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New Orleans Saints vs Dallas Cowboys connections

Check out the coaching and player connections between the Saints and Cowboys before Sunday night's game

Coaching Connections

Coach Sean Payton served on the Cowboys staff from 2003-05. Payton and Cowboys offensive coordinator/offensive line Bill Callahan served on the same staff with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1997.

Dallas coach Jason Garrett spent part of the 1989 season on the Saints practice squad. Garrett was tutored by Payton when he served as offensive coordinator with the New York Giants and Garrett. Garrett's father Jim, served on the New Orleans staff under Hank Stram from 1976-77. Garrett's brother, Judd, the Cowboys' director of pro scouting, served on the Saints staff from 1997-99.

Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan served as the Cowboys' defensive coordinator from 2011-12.

Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson played for New Orleans from 1993-94.

Dallas scouting assistant Alex Loomis is the son of Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.

Defensive line coach Bill Johnson served in the same position at Texas A&M from 1992-99.

Dallas assistant secondary coach Joe Baker served on the Saints staff from 2000-04.

Dallas assistant strength and conditioning coach Brett Bech prepped at Northshore (Slidell) High School, played at LSU and played for the Saints from 1997-99.

Dallas strength and conditioning coachMike Woicik served in the same position in New Orleans from 1997-99.

Secondary coach Wesley McGriff served as defensive backs coach/recruiting coordinator at Baylor from 2003-06.

Defensive assistant/linebackers Brian Young is an El Paso native who started at Texas-El Paso from 1996-99 and was the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a senior.

Player Connections

QB Drew Brees prepped at Westlake (Austin, Tx.) High School.

S Kenny Vaccaro prepped at Brownwood and Early high schools and then played at Texas where he was a first-team All-American in 2012.

LS Justin Drescher prepped at Carroll (Southlake, Texas) High School.

Dallas T Jermey Parnell spent 2009 and part of the 2010 campaign on the New Orleans practice squad.

Dallas LS L. P. Ladouceur went to camp with the Saints in 2005.

P Thomas Morstead handled punting and kicking duties at Southern Methodist from 2006-08, where he and Cowboys WR Cole Beasley were teammates.

QB Luke McCown prepped at Jacksonville (Texas) High School.

ILB David Hawthorne attended Corsicana (Texas) High School and then started 38 games at Texas Christian.

RB Khiry Robinson prepped at Belton (Texas) High School and was a 2012 D2Football.com All-American selection at West Texas A&M.

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