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New Orleans Saints vs Seattle Seahawks connections

Posted Nov 29, 2013

Take a look at the connections between the two teams before Monday night's matchup

Player Connections

*New Orleans TE Josh Hill prepped at Blackfoot (Idaho) High School and then played at both Boise State and Idaho State.

*Saints FB Jed Collins played at Washington State.

*Saints ILB David Hawthorne was signed by Seattle as an undrafted free agent in 2008 and spent four seasons with the Seahawks, eventually evolving into a valued starter for the Seahawks defense and the club’s leading tackler in 2010 and 2011.

*Hawthorne and Seahawks LS Clint Gresham were also college teammates at Texas Christian University. Gresham spent the 2010 offseason with the Saints after he was signed as an undrafted free agent.

*Saints WR Nick Toon and Seahawks QB Russell Wilson were college teammates at the University of Wisconsin in 2011.

*Saints CB Chris Carr, G Ben Grubbs and Seattle K Steven Hauschka were teammates with the Baltimore Ravens.

*Seahawks CB Jeremy Lane played at Northwestern State (La.) from 2008-1.

*New Orleans T Charles Brown played for Seahawks Executive Vice President of Football Operations and Head Coach Pete Carroll and Assistant Offensive Line Coach Pat Ruel at USC from 2007-09.

*Brown and Seahawks LBs Mike Morgan and Malcolm Smith were college teammates with the Trojans.

*Seahawks Quarterbacks Coach Carl Smith served as offensive coordinator in New Orleans from 1986-96. Ryan and Smith served on the same coaching staff with the Cleveland Browns from 2009-10.

*Seattle G James Carpenter blocked for RB Mark Ingram at the University of Alabama.

*Saints TE Benjamin Watson and Seattle DE Chris Clemons were college teammates at the University

of Georgia. Ryan coached Clemons in his breakthrough season in 2007 when he posted eight sacks and played on the Raiders defense with Carr, as they also played with Seahawks TE Zach Miller.

*New Orleans WR Robert Meachem, OLB Parys Haralson and Seahawks DT Tony McDaniel were college teammates at the University of Tennessee.

*Saints S Kenny Vaccaro and Seahawks S Earl Thomas were college teammates at the University of Texas.

*Seahawks CB Tharold Simon prepped at Eunice High School and played at Louisiana State University from 2010-12.

*Seahawks RB Spencer Ware played both football and baseball for the Tigers.

*Haralson and Seattle FB Michael Robinson were teammates with the San Francisco 49ers from 2006-09.

*Saints C Brian de la Puente played with both Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch and DT Brandon Mebane at the University of California.

*New Orleans CB Keenan Lewis and Seattle CB Brandon Browner were college teammates at Oregon State.

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Coaching Connections

*New Orleans Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis spent 15 years with Seattle, most recently as Executive Vice President from 1992-98. He originally joined the Seahawks in October 1983, as the team’s business manager and was promoted to Vice President/finance in 1990.

*Saints Director of Operations James Nagaoka served on the Seahawks staff for 22 years, holding a wide spectrum of responsibilities including managing the club’s ticket operations and sales efforts and handling their travel.

*New Orleans Director of College Scouting Rick Reiprish served on the Seahawks scouting staff from 1984-94.

*Saints Area Scout Mike Baugh is a graduate of Central Washington University, who spent eight years in various capacities with the Seahawks from 1992-99 before joining the Saints scouting staff in 2000.

*Seattle Defensive Line Coach Travis Jones served as Assistant Defensive Line Coach in New Orleans from 2008-12.

*New Orleans Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Joe Vitt spent 10 seasons with the Seahawks (1982-91), holding several titles during that stretch. Vitt and Seahawks Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach Jamie Yanchar served on the same coaching staff with the Los Angeles Rams from 1992-94.

*New Orleans area scout Terry Wooden was a second round draft pick of theSeahawks in 1990 and played for Seattle from 1990-96.

*Saints Pro Scout Ryan Powell is a native of Bend, Ore., who played linebacker at Linfield College and later served on their coaching staff. Powell also worked for the Seahawks for three summers (1998-2000) as a training camp assistant.

*New Orleans Defensive Assistant Marcus Ungaro is a graduate of Washington State and a native of Sammamish, Wash.

*Saints Offensive Line Coach Bret Ingalls is a native of Snohomish, Wash., who graduated from the University of Idaho in 1984 and served on their coaching staff from 1982-88. Ingalls and Seahawks Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Tom Cable served on the same coaching staff with the Vandals from 1987-88 and the two and New Orleans Head Coach Sean Payton served on the same coaching staff at San Diego State in 1989.

*Saints Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan, Cable and Seahawks Special Teams Coordinator Brian Schneider served on the same coaching staff in Oakland from 2007-08.

*New Orleans Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Dan Dalrymple went to training camp with the Seahawks in 1987.