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Connect The Dots: Colts-Raiders (2018, Week 8)

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-Raiders connections, presented by Eatel.


INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts and Oakland Raiders are set for their 2018 Week 8 matchup on Sunday at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum.

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

Indiana/California Connections:

• Colts QB-Andrew Luck (2009-2011) and TE-Ryan Hewitt (2009-2013) played at Stanford.

• Three other Colts hail from the California area: TE-Erik Swoope (Harvard-Westlake), RB-Robert Turbin (Fremont) and P-Rigoberto Sanchez (Chico).

• Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden attended Clay High School in South Bend, Ind. 

• Oakland Defensive Line Coach Mike Trgovac coached the defensive line for Notre Dame (1992-94) and Ball State (1986-88).

• Raiders Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson had two coaching stints at Purdue as the quarterbacks coach (1997-2000) and the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator (2002).

Former Colts/Raiders:

• Colts DT/DE-Denico Autry played for the Raiders from 2014-17.

• Indianapolis S-Mike Mitchell was selected by Oakland in the second round (47th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft and played for the team from 2009-2012. 

• Colts Running Backs Coach Tom Rathman played one season (1994) for the Los Angeles Raiders. He also coached the running backs for the team from 2007-08. 

• Indianapolis Assistant Offensive Line Coach Bobby Johnson was a tight ends coach for Oakland from 2015-17. 

• Colts Assistant General Manager Ed Dodds was a pro scout for the Raiders from 2004-06. 

• Indianapolis Senior Football Strategy Analyst/Game Management George Li worked for Oakland in a variety of roles from 2011-17, most recently as the team's director of coaching analytics.

• Raiders DT-Johnathan Hankins played for the Colts in 2017.

• Oakland CB-Rashaan Melvin played for Indianapolis from 2016-17. 

• Raiders Quality Control – Offense Coach Tim Berbenich served in a variety of roles on the Colts offensive and defensive coaching staffs from 2013-17. 

• Oakland Offensive Line Coach Tom Cable was a member of the 1987 Colts strike replacement team. 

• Raiders Running Backs Coach Jemal Singleton served in the same capacity for the Colts from 2016-17. 

• Oakland Director of Football Research Dave Razzano was a Colts scout from 2012-17.

College Connections:

• Indianapolis C-Ryan Kelly (2011-15) was teammates with Oakland QB-AJ McCarron (2010-13) at Alabama.

• Colts QB-Andrew Luck (2008-2011) and TE-Ryan Hewitt (2009-2013) were at Stanford while Raiders Quality Control – Offense Coach Nick Holz (2008-2011) served as an offensive assistant/quarterbacks coach.

• Indianapolis T-Le'Raven Clark was teammates with Oakland RB-DeAndré Washington at Texas Tech from 2012-15.

• Colts DT-Al Woods and Raiders WR-Brandon LaFell went to LSU together from 2006-09. 

• Indianapolis DE-Al-Quadin Muhammad and Oakland G-Jon Feliciano were both at Miami (FL) in 2013. 

• Colts DT/DE-Denico Autry and Raiders G-Gabe Jackson both attended Mississippi State from 2012-13. 

• Indianapolis DE-Jabaal Sheard and Oakland OT-T.J Clemmings spent one year (2010) together at Pittsburgh. 

• Colts LB-Najee Goode and Raiders DE-Bruce Irvin were both at West Virginia from 2010-11. 

• Indianapolis S-Malik Hooker and Oakland CB-Gareon Conley were both at Ohio State together from 2014-16. 

• Colts P-Rigoberto Sanchez and Raiders CB-Nick Nelson both played at Hawaii in 2015. 

• Indianapolis G-Mark Glowinski (2012-14) was teammates with Oakland CB-Daryl Worley (2013-15) and S-Karl Joseph (2012-15) at West Virginia. 

• Colts CB-Quincy Wilson and P-Johnny Townsend both attended Florida from 2014-16. 

• Indianapolis Assistant Offensive Line Coach Bobby Johnson and Raiders Tight Ends Coach Frank Smith were both at Miami of Ohio from 2000-03 when Smith played there and in 2004 when Smith became a graduate assistant.

NFL Connections

• Colts DT-Margus Hunt (2013-16) and TE-Ryan Hewitt (2014-17) spent time in Cincinnati with Raiders QB-AJ McCarron (2015-17), WR-Brandon LaFell (2016-17), DT-Frostee Rucker (2007-2011), LB-Emmanuel Lamur (2012-15), CB-Leon Hall (2007-15), S-Reggie Nelson (2010-15), Defensive Coordinator Paul Guenther (2005-2017) and Linebackers Coach David Lippincott (2008-2017).

• Indianapolis S-Mike Mitchell and Oakland WR-Martavis Bryant were in Pittsburgh together from 2014-17.

• Mitchell also spent one season (2013) in Carolina with LaFell.

• Colts Special Teams Coordinator Bubba Ventrone (2015-17), Offensive Line Coach Dave DeGuglielmo (2014-15), Assistant Special Teams Coach Frank Ross (2015-17) and DE-Jabaal Sheard (2015-16) were in New England with Raiders CB-Rashaan Melvin (2015) and LaFell (2014-15).

• Sheard also spent the 2012 season in Cleveland with Rucker.

• Rucker was also in Arizona from 2016-17 with Indianapolis C/G-Evan Boehm.

