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Connect The Dots: Colts-Bengals (Preseason, Week 4)

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-Bengals connections, presented by Eatel.

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The Indianapolis Colts offensive line gets set opposite the Cincinnati Bengals defensive line during the 2017 NFL week 8 regular season football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 in Cincinnati. The Bengals won the game 24-23. (Paul Spinelli via AP)

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals are set for their 2018 preseason Week 4 matchup on Thursday at Paul Brown Stadium.

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

Indiana/Ohio Connections:

  • Indianapolis DE-John Simon is a native of Youngstown, Ohio and played at Ohio State from 2009-2012.
  • Colts Assistant Special Teams Coach Frank Ross and Tight Ends Coach Tom Manning are from Youngstown, Ohio.
  • Ross played collegiately at John Carroll University and served on the team's coaching staff for two seasons (2013-14).
  • Indianapolis Offensive Coordinator Nick Sirianni and Manning both played collegiately at Mount Union. Sirianni (2004-05) and Manning (2011) both coached at their alma mater.
  • Manning served on the football staffs at Massillon Jackson High School (2006) and Toledo (2009-2010, 2012-15).
  • Colts Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus played at Toledo. He also coached at his alma mater for nine seasons (1992-2000).
  • Indianapolis Defensive Line Coach Mike Phair coached at Tiffin University in 2001.
  • Colts Assistant Offensive Line Coach Bobby Johnson played collegiately at Miami (Ohio). He coached at his alma mater from 1999-2004. Johnson also coached at Akron from 1995-98.
  • Indianapolis DE-Tarell Basham played collegiately at Ohio University from 2013-16.
  • Colts C-Ryan Kelly is from West Chester, Ohio.
  • Indianapolis S-Malik Hooker (2014-16) and DT/DE-Tyquan Lewis (2014-17) played at Ohio State.
  • Colts LB-Najee Goode and Defensive Backs/Cornerbacks Coach Jonathan Gannon are from Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Indianapolis C-Deyshawn Bond (2013-16), T-Tyreek Burwell (2013-14) and RB-Tion Green (2012-16) all played at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Cincinnati Running Backs Coach Kyle Caskey was an assistant coach at Indiana State from 2006-08.
  • Bengals Defensive Quality Control/Linebackers Coach Marcus Lewis played linebacker at Indiana State from 2008-2011.
  • Cincinnati TE-Tyler Eifert attended Notre Dame from 2009-2012.
  • Bengals DB-Jessie Bates and Eifert are from Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Cincinnati CB-KeiVarae Russell played at Notre Dame (2012-13, 2015).
  • Bengals DT-Eddy Wilson attended Purdue from 2015-17.

Former Colts/Bengals:

  • Colts DE-Margus Hunt was selected by the Bengals in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft and played four seasons (2013-16) in Cincinnati.
  • Indianapolis Offensive Quality Control Coach Gunnard Twyner played for the Bengals in 1996.
  • Bengals WR-Kayaune Ross spent time with the Colts during the 2018 offseason.
  • Cincinnati Offensive Assistant/Wide Receiver Coach Dan Pitcher served in Indianapolis' player personnel department for four seasons (2012-15).
  • Bengals Personnel Executive Bill Tobin served as the general manager in Indianapolis from 1994-96.

College Connections:

