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Connect The Dots: Colts-49ers (Preseason, Week 3)

There’s often few degrees of separation from player to player and coach to coach around the National Football League. Let’s take a look at this week’s Colts-49ers connections, presented by Eatel.

Line of scrimmage during an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Indianapolis Colts game Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 in San Francisco, CA. (AP Photo/Tom Hauck)

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers are set for their 2018 preseason Week 3 matchup on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

It's that time of the week where we Connect The Dots between the two teams, presented by Venyu:

Indiana/California Connections:

  • Colts P-Rigoberto Sanchez is from Chico, Calif.
  • Indianapolis QB-Brad Kaaya hails from West Hills, Calif.
  • Colts DT-Tomasi Laulile hails from Westlake, Calif.
  • Indianapolis G-Nick Callender is from Hayward, Calif.
  • Colts RB-Robert Turbin is a native of Fremont, Calif.
  • Indianapolis TE-Erik Swoope is from Lake Elsinore, Calif.
  • Colts TE-Darrell Daniels hails from Pittsburg, Calif.
  • San Francisco RB-Raheem Mostert played at Purdue (2011-14).
  • 49ers Running Backs Coach Robert Turner Jr. is from East Chicago, Ind. Turner played college football and basketball at Indiana State. He began his coaching career at Hawthorn (Kokomo, Ind.) High School as an assistant football and basketball coach (1972-74). He also spent eight seasons (1975-1982) on the Indiana State coaching staff and coached at Purdue for four years (1991-94).
  • San Francisco Administrative Assistant to Head Coach the Nick Kray served as the director of football operations at Ball State in 2014.
  • 49ers Defensive Line Coach Jeff Zgonina played defensive tackle at Purdue from 1989-1992.
  • San Francisco Special Assistant to the General Manager Ryan Cordell graduated from Notre Dame in 2013.
  • 49ers Assistant to the Coaching Staff Patrick Hagedorn hails from Tell City, Ind. He also worked as an undergraduate student football manager (2012-13) and graduate assistant for operations and recruiting (2014) at Ball State.
  • San Francisco DL-Sheldon Day is from Indianapolis and played at Notre Dame from 2012-15. He attended Warren Central High School in Indianapolis and was the runner-up for the 2011 Indiana Mr. Football award.
  • 49ers T-Mike McGlinchey played at Notre Dame from 2013-17.

Former Colts/49ers:

  • Indianapolis Running Backs Coach Tom Rathman played (1986-1993) and coached (1997-2002, 2009-2016) for San Francisco. He was originally selected by San Francisco in the third round (56th overall) of the 1986 NFL Draft and was a member of two championship teams (Super Bowl XXIII and XXIV) and won seven NFC West titles with the team. In 2017, Rathman was inducted into the 49ers Hall of Fame.
  • Colts Special Teams Coordinator Bubba Ventrone played two seasons (2013-14) with the 49ers.
  • San Francisco WR-Pierre Garçon was selected by Indianapolis in the sixth round (205th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft and played four seasons (2008-2011) with the team.
  • 49ers Defensive Line Coach Jeff Zgonina played defensive tackle for one season (1998) in Indianapolis.
  • San Francisco OL-Mike Person played two seasons in Indianapolis (2012, 2017).
  • 49ers Director of Pro Personnel Ran Carthon spent time with Indianapolis as a player from 2004-06.
  • San Francisco DB-Tyvis Powell spent the 2017 season with the Colts.
  • 49ers P-Jeff Locke spent time with Indianapolis during the 2017 offseason.

College Connections:

