Falcons vs Dolphins Week 3: Connections between the teams

Kevin C. Cox

Every NFL team has a tie to every other NFL team. From former players to college teammates to hometowns, there's always a link between two opposing franchises. This week, we take a look at the ties between the Miami Dolphins and their Week 3 opponent, the Atlanta Falcons.

As we all know, there are always connections between two teams. From players that were traded to free agent signings and coaches working their way to new franchises, there are always players who worked together or coaches who are from the same tree, but are now on opposite sidelines. Today, we take a look at the connections between the Atlanta Falcons versus the Miami Dolphins as the two teams prepare to meet tomorrow.

Family Ties:

Former NFL Teams:

  • Dolphins assistant defensive backs coach Blue Adams played cornerback in the preseason for the Falcons in 2007
  • Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong served as a special teams coach for the Dolphins from 2001-2006. He was Miami's special teams coordinator in 2007.
  • Falcons kicker Matt Bryant played for the Dolphins in 2004
  • Dolphins tackle Tyson Clabo played for the Falcons from 2006-2012
  • Falcons defensive backs coach Joe Danna served as an assistant defensive backs coach for the Dolphins from 2010-2011
  • Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes played for the Falcons from 2007-2012
  • Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan held the same position with the Dolphins from 2010-2011
  • Falcons linebackers coach Glenn Pires coached linebackers for the Dolphins from 2003-2007
  • Dolphins strength and conditioning coach Dave Puloka served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Falcons in 2007
  • Falcons assistant head coach and wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie coached wide receivers for the Dolphins in 2007.  He played running back  for the Dolphins from 1980-1981.

Former NFL Teammates:

  • Dolphins tight ends coach Dan Campbell (tight end) and Falcons kicker Matt BRyant were teammates with the New York Giants in 2002
  • Falcons tight end Chase Coffman and Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle were toegther with the CIncinnati Bengals from 2009-2010
  • Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore and Falcons secondary coach Tim Lewis were together with the Carolina Panthers from 2007-2008. Moore was also teammates with Falcons cornerback Robert McClain and Falcons running back Josh Vaughn in Carolina in 2010.
  • Dolphins cornerback Dimitri Patterson and Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez were teammates with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008.  Patterson and Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel were teammates with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2009-2010.

Former College Teammates:

  • Falcons punter Matt Bosher, Dolphins running back Lamar Miller, and Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon were teammates at the University of Miami from 2009-2010
  • Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle and Falcons offensive line coach Pat Hill were together at Fresno State from 1997-2000. Coyle and Falcons linebackers coach Glenn Pires were together at Syracuse from 1991-1993.  Coyle and Falcons defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo were together at Syracuse fro 1990-1991.
  • Dolphins linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, Dolphins safety Reshad Jones, Falcons linebacker Akeem Dent, and Falcons defensive assistant Mark Collins were both at the University of Georgia from 2007-2008
  • Falcons wide receiver Drew Davis, Dolphins linebacker Josh Kaddu, and Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan were all teammates at the University of Oregon from 2008-2010
  • Dolphins quarterback Pat Devlin and Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow were teammates at the University of Delaware from 2009-2010
  • Falcons offensive line coach Paul Dunn and Dolphins Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino were teammates at the University of Pittsburgh from 1979-1982
  • Dolphins tight end Michael Egnew, Falcons tight end Chase Coffman, Falcons safety William Moore, and Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon were all teammates as the University of Missouri from 2009-2009
  • Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin and Falcons tight end Levine Toilolo were teammates at Stanford from 2010-2011
  • Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace, Dolphins guard John Jerry, and Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry were teammates at the University of Mississippi from 2005-2008
  • Dolphins safety Jimmy Wilson, Falcons defensive end Kory Biermann, and Falcons safety Shann Schillinger were all teammates at the University of Montana from 2004-2006

College or Hometown State Ties:

  • Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong coached defensive backs and special teams at the University of Miami in 1988
  • Falcons punter Matt Bosher is from Jupiter, Florida.  He played for the University of Miami from 2007-2010.
  • Falcons quarterback Dominique Davis is from Lakeland, Florida
  • Falcons guard Harland Gunn played for the University of Miami from 2007-2011
  • Falcons safety Kemal Ishmael is from Miami, Florida. He attended the University of Central Florida from 2009-2012.
  • Dolphins safety Reshad Jones is from Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dolphins safety Kelcie McCray is from Columbus, Georgia
  • Falcons safety Zeke Motta is from Vero Beach, Florida
  • Falcons linebacker Stephen Nicholas is from Jacksonville, Florida
  • Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  He played for the University of Central Florida from 1999-2002.
  • Falcons running back Antone Smith is from Pahokee, Florida.  He played for Florida State from 2005-2008.
  • Dolphins linebacker Philip Wheeler is from Columbus, Georgia

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