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New Orleans Saints vs Buffalo Bills: Connections

Posted Oct 23, 2013

Check out the connections between the New Orleans Saints and the Buffalo Bills

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Player Connections

*Bills cornerback Ron Brooks, quarterback Matt Flynn, and defensive end Kyle Williams were all on National Championship teams at LSU, with Flynn and Brooks winning in ’07 and Williams in ’03.

*Bills cornerback Justin Rogers is a Baton Rouge Native who prepped at Redemptorist HS.

*Running back Mark Ingram and Buffalo tackle Marcell Dareus won a national title together at Alabama.

*Inside linebacker Kevin Reddick and Bills safety Da’Norris Searcy were college teammates at the University of North Carolina.

*Inside linebacker David Hawthorne and Buffalo linebacker Jerry Hughes played on the same defensive unit at TCU.

*Outside linebacker Keyunta Dawson and inside linebacker Ramon Humber played with Hughes with the Indianapolis Colts.

*Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro will square off against his former University of Texas teammates safety Aaron Williams and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin.

*Wide receiver Nick Toon was teammates with guard Kraig Urbik at Wisconsin.

Coaching Connections

*Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone served as the Saints offensive coordinator/offensive line coach under New Orleans Head Coach Sean Payton from 2006-08. Marrone also played for the Saints in 1989.

*Buffalo Head strength and conditioning coach Eric Ciano served in the same capacity for Louisiana Tech from 2000-02.

*Bills linebackers coach Chuck Driesbach has two stints at the University of Mississippi, serving as the secondary coach (1989) and as defensive coordinator (2002-04).

*Buffalo Defensive Backs Coach Donnie Henderson was the defensive coordinator for the New York Jets from 2004-2005, serving as a tutor for ILB Jonathan Vilma. Henderson also served as secondary coach at Southern in 2011.

*Bills Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos spent the past eight seasons as an area scout for the Saints.

*Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis and Buffalo General Manager Doug Whaley served in the same Seattle front office from 1996-97.

*Wide Receivers Coach Henry Ellard, Buffalo Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine and Linebackers Coach Jim O’Neil served on the same staff with the New York Jets from 2009-11.

*Ellard and Bills Assistant Defensive Backs Coach Samson Brown also served on the same Jets staff from 2010-11.

*Assistant Special Teams Coach Stan Kwan served in the same capacity with the Bills from 2010-12.

*Kwan and Buffalo Offensive Line Coach Pat Morris served on the same staff in Detroit from 2004-05.

*Bills Wide Receivers Coach Ike Hilliard is a Patterson native who is the nephew of former Saints RB Dalton Hilliard. Hillard played under Payton with the New York Giants from 2000-02.