  • Colts Offensive Coordinator Nick Sirianni and Tight Ends Coach Tom Manning coached at Mount Union when 49ers WR-Pierre Garçon played there in 2005.
  • Indianapolis QB-Andrew Luck and San Francisco CB-Richard Sherman were teammates at Stanford for three seasons (2008-2010).
  • Colts C-Ryan Kelly played at Alabama with 49ers LB-Reuben Foster for three seasons (2013-15).
  • Indianapolis S-T.J. Green played at Clemson with San Francisco P-Bradley Pinion for two seasons (2013-14).
  • Colts DT-Al Woods played with 49ers Offensive Assistant T.C. McCartney at LSU from 2007-09.
  • Indianapolis WR-James Wright, DL-Anthony Johnson, and S-Ronald Martin played at LSU when McCartney coached there in 2011.
  • Indianapolis DE-Jabaal Sheard (2007-2010) crossed paths with San Francisco Defensive Backs Coach Jeff Hafley (2006-2010) at Pittsburgh.
  • Colts DE-Margus Hunt played with 49ers WR-Aldrick Robinson for two seasons (2009-2010) at SMU.
  • Indianapolis DT-Hassan Ridgeway (2012-15) played with San Francisco WR-Marquise Goodwin (2009-2012) and DB-Adrian Colbert (2012-15) at Texas.
  • Colts CB-Quincy Wilson (2014-16) and LB-Antonio Morrison (2012-15) were teammates with 49ers S-Marcell Harris (2013-17) at Florida.
  • Indianapolis G/C-Quenton Nelson (2014-17) and S-Matthias Farley (2011-15) crossed paths with San Francisco DL-Sheldon Day (2012-15) and T-Mike McGlinchey (2013-17) at Notre Dame.
  • Colts S-Malik Hooker (2014-16), DT/DE-Tyquan Lewis (2014-17) and DE-John Simon (2009-2012) played with 49ers DB-Tyvis Powell (2012-15) at Ohio State.
  • Indianapolis DT-Tomasi Laulile and San Francisco LB-Fred Warner spent three seasons (2014-16) together at BYU.
  • Colts G-Nick Callender played with 49ers CB-Weston Richburg for two years (2012-13) at Colorado State.
  • Indianapolis DT/DE-Denico Autry and San Francisco FB-Malcolm Johnson spent two seasons (2010-11) together at East Mississippi Community College.
  • Colts CB-Chris Milton (2011-15) and CB-D.J. White (2012-15) were teammates with 49ers DL-Jeremiah Attaochu (2010-13) at Georgia Tech.
  • Indianapolis LB-Matthew Adams (2014-17) played with San Francisco WR-Steven Dunbar Jr. (2014-17) and S-Terrell Williams Jr. (2016-17) at Houston.
  • Colts K-Michael Badgley and QB-Brad Kaaya spent the 2016 season with 49ers DB-Adrian Colbert at Miami (FL).
  • Indianapolis RB-Jordan Wilkins and San Francisco DL-D.J. Jones were teammates at Mississippi for two seasons (2015-16). 49ers Pass Rush Specialist Chris Kiffin also worked there from 2013-17.
  • Colts TE-Eric Ebron and 49ers G-Jonathan Cooper played together for two seasons (2011-12) at North Carolina.
  • Indianapolis TE-Ross Travis and San Francisco DL-Garry Gilliam spent two seasons (2012-13) together at Penn State.
  • Colts LB-Skai Moore and 49ers OL-Alan Knott were teammates at South Carolina from 2013-17.
  • Indianapolis DT-Rakeem Nunez-Roches and San Francisco QB-Nick Mullens played for two seasons (2013-14) at Southern Mississippi.
  • Colts CB-Nate Hairston (2012-16) and QB-Phillip Walker (2013-16) spent time at Temple with 49ers DT-Jullian Taylor (2013-17).
  • Indianapolis TE-Darrell Daniels (2013-16) and WR-Kasen Williams (2011-14) played with San Francisco WR-Dante Pettis (2014-17) and OL-Coleman Shelton (2013-17) at Washington.
  • Colts TE-Jack Doyle spent time with 49ers OL-Darrell Williams Jr. at Western Kentucky in 2012.
  • Indianapolis WR-Reece Fountain played at Northern Iowa when San Francisco Assistant Defensive Backs Coach Daniel Bullocks coached there in 2014.
  • Colts QB-Jacoby Brissett and RB-Nyheim Hines played at North Carolina State when 49ers Administrative Assistant to the Head Coach Nick Kray worked there in 2015.
  • Indianapolis Linebackers Coach Dave Borgonzi coached at Harvard when San Francisco FB-Kyle Juszczyk played there from 2009-2010.

NFL Connections:

