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Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns - Connections

The Miami Dolphins connections to the Cleveland Browns:

Former Teams:

  • Quentin Spears (LB, Cleveland) signed as an undrafted free agent and spent the 2011 preseason with Miami.
  • Jason Trusnik (LB, Miami) played for the Browns from 2009-2010.
  • Chuck Bullough (Defensive Assistant Coach, Cleveland) played linebacker three seasons for the Dolphins (1993‐1995)

Coaching / Front Office Former Teams:

  • Dawn Aponte (Senior VP of Football Operations, Miami) was the Browns VP of Football Administration in 2009
  • Todd Bowles (Assistant HC and Secondary Coach, Miami) served as a secondary coach in Cleveland from 2001-2004.
  • Bryan Cox (Pass Rush Coach, Miami) served as the Browns' Defensive Line Coach from 2009-2010.
  • Brian Daboll (OC, Miami) spent 2009-2010 as the Browns' Offensive Coordinator
  • Tony Sparano (HC, Miami) was the Offensive Quality Control Coach in 1999 and the Offensive Line Coach in 2000 for the Browns.


Former Teammates:

  • Reggie Bush (RB, Miami), Evan Moore (TE, Cleveland), Usama Young (DB, Cleveland), and Scott Fujita (LB, Cleveland) were all members of the New Orleans Saints in 2008
  • Marc Colombo (OL, Miami) and Brad Maynard (P, Cleveland) were both members of the Chicago Bears from 2002-2005
  • Ryan Cook (OL, Miami) was teammates with Jayme Mitchell (DE, Cleveland) and Artis Hicks (OL, Cleveland) with the Minnesota Vikings in 2008-2009
  • Fujita played with Kevin Burnett (LB, Miami) with the Dallas Cowboys in 2005
  • Richie Incognito (OL, Miami) and John Greco (OL, Cleveland) were together in St. Louis with the Rams in 2009
  • Tony McDaniel (DT, Miami) was a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars with Tony Pashos (OL, Jacksonville) in 2007-2008
  • Brandon Marshall (WR, Miami) and Peyton Hills (RB, Cleveland) played together with the Denver Broncos in 2009
  • Moore and Allen Barbre (OL, Miami) were in Green Bay together for two years (2008-2009)
  • Jason Trusnik (LB, Miami) and Nate Garner (OL, Miami) played with Brian Schaefering (DL, Cleveland) when all were members of the New York Jets in 2008

Coaching / Front Office Former Teammates:

  • Cox and Rick Lyle (Assistant Strength Conditioning Coach, Cleveland) were teammates with the New York Jets in 1998‐2000    
  • Lyle coached Trusnik with the Jets in 2077-2008
  • Mike Nolan (Defensive Coordinator, Miami) was the Head Coach for the San Francisco 49ers from 2005‐2008 with George Warhop (Offensive Line Coach, Cleveland) as his offensive line coach
  • Nolan coached Mike Adams (DB, Cleveland) when they were both in San Francisco(2006‐2007) 
  • Nolan's staff included Bill Davis (Linebacker Coach, Cleveland) was the defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers (2005‐2006)
  • In 2009, Nolan and Hillis were together in Denver
  • Nolan worked with Tony Pashos (OL, Cleveland) in Baltimore in 2004
  • Pashos and Dave Fippwere (Assistant Special Teams Coach, Miami) in San Francisco together in 2009
  • Sparano, Bowles, and Kacy Rodgers (Defensive Line Coach, Miami) coached Fujita in Dallas in 2005
  • Sparano and Warhop were together as members of the Dallas staff in 2003-2004
  • Warhop coached Dolphins Tight End Coach Dan Campbell in Dallas (2003‐04) 

Hometown Ties:

  • Phil Dawson (K, Cleveland) was born in West Palm Beach, FL
  • Brandon Fields (P, Miami) grew up in Toledo, OH
  • Brian Hartline (WR, Miami) grew up in Canton, OH

College Ties:

  • Hartline, Austin Spitler (LB, Miami), and Brian Robiskie (WR, Cleveland) were all together at the Ohio State University from 2005-2008
  • Hills and Garner were both at the University of Arkansas from 2005-2007
  • John Jerry (OL, Miami) and Emmanuel Stephens (DL, Cleveland) were together at Mississippi from 2008-2009
  • Mohamed Massaquoi (WR, Cleveland) and Reshad Jones (S, Miami) played at the University of Georgia from 2006-2008
  • Mike Pouncey (C, Miami) and Joe Haden (CB, Cleveland) both went to the University of Florida from 2007-2009
  • Randy Starks (DL, Miami) and D'Qwell Jackson (LB, Cleveland) were both on the University of Maryland team together from 2002-2003
  • Wake and Scott Paxson (DL, Cleveland) were both at Penn State in 2002-2004