* Vikings defensive line coach Karl Dunbar played for the Saints from 1992-93.
LOCAL CONNECTIONS
* Vikings running backs coach Eric Bieniemy was born in New Orleans.
* Dunbar started three seasons for LSU, was named a co-captain his senior season and helped lead the Tigers to a
pair of SEC titles in 1986 and 1988. He also enjoyed two coaching stints in Baton Rouge; 2000-01 and 2005.
* Dunbar got into coaching at his alma mater, Opelousas (LA) High in 1996 before moving to Beau Chene (LA) High in 1997.
* Vikings QB John David Booty (Shreveport/Evangel Christian HS) and DT Pat Williams (Monroe/Woosman HS) hail from Northern Louisiana.
* Saints S Kevin Kaesviharn attended Lakeville High School in Minnesota and Augustana College.
* Saints special teams coordinator Greg McMahon coached at the University of Minnesota from 1983-84.
NFL CONNECTIONS
* Vikings tight ends coach Jimmie Johnson played for Philadelphia when Saints head coach Sean Payton was the Eagles quarterbacks coach and Saints assistant head
coach/linebackers Joe Vitt was on staff.
* Vikings DE Jared Allen played his rookie season in Kansas City with Vitt serving as the Chiefs LB coach and also played with Saints LB Scott Fujita on defense.
* Vikings CB Benny Sapp also played with Fujita in Kansas City while Vikings LB coach Fred Pagac and offensive assistant Chad O’Shea were on the Chiefs staff.
* Vikings S Darren Sharper and K Ryan Longwell played for Green Bay while Vitt was the DB coach and asst. DB coach Tony Oden was an intern in 1999.
* Vikings TE Garrett Mills and Saints CB Randall Gay were teammates with New England.
* Sharper, Longwell and Vikings WR Robert Ferguson were teammates with Saints CB Mike McKenzie in Green Bay. Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was
also on staff with the Packers while McKenzie was there.
* Vikings QB Gus Frerotte and Saints TE Billy Miller played together for Denver in 2000.
* Vikings WR coach George Stewart and Saints secondary coach Dennis Allen served on Atlanta’s staff together from 2002-2005.
* Vikings DE Otis Grigsby was on Atlanta’s 2005 practice squad while Saints DT Antwan Lake, C/G Matt Lehr and DE Josh Savage played there, and Stewart and Allen
were on staff.
* Vikings WR Bobby Wade and Savage both played for Tennessee in 2006.
* Vikings LB Ben Leber played for San Diego while Saints QB coach Pete Carmichael Jr. was on staff and Saints QB Drew Brees played there.
* Pagac and Saints RB coach Aaron Kromer coached on the same staff for Oakland.
* Vikings DT Pat Williams and CB Antoine Winfi eld played in Buffalo with Saints TE Mark Campbell.
* Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe played with Saints DT Kendrick Clancy and Saints TE Jeremy Shockey for the New York Giants.
* Vikings def. coord. Leslie Frazier coached DBs for Indianapolis when Saints CB Jason David played there in 2005-06 and when K Martin Gramatica was there in ‘06.
* Vikings DT Ellis Wyms played for Tampa Bay and Vikings DB coach Joe Woods was on staff while Kromer was with the Buccaneers and Savage played there.
* Vikings LB Vinny Ciurciu, Wyms and Woods were all with Tampa Bay at some point of Gramatica’s tenure there.
* Ciurciu and Wyms were both teammates of Saints RB Aaron Stecker at Tampa Bay.
* Vikings S Madieu Williams and Saints S Kevin Kaesviharn played in the same secondary in Cincinnati.
COLLEGE CONNECTIONS
* Vikings head coach Brad Childress, Saints head coach Sean Payton and special team coordinator Greg McMahon are all graduates of Eastern Illinois.
* Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and McMahon coached together on the Illinois staff in 1997-98
* Vikings G Steve Hutchinson, Saints TEs Mark Campbell and Jonathan Goodwin played together at Michigan while Saints TE coach Terry Malone was Hutchinson’s
position coach.
* Vikings T Bryant McKinnie played at the University of Miami with Saints TE Jeremy Shockey and LB Jonathan Vilma and was roommates with Shockey.