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Inside the Game: Saints vs. Falcons connections

Saints defensive end coach Bill Johnson served in the same position for Falcons from 2001-06

New Orleans Defensive Line CoachBill Johnson served in the same position for Atlanta from 2001-06...Saints Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen's father, Grady, played for Atlanta from 1968-72. Allen served on the Falcons defensive coaching staff from 2002-05. Allen and Falcons Defensive Coordinator Richard Smith served on the same coaching staff in Denver in 2011. Allen tutored Falcons QB Matt Schaub when he served as head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2014...New Orleans safety Roman Harper is a Prattville, Ala. native who starred at Alabama...Falcons Defensive Line Coach Bryan Cox finished his playing career with the Saints in 2002...Saints K Wil Lutz is a Newnan native who played at Georgia State...New Orleans CB P.J. Williams and Falcons RB Devonta Freeman were college teammates at Florida State...New Orleans TE Coby Fleener and Atlanta DE Dwight Freeney and TE Jacob Tamme were teammates with the Indianapolis Colts...Saints LB Stephone Anthony, Falcons DE Vic Beasley Jr. and DT Grady Jarrett were teammates at Clemson...New Orleans S Jairus Byrd and Atlanta G Andy Levitre were teammates in Buffalo...Saints DB Erik Harris and Falcons CB C.J. Goodwin were college teammates at California (Pa.)…New Orleans DT Nick Fairley was a college teammate of Falcons LS Josh Harris at Auburn...Saints T/G Andrus Peat and Falcons TEs Austin Hooper and Levine Toilolo were teammates at Stanford…New Orleans DEPaul Kruger, LB Craig Robertson and Atlanta C Alex Mack were teammates in Cleveland. Saints DECameron Jordan and Mack were college teammates at California. Kruger and Atlanta DE Derrick Shelby were college teammates at Utah...Atlanta LB Deion Jones played at both Jesuit High School and LSU...Atlanta Wide Receivers coachTerry Robiskie is a native of Edgard, who lettered four years at LSU and was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2012...Atlanta Assistant Special Teams CoachAlex Sutulovich and Saints Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael served on the same staff at Louisiana Tech from 1997-99...New Orleans CB De'Vante Harris played with Atlanta T Jake Matthews at Texas A&M…Saints C Max Unger and Falcons G Mike Person were teammates in Seattle. Unger was tutored by Atlanta Offensive Line Coach Chris Morgan in Seattle in 2014...Saints DTJohn Jenkins played at Georgia from 2011-12...New Orleans CB Sterling Moore and Atlanta WR Aldrick Robinson were college teammates at Southern Methodist...Saints LBNate Stupar played for Atlanta from 2014-15...Saints LSJustin Drescher spent part of the 2010 offseason with the Falcons as an undrafted rookie...Saints WRBrandin Cooks and DE Obum Gwacham and Atlanta RB Terron Ward were college teammates at Oregon State...Falcons CB Robert Alford is a native of Hammond who starred at Southeastern Louisiana University...Atlanta Defensive Assistant/Linebackers Doug Mallory served as defensive coordinator at LSU. Atlanta DTTyson Jackson played at LSU...Falcons Defensive Assistant/Defensive Backs Chad Walker is a New Orleans native who graduated (2000) and coached at LSU from 2003-04, served as a graduate assistant at Louisiana-Monroe and served as defensive coordinator at Mississippi College...Falcons Director of College Scouting Steve Sabo served as a pro scout with the Saints from 1996-98.

Fan Photos from the New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons game in the Georgia Dome on Jan. 3, 2016. Photos by Michael C. Hebert. (New Orleans Saints photos)

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