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Connect The Dots: Colts-Chiefs (2018 Divisional Round)

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-Chiefs connections, presented by Eatel.


INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs are set for their 2018 Divisional Round matchup on Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium.

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

Indiana/Missouri/Kansas Connections:

  • Indianapolis Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus coached at Missouri from 2001-08.
  • Colts Defensive Quality Control Coach David Overstreet II played at Missouri from 2002-06 and coached at Garden City (Kan.) Community College from 2016-17.
  • Indianapolis C-Evan Boehm was born in Lee's Summit, Mo. and played at Missouri from 2012-15.
  • Colts Offensive Coordinator Gunnard Twyner coached at Dodge City (Kan.) Community College from 2013-16.
  • Indianapolis G-Braden Smith is from Olathe, Kan.
  • Colts DE-Geneo Grissom was born in Lyons, Kan.
  • Kansas City Offensive Line Coach Andy Heck coached at Notre Dame from 1985-88.
  • Chiefs Running Backs Coach Deland McCullough coached at Indiana from 2011-16.
  • Kansas City WR-Gehrig Dieter is from South Bend, Ind.

Former Colts/Chiefs:

  • Indianapolis General Manager Chris Ballard served as the director of player personnel (2013-14) and director of football operations (2015-16) with Kansas City.
  • Colts Offensive Coordinator Nick Sirianni coached with the Chiefs from 2009-2012.
  • Indianapolis Wide Receivers Coach Kevin Patullo coached with Kansas City from 2007-08.
  • Kansas City OL-Andrew Wylie spent time on the Indianapolis practice squad in 2017.

College Connections:

  •  Indianapolis General Manager Chris Ballard worked at Texas A&M-Kingsville when Kansas City Secondary/Cornerbacks Coach Al Harris played there from 1995-96.
  • Colts Offensive Quality Control Coach Gunnard Twyner and Chiefs Offensive Quality Control Coach David Girardi worked at Lafayette College together in 2017.
  • Indianapolis LB-Anthony Walker (2013-16) played at Northwestern when Kansas City Quarterbacks Coach Mike Kafka (2016) and Girardi (2014-16) were there.
  • Colts CB-Nate Hairston played at Temple when Chiefs Defensive Line Coach Britt Reid coached there from 2010-12.
  • Indianapolis G/T-Le'Raven Clark (2011-15) spent time with Kansas City Outside Linebackers Coach Mike Smith (2013-15) and QB-Patrick Mahomes (2014-16) at Texas Tech.
  • Colts CB-Chris Milton and Chiefs K-Harrison Butker both attended Georgia Tech from 2013-15.
  • Indianapolis S-Corey Moore and Kansas City WR-Chris Conley were at Georgia together from 2011-14.
  • Colts DT-Margus Hunt and Chiefs WR-Gehrig Dieter spent one season (2012) together at SMU.
  • Indianapolis DT/DE-Denico Autry and Kansas City DL-Chris Jones were both at Mississippi State in 2013.
  • Colts P-Rigoberto Sanchez and Chiefs WR-Marcus Kemp were at Hawaii together from 2015-16.
  • Indianapolis LB-Ahmad Thomas (2013-16) and DE-Geneo Grissom (2011-14) were teammates with Kansas City RB-Damien Williams (2012-13) at Oklahoma State. Chiefs LS-James Winchester (2010-12) also played for the Cowboys.
  • Colts C-Evan Boehm and Chiefs OL-Mitch Morse spent three seasons (2012-14) together at Missouri.
  • Indianapolis C-Ryan Kelly and Kansas City LB-Reggie Ragland attended Alabama together from 2012-15 and won National Championships together in 2012 and 2015.
  • Colts RB-Marlon Mack and Chiefs OL-Austin Reiter were both at South Florida in 2014.
  • Indianapolis CB-Quincy Wilson and Kansas City WR-Demarcus Robinson both attended Florida together from 2014-16.
  • Colts S-George Odum and Chiefs DB-Tremon Smith were at Central Arkansas together from 2014-17.
  • Indianapolis RB-Jordan Wilkins was at Mississippi with Kansas City LB-Breeland Sparks from 2014-17.
  • Colts WR-Daurice Fountain and Chiefs DL-Xavier Williams were at Northern Iowa together in 2014.

