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Inside the Game: New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams connections 

Take an inside look at the preseason match up between the Saints and the Rams

  • Los Angeles defensive coordinator Bum Phillips served as defensive coordinator of the Saints from 1981-85 under his father head coach Bum Phillips and handled interim coaching duties for the last four contests of the 1985 campaign
  • New Orleans pass rush specialist Brian Young was a fifth round draft pick of the Rams in 2000 and played for them from 2000-03
  • Los Angeles defensive line coach Bill Johnson is a Monroe native who prepped at Neville High School, played at Northwestern State and coached at his alma mater, McNeese State and Louisiana Tech and served in the same position with the Saints from 2009-16. New Orleans defensive coordinator Dennis Allen also served on the same coaching staff with Phillips and Johnson in Atlanta
  • Los Angeles run game coordinator Aaron Kromer served on the New Orleans staff from 2008-12. Rams offensive quality control coach Zak Kromer prepped at Mandeville High School.
  • Los Angeles scout Billy Johnson also served a post-graduate year as Tulane's long snapper.
  • New Orleans special teams coordinator Bradford Banta played at the University of Southern California and served on the same Detroit staff with Rams assistant head coach/linebackers Joe Barry in Detroit in 2008.
  • Los Angeles defensive tackle Michael Brockers played at LSU from 2010-11.
  • New Orleans defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen is a Simi Valley, Calif., native, who started 30 games at defensive tackle at USC from 1998-2001, finished his college career with 107 career tackles and was voted the team's Defensive Lineman of the Year in 1999. He coached at his alma mater in 2002 as a graduate assistant and played for the Arena Football League's Los Angeles Avengers in 2004.
  • New Orleans running back Jonathan Williams played with Los Angeles quarterback Brandon Allen at Arkansas.
  • New Orleans running back Mark Ingram and Los Angeles linebacker Mark Barron won the 2009 BCS National Championship at Alabama as college teammates in Tuscaloosa.
  • Los Angeles wide receiver Cooper Kupp is the grandson of former New Orleans offensive lineman Jake Kupp, who is a member of the Saints All-50th team.
  • Los Angeles tackle Andrew Whitworth is a Monroe native who played at LSU and was a member of the team's 2003 national championship team.
  • Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, and Rams guard Jamon Brown played together at Louisville.
  • Saints linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha and Los Angeles linebacker Cory Littleton were teammates at Washington.
  • Los Angeles defensive tackle Tanzel Smart is a Baton Rouge native who played at Tulane for New Orleans senior offensive assistant/wide receivers Curtis Johnson, who served as head coach for the Green Wave.
  • New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas prepped at Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.) and Taft Charter (Woodland Hills, Calif.) High School, where as a senior in 2010, he caught 86 passes, 21 for touchdowns
  • New Orleans safety Marcus Williams prepped at Eleanor Roosevelt (Eastvale, Calif.) High School and played in college with Los Angeles cornerback Dominique Hatfield at Utah.
  • New Orleans cornerback P.J. WIlliams played with Los Angeles safety Lamarcus Joyner at Florida State
  • Los Angeles wide receiver Michael Thomas played at Southern Mississippi.
  • New Orleans senior defensive assistant Peter Giunta was the defensive back coach for the Rams in 1997, then was the co-defensive coordinator during the 1998-1999 seasons and in 2000 was the defensive coordinator.
  • Saints tight end Michael Hoomanawanui was a fifth round draft pick (132nd overall) of the Rams in 2010 and played for St. Louis from 2010-11.
  • Rams wide receiver Fred Brown prepped at Jim Hill (Jackson, Miss.) High School.

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