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Packers vs Dolphins Week 6: Connections between Green Bay and Miami

The Miami Dolphins welcome the Green Bay Packers to Sun Life Stadium today. What connections exist between the two clubs?

Scott Cunningham

We continue our weekly look at the connections between the Miami Dolphins and their upcoming opponents with a look at the Green Bay Packers. The Dolphins are hosting the NFC North leaders and as usual there are plenty of player and coaching connections between the two clubs, including Miami head coach Joe Philbin, who will be facing his former team for the first time in his career.

Former Teams

  • Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers was Miami's special assistant to the head coach in 2006 and the defensive coordinator in 2007.
  • Dolphins guard Daryn Colledge played for Green Bay from 2006-2010.
  • Dolphins linebackers coach Mark Duffner held the same position for Green Bay from 2003-2005.
  • Dolphins head strength and conditioning coach Darren Krein was a defensive end for Green Bay in 1995, though he did not record any appearances.
  • Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin was the Green Bay assistant offensive line coach in 2003, the tight ends coach from 2004-2005, the offensive line coach in 2006, and the offensive coordinator from 2007-2011.

Former NFL Teammates

  • Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle was the defensive backs coach for the Cincinnati Bengals when Green Bay tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot played center for the Bengals in 2004.
  • Packers running backs coach Sam Gash was the Detroit Lions' assistant special teams coach (2007) and running backs coach (2008) when Miami tight ends coach Dan Campbell played tight end for the Lions from 2007-2008.
  • Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore played for the Carolina Panthers with Green Bay defensive end Julius Peppers from 2007-2009.
  • Packers secondary coach Darren Perry was the safeties coach for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2002 when Miami defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle was Cincinnati's cornerbacks coach and Miami defensive assistant Jeff Burris was a cornerback for the team.

College Teammates

  • Packers S Morgan Burnett played at Georgia Tech with Miami linebacker Philip Wheeler in 2007.
  • Dolphins tight ends coach Dan Campbell played at Texas A&M while Green Bay special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum was a special teams and linebackers coach.
  • Dolphins assistant linebackers coach David Corrao was a graduate assistant at the University of Mississippi when Green Bay special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum was the linebackers coach in 2005.
  • Dolphins tackle Jason Fox (2006-09), running back Lamar Miller (2009) and defensive end Olivier Vernon (2009) played at the University of Miami with Green Bay cornerback Sam Shields (2006-09)'
  • Packers fullback John Kuhn played at Shippensburg University with Miami cornerback Brent Grimes from 2002-2004; Miami running backs coach Jeff Nixon was the running backs coach, tight ends coach, and recruiting coordinator at that time
  • Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin coaches at Tulane University while Green Bay offensive line coach James Campen was an offensive lineman at the school from 1984-1985.

Hometown/State Connections

  • Packers linebacker Sam Barrington is from Jacksonville, Florida and played for the University of South Florida from 2009-2012.
  • Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion played for Florida State University from 2005-2007.
  • Packers senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith is from Miami, Florida, and played running back for the University of Miami from 1983-1986; his son, Alonzo Highsmith, Jr., spent the 2013 preseason with Miami.
  • Packers linebacker Jamari Lattimore is from Hialeah, Florida.
  • Packers practice squad guard Jordan McCray is from Miami, Florida and played for the University of Central Florida from 2010-2013.
  • Packers assistant head coach and linebackers coach Winston Moss if from Miami, Florida and played linebacker for the University of Miami from 1983-1986.
  • Packers defensive end Luther Robinson is from Fort Pierce, Florida and played for the University of Miami from 2010-2013.
  • Packers cornerback Sam Shields played for the University of Miami from 2006-2010.
  • Packers guard Josh Sitton played for the University of Central Florida from 2005-2007.