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Bengals vs Dolphins 2013 Week 9 Connections

The Cincinnati Bengals head to South Florida later tonight to face off with the Miami Dolphins. What connections exist between the two teams? We take a look.

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Each week, we take a look at the player, coach, and executive connections between the Miami Dolphins and their upcoming opponent. This week, we take a Thursday Night Football look at the Cincinnati Bengals:

Former NFL Teams

  • Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle was the Bengals cornerbacks coach from 2001-2002 and defensive backs coach from 2003-2011
  • Bengals safety Chris Crocker played for the Dolphins in 2008

Former NFL Teammates

  • Dolphins tackle Tyson Clabo and cornerback Brent Grimes were teammates with Bengals safety Chris Crocker with the Atlanta Falcons from 2006-2007 and linebacker Michael Boley from 2006-2008. Clabo and Grimes were with the Falcons in 2007 with Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and running backs coach Hue Jackson
  • Bengals defensive line coach Jay Hayes and Dolphins tackle Bryant McKinnie were both with the Minnesota Vikings in 2002
  • Bengals quarterback Josh Johnson and Dolphins assistant to the head coach Jay Kaiser were together with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2009-2011
  • Bengals tight end Alex Smith and Dolphins cornerback Dimitri Patterson were teammates with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009. Patterson and Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry were teammates with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008 and was the Eagles in 2009-2010 with Bengals wide receivers coach James Urban.
  • Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks and Bengals cornerback Adam Jones were teammates with the Tennessee Titans from 2005-2006
  • Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace and Bengals linebacker James Harrison were teammates with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2009-2012
  • Dolphins linebacker Philip Wheeler and Bengals G Mike Pollack were teammates with the Indianapolis Colts from 2008-2011
  • Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and Dolphins tight end coach Dan Campbell were together with the Dallas Cowboys from 2003-2005 when Campbell played tight end

Former College Teammates

  • Dolphins safety Chris Clemons and Bengals defensive tackle Brandon Thompson were teammates at Clemson in 2008
  • Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap, Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, running back Mike Gillislee, linebacker Jelani Jenkins, and kicker Caleb Sturgis were all teammates at the University of Florida from 2007-2009
  • Dolphins linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, safety Reshad Jones, Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins, guard Clint Boling, fullback Orson Charles, and wide receiver A.J. Green were all teammates at the University of Georgia from 2007-2009
  • Dolphins punter Brandon Fields, Bengals center Kyle Cook, and defensive tackle Domata Peko were teammates at Michigan State from 2003-2006
  • Bengals running back Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis, Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace, and guard John Jerry were teammates at the University of Mississippi from 2006-2007
  • Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin and Bengals wide receiver Ryan Whalen were teammates at Stanford from 2008-2010
  • Dolphins defensive tackle Jared Odrick and Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still were teammates at Penn State from 2007-2009
  • Bengals wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline, and linebacker Austin Spitler were all teammates at Ohio State from 2007-2009
  • Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu and Dolphins linebacker Jonathan Freeny were teammates at Rutgers from 2009-2010
  • Dolphins linebacker Philip Wheeler and Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson were teammates at Georgia Tech from 2005-2007

Hometown/College State Ties

  • Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins is from Pembroke Pines, Florida
  • Bengals running back Giovani Bernard is from Boca Raton, Florida
  • Bengals fullback Orson Charles is from Tampa, Florida
  • Dolphins punter Brandon Fields is from Toledo, Ohio
  • Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline is from North Canton, Ohio. He played for Ohio State from 2005-2008.
  • Dolphins safety Jordan Kovacs is from Curtice, Ohio
  • Bengals safety Reggie Nelson is from Melbourne, Florida
  • Dolphins linebacker Austin Spitler is from Bellbrook, Ohio
  • Dolphins linebacker Jason Trusnik is from Macedonia, Ohio. He played for Ohio Northern 2002-2006