  • Colts WR-K.J. Brent and Bengals DB-Jessie Bates both attended Wake Forest in 2015.
  • Indianapolis Tight Ends Coach Tom Manning served on the coaching staff at Toledo from 2013-15 when Cincinnati QB-Logan Woodside played there.
  • Colts TE-Eric Ebron (2011-13) ­and Bengals RB-Giovani Bernard (2010-12) and CB-Tony McRae (2013-15) spent time together at North Carolina.
  • Indianapolis S-Chris Cooper and Cincinnati DB-Tyrice Beverette played at Stony Brook from 2015-16.
  • Colts CB-Robert Jackson and Bengals WR-Devonte Boyd attended UNLV together from 2016-17.
  • Indianapolis RB-Christine Michael (2009-2012), Cincinnati K-Randy Bullock (2008-2011) and OT-Cedric Ogbuehi (2010-14) were teammates at Texas A&M.
  • Colts RB-Jordan Wilkins and Bengals WR-Cody Core both played at Mississippi from 2013-15.
  • Indianapolis S-Matthias Farley (2011-15), Cincinnati TE-Tyler Eifert (2009-2012) and CB-KeiVarae Russell (2012-13, 15) were teammates at Notre Dame. All three players started in the 2013 BCS National Championship game for the Fighting Irish.
  • Russell also played with Indianapolis G/C-Quenton Nelson at Notre Dame in 2015.
  • Colts RB-Marlon Mack and Bengals HB-Quinton Flowers played three seasons (2014-16) together at South Florida.
  • Indianapolis LB-Skai Moore and Cincinnati OG/C-Cory Helms spent five years (2013-17) together at South Carolina.
  • Colts P-Rigoberto Sanchez and Bengals S-Trayvon Henderson both attended Hawaii from 2014-16. Cincinnati Secondary/Cornerbacks Coach Daronte Jones was also at Hawaii in 2014.
  • Indianapolis QB-Andrew Luck and Cincinnati H-B-Ryan Hewitt spent three seasons (2009-2011) together at Stanford.
  • Colts DT-Hassan Ridgeway (2012-15), Bengals OG-Trey Hopkins (2010-13), OT-Kent Perkins (2013-16) and LB-Malik Jefferson (2015-17) were teammates at Texas.
  • Indianapolis S-Malik Hooker (2014-16) and DE/DT-Tyquan Lewis (2014-17) spent time with Cincinnati DE-Sam Hubbard (2014-17), LB-Chris Worley (2013-17) and C-Bill Price (2014-17) at Ohio State together.
  • Colts LB-Matthew Adams (2014-17) played with Bengals CB-William Jackson (2013-15) and S-Brandon Wilson (2012-16) at Houston.
  • Indianapolis C-Ryan Kelly and Cincinnati CB-Dre Kirkpatrick were teammates at Alabama in 2011.
  • Colts DE-Kemoko Turay and Bengals TE-Tyler Kroft both played at Rutgers from 2013-14.
  • Indianapolis G-Braden Smith (2014-17) and CB-Robenson Therezie (2011-14) played with Cincinnati DE-Carl Lawson (2013-16) and TE-C.J. Uzomah (2011-14) at Auburn.
  • Colts C-Deyshawn Bond (2013-16), T-Tyreek Burwell (2013-14) and RB-Tion Green (2012-16) spent time with Bengals OT-Justin Murray (2012-15) and Defensive Quality Control/Linebackers Coach Marcus Lewis (2013) at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Indianapolis TE-Darrell Daniels (2013-16) and WR-Kasen Williams (2011-14) spent time with Cincinnati WR-John Ross (2013-17) at Washington.
  • Colts RB-Branden Oliver and Bengals TE-Mason Schreck played two seasons (2012-13) together at Buffalo.
  • Indianapolis K-Michael Badgley and Cincinnati RB-Mark Walton both played at Miami (FL) from 2016-17.
  • Colts Offensive Line Coach Dave DeGuglielmo and Bengals Wide Receivers Coach Bob Bicknell coached together at Boston University for four seasons (1993-96).
  • DeGuglielmo was a graduate assistant at Boston College in 1991 when Bicknell played there.
  • Indianapolis Defensive Line Coach Mike Phair (2015-17) coached at Illinois when Bengals S-Clayton Fejedelem (2014-15) and LB-Hardy Nickerson (2016) played there.

