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Connect The Dots: Colts-Bills (2018, Week 7)

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-Bills connections, presented by Eatel.


INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills are set for their 2018 Week 7 matchup on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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

Indiana/New York Connections:

·      Colts Head Coach Frank Reich is from Freeport, N.Y.

·      Indianapolis Offensive Coordinator Nick Sirianni is from Jamestown, N.Y.

·      Colts Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Doug McKenney worked for the Buffalo Sabres from 1995-2015.

·      Indianapolis Linebackers Coach Dave Borgonzi coached at Syracuse from 2006-07.

Former Colts/Bills:

·      Colts Head Coach Frank Reich was originally selected by the Bills in the third round (57th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft. He played for the Bills from 1985-1994.

·      Indianapolis Assistant Offensive Line Coach Bobby Johnson served in the same capacity for the Bills from 2010-11.

·      Colts Director of Sports Performance Rusty Jones worked for the Bills from 1985-2004.

·      Indianapolis Wide Receivers Coach Kevin Patullo coached the Bills from 2010-12.

·      Buffalo DE-Jerry Hughes was selected by Indianapolis in the first round (31st overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft and played three seasons (2010-12) with the team.

·      Bills LB-Ramon Humber played for Indianapolis from 2009-2010.

·      Buffalo Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier coached for Indianapolis from 2005-06.

·      Bills Defensive Line Coach Bill Teerlinck worked for the Colts from 2007-2011.

College Connections:

  • Colts General Manager Chris Ballard coached with Bills Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator Juan Castillo at Texas A&M-Kingsville in 1994.
  • Indianapolis Defensive Backs/Safeties Coach Alan Williams (1996-2000) coached at William & Mary when Buffalo Head Coach Sean McDermott played there (1996-97) and coached there (1998). Bills Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll (1997) was also there.
  • Colts Linebackers Coach Dave Borgonzi coached with Bills Defensive Assistant Jim Salgado at Syracuse from 2006-07.
  • Indianapolis Offensive Line Coach Dave DeGuglielmo coached at Boston University with Salgado in 1996.
  • Colts C-Ryan Kelly played at Alabama with Bills WR-Robert Foster from 2014-15.
  • Indianapolis DE-Jabaal Sheard played at Pittsburgh with Buffalo RB-LeSean McCoy from 2007-08.
  • Colts CB-Nate Hairston played at Temple with Bills OL-Dion Dawkins from 2013-16.
  • Indianapolis QB-Andrew Luck (2008-2011) and TE-Ryan Hewitt (2010-13) played with Buffalo DE-Trent Murphy (2010-13) at Stanford.
  • Colts C/G-Evan Boehm played at Missouri with Bills Running Backs Coach Marcus Murphy from 2012-14.
  • Indianapolis TE-Eric Ebron played at North Carolina with Buffalo CB-Russell Bodine from 2011-13.

NFL Connections:

