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Chargers vs Dolphins connections

What connections exist between the San Diego Chargers and the Miami Dolphins?

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The Miami Dolphins welcome the San Diego Chargers to Sun Life Stadium this afternoon. As we do each week during the season, we take a look at the connections between the Dolphins and their upcoming opponents.

Former Teams

  • Dolphins head strength and conditioning coach Darren Krein played linebacker for San Diego in 1994.
  • Chargers senior executive Randy Mueller was the Miami general manager from 2005-2007.

Former NFL Teammates

  • Dolphins assistant defensive backs coach Blue Adams played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while San Diego linebackers coach Joe Barry was on the Tampa Bay coaching staff from 2005-2006.
  • Dolphins tight ends Coach Dan Campbell played for the Detroit Lions while San Diego linebackers coach Joe Barry was on the Lions coaching staff from 2007-2008.
  • Chargers quarterback Kellen Clemens and Miami linebacker Jason Trusnik were teammates with the New York Jets from 2007-09.
  • Dolphins cornerback Cortland Finnegan and guard Shelley Smith were teammates with San DIego quarterback Kellen Clemens with the St. Louis Rams from 2012-2013.
  • Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers and Dolphins tackle Branden Albert were Kansas City Chiefs teammates from 2008-2013.
  • Dolphins assistant special teams coach Marwan Maalouf was the special teams quality control coach for the Cleveland Browns, where San Diego wide receivers coach Fred Graves was Cleveland's wide receivers coach in 2004.
  • Chargers offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger and Miami guard Daryn Colledge were teammates with the Arizona Cardinals in 2012.
  • Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace and San Diego guard Doug Legursky were teammates with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2009-12.
  • Dolphins linebacker Philip Wheeler (2008-11), linebacker Kelvin Sheppard (2013) and center Samson Satele (2012-13) played with San Diego defensive end Dwight Freeney (2008-12), running back Donald Brown (2009-13), and linebacker Kavell Connor (2010-13) with the Indianapolis Colts

College Teammates

  • Dolphins tight ends coach Dan Campbell played at Texas A&M while San Diego offensive line coach Joe D'Alessandris was Texas A&M's offensive line coach in 1994
  • Dolphins linebacker Chris McCain and San Diego wide receiver Keenan Allen and cornerback Steve Williams played at the University of California from 2010-2012.
  • Dolphins DT Jared Odrick (2006-2009) and San Diego offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger (2006-08) and offensive lineman Johnnie Troutman (2007-09) all played college football at  Penn State.

Hometown/State Connections

  • Dolphins assistant linebackers coach David Corrao played one season of college football at the University of San Diego in 1992.
  • Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers is from Delray Beach, Florida.
  • Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget is from Miami, Florida.
  • Dolphins linebacker Chris McCain and San Diego wide receiver Keenan Allen were high school teammates at Northern Guilford HS in Greensboro, North Carolina.
  • Chargers linebacker Tourek Williams is from Miami, Florida. He played college football at Florida International University from 2009-2012.
  • Dolphins defensive back Jimmy Wilson is from San Diego, California.