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Connect The Dots: Colts-Eagles (2018, 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-Eagles connections, presented by Eatel.


PHILADELPHIA — The Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles are set for their 2018 Week 3 matchup on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

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

Indiana/Philadelphia Connections:

• Colts Offensive Coordinator Nick Sirianni was a wide receivers coach at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania from 2006-08.

• Indianapolis Sports Science/Conditioning Coach Ryan Podell worked with the Philadelphia Flyers from 2011-15.

• Colts LB-Zaire Franklin was born in Philadelphia, Pa.

• Indianapolis G-Mark Glowinski is from Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

• Colts LS-Luke Rhodes was born in Hollidaysburg, Pa. 

• Eagles QB-Nate Sudfeld attended Indiana University from 2012-15. He left Indiana as the school's all-time leader in passing touchdowns and passing yards. 

• Philadelphia Defensive Line Coach Chris Wilson had two coaching stints (1993-94, 1997) at Indiana State. 

• Eagles Offensive Quality Control/Assistant Running Backs Coach Trent Miles coached (1987, 2008-2012) and attended school (1982-86) at Indiana State. He was the head coach from 2008-2012. Miles also coached wide receivers at Notre Dame (2002-04) and was born in Terre Haute, Ind.

Former Colts/Eagles:

• Indianapolis Head Coach Frank Reich spent the 2016-17 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and helped guide them to a Super Bowl LII victory last year.

• Colts LB-Najee Goode (2013-17) and WR-Marcus Johnson (2016-17) played for the Eagles and were members of the team's championship team last season. 

• Eagles Safeties Coach Tim Hauck played for the Colts for one season (1998).

• Philadelphia Assistant Offensive Line/Tight Ends/Run Game Coordinator Eugene Chung played one season (1997) for Indianapolis. 

• Eagles WR-Kamar Aiken spent the 2017 season with the Colts.

College Connections:

• Colts TE-Ryan Hewitt (2010-13) and QB-Andrew Luck (2008-2011) were teammates with Eagles TE-Zach Ertz (2009-2013) at Stanford. 

• Indianapolis G-Mark Glowinski spent time with Philadelphia WR-Shelton Gibson and RB-Wendell Smallwood at West Virginia from 2013-14. 

• Colts RB-Marlon Mack and Eagles DT-Bruce Hector were at South Florida from 2014-16.

• Indianapolis DT-Hassan Ridgeway and Philadelphia LB-Jordan Hicks attended Texas together from 2012-14.

• Colts S-Malik Hooker and Eagles P-Cameron Johnston were both at Ohio State from 2014-16. 

• Indianapolis WR-Zach Pascal and Philadelphia LS-Rick Lovato spent time together at Old Dominion from 2012-14.

• Colts C-Ryan Kelly (2011-15) spent time with Eagles G-Chance Warmack (2009-2012), Offensive Line and Run Game Coordinator Jeff Stoutland (2011-12) and Offensive Coordinator Mike Groh (2011-15) at Alabama. 

• Indianapolis T/G-Joe Haeg and Philadelphia QB-Carson Wentz spent their entire college careers together at North Dakota State from 2011-15 and won five consecutive NCAA Division I FCS National Championships. 

• Colts TE-Eric Ebron and Eagles Wide Receivers Coach Gunter Brewer were both at North Carolina from 2011-13. 

• Indianapolis S-Corey Moore and Philadelphia Defensive Line Coach Chris Wilson were both at Georgia in 2013. 

• Wilson also worked at Mississippi State when Colts DT-Denico Autry was there in 2012. 

• Colts Vice President of Player Personnel Rex Hogan and Eagles Offensive Quality Control/Assistant Running Backs Coach Trent Miles worked together at Notre Dame from 2002-03.

Pro Connections:

• Colts G-Mark Glowinski (2015-17), RB-Christine Michael (2013-14, 2017) and Assistant General Manager Ed Dodds (2007-2016) spent time with Eagles LB-D.J. Alexander (2017) and DE-Michael Bennett (2013-17) with the Seattle Seahawks. 

• Indianapolis S-Corey Moore and Philadelphia G-Brandon Brooks were both on the Texans in 2015. 

• Colts TE-Ryan Hewitt and Eagles K-Jake Elliott were together in Cincinnati in 2017. 

• Indianapolis WR-Ryan Grant and Philadelphia LS-Rick Lovato both spent time on the Washington Redskins in 2016. 

