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Patriots vs Dolphins: Connections between Miami and New England

The Miami Dolphins host the New England Patriots later today. What connections exist between the two AFC East franchises?

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One of my favorite posts each week of the NFL season is our weekly look at the connections between the Miami Dolphins and their upcoming opponent. For the 2014 NFL's Week 1, that means looking at the New England Patriots. Where are the connections with the Dolphins' AFC East rivals?

Former Teams

  • Patriots offensive assistant Brian Daboll was the Miami offensive coordinator in 2011.
  • Dolphins defensive tackle Bruce Gaston was a member of the Patriots earlier this year.
  • Patriots offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo was the Miami offensive line coach from 2009-2011.
  • Patriots safety Don Jones played for the Dolphins in 2013.
  • Patriots special teams coordinator Scott O'Brien was the Miami coordinator of football operations from 2005-2006.
  • Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich was a member of the Miami practice squad from 2007-2008.
  • Patriots practice squad wide receiver Marcus Thigpen played for Miami from 2012-2013.

Former NFL Teammates

  • Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Gibson was teammates with New England wide receiver Danny Amendola (2009-2012) and tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (2010-2011) with the St. Louis Rams. Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was an assistant coach with the Rams in 2011.
  • Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was the Denver Broncos head coach from 2009-2010, with Miami running back Knowshon Moreno on the team.

College Teammates

  • Dolphins assistant linebackers coach David Corrao and New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia were coaches together at Syracuse University from 2001-2003.
  • Dolphins linebackers coach Mark Duffner was a teammate with New England running backs coach Ivan Fears when they played at William and Mary from 1973-1974.
  • Patriots running backs coach Ivan Fears and Miami defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo were coaches together at Syracuse University in 1990.
  • Patriots defensive backs Duron Harmon, Devin McCourty, and Logan Ryan were teammates at Rutgers with Miami linebacker Jonathan Freeny from 2007-2010.
  • Dolphins linebacker Koa Misi and defensive end Derrick Shelby were teammates at the University of Utah with New England defensive tackle Sealver Siliga from 2008-2010.
  • Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis and linebacker Jelani Jenkins were teammates at the University of Florida with New England defensive lineman Dominique Easley from 2010-2012.

Hometown/State Connections

  • Dolphins assistant offensive line coach Jack Bicknell, Jr., attended Boston College and was a coach there from 1985-1986.
  • Dolphins defensive assistant coach Jeff Burris coached at the University of Massachusetts in 2012.
  • Dolphins assistant linebackers coach David Corrao coached at Northeastern University in 2004.
  • Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle attended the University of Massachusetts and coached at Northeastern in 2004.
  • Dolphins linebackers coach Mark Duffner coached at Holy Cross from 1981-1991
  • Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin is from Springfield, Massachusetts and coached at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1986-1987), Northeastern University (1995-1996), and Harvard (1997-1998).
  • Dolphins special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi coaches at Northeastern University in 1998.
  • Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins is from Miami, Florida.
  • Patriots running back James White is from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork is from Boynton Beach, Florida, and attended the University of Miami (2001-2003).

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