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Preseason Preview: Saints, Ravens Connections


January 26, 2014; Honolulu, HI, USA; Team Sanders linebacker Terrell Suggs of the Baltimore Ravens (55) tackles Team Rice quarterback Drew Brees (9) of the New Orleans Saints during the 2014 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The teams have been cut down to 75 players and it is now do or die time for the remaining players hoping to break into the final 53-man roster.

Their final chance will come when the New Orleans Saints host the Baltimore Ravens in their final preseason game. Here are some connections between these two teams.

Saints head coach Sean Payton and Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt served on the same Philadelphia Eagles staff with Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and Ravens run game coordinator Juan Castillo.

Baltimore assistant head coach Steve Spagnuolo served as the New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator in 2012. A year both Spagnuolo and Saints fans would likely want to forget as the Saints fielded the worst defense in NFL history.

Assistant secondary coach Andre Curtis served with Spagnuolo on the same Giants defensive staff from 2007-08, with the Ram’s defensive staff from 2009-11, and in New Orleans in 2012.

Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker coach Don Martindale served on the same coaching staff in Oakland from 2004-08.

Special teams coordinator Greg McMahon and Baltimore Ravens senior offensive assistant Craig Ver Steeg served on the same coaching staff at the University of Illinois from 1998-00.

Saints defensive line coach Bill Johnson and Ravens quarterback coach Rick Dennison served on the same staff in Denver from 2007-08. Johnson also coached Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil when they were both in Denver.

Saints guard Ben Grubbs was the Ravens first round draft choice in 2007 and started 70 regular season games and nine postseason games.

Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro played at the University of Texas with Ravens kicker Justin Tucker and defensive back Chykie Brown.

Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan and Ravens running back Justin Forsett were college teammates at the University of California.

Saints wide receiver Nick Toon and Ravens defensive back Jimmy Smith were college teammates at the University of Colorado.