NFL Connections:

  • Colts DE-Ryan Delaire (2015), WR-Ryan Grant (2014-17), DE-Anthony Johnson (2015) and RB-Christine Michael (2015) spent time with Bengals Defensive Line Coach Jacob Burney (2010-14) and Linebackers Coach Jim Haslett (2010-14) in Washington.
  • Indianapolis LB-Najee Goode (2013-17) spent time with Cincinnati QB-Matt Barkley (2013-14), Wide Receivers Coach Bob Bicknell and Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor (2013) in Philadelphia.
  • Colts LB-Tyrell Adams was teammates with Bengals LB-Preston Brown, CB-Tony McRae and OT-Cordy Glenn in Buffalo in 2017.
  • Indianapolis S-Ronald Martin and McRae played together with Baltimore in 2017.
  • Indianapolis Assistant Quarterbacks Coach Marcus Brady and Cincinnati Secondary/Cornerbacks Coach Jones both coached for the Montreal Alouettes in 2011.
  • Colts Defensive Backs/Cornerbacks Coach Jonathan Gannon and Bengals TE-Moritz Böhringer were both in Minnesota from 2016-17.
  • Indianapolis Assistant Offensive Line Coach Bobby Johnson (2013-14), Defensive Backs/Safeties Coach Alan Williams (2014-17) and TE-Eric Ebron spent time in Detroit with Cincinnati Defensive Coordinator Teryl Austin (2014-17) and Defensive Assistant/Assistant Defensive Line Coach Matt Raich (2014-17).
  • Johnson (2010-11) and Colts Wide Receivers Coach Kevin Patullo (2010-11) worked with Bicknell (2010-12) in Buffalo.
  • Raich also coached with Colts Head Coach Frank Reich in Arizona in 2012.
  • Reich played with Haslett from 1985-86 in Buffalo.
  • Reich played for the Panthers in 1995 when Bengals Strength and Conditioning Chip Morton coached there.
  • Michael and Cincinnati Quarterbacks Coach Alex Van Pelt spent the 2016 season in Green Bay together.  
  • Phair (2005-2010), Lazor (2008-09) and Austin (2004-06) spent time together in Seattle.
  • Indianapolis Director of Sports Performance Rusty Jones and Lazor spent two seasons (2001-02) together in Buffalo.
  • Colts Running Backs Coach Tom Rathman spent the 2016 season with Bicknell and Bengals QB-Jeff Driskel in San Francisco.
  • Rathman played for the Los Angeles Raiders in 1994 when Haslett coached there.  
  • Indianapolis Offensive Coordinator Nick Sirianni (2009-12) and Patullo (2007-08) coached in Kansas City with Bicknell (2007-09).
  • Colts Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus (2011-17), Linebackers Coach Dave Borgonzi (2011-13), LB-Jeremiah George (2016), Michael (2015), RB-Robert Turbin and Bengals Offensive Line Coach Frank Pollack (2013-17) spent time together in Dallas.
  • Indianapolis Vice President of Player Personnel Rex Hogan and Patullo were with the Jets in 2015 when Cincinnati K-Randy Bullock was there.
  • Colts DE-John Simon spent time with Bullock in Houston in 2014 and 2015.
  • Indianapolis DE-Anthony Johnson and DE-Chris McCain were both in Miami with Lazor from 2014-15.

 Hometown Connections

  • Colts Special Teams Coordinator Bubba Ventrone and Bengals Linebackers Coach Jim Haslett and Quarterbacks Coach Alex Van Pelt are from Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Indianapolis Linebackers Coach Dave Borgonzi and Cincinnati CB-KeiVarae Russell both hail from Everett, Mass.
  • Colts Defensive Backs/Cornerbacks Coach Jonathan Gannon and LB-Najee Goode and Bengals LB-Chris Worley are from Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Indianapolis Defensive Quality Control Coach David Overstreet II and Cincinnati OT-Kent Perkins are from Dallas, Texas.
  • Colts C-Ryan Kelly and Bengals WR-Kayaune Ross are from West Chester, Ohio.

Additional Connections

  • Indianapolis Assistant Quarterbacks Coach Marcus Brady and Cincinnati Secondary/Cornerbacks Coach Daronte Jones both coached for the Montreal Alouettes in 2011.

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