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Jets at Dolphins - Connections

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:

Former Teams:

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.

Home Towns:

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.

Former Teammates:

Ikaika Alama-Francis (LB, Miami), Dan Campbell (TE Coach, Miami), and Gerald Alexander (S, NY Jets) were all with the Detroit Lions from 2007-2008.

Gerald Alexander (S, NY Jets) and Matt Moore (QB, Miami) were teammates in Carolina with the Panthers in 2010.

Will Allen (DB, Miami), Cameron Wake (LB, Miami), and Plaxico Burress (WR, NY Jets) were all members of the New York Giants in 2005.

Mark Brunell (QB, NY Jets) was teammates with Reggie Bush (RB, Miami) with the New Orleans Saints for the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

Kevin Burnett (LB, Miami), Antonio Cromartie (CB, NY Jets) and LaDanian Tomlinson (RB, NY Jets) all played together with the San Diego Chargers in 2009.

Marc Colombo (OL, Miami), Kevin Burnett (LB, Miami), and Marcus Dixon (DE, NY Jets) were together in Dallas for one season, 2009.

Karlos Dansby (LB, Miami) was a member of the Arizona Cardinals with Calvin Pace (LB, NY Jets) from 2004-2007.

Aaron Maybin (LB, NY Jets) and Erik Lankster (DB, NY Jets) played with Richie Incognito (OL, Miami) in 2009 with the Buffalo Bills.

Tony McDaniel (DT, Miami) was a teammate of Wayne Hunter (OL, NY Jets) with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2006.

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.

Randy Starks (DE, Miami) played with Garret McIntyre (LB, NY Jets) in 2004 with the Tennessee Titans.

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.

Jason Trusnik (LB, Miami) and Brodney Pool (S, NY Jets) were on the same Cleveland Browns team in 2009.

College Teammates:

Tyrone Culver (S, Miami) and Garret McIntyre (OL, NY Jets) played together at Fresno State in 2002-2005.

Vontae Davis (DB, Miami) played for the Illinois Fighting Illini with Jeff Cumberland (TE, NY Jets) from 2006-2008.

Marcus Dixon (DT, NY Jets) and Kendall Langford (DE, Miami) were at Hampton University from 2004-2007.

Brandon Fields (P, Miami) and Eric Smith (S, NY Jets) played for Michigan State University from 2003-2005.

Brian Hartline (WR, Miami), Austin Spitler (LB, Miami), Nick Mangold (C, NY Jets), and Santonio Holmes (WR, NY Jets) were teammates on the Ohio State Buckeyes for the 2005 season.

Jake Long (T, Miami) and Chad Henne (QB, Miami) played with David Harris (LB, NY Jets) in 2004-2006 with the University of Michigan Wolverines.

Sione Pohua (DT, NY Jets) and Paul Soliai (DT, Miami) were both Utah Utes in 2004.

Sean Smith (DB, Miami), Koa Misi (LB, Miami), and Caleb Schlauderaff (OL, NY Jets) were teammates are the University of Utah from 2006-2008.

Robert Turner (OL, NY Jets) and Ryan Cook (OL, Miami) were both starters on the University of New Mexico offensive line in 2003-2005.

Roberto Wallace (WR, Miami) and Kevin O'Connell (QB, NY Jets) spent 2007 together at San Diego State University.