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Inside the Game: Saints at Chargers connections

Saints QB Drew Brees was selected by the Chargers in the 2001 NFL Draft

New Orleans QBDrew Brees originally came into the NFL when he was picked by the Chargers in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. Brees became the team's starting quarterback in 2002 and stayed in San Diego until 2006, when he signed with New Orleans as an unrestricted free agent...Saints Head Coach Sean Payton served as an assistant at San Diego State from 1988-89 and from 1992-93. During his second stretch with the Aztecs, Payton was running backs coach, working with Heisman Trophy runner -up Marshall Faulk before becoming quarterbacks coach. Payton and San Diego tight ends coachJohn McNulty served on the same staff in Dallas in 2003...San Diego TJoe Barksdale played at LSU from 2007-10. LBJames Laurinaitis, Barksdale and San Diego QB Kellen Clemens were teammates with the St. Louis Rams from 2012-14…Saints S Jairus Byrd is a San Diego native whose father Gill was a first-round draft pick of the Chargers in 1983 and played for them from 1983-92, where he was a two-time Pro Bowl selection…Saints DE Paul Kruger, LB Craig Robertson and Chargers WR Travis Benjamin were teammates with Cleveland...San Diego senior executive Randy Mueller served as general manager of the Saints from 2000-02. New Orleans Executive VP/General Manager Mickey Loomis, national scout Mike Baugh and Mueller worked in the same front offices in Seattle. Baugh served as assistant director of player personnel under Mueller in Miami from 2005-07...New Orleans DE Darryl Tapp and San Diego CB Brandon Flowers were teammates at Virginia Tech...New Orleans Offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael served on the Chargers coaching staff from 2002-05...Chargers G D.J. Fluker is a New Orleans native who prepped at McGill-Toolen Catholic HS in Mobile, Ala. then at Foley (Ala.) HS, before going to Alabama where he blocked for Saints RB Mark Ingram...Saints Assistant Special Teams CoachStan Kwan served as an offensive and special teams assistant with the Chargers from 1991-96...New Orleans wide receivers coachJohn Morton served as passing game/wide receivers coach at the University of San Diego in 2005...Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, San Diego Head CoachMike McCoy and defensive backs coach Ron Milus served on the same staff in Denver in 2011, Allen serving as defensive coordinator and McCoy as offensive coordinator...New Orleans defensive assistant Marcus Ungaro played baseball at Southwestern College (Chula Vista, Calif.)...Saints T/G Andrus Peat and San Diego LB Ben Gardner were teammates at Stanford...Saints FB John Kuhn and San Diego CB Casey Hayward were teammates in Green Bay from 2012-15...New Orleans CB De'Vante Harris, San Diego PDrew Kaser and K Josh Lambo were college teammates at Texas A&M...Saints TE Coby Fleener and San Diego S Dwight Lowery were teammates with the Colts in 2015...New Orleans C Max Unger and San Diego DT Brandon Mebane were teammates in Seattle from 2009 -14...Saints S Kenny Vaccaro and Chargers S Adrian Phillips manned the same Texas secondary from 201012...San Diego DT Darius Philon prepped at Vigor (Mobile, Ala.) HS...Saints S Vonn Bell, WR Michael Thomas, San Diego DE Joey Bosa and LB Joshua Perry were college teammates at Ohio State...San Diego Offensive Line CoachJeff Davidson played for New Orleans in 1994 and served on their staff from 1995-96...Chargers Assistant Defensive Backs Coach Chris Harris played at Louisiana Monroe from 2001-04...San Diego Strength and Conditioning CoachKent Johnston started his coaching career at Northwestern Louisiana in 1981...Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano served as a defensive assistant with New Orleans from 1996-97. Pagano also served as an assistant at Louisiana Tech in 1994 and at the University of Mississippi in 1995.

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