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Dolphins vs Jaguars Week 8: Connections between Jacksonville and Miami

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The Miami Dolphins visit the Jacksonville Jaguars today. What connections exist between the two clubs?

Marc Serota

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

  • Dolphins linebackers coach Mark Duffner held the same position for Jacksonville from 2006-2013.
  • Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne played for Miami from 2008-2011; he was the team's second round pick in 2008.
  • Jaguars wide receivers coach Jerry Sullivan held the same position for Miami in 2004

Former NFL Teammates

  • Jaguars cornerback Will Blackmon and Miami guard Daryn Colledge were teammates with the Green Bay Packers from 2006-2009; Miami head coach Joe Philbin was the Green Bay offensive line coach in 2006 and offensive coordinator from 2007-2011.
  • Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley was the defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks in 2009, when Miami offensive coordinator Bill Lazor was the Seattle quarterbacks coach.
  • Dolphins tight end coach Dan Campbell played for the New York Giants in 2002 when Jaguars defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker was New York's defensive backs coach.
  • Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle held the same position at Syracuse University from 1991-1993 and defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo was a graduate assistant and defensive backs coach from 1990-1991 when Jaguars running backs coach Terry Richardson played at the school in 1990-1991.
  • Dolphins cornerback Cortland Finnegan and Jacksonville defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks were teammates with the Tennessee Titans from 2009-2011.
  • Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor was the Seattle Seahawks quarterbacks coach in 2008-2009 when Jacksonville defensive end Red Bryant played for Seattle.
  • Jaguars special teams coordinator Mike Mallory was the New Orleans Saints' assistant special teams coach in 2009 when Miami tight ends coach Dan Campbell played for the New Orleans.
  • Jaguars defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker held the same position with the Washington Redskins in 2004-2005, when Miami offensive coordinator Bill Lazor was the Washington quarterbacks coach.
  • Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace and Jacksonville defensive tackle Ziggy Hood were teammates with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2009-2012.

College Teammates

  • Jaguars punter Bryan Anger and Miami linebacker Chris McCain were teammates at the University of California in 2011.
  • Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart and Miami safety Michael Thomas were teammates at Stanford in 2008-2009.
  • Dolphins linebacker Koa Misi (2007-2009) and defensive end Derrick Shelby (2008-2009) and Jacksonville guard Zane Beadles (2006-2009) were teammates at the University of Utah.
  • Dolphins guard Mike Pouncey (2007-2010), linebacker Jelani Jenkins (2009-2012), and kicker Caleb Sturgis (2008-2012) and Jacksonville safety Josh Evans (2009-2012) were all teammates at the University of Florida.
  • Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill and Jacksonville tackle Luke Joeckel were teammates at Texas A&M from 2010-2011.
  • Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon and running back Lamar Miller and Jacksonville wide receiver Allen Hurns and guard Brandon Linder were all teammates at the University of Miami from 2010-2011.

Hometown/State Connections

  • Jaguars safety Johnathan Cyprien is from North Miami Beach, Florida and played college football at Florida International University from 2009-2012.
  • Dolphins cornerback Cortland Finnegan is from Milton, Florida.
  • Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch held the same position at the University of Miami from 2011-2012.
  • Dolphins linebacker Jelani Jenkins played college football at the University of Florida from 2009-2012.
  • Jaguars guard Brandon Linder is from Southwest Ranches, Florida and played college football at the University of Miami from 2010-2013.
  • Dolphins guard Mike Pouncey played college football at the University of Florida from 2007-2010.
  • Jaguars running backs coach Terry Richardson held the same position at the University of Miami from 2011-2012.
  • Jaguars running back Denard Robinson is from Deerfield Beach, Florida.
  • Jaguars offensive quality control coach Tony Sorrentino was an offensive graduate assistant at the University of Miami in 2011.
  • Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis is from St. Augustine, Florida and played college football at the University of Florida from 2008-2012.
  • Jaguars wide receivers coach Jerry Sullivan is from Miami, Florida.
  • Jaguars linebacker J.T. Thomas is from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Jaguars tackle Sam Young is from Coral Springs, Florida.