With the New York Jets at Miami Dolphins game this week, I get to cheat a little bit. The majority of the connections post was already done, thanks to the division home-and-home series, and having done this post back in Week 6 - although there were still a number of changes that had to be made.
Here are the connections between the two teams heading in to tomorrow's game:
Gerald Alexander (S, NY Jets) spent part of the 2011 season on the Dolphins roster, appearing in two games.
Dawn Aponte (Senior VP of Football Operations, Miami) worked in the Jets front office from 1991-2005.
Todd Bowles (Interim HC and Secondary Coach, Miami) began his coaching career in New York in 2000, serving as the Jets defensive backs coach.
Bryan Cox (Pass Rush Coach, Miami) played for the Jets from 1998-2000, starting 36 games (134 tackles and 12 sacks); he served as the assistant defensive line coach for the Jets from 2006-2008.
Brian Daboll (OC, Miami) was the Jets Quarterbacks coach from 2007-2008.
Brian Gaine (Assistant Director of Player Personnel, Miami) was signed to the Jets practice squad in 1996, and joined their front office in 1999 as a member of the college scouting department, continuing in 2000 as the manager of pro-development/NFC, from 2001-2003 as a pro scout, and in 2004 as the Assistant Director of Pro Scouting.
Matthew Mulligan (TE, NY Jets) spent part of the 2008 season on the Miami practice squad.
Mike Nolan (DC, Miami) served in the same role with the Jets in 2001.
Kevin O'Connell (QB, NY Jets) spent the 2011 preseason with the Dolphins.
Chris Shea (Personnel coordinator, Miami) spent the 2000-2004 seasons with the Jets as a pro personnel assistant.
Jason Taylor (LB, Miami) was with the Jets for the 2010 season.
Jason Trusnik (LB, Miami) was with the Jets from 2007-2009.
Patrick Turner (WR, NY Jets) spent 2009-2010 with the Dolphins.
Mike Westhoff (Special Teams Coordinator, NY Jets) spent the 1986-2000 seasons as a tight ends and special teams coach with the Dolphins.
Todd Bowles (Interim HC, Miami) is from Elizabeth, New Jersey
Emanuel Cook (S, NY Jets) is from Riviera Beach, Florida.
Anthony Fasano (TE, Miami) is from Verona, New Jersey.
Santonio Holmes (WR, NY Jets) attended Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, Florida.
Richie Incognito (OL, Miami) is from Englewood, New Jersey.
Darren Rizzi (Special Team Coach, Miami) is from Hillsdale, New Jersey.
Gerald Alexander (S, NY Jets) and Matt Moore (QB, Miami) were teammates in Carolina with the Panthers in 2010.
Marc Colombo (OL, Miami), Kevin Burnett (LB, Miami), and Marcus Dixon (DE, NY Jets) were together in Dallas for one season, 2009.
Matt Moore (QB, Miami), Kevin Burnett (LB, Miami), Marc Colombo (OL, Miami), Anthony Fasano (TE, Miami) and Nick Folk (K, NY Jets) were all together with the Dallas Cowboys in 2007, before Moore was released and signed with the Carolina Panthers.
Mike Nolan (DC, Miami) and Henry Ellard (WR Coach, NY Jets) were with the Washington Redskins together in 1997 and 1998, when Nolan was the Defensive Coordinator and Ellard was a player.
Kevin O'Connell (QB, NY Jets) and Lydon Murtha (OL, Miami) spent part of 2009 together with the Detroit Lions
Rex Ryan (HC, NY Jets), Mike Pettine (DC, NY Jets), Matt Cavanaugh (QB Coach, NY Jets), Dennis Thurman (DB Coach, NY Jets), and Mike Nolan (DC, Miami) were all together on the Baltimore Ravens coaching staff.
Donald Strickland (CB, NY Jets) spent last year with the San Diego Chargers, along with Kevin Burnett (LB, Miami) Strickland played for Mike Nolan (DC, Miami) with the San Francisco 49ers from 2006-2008.
Tyrone Culver (S, Miami) and Garret McIntyre (OL, NY Jets) played together at Fresno State in 2002-2005.
Roberto Wallace (WR, Miami) and Kevin O'Connell (QB, NY Jets) spent 2007 together at San Diego State University.