Spagnuolo, Harbaugh to put friendship aside on Sunday
St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo appears on the field during NFL football training camp Saturday, July 30, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, left, shakes hands with quarterback Joe Flacco in the final minutes of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Baltimore, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. Baltimore won 35-7. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) By Nick Wass
(FootballStL) -- When Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh walks onto the field against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, his friendship with Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo will pause for four quarters of football.
Spagnuolo and Harbaugh spent eight years (1999-2006) as defensive coaches for the Philadelphia Eagles.
“We actually talk during the season a good number amount, except for this season we haven’t been talking too much,” Harbaugh said. “The phone doesn’t ring and it doesn’t get picked up because we kind of saw each other on the horizon I guess team-wise.”
Spagnuolo and Harbaugh are part of a collection of former Eagles coaches that have gone on to become head coaches along with Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur.
“You could sense there was something special,” Harbaugh said. “We had a great staff, great head coach, great leader in (Eagles Head Coach) Andy Reid. We were too busy making fun of each other probably to realize that there was a chance for all of this to happen.”
On Sunday, it will be the first time the two friends will coach against each other as head coaches for their respective teams.
The Ravens vs Rams game can be seen on KMOV (Channel 4) at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
by Scott Bierman, FootballStL
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