  • Indianapolis General Manager Chris Ballard, DT-Rakeem Nunez-Roches, TE-Ross Travis, WR-Seantavious Jones and CB-D.J. White were with OL-Mike Person in Kansas City in 2016.
  • Colts Director of Sports Performance Rusty Jones (2005-2012), Defensive Line Coach Mike Phair (2011-13), Vice President of Player Personnel Rex Hogan (2003-14) and Ballard (2001-2011) worked for the Bears when K-Robbie Gould (2005-2015) played there.
  • Ballard worked with San Francisco Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Ray Wright in Chicago in 2001.
  • Indianapolis Head Coach Frank Reich (2013-15), Offensive Coordinator Nick Sirianni (2013-17) and Offensive Line Coach Dave DeGuglielmo (2017) coached the Chargers when San Francisco DL-Jeremiah Attaochu (2014-17), LB-Korey Toomer (2016-17) and LS/TE-Kyle Nelson (2012) played there. Colts T-Tyreek Burwell (2015-16) also spent time with the Chargers.
  • Reich played when 49ers Assistant Special Teams Coach Stan Kwan was on the coaching staff in Detroit in 1997-98.
  • Reich played with San Francisco Defensive Line Coach Jeff Zgonina in Carolina in 1995.
  • Colts Special Teams Coordinator Bubba Ventrone and Assistant Special Teams Coach Frank Ross worked for the Patriots in 2016 when 49ers LB-Dekoda Watson, G-Jonathan Cooper, DL-Cassius Marsh and QB-Jimmy Garoppolo played there.
  • Indianapolis QB-Jacoby Brissett (2016), DE-Anthony Johnson (2016), CB-Kenny Moore II (2017) and DE-Jabaal Sheard (2015-16) spent time with Watson (2015), Cooper (2016), Marsh (2017) and Garoppolo (2014-17) with the Patriots.
  • Colts WR-Matt Hazel and Johnson played for the Dolphins when 49ers Offensive Line Coach John Benton coached there in 2014-15.
  • Indianapolis Assistant General Manager Ed Dodds (2007-2016) worked for the Seahawks when San Francisco TE-Brock Coyle (2014-16), OL-Garry Gilliam (2014-16), LB-Malcolm Smith (2011-14), CB-Richard Sherman (2011-17), DB-Tyvis Powell (2016, 2017) and FB-Malcolm Johnson (2016) played in Seattle.
  • Colts LB-Tyrell Adams (2015), WR-K.J. Brent (2017), G-Nick Callender (2016) RB-Christine Michael (2013-14, 2015, 2016), G-Mark Glowinski (2015-17), RB-Robert Turbin (2012-15), WR-Kasen Williams (2015-16) played with Coyle (2014-16), Gilliam (2014-16), Johnson (2016), WR-Max McCaffrey (2016), Marsh (2015-16), Person (2012-13), Powell (2016-17), Sherman (2011-17) and Smith (2011-14) for the Seahawks.
  • Dodds worked with San Francisco Defensive Coordinator Robert Saleh in Seattle from 2011-2013. RB-Robert Turbin (2012-14), RB-Christine Michael (2013-14) and DT-Al Woods (2011) played there as well.
  • Colts DE-John Simon (2013) crossed paths with 49ers FB-Kyle Juszczyk (2013-16) in Baltimore.
  • Indianapolis Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus (2011-17) coached the Cowboys when Colts RB-Christine Michael (2015), RB-Robert Turbin (2015), LB-Jeremiah George (2016) and San Francisco LB-Mark Nzeocha (2015-16) played in Dallas.
  • Colts Defensive Backs Coach Jonathan Gannon (2014-17) and Defensive Backs/Safeties Coach Alan Williams (2012-13) coached with the Minnesota Vikings when 49ers LB-Elijah Lee (2017), RB-Jerick McKinnon (2014-17), DB-Antone Exum Jr. (2014-16) and P-Jeff Locke (2013-16) played there.
  • Williams and Locke spent the 2017 season together in Detroit.
  • Williams (2014-17) also coached for the Lions when 49ers TE-Cole Wick (2016) and OL-Laken Thomlinson (2017) played there.
  • Indianapolis Defensive Line Coach Mike Phair (2002-04) and Williams (2001) worked for Tampa Bay when San Francisco General Manager John Lynch played there (1993-2003).
  • Colts LB-Jeremiah George spent time with Saleh and Watson for one season (2014) in Jacksonville.
  • Indianapolis LB-Najee Goode (2013-17) played for the Philadelphia Eagles when Colts Head Coach Frank Reich (2016-17) and San Francisco Assistant Special Teams Coach Michael Clay (2014-15) coached there. 49ers Inside Linebackers Coach Demeco Ryans also played for the Eagles from 2013-15.
  • Goode played for the Buccaneers when 49ers Defensive Backs Coach Jeff Hafley coached there in 2012.
  • Colts WR-Ryan Grant played for the Washington Redskins when 49ers Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Ray Wright was there in 2014.
  • Indianapolis DT-Al Woods spent the 2011 season with San Francisco CB-Richard Sherman in Seattle.
  • Woods also teamed with Watson in 2010 with the Buccaneers.
  • Turbin (2015) and George (2016) spent time with 49ers LB-Mark Nzeocha (2015-16) when they played for the Dallas Cowboys.
