We continue our weekly look at the connections between the Miami Dolphins and their upcoming opponents with a look at the Oakland Raiders. The Dolphins are hosting an AFC West team for the second time in two weeks in the Raiders and as usual there are plenty of player and coaching connections between the two clubs.
- Raiders assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Tony Sparano was the Head Coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2008-11.
- Raiders linebackers Coach Bob Sanders was on the Dolphins coaching staff from 2001-04.
- Dolphins LB Philip Wheeler played for the Oakland Raiders in 2012.
Former NFL Teammates
- Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin (2006-11), Raiders CB Charles Woodson (2006-11) and WR James Jones (2007-11) were with the Green Bay Packers.
- Dolphins Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor and Raiders CB Carlos Rogers were with the Washington Redskins from 2005-07.
- Dolphins Linebackers Coach Mark Duffner worked with Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew while with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2006-13).
- Dolphins WR Mike Wallace and Raiders LB Lamar Woodley were Pittsburgh Steelers teammates from 2009-12.
- Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin (2005-08) and Linebackers Coach Mark Duffner (2005) were on the Green Bay Packers staff with Raiders Linebackers Coach Bob Sanders (2005-08).
- Dolphins coordinator Bill Lazor worked with Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen in 2003 when they were both on the Atlanta Falcons coaching staff.
- Dolphins OC Bill Lazor worked with Raiders Senior Offensive Assistant Al Saunders with the Washington Redskins from 2006-07.
- Dolphins Defensive Coordinator Kevin Coyle and Raiders Running Backs Coach Kelly Skipper worked
together at Fresno State in 1997.
- Dolphins Running Backs Coach Jeff Nixon was on the Philadelphia Eagles coaching staff with Raiders Special Teams Coordinator Bobby April in 2010.
- Dolphins LB coach Mark Duffner and Raiders Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson worked together with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012.
- Dolphins Tight Ends Coach Dan Campbell played for the Dallas Cowboys while Raiders Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Tony Sparano was on the Cowboys staff from 2003-05.
- Dolphins Quarterbacks Coach Zac Taylor was on the Texas A&M staff in 2011 with Raiders Defensive Line Coach Terrell Williams.
- Dolphins DT Jared Odrick (2006-09) played at Penn State University with Raiders QB Matt McGloin (2008-09), C Stefen Wisniewski (2007-09).
- Dolphins G Nate Garner blocked for Raiders RB Darren McFadden at the University of Arkansas from 2005-07.
- Dolphins WR Brian Hartline and Raiders CB Chimdi Chekwa were teammates at Ohio State University from 2006-08.
- Dolphins T Ja’Wuan James (2010-13) and G/T Dallas Thomas (2009-12) were University of Tennessee teammates with Raiders WR Denarius Moore (2009-10), and TE Mychal Rivera (2010-12).
LB Khalil Mack is from Ft. Pierce and attended Westwood High School.
G Kevin Booth is from Ft. Lauderdale and attended at Pine Crest High School.
DT Pat Sims is from Ft. Lauderdale and attended Dillard High School.
LB Koa Misi is from Santa Rosa California.