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Saints head coach Sean Payton served on Giants staff from 1999-2002

New Orleans Head Coach Sean Payton served on the Giants staff from 1999-2002 including handling offensive coordinator duties from 2000-02. His first season as coordinator in 2000, when the Giants captured the NFC title and went to Super Bowl XXXV, New York scored 328 points - the club's highest total since 1990 - and finished 13th in the NFL in total offense...Giants Defensive Coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo served in the same position in New Orleans in 2012...Saints Director of Coaching Administration Jason Mitchell is a Cresskill, New Jersey native who graduated from Rutgers and served on their football staff for seven years, including as Director of External Operations from 2005-07...New Orleans Offensive Assistant Brendan Nugent prepped at and coached at Archbishop Stepinac (White Plains, N.Y.) High School...Giants quarterback Eli Manning is a New Orleans native who's the son of former University of Mississippi and Saints quarterback and Ring of Honor member Archie Manning. He prepped at Isidore Newman (New Orleans, La.) High School and then starred at Ole' Miss, where he became only the fifth quarterback in Southeastern Conference record books to throw for more than 10,000 career yards...New York wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. also prepped at Newman and in three years at LSU, played in 40 games with 34 starts and recorded 143 receptions for 2,340 yards (16.4 avg.) and 12 touchdowns...Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas played for New Orleans from 2009-12, making the 53-man roster and contributing on special teams when the team captured Super Bowl XLIV...Saints Senior Defensive Assistant Peter Giunta tutored the Giants secondary from 2006-14...New Orleans wide receiver Brandon Coleman played at Rutgers from 2011-13...Saints running back Mark Ingram was born in Hackensack, N.J. Ingram's father Mark Ingram Sr., was a first round draft pick of the Giants in 1987 and played wide receiver for the Giants from 198792, including a Super Bowl XXV victory for which he played a prominent role...New Orleans Vice President of Football AdministrationKhai Harley graduated with a degree in accounting from Rutgers in 1998...Saints National Scout Steve Malin was a member of the Giants scouting staff from 2001-16...Giants safety Landon Collins is a New Orleans native who prepped at Geismar Dutchtown High School...New York running back Orleans Darkwa was a four-year letterman at Tulane from 201013, where he carried 63 times for 2,953 yards and 39 touchdowns and added 77 receptions for 595 yards. New Orleans linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and Darkwa were teammates with the Miami Dolphins in 2014 and Ellerbe and Giants guardJohn Jerry were Dolphins teammates in 2013...New York Head Coach Ben McAdoo served as an Offensive Assistant/Quality Control Coach in New Orleans in 2004...Giants Quarterbacks Coach Frank Cignetti served on the Saints coaching staff from 2000-01…New York Performance Manager/Strength and Conditioning AssistantJoe Danos is a New Orleans native who attended John Curtis Christian High School and who also served as an assistant at LSU...New York Wide Receivers Coach Adam Henry played at McNeese State, went to training camp with the Saints in 1995 and coached at his alma mater from 1997-2006 and then at LSU from 201214...New York Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Markus Paul previously served in the same position with the Saints from 1998-99...Giants Assistant Offensive Line CoachLunda Wells is a Baker native, who was a Louisiana Class 5A First-Team All-State offensive line selection at Baker High School, was a four-year starter at guard at Southern. He then played semi-pro football with the Louisiana Swashbucklers, later serving as a member of the LSU coaching staff as an offensive line assistant from 2008-09 and as assistant special teams/assistant to the head coach in 2011...Giants tight end Larry Donnell played at Grambling State from 2008-11...New Orleans Defensive End Kasim Edebali and Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich were college teammates at Boston College. Edebali was tutored by New York Linebackers Coach Bill McGovern at BC from 2010-12, when he served as defensive coordinator/linebackers...Saints defensive end Paul Kruger and Giants running back Bobby Rainey were teammates in Cleveland in 2013. CB Sterling Moore played with Rainey in Tampa Bay in 2016...Saints cornerbackP.J. Williams was college teammates with New York tackle Bobby Hart…Giants punterBrad Wing played at LSU...Saints linebacker Stephone Anthony and Giants linebacker B.J. Goodson were college teammates at Clemson...Giants linebackerDevon Kennard is the son of former New Orleans offensive lineman Derek Kennard...Saints safetyKenny Vaccaro and Giants linebacker Keenan Robinson were college teammates at the University of Texas…Saints quarterback Luke McCown and New York running backRashad Jennings were teammates in Jacksonville...Saints safety Jairus Byrd and running back C.J. Spiller played with Giants linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, who played at LSU in Buffalo from 2011-12. TECoby Fleener and Sheppard were also teammates in Indianapolis in 2013...Giants cornerback Eli Apple and Saints safety Vonn Bell and wide receiver Michael Thomas were teammates at Ohio State... New Orleans defensive tackle Nick Fairley, linebacker James Laurinaitis and New York cornerback Janoris Jenkins were teammates in St. Louis…Giants cornerbackTrevin Wade played in two regular season games and two postseason contests for New Orleans in 2013 and spent the first part of the 2014 campaign on the team's practice squad...New Orleans Senior Vice President of Sales Michael Stanfield prepped at Watchung Hills (N.J.) HS...Giants Secondary Coach/Cornerbacks Tim Walton served as defensive backs coach at LSU in 2003. Walton also tutored Laurinaitis when he served as defensive coordinator in St. Louis in 2013...New Orleans Assistant Head Coach/LinebackersJoe Vitt and Giants Offensive Line CoachMike Solari served on the same coaching staff in Kansas City.

Photos from the New Orleans Saints vs New York Giants game. Photos by Michael C. Hebert. (New Orleans Saints photos)

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