head coaches, but they are solid assistants who make their positions better and more fundamentally solid.
Today I am ranking the top five assistant coaches on the Eagles coaching staff and analyzing what their impact will be on the 2012 team.I left out the offense and defensive coordinators because, for one, it's too obvious and I also wanted to deal more with the positional coaches rather than the play-callers.