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Connect The Dots: Colts-Dolphins (2018, Week 12)

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-Dolphins connections, presented by Eatel.


INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins are set for their 2018 Week 12 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:


  • Multiple Colts played collegiately in the state of Florida: WR-T.Y. Hilton (Florida International, 2008-2011), QB-Jacoby Brissett (Florida, 2011-12), CB-Quincy Wilson (Florida, 2014-16), RB-Marlon Mack (South Florida, 2014-16), DE-Al-Quadin Muhammad (Miami, 2013, 2015), S-Clayton Geathers (Central Florida, 2010-14) and TE-Erik Swoope (Miami, played basketball from 2010-13).
  • Indianapolis Wide Receivers Coach Kevin Patullo served as an offensive graduate assistant for South Florida from 2003-04. He also went to school there from 1999-2002.
  • Colts Offensive Quality Control Coach Gunnard Twyner coached at Estero (Fla.) High School from 2002-03.
  • Six Colts call the Sunshine State home: Hilton (Miami), Wilson (Fort Lauderdale), Brissett (West Palm Beach), Mack (Sarasota), LB-Anthony Walker (Miami) and DE-Jabaal Sheard (Hollywood Hills).
  • Dolphins TE-Durham Smythe played at Notre Dame from 2014-17.
  • Miami T-Sam Young also played at Notre Dame from 2006-09.


  • Indianapolis Offensive Line Coach Dave DeGuglielmo had two coaching stints with the Dolphins (2009-2011, 2017).
  • Dolphins RB-Frank Gore played for the Colts from 2015-17.
  • Miami Assistant Special Teams Marwan Maalouf coached for Indianapolis in 2012.


  • Colts T-Anthony Castonzo played at Boston College when Dolphins Wide Receivers Coach Ben Johnson coached there from 2009-2010.
  • Indianapolis DE-Kemoko Turay played at Rutgers with Miami WR-Leonte Caroo from 2013-15.
  • Colts C-Ryan Kelly (2011-15) played at Alabama with Dolphins RB-Kenyan Drake (2012-15) and S-Minkah Fitzpatrick (2015-17).
  • Indianapolis G/T-Le'Raven Clark and Miami WR-Jakeem Grant played together at Texas Tech from 2012-15.
  • Colts C/G-Evan Boehm played at Missouri with Dolphins DE-Charles Harris from 2014-15.
  • Indianapolis Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus coached at Missouri when Miami DT-Ziggy Hood played there in 2008.
  • Colts TE-Eric Ebron played at North Carolina with Dolphins DT-Sylvester Williams from 2011-12.
  • Indianapolis S-Malik Hooker played at Ohio State with Miami LB-Raekwon McMillan from 2014-16.
  • Colts G/C-Quenton Nelson played at Notre Dame with Dolphins TE-Durham Smythe from 2014-17.
  • Indianapolis RB-Jordan Wilkins played at Mississippi with Miami T-Laremy Tunsil from 2013-15.
  • Colts S-George Odum played at Central Arkansas with Dolphins DE-Jonathan Woodard from 2013-15.