  • Colts Defensive Backs/Safeties Coach Alan Williams coached with Bills Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier with the Vikings from 2012-13.
  • Indianapolis TE-Eric Ebron (2014-17) and Williams (2014-17) spent time in Detroit with Bills S-Rafael Bush (2016) and T-Jordan Mills (2015).
  • Colts Linebackers Coach Dave Borgonzi (2014-15) and Defensive Line Coach Mike Phair (2014) coached with Frazier (2014-15) in Tampa Bay. Bills G-Ryan Groy played there as well in 2015.
  • Indianapolis Special Teams Coordinator Bubba Ventrone (2015-17), Offensive Line Coach Dave DeGuglielmo (2014-15), Assistant Special Teams Coach Frank Ross (2015-17), QB-Jacoby Brissett (2016) and DE-Jabaal Sheard (2015-16) all spent time in New England with Buffalo Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll (2013-16) and LB-Ramon Humber (2016).
  • Colts Offensive Coordinator Nick Sirianni spent time with Bills FB-Patrick DiMarco and Daboll in Kansas City in 2012.
  • DeGuglielmo spent time with Buffalo TE-Charles Clay and Daboll in Miami in 2011.
  • DeGuglielmo also coached the Dolphins when Bills DT-Jordan Phillips played there in 2017.
  • Colts Head Coach Frank Reich (2013-15), Sirianni (2013-17), CB-Pierre Desir (2016) and DeGuglielmo (2016) spent time with Bills Assistant Offensive Line Coach Andrew Dees (2013-15) and Linebackers Coach Bob Babich (2016) with the Chargers.
  • Indianapolis RB-Robert Turbin (2015), Desir (2014-15), Sheard (2011-14), Ventrone (2009) and Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus (2009-2010) were with Cleveland when Buffalo Safeties Coach Bobby Babich (2013-15), QB-Derek Anderson (2006-09), S-Jordan Poyer (2013-16) and Daboll (2009-2010) were there.
  • Colts LB-Najee Goode (2013-17) played for the Eagles when Bills Offensive Assistant Shea Tierney (2013-15), RB-LeSean McCoy (2009-14) and Poyer (2013) were there.
  • Indianapolis Director of Sports Performance Rusty Jones (2005-2012), General Manager Chris Ballard (2001-2012), Vice President of Player Personnel Rex Hogan (2003-2014) and Phair (2011-13) spent time with Buffalo Tight Ends Coach Rob Boras (2004-09) and Bob Babich (2004-2012) in Chicago.
  • Ballard (2013-16) worked for the Chiefs when Bills Quarterbacks Coach David Culley (2013-16) and CB-Phillip Gaines (2014-17) were there. Buffalo Offensive Assistant Chad Hall played there as well in 2013.
  • Colts Wide Receivers Coach Kevin Patullo and Hogan worked for the Jets when Bills LB-Julian Stanford played there in 2016.
  • Indianapolis Running Backs Coach Tom Rathman (2009-2016) coached for San Francisco when Buffalo CB-Dontae Johnson (2014-17) and Hall (2012-13) were there.
  • Colts K-Adam Vinatieri played with the Patriots when Daboll coached there from 2000-06.
  • Indianapolis S-Corey Moore played for Houston when Buffalo Defensive Backs Coach John Butler was there from 2015-17.
  • Colts WR-Zach Pascal (2017) and DT-Al Woods (2014-16) played for Tennessee when Bills Wide Receivers Coach Terry Robiskie (2016-17) was there.
  • Indianapolis Assistant General Manager Ed Dodds (2007-2016), G-Mark Glowinski (2015-17) and Woods (2011) spent time in Seattle with Buffalo K-Stephen Hauschka (2011-16).
  • Colts DT/DE-Denico Autry (2014-17), S-Mike Mitchell (2009-2012), Assistant Offensive Line Coach Bobby Johnson (2015-17) and Rathman (2007-08) spent time in Oakland with Bills Running Backs Coach Kelly Skipper (2007-2014), WR-Andre Holmes (2013-16), LB-Lorenzo Alexander (2015) and RB-Taiwan Jones (2011-16).
  • Mitchell played for Carolina in 2013 when Buffalo Head Coach Sean McDermott, General Manager Brandon Beane and DT-Star Lotulelei were there.
  • Borgonzi and Eberflus coached for Dallas when Holmes was there from 2011-12.
  • Colts Defensive Backs/Cornerbacks Coach Jonathan Gannon (2014-17) coached for the Vikings when Bills G-Vladimir Ducasse (2014) and G-Jeremiah Sirles (2015-17) were there.
  • Indianapolis TE-Ryan Hewitt (2014-17) and DT-Margus Hunt (2013-16) played with Buffalo CB-Russell Bodine (2014-17) in Cincinnati.
  • Colts WR-Ryan Grant played with Bills DE-Trent Murphy in Washington from 2014-17.

Hometown Connections:

·      Colts Pass Rush Consultant/Player Development Coach Robert Mathis and Bills Offensive Assistant Chad Hall both hail from Atlanta, Ga.

·      Indianapolis LB-Zaire Franklin and Buffalo Defensive Backs Coach John Butler are both from Philadelphia, Pa.

·      Colts CB-Pierre Desir and Bills G-Vladimir Ducasse are both originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

·      Indianapolis LB-Anthony Walker, WR-T.Y. Hilton and Buffalo G-John Miller are all from Miami, Fla.

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