NFL Connections:

  • Colts General Manager Chris Ballard (2000-2012), Vice President of Player Personnel Rex Hogan (2003-2014), Defensive Line Coach Mike Phair (2011-13) and Director of Sports Performance Rusty Jones (2005-2012) spent time in Chicago with Chiefs Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator Dave Toub (2004-2012) and Assistant Special Teams Coach Rod Wilson (2005-08, 2010).
  • Indianapolis Offensive Line Coach Dave DeGuglielmo worked with Kansas City Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton, Inside Linebackers Coach Mark Deleone and Outside Linebackers Coach Mike Smith with the New York Jets in 2012.
  • DeGuglielmo (2009-2011, 2017) also spent time in Miami with Kansas City Secondary/Cornerbacks Coach Al Harris (2010, as a player), DB-Jordan Lucas (2016-17), RB-Damien Williams (2014-18) and QB-Chad Henne (2008-2011).
  • Colts Defensive Backs/Cornerbacks Jonathan Gannon worked for the St. Louis Rams when Harris played there in 2011.
  • Gannon coached with Minnesota when Chiefs Quarterbacks Coach Mike Kafka played there in 2015.
  • Phair coached with Tampa Bay in 2014 when Kafka played there.
  • Gannon coached in Atlanta with Kansas City Defensive Backs Coach Emmitt Thomas in 2007.
  • Colts Assistant Offensive Line Coach Bobby Johnson spent time in Jacksonville with Kansas City Offensive Line Coach Andy Heck and Henne in 2012.
  • Indianapolis Head Coach Frank Reich (2016-17), LB-Najee Goode (2013-17) and C-Josh Andrews (2014-18) spent time in Philadelphia when Kansas City Wide Receivers Coach Greg Lewis (2016), DL-Justin Hamilton (2017) and LS-James Winchester (2013-14) were there.
  • Reich was with Arizona in 2012 when Chiefs FB-Anthony Sherman was there.
  • Colts S-Corey Moore and Chiefs OL-Jeff Allen were both in Houston from 2016-17.
  • Indianapolis CB-Pierre Desir (2014-15), DE-Jabaal Sheard (2011-14), Special Teams Coordinator Bubba Ventrone (2009-2012, as a player), Kansas City OL-Cam Erving (2015-16) and OL-Mitchell Schwartz (2012-16) all spent time in Cleveland.
  • Colts WR-Ryan Grant (2014-17) was teammates with Chiefs DB-Kendall Fuller (2016-17) and OL-Austin Reiter (2015-16) in Washington.
  • Indianapolis G-Mark Glowinski (2015-17) and Assistant General Manager Ed Dodds (2007-2016) spent time in Seattle with Chiefs DB-Ron Parker (2011-12), RB-Spencer Ware (2013-14) and Hamilton (2015-16).
  • Colts S-J.J. Wilcox (2013-16), Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus (2011-17), Linebackers Coach Dave Borgonzi (2011-13), Kansas City LB-Anthony Hitchens (2014-17) and DB-Orlando Scandrick (2008-2017) all spent time in Dallas.
  • Wilcox and RB-Charcandrick West both spent time with the Jets in 2018.
  • Colts S-Mike Mitchell and Chiefs DB-Ron Parker spent part of the 2011 season together in Oakland.
  • Indianapolis RB-Jonathan Williams was teammates with Kansas City LB-Reggie Ragland and WR-Sammy Watkins in Buffalo in 2016.
  • Williams also spent part of the 2018 season in New Orleans with Chiefs TE-Deon Yelder.
  • Colts WR-Dontrelle Inman and Offensive Coordinator Nick Sirianni were with the Los Angeles Chargers in 2017 with Chiefs OL-Andrew Wylie.

Hometown Connections

  • Indianapolis Linebackers Coach Dave Borgonzi and Kansas City Director of Football Operations Mike Borgonzi are brothers and hail from Everett, Mass.
  • Colts WR-Chester Rogers and Chiefs LB-Reggie Ragland are from Huntsville, Ala.
  • Indianapolis Pass Rush Consultant/Player Development Robert Mathis and DB-Eric Berry both hail from Atlanta, Ga.
  • Colts Quarterbacks Coach Marcus Brady and Chiefs RB-Damien Williams are from San Diego, Calif.

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