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Week 12 Cincinnati Bengals vs St. Louis Rams: Player and coaching connections

There are only a few connections between the Rams and Bengals, but one of those connections is a former head coach and his one-time first round draft pick.

Among the connections between the Bengals and Rams is a head coach and player now on different teams who were once on the same team.

That's Rams head coach Jeff Fisher and Bengals cornerback Adam Jones, who for the first two years of his NFL career, was a member of the Tennessee Titans. "I don't think I'd be here now without Coach Fisher," Jones told Geoff Hobson of on Friday. "Coach Fisher called Marvin (Lewis) and said he hoped I'd get another shot. I love Fisher. Words can't express it." Fisher was responsible for drafting Jones with the sixth pick in the 2005 NFL draft.

Coaching connections

  • Bengals QBs coach Ken Zampese was an offensive assistant with the Rams from 2000-2002, helping the team win two league passing titles and one second-place finish. Zampese won a Super Bowl ring with the Rams in 2001 while serving as the team’s wide receivers coach.
  • Rams assistant special teams coach Paul Boudreau coached at the University of Cincinnati from 1998-1999.
  • Rams assistant D-Line coach Brentson Buckner played for the Bengals in 1998

Cincinnati area connections

  • Rams DT Doug Worthington (practice squad), S Christian Bryant, LS Jake McQuaide, and LB Jake Laurinaitis all played at Ohio State. McQuaide is also from Cincinnati (Elder HS).
  • Rams G Javon Brown played at the University of Louisville.
  • Rams assistant D-Line coach Brentson Buckner played for the Bengals in 1998.
  • Rams’ manager/football operations, Kate Walker went to Ohio University.

College teammates

  • Bengals WR Mario Alford and DE Will Clarke played at West Virginia with Rams WR Tavon Austin.
  • Bengals DB Dre Kirkpatrick and QB AJ Mccarron played at Alabama with Rams S Mark Barron.
  • Bengals DT DeShawn Williams (practice squad) played with Rams T Isaiah Battle at Clemson.
  • Bengals S Shawn Williams and Rams RB Todd Gurley played one year together at Georgia.
  • Bengals RB James Wilder Jr. (practice squad) played together with Rams S Lamarcus Joyner at Florida State.
  • Bengals LB A.J. Hawk played one year with Rams LB James Laurinaitis at Ohio State University.
  • Bengals TE C.J. Uzomah played with Rams OT Greg Robinson at Auburn.