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Inside the Game: Saints-Raiders connections

Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen served as head coach of Raiders from 2012-14


New Orleans Defensive CoordinatorDennis Allen served as head coach of the Raiders from 2012-14. Oakland quality control coaches Nick Holz andTravis Smith and Defensive Backs Coach Marcus Robertson served under Allen in Oakland…New Orleans Offensive Assistant Ronald Curry was a seventh-round draft pick of the Raiders in 2002 and played seven seasons with the club, playing in 76 career games with 32 starts and registering 193 receptions for 2,347 yards with 13 touchdowns… Saints Head Coach Sean Payton, Assistant Head Coach/ LinebackersJoe Vitt and Oakland Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave served on the same coaching staff with the Eagles in 1998...Oakland Head CoachJack Del Rio was a third-round draft pick of New Orleans in 1985 and went on to play two seasons for the Saints, making the NFL's All-Rookie Team and earning the Saints' Rookie of the Year Award. Del Rio later served on the New Orleans coaching staff from 1997-98…Oakland DT Justin Ellis prepped at Neville (Monroe, La.) HS, the alma mater of Saints Defensive Line Coach Bill Johnson and played at Louisiana Tech from 2011-14...Saints Wide Receivers CoachJohn Morton originally signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 1993 and spent part of the next two seasons on their practice squad and returned to the Silver and Black for training camp in 1996. Following the conclusion of his playing career, he worked for the Raiders in several capacities from 1997-2004, including serving as senior offensive assistant/receivers from 2002-03, when he tutored a pair of Pro Football Hall of Fame wideouts inTim Brown and Jerry Rice. Morton and Raiders Defensive Coordinator Ken Norton Jr. were on the same coaching staff at USC from 2007-09...New Orleans DT Tyeler Davison played at Fresno State from 2011-14, where he was a college teammate of Raiders QB Derek Carr during his first three seasons…Saints LBs Nate Stupar and Michael Mauti and Oakland QB Matt McGloin were college teammates at Penn State. Stupar was originally drafted 230th overall by Oakland in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft...New Orleans LB Craig Robertson and Oakland RB Jamize Olawale were college teammates at North Texas...Saints TE Coby Fleener and T/G Andrus Peat both played at Stanford…New Orleans Coaching Intern Leigh Torrence was a four-year letterman at Stanford in football and two-year letterman in track…Saints Secondary Coach Aaron Glenn and Oakland Wide Receivers Coach Rob Moore were teammates with the New York Jets in 1994. Glenn and Raiders LS John Condo were teammates with the Dallas Cowboys in 2005...Saints Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Dan Dalrymple and Raiders Tight Ends CoachBobby Johnson served on the same staff at Miami (Ohio) from 1999-2004...Raiders G Vadal Alexander is a New Orleans native who played at LSU...New Orleans DE Paul Kruger and Oakland CB Sean Smith were college teammates at Utah...Saints DTNick Fairley and Raiders LBDaren Bates were college teammates at Auburn and both were members of the 2010 BCS National Championship team...Saints CB P.J. Williams and Raiders T Menelik Watson were college teammates at Florida State...Saints C Max Unger and Oakland LB Bruce Irvin were teammates in Seattle from 2012-14, with both helping lead the Seahawks to a Super Bowl victory in Super Bowl XLVIII...New Orleans S Jairus Byrd, RBC.J. Spiller and Oakland TE Lee Smith were teammates in Buffalo...Saints RBDaniel Lasco and DE Cameron Jordan both played at the University of California...Saints WR Brandin Cooks prepped at Stockton (Calif.) HS.

Photos from the New Orleans Saints vs Oakland Raiders game on Friday, August 16, 2013. Photos taken by Michael C. Hebert.

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