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New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans Connections

Check out the connections between the Saints and the Texans before Sunday's preseason game

*Player connections *

*Safety Kenny Vaccaro is a Brownwood, Texas native and played at the University of Texas for four years. 

*Texans safety Ed Reed was born in St. Rose and prepped at Destrehan High School where he is in the school's Hall of Fame.

*Punter Thomas Morstead is a Houston native who attended Southern Methodist University.

*Texans cornerback Elbert Mack played for the Saints during the 2012 season.

*Guard Ben Grubbs and Reed played for the Baltimore Ravens and were teammates from 2007-11.

*Running back Darren Sproles and Houston linebacker Tim Dobbins were teammates in San Diego from 2006-10.

*Defensive end Jay Richardson and Houston punter Shane Lechler were teammates in Oakland.

*Quarterback Luke McCown and Texans fullback Greg Jones played for the Jaguars from 2009-11.

*Tackle Charles Brown and Houston linebacker Brian Cushing were teammates at USC.

*Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, center Chris Myers and Reed were teammates with Jonathan Vilma at Miami (Fla.).

*Tackle John Jenkins and Houston guard/center Ben Jones were teammates at Georgia.

*Tackle Bryce Harris and Texan fullback Tyler Clutts were teammates at Fresno State.

*Running back Mark Ingram and Houston cornerback Kareem Jackson and guardAntoine Caldwell were teammates at Alabama.

*Tight end Jimmy Graham, Texans cornerback Brandon Harris, center Tyler Horn and linebacker Darryl Sharpton were teammates at Miami (Fla.).

*Center Eric Olsen and Houston tackle Ryan Harris were teammates at Notre Dame.

*Defensive end Cameron Jordan and Texans defensive end Keith Browner and linebacker Mike Mohamed were teammates at California.

*Tackle Marcel Jones was a teammate of Texans defensive end Jared Crick at Nebraska.

*Linebacker Martez Wilson and Houston linebacker Whitney Mercilus were in the same linebacker corps at Illinois.

Coaching connections

*Texans defensive backs coach Vance Joseph is a native of Marrero.

*Perry Carter, Texans assistant defensive backs coach, is a McComb, Miss., native and played at Southern Mississippi from 1990-93.

*Texans director of player personnel Brian Gardner is a New Orleans native who played at Nicholls State.

*Texans special teams coordinator Joe Marciano coached special teams and tight ends for the Saints from 1986-95. Marciano also coached Saints director of player development Fred McAfee in New Orleans from 1991-93 and in Tampa Bay in 1999.!

*Saints defensive assistant/linebackers coach Brian Young played for the Texans assistant head coach/defensive coachBill Kollar in St. Louis from 2001-03.

*Joe Vitt, Saints assistant head coach/linebackers, Kollar and Texans offensive line coach John Benton all coached for the Rams from 2004-05.

*Houston defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was the defensive coordinator of the Saints from 1981-85 and served as head coach for the final four games of the 1985 season.

*Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael and Phillips served on the same coaching staff with the Chargers from 2004-05.

*Bill Johnson, Saints defensive line coach, and Phillips served on the same coaching staff in Atlanta from 2002-03.

*Johnson and Texans offensive line coachJim Ryan were both on the defensive coaching staff in Denver from 2007-08.

*Texans director of player development Sean Washington played defensive back for the Saints in 1994.


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