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New Orleans Saints vs Arizona Cardinals connections

Posted Sep 18, 2013

Check out the player and coaching connections between the two teams before their meeting on Sunday

Player Connections

*The Cardinals have four players from LSU on their roster: cornerback Patrick Peterson, safety Tyrann Mathieu, linebacker Kevin Minter, and cornerback Curtis Taylor (practice squad).

*Mathieu is a New Orleans native, where he prepped at St. Augustine HS.

*Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan is from Chandler, Arizona and prepped at Chandler High School.

*Running back Mark Ingram was college teammates with Arizona‘s safety Rashad Johnson and cornerback Javier Arenas.

*Inside linebacker Will Herring served in the same linebacker corps at Auburn with Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby.

*Nose tackle Broderick Bunkley and Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett were teammates on the Florida State University defensive line.

*Wide receiver Robert Meachem, outside linebacker Parys Haralson, and Cardinals defensive tackle Dan Williams were teammates at the University of Tennessee.

*Inside linebacker Curtis Lofton and quarterback Luke McCown played together in Atlanta with outside linebacker John Abraham.

*Cornerback Keenan Lewis and Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall were teammates for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

*Running back Pierre Thomas and Mendenhall were teammates at the University of Illinois.

*Wide receiver Kenny Stills and Arizona cornerback/safety Tony Jefferson were college teammates at the University of Oklahoma.

*Center Brian de la Puente and defensive end Cameron Jordan played with Arizona center/guard Mike Gibson at the University of California.

Coach Connections

*Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan served as the defensive backs coach under his father Buddy for the Cardinals from 1994-95.

new orleans saints*Assistant Special Teams Coach Stan Kwan served as a special teams assistant and defensive quality control coach for the Cardinals from 2001-03 and prepped at Camelback (Phoenix) HS, where he played both quarterback and shortstop, then spending one year at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix where he was the first freshman named team captain of the baseball team.

*Tight ends coach Terry Malone was a graduate assistant at the University of Arizona from 1983-84.

*Arizona head coach Bruce Arians coached tight ends for the New Orleans Saints in 1996.

*Cardinals assistant head coach Tom Moore served as the running backs coach of the Saints in 1997.

*Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles served in the same capacity for Grambling State University from 1998-99.

*Cardinals special teams coordinator Amos Jones has a history in New Orleans, serving as the linebackers coach at Tulane University (1995-96) and as an assistant coach at East St. John High School.

*Cardinals running backs coach Stump Mitchell was the head coach at Southern University from 2010-12.

*Cardinals pass rush specialist Tom Pratt was the defensive line coach for the Saints from 1978-80.

*Cardinals assistant offensive line coach Larry Zierlein was the offensive line coach at Louisiana State University from 1993-94.