The Saints are set to play their NFC South rivals, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for the 53rd time on Sunday. The Saints currently have the bragging rights, as they lead the series 32-20. As always, coaches and players will see familiar faces on the opposing sideline, and today we take a look at some of the notable ones.
- LB Alex Anzalone, Bucs LS Drew Ferris and CB Vernon Hargreaves played at Florida together in 2014.
- Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and Saints LB Demario Davis played together with the New York Jets in 2015, Davis then spent the 2017 season with Tampa Bay K Chandler Catanzaro.
- Tampa Bay CB De`Vante Harris spent his first two NFL seasons with New Orleans from 2016-17 and his father Rod, played for the Saints in 1989.
- TE Josh Hill and OL Evan Smith were college teammates at Idaho State in 2009.
- Saints T Ryan Ramcyzk played with Bucs LB Jack Cichy in 2016 at Wisconsin.
- DE Cameron Jordan was at California in 2010 with Bucs P Bryan Anger and S Chris Conte, while Jordan, Conte and DeSean Jackson played together in 2007.
- New Orleans S Vonn Bell, CB Marshon Lattimore, WR Michael Thomas and Tampa Bay DE Noah Spence were college teammates at Ohio State.
- Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate had a 2015 stint on the Saints practice squad.
- Saints Head Coach Sean Payton and Tampa Bay Offensive Line Coach George Warhop served on the same staff with Dallas from 2003-04.
- Saints Linebackers Coach Mike Nolan and Tampa Bay Head Coach Dirk Koetter were both coordinators for Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator Mike Smith when he was Falcons head coach during a period spanning from 2012-14 when Nolan first arrived in Atlanta as defensive coordinator, also serving on the same Atlanta staff with Tampa Bay Assistant Wide Receivers/ Game Management Andrew Weidinger.
- Tampa Bay Def. Backs Coach Brett Maxie played safety for New Orleans from 1985-93 and also served on the same coaching staff with Saints Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen in Atlanta from 2004-05.
- Saints Director of Player Engagement Fred McAfee played for Tampa Bay in 1999, where he was a teammate of Buccaneers Dir. of Football Operations Shelton Quarles.