• Colts DT-Al Woods (2011), RB-Robert Turbin (2012-14), G-Mark Glowinski (2015-17), Defensive Line Coach Mike Phair (2005-2010) and Assistant General Manager Ed Dodds (2007-2016) were with Raiders DE-Bruce Irvin (2012-15), DT-Clinton McDonald (2011-13), Offensive Line Coach Tom Cable (2011-17) and Assistant Offensive Line Coach Lemuel Jeanpierre (2015, as a player and 2017) in Seattle.

• Woods spent time with Raiders Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson, Quality Control – Offense Coach Tim Berbenich, Assistant Special Teams Coach Byron Storer and Bisaccia in Tampa Bay in 2010.

• Indianapolis Linebackers Coach Dave Borgonzi (2014-17) and Phair (2014) were with Oakland RB-Doug Martin (2012-17) and McDonald (2014-17) in Tampa Bay. 

• Phair (2002-04) and Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden (2002-08) worked for the Buccaneers together. 

• Gruden (1990) and Raiders Director of Football Research Dave Razzano (1988-92) worked for the 49ers while Rathman (1986-93) and Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie (1992) played there. 

• Indianapolis WR-Ryan Grant and Oakland TE-Derek Carrier both played for Washington from 2015-16. Grant also played with Raiders OT-T.J. Clemmings in Washington in 2017. Strength and Conditioning Coach Deuce Gruden was also there from 2016-17.

• Ventrone (2013-14, as a player) and Rathman (2009-2016) were with Raiders G-Kelechi Osemele (2015), Senior Defensive Assistant Jim O'Neil and Carrier (2013-14) in San Francisco. 

• Indianapolis TE-Eric Ebron (2014-17) and Defensive Backs/Safeties Coach Alan Williams (2014-17) were with Oakland LB-Tahir Whitehead (2012-17), Quarterbacks Coach Brian Callahan and Jeanpierre (2016 as a player) in Detroit. 

• Colts WR-Dontrelle Inman and Raiders S-Marcus Gilchrist spent one season (2014) together with the Chargers. Indianapolis Head Coach Frank Reich (2013-15), Offensive Coordinator Nick Sirianni (2013-17), DeGuglielmo (2016) and Storer (2012-13) were there as well.

• Inman and Oakland Tight Ends Coach Frank Smith were both in Chicago in 2017.  

• DeGuglielmo and O'Neil were both with the Jets in 2012. 

• Gilchrist also played one season (2017) with Colts S-Corey Moore in Houston. 

• Colts CB-Pierre Desir (2014-15), Sheard (2011-14), Ventrone (2009-2012, as a player) and Turbin (2015) were with O'Neil (2014-15) in Cleveland. 

• Indianapolis K-Adam Vinatieri and Raiders Strength & Conditioning Coach Tom Shaw were with the Patriots from 2001-05.

• Colts Offensive Quality Control Coach Gunnard Twyner played for New Orleans while Shaw was there from 1997-99. 

• Indianapolis Wide Receivers Coach Kevin Patullo and Assistant Offensive Line Coach Bobby Johnson were with the Bills in 2011 with Oakland TE-Lee Smith.

• Johnson was with the Jaguars in 2012 when Olson was there. 

• Patullo was with the Jets in 2015-16 when Gilchrist was there.

• Colts Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus (2011-17), Borgonzi (2011-13) and Turbin (2015) were with Raiders LB-Kyle Wilber (2012-17), Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia (2013-17) and WR-Dwayne Harris (2011-14) in Dallas.

• Indianapolis Defensive Backs/Cornerbacks Coach Jonathan Gannon and Oakland TE-Jared Cook were with Tennessee in 2012. 

• Gannon and Clemmings were both with Minnesota from 2015-16. Lamur was also with the Vikings in 2016. 

• Colts General Manager Chris Ballard (2013-16) and Sirianni (2009-2012) were both in Kansas City when Raiders C-Rodney Hudson (2011-14) played there. 

• Indianapolis Vice President of Player Personnel Rex Hogan and Ballard were in Chicago with Olson in 2003. 

• Rathman and Olson were both with the Lions from 2004-05. They were also both on the 49ers staff in 2001.

Hometown Connections

• Indianapolis WR-Chester Rogers and Oakland LB-Nicolas Morrow both grew up in Huntsville, Ala. and went to high school five miles away from each other. 

• Colts DE-Al-Quadin Muhammad and Raiders OT-T.J. Clemmings played one season (2009) of high school football together at Paterson Catholic Prep (N.J.). 

• Indianapolis LB-Zaire Franklin, Raiders Senior Defensive Assistant Jim O'Neil and CB-Daryl Worley all call Philadelphia, Pa. home. 

• Colts Tight Ends Coach Tom Manning, Assistant Special Teams Coach Frank Ross and Raiders Defensive Line Coach Mike Trgovac are from Youngstown, Ohio. 

• Indianapolis QB-Andrew Luck, Oakland RB-DeAndré Washington, G-Kelechi Osemele and WR-Brandon LaFell are all from Houston, Texas. 

• Colts Quarterbacks Coach Marcus Brady and Raiders LB-Marquel Lee are both from San Diego, Calif. 

• Indianapolis WR-T.Y. Hilton, LB-Anthony Walker and Oakland S-Karl Joseph all call Miami, Fla. home. 

• Colts Pass Rush Consultant/Player Development Coach Robert Mathis, Raiders DE-Bruce Irvin, WR-Dwayne Harris and DE-Arden Key are all from Atlanta, Ga.

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