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New Orleans Saints vs St. Louis Rams connections

Posted Dec 11, 2013

Take a look at the player and coaching connections between the Saints and Rams

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Player Connections

*QB Drew Brees was tutored by Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer in San Diego from 2002-05. Ellard and Schottenheimer served on the same staff with the New York Jets from 2009-11.

*St. Louis T Joe Barksdale played for LSU.

*St. Louis LB Daren Bates prepped at Olive Branch (Miss) HS.

*Rams DT Michael Brockers played at LSU from 2010-11.

*ILB Curtis Lofton and Rams G Harvey Dahl were teammates in Atlanta from 2008-11.

*Rams QB Austin Davis starred at Southern Mississippi from 2008-11.

*Rams LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar was signed by the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2008 and played with New Orleans for four seasons.

*Rams S Matt Giordano played for the Saints in 2010. Giordano and OLB Keyunta Dawson were teammates in Indianapolis.

*Rams C/G Barrett Jones blocked for Saints RB Mark Ingram at Alabama.

*WR Nick Toon and Rams TE Lance Kendricks were teammates at Wisconsin.

*S Malcolm Jenkins, St. Louis LB James Laurinitis and LS Jake McQuaide were teammates at Ohio State.

*T Charles Brown and Rams S T.J. McDonald were teammates at USC.

*TE Jimmy Graham and Rams CB Brandon McGee were teammates at the University of Miami (Fla.) in 2009.

*NT John Jenkins and St. Louis LB Alec Ogeltree were teammates at Georgia.

Coaching Connections

*Asst. head coach/linebackers Joe Vitt coached defensive backs with the Rams for the club’s final three  seasons in Los Angeles from 1992-94. He rejoined them, serving as asst. head coach/linebackers from 2004-05, taking over the head coaching reigns for the final 11 games of 2005.

new orleans saints*Defensive assistant/linebackers Brian Young was a fifth round draft pick of the Rams in 2000 and played for St.Louis from 2000-03.

*St. Louis strength coach Rock Gullickson served in the same position in New Orleans from 2000-05.

*Head equipment manager Dan Simmons is a St. Louis native who graduated from Meramec College. Simmons, worked for his father, Bill, who served in a similar position with the St. Louis Cardinals.

*Rams director/player programs La’Roi Glover played for New Orleans from 1997-2001 and is ranked seventh on the club’s all-time list with 50 sacks.

*Assistant secondary coach Andre Curtis served as defensive backs/safeties coach in St. Louis from 2009-11.

*Wide receivers coach Henry Ellard was a second-round draft pick of the Rams in 1983 and spent 11years with the club. At the time of his retirement from the NFL in 1998, Ellard held the Rams’ team records for career receptions (593), receiving yards (9/761), 100-yard games (26), punt return average (11.3) and total offense (11,663). In 1988, he enjoyed his finest season as he led the NFC in receptions (86) and led the NFL in receiving yards (1,414). He also coached for the Rams from 2001-08, serving as the club’s wide receivers coach his final six seasons with the club.

*Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and Rams special teams coordinator John Fassell served on the same staff in Oakland in 2008. Ryan tutored Rams secondary coach Chuck Cecil in Arizona from 1994-95.

*Tight ends coach Terry Malone and St. Louis defensive coordinator Tim Walton served on the same staff at Bowling Green in 1995.

*Walton served as defensive backs coach at LSU in 2003, when the Tigers captured the National Championship.

*Rams assistant strength coach Adam Bailey served as a coach in the Saints strength program from 2004-09.

*Rams offensive line coach Paul T. Boudreau served in the same position with the Saints from 1987-93.

*Rams quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti served in the same position in New Orleans from 2000-01.