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Inside the Game presented by Classic Auto Wash: Saints-Eagles connections

Joe Vitt served as Eagles linebackers coach from 1995-98




Saints Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Joe Vitt is a Blackwood, New Jersey native who served as linebackers coach for the Eagles from 1995-98...Saints Head CoachSean Payton served on the Eagles coaching staff from 1997-98 as their quarterbacks coach...New Orleans defensive coordinatorRob Ryan is the son of former Eagles Head Coach Buddy Ryan, who led Philadelphia from 1986-90, compiling a 43-35-1 record, taking them to the postseason his final three campaigns...Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins was a first round draft pick of the Saints in 2009 and played for New Orleans for five seasons from 2009-13….Philadelphia running backDarren Sproles played for the Saints from 2011-13. In addition to being teammates in New Orleans, quarterbackDrew Brees and Sproles played together in 2005 in San Diego along with Eagles Tight Ends CoachJustin Peelle...Saints Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael and Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly served on the same coaching staff at the University of New Hampshire in 1994 with Carmichael helping tutor the offensive line and Kelly coaching running backs...Saints wide receiver Marques Colston prepped at Susquehanna Township (Pa.) HS, where he lettered four times in football and was a threeyear member of the track team...New Orleans guard Jahri Evans prepped at Frankford (Philadelphia) HS and then played at Bloomsburg from 2001-05. Both Colston and Evans are minority owners of the Philadelphia Soul Aerna Football League team...New Orleans linebackerMichael Mauti played for Penn State...Eagles defensive tackleBennie Logan prepped at Red River (Coushatta) HS and starred at LSU...Saints running back Mark Ingram's fatherMark Ingram Sr., played for the Eagles in his final National Football League season in 1996..New Orleans defensive end Cameron Jordan played with Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks on the defense of the University of California from 2008-10...Philadelphia Defensive Coordinator Bill Davis served on the Falcons staff with Saints Senior Defensive Assistant Dennis Allen and Defensive Line Coach Bill Johnson from 2001-03...Philadelphia Inside Linebackers Coach Rick Minter tutored the ends at Louisiana Tech in 1979...Saints Secondary Coach Wesley McGriff and Eagles Offensive Line Coach Jeff Stoutland served on the same staff at the University of Miami (Fla.) from 2007-10...Saints cornerback Kyle Wilson and Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez were teammates with the New York Jets from 2010-13. Wilson and Jenkins were teammates at Piscataway (N.J.) HS...Eagles punter Donnie Jones prepped at Catholic (Baton Rouge) HS and played at LSU...New Orleans Vice President of Football Administration Khai Harley served as an administrative intern in Philadelphia from 200102...Saints running backC.J. Spiller and Eagles linebacker Kiko Alonso were teammates in Buffalo from 2013-14...New Orleans safety Jairus Byrd and Philadelphia cornerback Walter Thurmond were teammates at Oregon. Saints cornerbackBrandon Browner, Thurmond and Philadelphia guard Allen Barbre were teammates in Seattle...Saints safety Kenny Phillips went to training camp with the Eagles in 2013...New Orleans guard Mike McGlynn was a fourth round draft pick of the Eagles in 2008 and saw action in 19 games with 17 games in Philadelphia in three seasons...New Orleans Offensive AssistantKyle DeVan played for the Eagles in 2011...Saints Offensive AssistantGreg Lewis played for the Eagles in from 200308...New Orleans Defensive Asst./LinebackersJames Willis played for Philadelphia from 1995-98...Saints center Max Unger played for Kelly at Oregon when he served as offensive coordinator...New Orleans linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and Philadelphia cornerbackNolan Carroll were teammates in Miami in 2013...Saints defensive tackle Kaleb Eulls and Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox both hail from Yazoo City, Miss...New Orleans tackle Andrus Peat and Philadelphia tight end Zach Ertz were teammates at Stanford.

New Orleans Saints photos from the team's NFC Wild Card game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday, January 4, 2014 (Photos taken by Michael C. Hebert)

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