  • Indianapolis Running Backs Coach Tom Rathman (2003-05) coached in Detroit when Miami Head Coach Adam Gase (2003-07) and Assistant Head Coach/Offense Shawn Jefferson (2005-12) were there.
  • Colts Special Teams Coordinator Bubba Ventrone (2013-14, as a player) and Rathman (2009-2016) were with the 49ers when Dolphins Tight Ends Coach Shane Day (2007-09) and RB-Frank Gore (2005-14) were there.
  • Indianapolis General Manager Chris Ballard (2001-2012), Vice President of Personnel Rex Hogan (2003-2014), Defensive Line Coach Mike Phair (2011-12) and Director of Sports Performance Rusty Jones (2005-2012) spent time with Miami Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach Jim Arthur (2005-2015), Day (2010-11), QB-David Fales (2014-16) and RB-Senorise Perry (2014-16) in Chicago.
  • Jones (1985-2004) also worked with Miami Run Game Coordinator/Running Backs Coach Eric Studesville (2004-09) and Arthur (2002-04) in Buffalo.
  • Colts LS-Luke Rhodes (2016-17), Linebackers Coach Dave Borgonzi (2014-17) and Phair (2014) spent time in Tampa Bay with Dolphins DT-Akeem Spence (2013-16).
  • Indianapolis TE-Ryan Hewitt (2014-17) and DT-Margus Hunt (2013-16) played for Cincinnati when Miami Defensive Coordinator Matt Burke (2014-15) was there.
  • Colts Assistant Offensive Line Coach Bobby Johnson (2013-14), Defensive Backs/Safeties Coach Alan Williams (2014-17) and TE-Eric Ebron (2014-17) spent time in Detroit with Dolphins Defensive Backs Coach Tony Oden (2014-17), Offensive Line Coach Jeremiah Washburn (2009-2015), Spence (2017), C-Travis Swanson (2014-17) and Defensive Line Coach Kris Kocurek (2009-2017).
  • Johnson also worked for Jacksonville when Miami DE-Andre Branch and Oden were there in 2012.
  • Colts Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus and Borgonzi spent time in Dallas with Dolphins T-Sam Young in 2011.
  • Eberflus also spent time in Dallas with Dolphins WR-Brice Butler from 2015-17.
  • Colts DT/DE-Denico Autry spent time in Oakland with Butler in 2014.
  • Indianapolis Senior Football Strategy Analyst/Game Management George Li spent two seasons (2013-14) with Butler in Oakland.
  • Johnson and Patullo also spent time with Young during the 2011 season in Buffalo.
  • Indianapolis Defensive Backs/Cornerbacks Coach Jonathan Gannon (2012-13), DT-Al Woods (2014-16) and Wide Receivers Coach Kevin Patullo (2015) all spent time with Tennessee when Miami Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Coach Frank Bush (2011-12), Assistant Head Coach/Offense Shawn Jefferson (2013-15) and Offensive Coordinator Dowell Loggains (2006-2013) were there.
  • Gannon also spent time with Dolphins Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Dave Puloka in Atlanta in 2007.
  • Woods played for Tampa Bay when Miami Assistant to the Head Coach Jay Kaiser was there in 2010.
  • Colts WR-Ryan Grant (2014-17) played for Washington when Dolphins DT-Ziggy Hood (2016-17) and Day (2014-15) were there.
  • Woods also spent time with Hood in Pittsburgh from 2012-13.
  • Indianapolis DE-Jabaal Sheard (2011-14) and CB-Pierre Desir (2014-15) spent time in Cleveland with Miami Defensive Quality Control Coach Rusty McKinney (2014-15) and Loggains (2014).
  • Colts QB-Jacoby Brissett (2016), Sheard (2015-16), Ventrone (2015-17) and Assistant Special Teams Coach Frank Ross (2015-17) spent time with Dolphins WR-Danny Amendola (2013-17) and TE-A.J. Derby (2015-16) in New England.
  • Gannon (2009-2011) was with the Rams when Miami DE-Robert Quinn (2011-17) and Amendola (2009-2012) were there.
  • Indianapolis DE-Al-Quadin Muhammad spent time with Miami OLB-Stephone Anthony in New Orleans in 2017.
  • Colts Assistant General Manager Ed Dodds and G-Mark Glowinski were with Seattle when Dolphins T-Jesse Davis played there in 2015.
  • Hogan and Patullo spent time with Davis when he was with the Jets in 2016.
  • Indianapolis LB-Najee Goode played with Miami C/G-Ted Larsen with the Buccaneers in 2012.
  • Colts S-Corey Moore played in Houston with Dolphins QB-Brock Osweiler in 2016.
  • Indianapolis WR-Zach Pascal spent time with Miami DT-Sylvester Williams in Tennessee in 2017.

Hometown Connections

  • Colts QB-Andrew Luck, Dolphins CB-Xavien Howard and C-Travis Swanson are all from Houston, Texas.
  • Indianapolis Pass Rush Consultant/Player Development Coach Robert Mathis and Miami S-Reshad Jones are from Atlanta, Ga.
  • Colts LB-Najee Goode, Dolphins LB-Jerome Baker and Defensive Backs Coach Tony Oden all hail from Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Indianapolis TE-Ryan Hewitt and Miami RB-Kalen Ballage are from Denver, Colo.

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