Hey, check it out. We have meaningful football! The Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns meet on Sunday in the first week of the 2013 NFL season. The two teams have some connections, with players having played with each other on other teams, together in college, or even for the other team. To get a look at how closely connected the two teams are, we take a look at all the ties between the Dolphins and the Browns.
- Browns wide receiver Davone Bess played for the Dolphins from 2008-2012
- Dolphins cornerback Dimitri Patterson played for the Browns from 2011-2012
- Browns strength and conditioning coach Brad Roll served in the same roll with the Dolphins from 1996-2003.
- Dolphins linebacker Jason Trusnik played for the Browns from 2009-2010
- Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner was the offensive coordinator for the Dolphins from 2002-2003 under head coach Dave Wannstedt
Former NFL Teammates:
- Browns outside linebackers coach Brian Baker and Dolphins guard Richie Incognito were together with the St Louis Rams from 2006-2008. Baker and Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore were together with the Carolina Panthers from 2009-2010.
- Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle and Browns defensive backs coach Louie Cioffi were coaches together with the Cincinnati Bengals from 2001-2010
- Dolphins linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, Browns offensive lineman Oniel Cousins, and Browns linebacker Paul Kruger were teammates with the Baltimore Ravens from 2009-2012.
- Browns inside linebackers coach Ken Flajole and Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore were together with the Carolina Panthers from 2007-2008. Flajole and Dolphins guard Richie Incognito were together with the St. Louis Rams in 2009. Flajole and Dolphisn strength and conditioning coach Darren Krein coached together with the Seattle Seahawks from 2001-2002
- Browns offensive lineman Josh Greco and Dolphins guard Richie Incognito were teammates with the St. Louis Rams from 2008-2009. Browns running back Chris Ogbonnaya was with the Rams in 2009.
- Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton and Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace were together with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2009-2010.
- Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer and Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace were teammates with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012. Hoyer was teammates with Dolphins offensive lineman Will Yeatman with the New England Patriots in 2011.
- Dolphins defensive lineman Vaughn Martin, Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner, Browns special assistant to the head coach Steve Gera, and Browns offensive line coach Mike Sullivan were all with the San Diego Chargers from 2009-2012. Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski was with the Chargers from 2009-2010 and Browns offensive quality control coach Shane Steichen was with the Chargers from 2011-2012.
- Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore and Browns tight end Gary Barnidge were teammates with the Carolina Panthers from 2008-2010
- Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin and Browns running back Brandon Jackson were together with the Green Bay Packers from 2007-2010
- Dolphins linebacker Philip Wheeler, Browns strength and conditioning coach Brad Roll, and Browns defensive tackle Desmond Bryant were together with the Oakland Raiders in 2012.
Former College Teammates:
- Browns wide receiver Travis Benjamin, Dolphins running back Lamar Miller, and Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon were teammates at the University of Miami from 2009-2011.
- Dolphins punter Brandon Fields, Browns tight end Kellen Davis, and Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer were teammates at Michigan State from 2004-2007.
- Browns defensive back Joe Haden, Dolphins center Mike Pouncey were teammates at Florida from 2007-2009. Dolphins running back Mike Gillislee and Dolphins linebacker Jelani Jenkins were there in 2009, while Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis got there a year earlier.
- Browns linebacker Paul Kruger (2004, 2007-2008), Dolphins linebacker Koa Misi (2007-2008), Dolphins defensive end Derrick Shelby (2008), Dolphins defensive back R.J. Stanford (2007-2008), and Dolphins defensive tackle Paul Soliai (2004) were teammates at Utah
- Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin and Browns defensive back Johnson Bademosi were teammates at Stanford from 2008-2010.
- Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks and Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson were teammates at Maryland from 2002-2003.
- Dolphins cornerback Jamar Taylor and Browns defensive lineman Billy Winn were teammates at Boise State from 2008-2001
- Browns defensive back T.J. Ward, Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan, and Dolphins linebacker Josh Kaddu were teammates at Oregon from 2008-2009.
Hometown or College State Ties:
- Browns tight end Gary Barnidge is from Middleburg, Florida
- Browns wide receiver Travis Benjamin is from Belle Glade, Florida. He played for the University of Miami from 2008-2011.
- Browns offensive lineman Rashad Butler is from Pam Beach Gardens, Florida. He played for the University of Miami from 2003-2005.
- Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski played tight end at the University of Miami from 1986-1990, winning National Championships in 1987 and 1989. He was a graduate assistant with the team from 1994-1995, the a tight ends coach from 1996-2000, and finally the offensive coordinator from 2001-2003.
- 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.
- Browns linebacker Paul Hazel is from Miami, Florida
- Browns strength and conditioning coach Brad Roll served in the same position at the University of Miami from 1989-1992.
- Browns running back Trent Richardson is from Pensacola, Florida
- Browns linebacker Jabaal Sheard is from Hollywoord Hills, Florida
- Browns offensive line coach Mike Sullivan played guard and tackle at the University of Miami from 1987-1990, winning National Championships in 1987 and 1989, starting all 48 games over four seasons. He was a graduate assistant at the school in 2001.
- Dolphins linebacker Jason Trusnik is from Macedonia, Ohio. He played for Ohio Northern 2002-2006.