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Inside the Game: Saints vs. Rams Connections

Joe Vitt coached with Rams in Los Angeles from 1992-94

Associated Press images from the New Orleans Saints first preseason game at the St. Louis Rams on Friday, August 8, 2014.

New Orleans Assistant head coach/linebackers Joe Vitt coached defensive backs with the Rams in Los Angeles from 1992-94. He rejoined them, serving as assistant head coach/linebackers in St. Louis from 2004-05, taking over the head coaching reigns for the final 11 games of 2005...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 Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Rock Gullickson served in the same position in New Orleans from 2000-05... Rams Director of Player Programs La'Roi Glover played for New Orleans from 1997-2001, is ranked seventh on the club's all-time list with 50 sacks and is a member of both the Saints Hall of Fame and a selection to the club's All-50th team...Rams Scout Billy Johnson is the son of Saints Defensive Line Coach Bill Johnson and also served a post-graduate year as Tulane's long-snapper...Rams offensive line coach Paul T. Boudreau served in the same position with the Saints from 1987-93...Rams DT Michael Brockers played at LSU from 2010-11…Saints Wide Receivers Coach John Morton served on the coaching staff at USC from 2007- 10...Saints WR Brandin Cooks played with Los Angeles P Johnny Hekker and QB Sean Mannion at Oregon State…Saints RB Mark Ingram and Los Angeles LB/S Mark Barron won the 2009 BCS National Championship at Alabama as college teammates in Tuscaloosa…Saints RB Travaris Cadet and Rams WR Brian Quick were college teammates at Appalachian State…Los Angeles T Pace Murphy played at Northwestern State (La.) from 2012-15…Saints rookie RB Daniel Lasco and Rams QB Jared Goff played together at the University of California from 2013-2015…Saints LB Stephone Anthony and Los Angeles T Isaiah Battle played at Clemson together from 2012-2014…Saints CB Ken Crawley and Los Angeles WR Nelson Spruce played at Colorado together…Saints S Kenny Vaccaro and Rams RB Malcolm Brown, a Biloxi, Miss. native, played together at the University of Texas during the 2011 and 2012 seasons…Los Angeles T Greg Robinson prepped at Thibodaux (La.) HS…Rams DL Eugene Sims prepped at Mize (Miss.) HS…Los Angeles WR Mike Thomas played at Southern Mississippi…Saints DT Tyeler Davison and Los Angeles G Cody Wichmann played at Fresno State during the 2011-2014 seasons…Saints RB Marcus Murphy played with Rams C Tim Barnes and CB E.J. Gaines during the 2010 season at Missouri…Rams Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams held the same position in New Orleans from 2009-2011, as part of a coaching staff that won Super Bowl XLIV…Saints 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 DT Sheldon Rankins and Los Angeles G Jamon Brown were college teammates at Louisville…Saints DT Nick Fairley played for the Rams in 2015, playing in all 15 games and recording a career-high 63 tackles…Saints WR Michael Thomas prepped at Woodland Hills (Calf.) Taft HS for his final three high school seasons and also played at Oaks Christian School (Westlake Village, Calif.) as a freshman…Saints TE John Phillips played for Rams Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers Mike Groh, when he served as offensive coordinator at Virginia from 2006-08.

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