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Saints and Dolphins Connections

    <span>              <span style="">SAINTS-DOLPHINS CONNECTIONS </span>                
  • Coach Sean Payton served on the staff of Miami Exec. VP-football operations Bill Parcells with Dallas from 2003-05, working with Dolphins coach Tony Sparano, asst. head coach/secondary Todd Bowles, quarterbacks coach David Lee, def. coordinator Paul Pasqualoni and defensive line coach Kacy Rodgers.
  • Off. coord. Pete Carmichael Jr. served on the same staffs as Sparano with Cleveland in 2000 and Washington in 2001.
  • Bowles served as def. coord./def. backs coach at Grambling from 1998-99.
  • Saints assistant defensive line coach Travis Jones served on the Dolphins staff
  • from 2005-07.
  • LB Jonathan Vilma played with Dolphins DT Jason Ferguson on the New York Jets.
  • LB Scott Fujita, LB Scott Shanle, Dolphins LB Akin Ayodele and Ferguson played for Parcells in Dallas.
  • QB Mark Brunell, DE Bobby McCray and Akin Ayodele were teammates in Jacksonville.
  • DT Remi Ayodele is Akin's younger brother. Rodgers served as Remi Ayodele's position coach in Dallas in 2007.
  • QB Drew Brees and Akin Ayodele were teammates at Purdue.
  • McCray prepped at Homestead (Fl.) HS and starred at Florida with Dolphins LB Channing
  • Crowder.
  • Wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson served in the same position at the University of Miami from 1996-2005.
  • TE Jeremy Shockey, Vilma and Dolphins T Vernon Carey all played for the Hurricanes
  • together. Vilma starred at Coral Gables (Fl.)
  • HS.
  • Dolphins LB Reggie Torber prepped at Robert E. Lee HS in Baton Rouge.
  • K John Carney prepped at Cardinal Newman (West Palm Beach, Fl.) HS.
  • Dolphins Special teams coordinator John Bonamego served in the same position with the
  • Saints from 2006-07.
  • Miami RB Ricky Wlliams was a first round draft pick (fifth overall) of the Saints in 1999 and in his three seasons with New Orleans recorded 3,129 rushing yards and 16 TDs prior to being traded to Miami in 2002.
  • Miami strength and conditioning coach Evan Marcus served as assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Saints from 2000-02.
  • FB Heath Evans prepped at Kings (West Palm Beach, Fl.) Academy.
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