  • Indianapolis CB-Pierre Desir (2014-15) and Sheard (2011-14) spent time with San Francisco CB-K'Waun Williams (2014-15), Head Coach Kyle Shanahan (2014), Special Teams Coordinator Richard Hightower (2014), Hafley (2014-15), Wide Receivers/Passing Game Specialist Mike LaFleur (2014), Offensive Assistant T.C. McCartney (2014) and Run Game Specialist Mike McDaniel (2014) in Cleveland.
  • Phair worked with Shanahan in Tampa Bay in 2004.
  • Indianapolis WR-Seantavius Jones (2014-15) and DE-Chris McCain (2016) played with the Saints when San Francisco Assistant Special Teams Coach Stan Kwan (2013-16) coached there.
  • Colts Linebackers Coach Dave Borgonzi (2014-2016) and Phair (2014) coached with 49ers Tight Ends/Assistant Head Coach Jon Embree (2014-16) in Tampa Bay. George (2015) played in Tampa Bay under Embree.
  • Indianapolis Wide Receivers Coach Kevin Patullo coached with Embree in Kansas City from 2007-2008.
  • Colts Running Backs Coach Tom Rathman (2003-05) coached with 49ers Run Game Specialist/Outside Linebackers Coach Johnny Holland (2003-05) and Assistant Special Teams Coach Stan Kwan (2004-07) in Detroit.
  • Indianapolis Assistant Offensive Line Coach Bobby Johnson coached with Kwan in Buffalo from 2010-2011.
  • Reich played when Kwan was on the coaching staff in Detroit in 1997-98.
  • Johnson worked for the Raiders when LB-Malcolm Smith (2015-16) and LB-Korey Toomer (2015) played for them.
  • Reich played with San Francisco Defensive Line Coach Jeff Zgonina in Carolina in 1995.
  • Johnson (2014-15) played with San Francisco NT-Earl Mitchell (2014-16) and RB-Raheem Mostert (2015) in Miami. Johnson met up with Mostert again in 2016 at the New York Jets.
  • Indianapolis WR-Kasen Williams and WR-James Wright also spent time with the Browns and played with Powell in 2017.
  • Colts Wide Receivers Coach Kevin Patullo coached the Cardinals when Mitchell played there in 2006.
  • Patullo also coached the Jets when 49ers TE-Wes Saxton and Mostert played there in 2016. Vice President of Player Personnel Rex Hogan also worked there at that time.
  • Colts S-Ronald Martin (2015-16) was teammates with Saxton (2015) and Mostert (2016) with the New York Jets.
  • Hogan worked for the Bears when San Francisco DL-Will Sutton played there from 2014-16.
  • George was teammates with Watson in the 2014 season at Jacksonville.
  • Adams teamed with San Francisco CB-Greg Mavin, Saxton and DL-Cedric Thornton in the 2017 season in Buffalo.
  • Adams (2016-17), DT/DE- Denico Autry (2015-17), Brent (2016-17) and T-Austin Howard (2014-16) crossed paths with McCaffrey (2016), Smith (2015-16) and Toomer (2015) in Oakland.
  • Colts DE-Ryan Delaire (2015), DE-Anthony Johnson (2015) WR-Ryan Grant (2014-17) and Michael (2015) were at the Redskins with 49ers WR- Garçon (2012-16), WR-Aldrick Robinson (2011-14) and TE-Wes Saxton (2016-17).
  • Indianapolis TE-Eric Ebron and QB-Brad Kaaya spent the 2017 season in Detroit with Locke. Ebron (2014-17) also crossed paths with San Francisco TE-Cole Wick (2016) and Thomlinson (2015-16) during their time with the Lions.
  • Indianapolis LB-Najee Goode (2013-17) played with Thornton (2011-15) in Philadelphia.
  • Indianapolis DE-Chris McCain spent time with San Francisco WR-Max McCaffrey at the Saints in 2016. McCain (2014-15) also played with NT-Earl Mitchell (2014-16) and RB-Raheem Mostert (2015) in Miami.
  • Michael was teammates with McCaffrey while with the Packers in 2016.
  • Slauson (2013-15) teamed with Gould (2005-15) and Sutton (2014-16) with the Bears.
  • Colts S-Robenson Therezie (2015-16) spent time with numerous 49ers staff members in Atlanta: Shanahan (2015-16), LaFleur (2015-16), McDaniel (2015-16), Quarterbacks Coach Rich Scangarello (2015), Seasonal Offensive Assistant Katie Sowers (2016), Running Backs Coach Robert Turner Jr. (2015-16), Person (2015) and Robinson (2016).
  • Therezie (2016-17) also spent time with Kwan (2016), McCaffrey (2016) and 49ers OL-Andrew Lauderdale (2017) while with New Orleans.

Hometown Connections

  • Indianapolis Assistant Quarterbacks Coach Marcus Brady and San Francisco General Manager John Lynch are both from San Diego, Calif.
  • Colts QB-Andrew Luck and 49ers Special Teams Coordinator Richard Hightower hail from Houston, Texas.
  • Indianapolis Pass Rush Consultant/Player Development Robert Mathis and San Francisco RB-Jerick McKinnon are both from Atlanta, Ga.

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