VIKINGS-SAINTS CONNECTIONS – Vikings’ tight ends coach John Tice played 10 seasons for the New Orleans Saints (1983-92) and had 158 receptions for 1,602 yards and 18 TDs during his career…
Saints’ defensive line coach John Pease coached on the Saints’ staff during Tice’s playing days in New Orleans…
Vikings’ WR coach Wes Chandler was drafted by the Saints with the 3rd overall pick in the 1978 NFL Draft and played four seasons (1978-81) in New Orleans and was named to the Pro Bowl in 1979…
Vikings’ S Ken Irvin played for the Saints in 2002…
Vikings’ RB Mewelde Moore played at Tulane and is a native of Baton Rouge, LA…
Saints’ P Mitch Berger played for the Vikings for six seasons (1996-01) and was a Pro Bowler in ’99…
Saints’ QB Todd Bouman spent the first six seasons of his career in Minnesota (1996-01) and attended St. Cloud State…
Vikings’ DE Lance Johnstone and Saints’ DE Tony Bryant were teammates in Oakland…
Vikings’ C Cory Withrow and LB Raonall Smith were teammates of Saints’ S Steve Gleason at Washington State…
Vikings’ WR Marcus Robinson and Saints’ G Jamar Nesbit were teammates at South Carolina…
Vikings’ DE Darrion Scott played at Ohio State with Saints’ G LeCharles Bentley and DE Will Smith…
Bentley and Saints’ LS Kevin Houser were teammates of Vikings’ CB Antoine Winfield with the Buckeyes…
Vikings’ P Chris Kluwe played at UCLA with Saints’ DT Rodney Leisle…
Vikings’ TE Jermaine Wiggins and Saints’ DE Charles Grant were teammates at Georgia…
Vikings’ LB Keith Newman played at North Carolina with Saints’ LB Sedrick Hodge…
Newman and Vikings’ CB Antoine Winfield, S Ken Irvin, LB Sam Cowart, and DT Pat Williams all were teammates of Saints’ RB Antowain Smith in Buffalo and played there when Saints’ offensive coordinator Mike Sheppard was on the Bills’ staff…
Smith also played with Vikings’ TE Jermaine Wiggins in New England…
Vikings’ QB Brad Johnson was a teammate of Saints’ S Dwight Smith and RB Aaron Stecker with the Buccaneers…
Saints’ asst. offensive line coach Jim Pyne coached on Tampa Bay’s staff when Johnson played there…
Vikings’ G Anthony Herrera and Saints’ WR Donté Stallworth played together at Tennessee…
Vikings’ coverage coordinator Chuck Knox coached on the Green Bay staff when Saints’ QB Aaron Brooks, TE Lamont Hall, and CB Mike McKenzie were with the Packers...
Knox played at the University of Arizona in 1984-85 when Saints’ TE coach Bob Palcic was on the Wildcats’ staff…
Vikings’ S Darren Sharper was a teammate of Brooks, Hall, and McKenzie with the Packers…
Vikings’ asst. secondary coach Kevin Ross played in Kansas City with Saints’ WR Joe Horn…
Ross also played for Atlanta when Saints’ secondary/cornerbacks coach Greg Brown coached on the Falcons’ staff…
Brown coached with Vikings’ RB coach Dean Dalton at Purdue in 1990…
Saints’ special teams coordinator Al Everest coached in Arizona when Vikings’ S Corey Chavous played for the Cardinals…
Saints’ strength and conditioning coach Rock Gullickson played and coached at Moorhead State (MN)…
Vikings’ G Chris Liwienski played at Indiana when Saints’ defensive asst./quality control coach Ty Knott was on the Hoosiers’ staff…
Vikings’ CB Ralph Brown and T Mike Rosenthal played for the Giants when Saints’ WR coach Jimmy Robinson was on New York’s staff…
Vikings’ defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell coached on the Cardinals’ staff in 1994 when Saints’ RB Fred McAfee played in Arizona…
Vikings’ QB coach Rich Olson coached with Saints’ senior defensive asst./secondary coach Willy Robinson at Fresno State, Miami, and with
the Seattle Seahawks…
Olson coached in Seattle when Saints’ LB coach Winston Moss played for the Seahawks…
Vikings’ RB Moe Williams played at Kentucky when Saints’ offensive assistant/quality control coach Chip Beake coached on the Wildcats’ staff…
Saints’ RB coach Johnny Roland coached in Arizona when Vikings’ S Corey Chavous played there and in Green Bay when Vikings’ S Darren Sharper played for the Packers.