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

Titans tight end Craig Stevens and Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan played together at the University of California in 2007

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New Orleans Secondary Coach Wesley McGriff served as defensive backs coach/recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt in 2011…Titans tight end Craig Stevens played with Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan at the University of California in 2007...Titans Special Teams Coach Nate Kaczor served on the Louisiana-Monroe coaching staff from 2006-07....New Orleans Quarterbacks Coach Mike Neu served as a backup quarterback for the Arena Football League's Nashville Kats in 1997 and served as an assistant coach with the indoor football franchise from 1998-99...New Orleans cornerback Keenan Lewis was a teammates of Tennessee Assistant Defensive Line Coach Nick Eason with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2009-10. Titans Linebackers Coach Lou Spanos tutored Lewis as a rookie in Pittsburgh in 2009...Titans Assistant Tight Ends Coach Arthur Smith served as an Administrated Assistant/Defensive Intern at the University of Mississippi in 2010...New Orleans running back/return specialist Marcus Murphy and Tennessee long snapperBeau Brinkley were college teammates at the University of Missouri in 2011. Murphy also played with Titans wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham at Mizzou from 2012-13 on the same offense...Titans wide receiver Rico Richardson is prepped at Natchez (Miss.) HS and played at Jackson State from 2009-12...Saints linebacker Kasim Edebali and Titans center Andy Galik were college teammates at Boston College...Saints quarterback Luke McCown and Titans wide receiver Harry Douglas were teammates with the Atlanta Falcons in 2012...Titans Running Backs Coach Sylvester Croom, who previously served as head coach at Mississippi State, played center for New Orleans in 1975 and served on the same San Diego Chargers coaching staff with Saints Assistant Special Teams Coach Stan Kwan from 1992-96. Kwan and Tennessee Wide Receivers Coach Shawn Jefferson served on the same coaching staff with the Detroit Lions from 2005-08. Kwan and Titans Quality Control Coordinator-Defense Cannon Matthews served on the same coaching staff with the Buffalo Bills from 2010-11...New Orleans Head Coach Sean Payton and Tennessee Special Teams Assistant Steve Hoffman served on the same Dallas coaching staff from 2003-04. Hoffman and Saints Defensive Line Coach Bill Johnson served on the same coaching staff at the University of Miami (Fla.) in 1987 and in Atlanta in 2006. Hoffman served  on New Orleans Senior Defensive Assistant Dennis Allen's coaching staff in Oakland in 2012. Payton and Titans Quarterbacks Coach John McNulty served on the same Cowboys coaching staff in 2003...Titans Defensive Line Coach Giff Smith served on the Tulane coaching staff from 1999-2003 and also served on the same Bills staff with Kwan from 2010-12...Titans fullback Jalston Fowler and guard Chance Warmack both blocked for Saints running back Mark Ingram at the University of Alabama...New Orleans tackle Tony Hills and Titans tackle Jamon Meredith were both teammates in Pittsburgh in 2011 with Lewis. Saints safety Jairus Byrd and Meredith were teammates in Buffalo in 2009. Byrd and New Orleans running back C.J. Spiller also played with Tennessee safety Da'Norris Searcy with the Bills...New Orleans linebacker Michael Mauti and Tennessee defensive end DaQuan Jones were college teammates at Penn State...Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger played at Louisiana State University from 2011-13...Saints cornerback Brandon Browner played with Titans quarterback Charlie Whitehurst and nose tackle Al Woods in Seattle in 2011...Titans running back Dexter McCluster played at the University of Mississippi from 2006-09...Saints Running Backs Coach Joel Thomas tutored Titans running back Bishop Sankey at the University of Washington, when he served as running backs coach from 2010-12, also adding the additional title of associate head coach for offense in 2012, Sankey's junior year...Woods is a Jennings native who played at LSU and was a fourth round draft choice of the Saints in 2010. In 2012, Woods and Lewis were both defensive teammates in Pittsburgh...New Orleans kicker Kai Forbath and Tennessee linebacker Brian Orapko were teammates in Washington from 2012-14. Hills and Orakpo were college teammates at the University of Texas. Hills also played with Titans safety Michael Griffin in Austin...Spiller and Titans cornerback Coty Sensabaugh were teammates at Clemson from 2009-10...New Orleans linebacker Stephone Anthony and Sensabaugh were teammates at Clemson in 2011...Titans Vice President of Ticketing Brooke Ellenberger worked in the ticketing department of the Saints from 2000-04...Tennessee Executive Vice President and General Manager Ruston Webster is a Madison, Miss. native who graduated from the University of Mississippi and served as a graduate assistant at Southwestern Louisiana in 1985.

Second photo gallery from the New Orleans Saints preseason home opener against the Tennessee Titans on Friday, August 15, 2014. Photos by Michael C. Hebert (New Orleans Saints photos)

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