• Colts TE-Eric Ebron and Defensive Backs/Safeties Coach Alan Williams spent time with Eagles DT-Haloti Ngata in Detroit (2015-17). 

• Indianapolis DT-Al Woods (2011-13) spent time with Philadelphia WR-Mike Wallace (2009-2012) and Tight Ends Coach Justin Peelle (2012) in Pittsburgh.

• Colts DT/DE-Denico Autry and Eagles G/C-Stefen Wisniewski were both on the Raiders in 2014. 

• Indianapolis General Manager Chris Ballard (2013-16) spent time with Philadelphia LB-D.J. Alexander (2015-16), QB-Nick Foles (2016), Defensive Quality Control/Assistant Secondary Coach Dino Vasso (2013-15) and Head Coach Doug Pederson (2013-15) in Kansas City.  

• Colts QB-Jacoby Brissett (2016-17), DE-Jabaal Sheard (2015-16), Special Teams Coordinator Bubba Ventrone (2015-17), Offensive Line Coach Dave DeGuglielmo (2014-15) and Assistant Special Teams Coach Frank Ross (2015-17) spent time with Eagles WR-DeAndre Carter (2015-16), DE-Chris Long (2016) and LB-Kamu Grugier-Hill (2016) in New England. Philadelphia WR-Kamar Aiken also spent time in New England from 2012-13.

• Long also spent time with Colts Defensive Backs/Cornerbacks Coach Jonathan Gannon and Eagles Linebackers Coach Ken Flajole in St. Louis from 2009-2011.

• Gannon also spent time in Minnesota with Eagles WR-Mike Wallace in 2015.

• Colts Wide Receivers Coach Kevin Patullo (2015), Woods (2014-16) and Gannon (2012-13) spent time in Tennessee with Eagles G-Chance Warmack (2013-16).  

• Patullo and Johnson worked with Aiken in Buffalo in 2011.

• DeGuglielmo also spent time with Eagles Special Teams Coordinator Dave Fipp in Miami in 2012. 

• Fipp was also with Colts Running Backs Coach Tom Rathman in the 49ers organization from 2009-2010. Rathman also coached in 2011 when Peelle played for the 49ers.

• Rathman also spent the 2002 season in San Francisco with Eagles Safeties Coach Tim Hauck when Hauck played there.

• Carter also spent time with Indianapolis Assistant Offensive Line Coach Bobby Johnson in Oakland in 2015.

• Johnson and Eagles Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz spent one season (2013) together in Detroit. 

• Johnson also worked with Eagles Strength and Conditioning Coach Josh Hingst for one season (2012) in Jacksonville. 

• Colts Director of Sports Performance Rusty Jones (2005-2012), Defensive Line Coach Mike Phair (2011-13), Ballard (2001-12), Vice President of Player Personnel Rex Hogan (2003-14) and C/G-Matt Slauson (2013-15) spent time with Eagles S-Corey Graham (2007-2011), WR-Alshon Jeffery (2012-16), Offensive Coordinator Mike Groh (2013-15), Assistant Wide Receivers Coach Carson Walch and LB-LaRoy Reynolds (2015) in Chicago. 

• Jones also spent the 2004 season in Buffalo with Eagles T-Jason Peters.

• Indianapolis CB-Pierre Desir (2014-15) and Sheard (2011-14) were in Cleveland with Flajole (2013-15) and Hauck (2012).

• Colts K-Adam Vinatieri and Eagles Defensive Backs Coach Cory Undlin were both on the 2004 Patriots team. The two helped the Patriots win Super Bowl XXXIX.

Hometown Connections:

• Colts LB-Najee Goode, Defensive Backs/Cornerbacks Coach Jonathan Gannon, Eagles WR-Shelton Gibson and C-Jason Kelce are all from Cleveland, Ohio. 

• Indianapolis G-Braden Smith and Philadelphia RB-Darren Sproles hail from Olathe, Kan. 

• Colts Defensive Backs/Safeties Coach Alan Williams and Eagles LB-LaRoy Reyonlds are both from Norfolk, Va. 

• Indianapolis Pass Rush Consultant/Player Development Coach Robert Mathis and Philadelphia G-Chance Warmack both hail from Atlanta, Ga. 

• Colts Special Teams Coordinator Bubba Ventrone and Eagles G/C-Stefen Wisniewski are both from Pittsburgh, Pa.

Other Connections:

• Colts Assistant Quarterbacks Coach Marcus Brady and Eagles Assistant Wide Receivers Coach Carson Walch worked together with the Montreal Alouettes from 2010-11.

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