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Connect The Dots: Colts-Redskins (2018, Week 2)

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-Redskins connections, presented by Eatel.


LANDOVER, Md. — The Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins are set for their 2018 Week 2 matchup on Sunday at FedExField.

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

Indiana/DMV Connections:

• Redskins Inside Linebackers Coach Kirk Olivadotti played at Purdue from 1993-96 as a wide receiver. Olivadotti also coached at Indiana State from 1998-99.

• Colts CB-Nate Hairston is from Washington DC.

• Indianapolis WR-Zach Pascal is from Upper Marlboro, Md.

• Washington LB-Ryan Kerrigan is from Muncie, Ind., and played at Purdue from 2007-10.

• Colts Offensive Quality Control Coach Gunnard Twyner coached at John F. Kennedy (Md.) High School, Churchill (Md.) High School, and Seneca Valley (Md.) High School.

• Indianapolis Defensive Backs/Safeties Coach Alan Williams coached at William & Mary from 1996-2000. He also played there from 1988-91. He is originally from Norfolk, Va.

Former Colts/Redskins:

• Washington Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky served as defensive coordinator for the Colts from 2012-15.

• Indianapolis WR-Ryan Grant was drafted by the Redskins in the fifth round (142nd overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft and played there from 2014-17.

• Colts RB-Christine Michael played for the Redskins in 2015.

College Connections: 

• Colts DE-Jabaal Sheard played for Pittsburgh when Redskins Offensive Coordinator Matt Cavanaugh coached there from 2007-08.

• Indianapolis RB-Christine Michael (2009-12) played at Texas A&M when Washington Running Backs Coach Randy Jordan (2008-11) coached there. Redskins S-Deshazor Everett (2011-14) also played there.

• Colts TE-Eric Ebron played at North Carolina when Jordan coached there from 2012-13.

• Ebron also played with Washington LB-Zach Brown at North Carolina in 2011.

• Indianapolis DE-Al-Quadin Muhammad played at Miami (FL) when Redskins Offensive Quality Control Coach Chris O'Hara coached there in 2013.

• Colts S-Corey Moore (2011-14) played at Georgia when Redskins Inside Linebackers Coach Kirk Olivadotti (2011-13) and LB-Josh Harvey Clemons (2012-13) were there.

• Indianapolis CB-Quincy Wilson (2014-16) played at Florida with Washington DT-Caleb Brantley (2013-16) and CB-Quinton Dunbar (2011-14). Redskins Assistant Defensive Backs Coach James Rowe coached there in 2015.

• Colts CB-Kenny Moore II played at Valdosta State when Rowe coached there in 2016.

• Indianapolis CB-Nate Hairston played at Temple with Redskins DL-Matt Ioannidis from 2012-15. Washington Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Kavan Latham also worked there in 2012.

• Colts C-Ryan Kelly (2011-15) played at Alabama with Redskins DL-Jonathan Allen (2013-16), LB-Ryan Anderson (2013-16), DL-Daron Payne (2015-17), WR-Cam Sims (2014-17) and LB-Shaun Dion Hamilton (2014-17).

• Colts G-Braden Smith played at Auburn with Washington C-Casey Dunn in 2017.

• Indianapolis WR-Ryan Grant played at Tulane with Redskins RB-Rob Kelley from 2011-13.

• Colts DT/DE-Denico Autry played at Mississippi State with Washington LB-Preston Smith from 2012-13.

• Indianapolis T-J'Marcus Webb played one season at Texas with Redskins QB-Colt McCoy in 2006.

• Colts Vice President of Player Personnel Rex Hogan worked at Utah when Washington QB-Alex Smith played there in 2003.

• Indianapolis C/G Matt Slauson played at Nebraska when Redskins Assistant Coach/Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan coached there from 2005-07.

NFL Connections:

• Indianapolis Defensive Line Coach Mike Phair worked for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when Washington Head Coach Jay Gruden coached there from 2002-04. Redskins Director of Operations Paul Kelly was also there in 2004.

• Phair coached with Redskins Offensive Coordinator Matt Cavanaugh with the Chicago Bears in 2013. Colts C/G Matt Slauson (2013-15), Redskins DL-Ziggy Hood (2015) and DL-Pernell McPhee (2015-17) were there as well.

• Colts DT-Al Woods played with Hood for the Steelers from 2012-13.

• Slauson (2009-12) played for the New York Jets when Indianapolis Offensive Line Coach Dave DeGuglielmo (2012), Washington Special Teams Coordinator Ben Kotwica (2007-13), Cavanaugh (2009-11) and Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan (2008-11) coached there. Redskins Passing Game Coordinator Kevin O'Connell (2009-12) also played there.

• DeGuglielmo also coached the Giants in 2004 when Redskins Wide Receivers Coach Ike Hilliard played there.

• DeGuglielmo coached the Jets with Hilliard in 2011 when O'Connell played there.

• Colts General Manager Chris Ballard and Vice President of Personnel Rex Hogan worked for the Bears when Redskins Defensive Backs Coach Torrian Gray coached there from 2004-05. Director of Sports Performance Rusty Jones was also there in 2005.

• Ballard worked for the Kansas City Chiefs when Washington QB-Alex Smith played there from 2013-16.

• Indianapolis Wide Receivers Coach Kevin Patullo and Assistant Offensive Line Coach Bobby Johnson coached with Redskins Defensive Quality Control Coach Cannon Matthews for the Bills from 2010-11.

• Patullo and Hogan worked with Washington Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Kavan Latham with the Jets from 2015-16.

• Indianapolis DT-Al Woods played with LB-Zach Brown for the Titans from 2014-16. Colts Patullo (2015) and Defensive Backs/Cornerbacks Coach Jonathan Gannon (2012-13) coached there when Brown was there as well.

• Indianapolis DT/DE Denico Autry (2014-17) and T-J'Marcus Webb (2015) played with Washington OL-Tony Bergstrom (2012-15) for the Oakland Raiders from 2014-15. Johnson coached there as well in 2015.

• Sheard (2011-14) and Colts Special Teams Coordinator Bubba Ventrone (2009-2012) played with Redskins OL-Shawn Lauvao (2010-13) and QB-Colt McCoy (2010-12) with the Browns. Indianapolis Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus (2009-10) and Matthews (2013) were coaching in Cleveland too.

• Indianapolis DT-Al Woods played for the Titans when Cannon coached there from 2014-15.

• Colts CB-Pierre Desir played for Cleveland when O'Connell coached there in 2015.

• Indianapolis Running Backs Coach Tom Rathman coached with O'Connell in San Francisco in 2016.

• Rathman also coached the 49ers with Redskins Defensive Line Coach Jim Tomsula from 2009-15. Ventrone (2013-14) played in San Francisco with Washington McCoy (2013) and TE-Vernon Davis (2009-16).

• Rathman coached the 49ers when TE-Vernon Davis played there from 2009-16.

• Rathman coached with Washington Director of Player Development Malcolm Blacken for the Detroit Lions from 2003-05.

• Colts Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus (2011-17) and Linebackers Coach Dave Borgonzi (2011-13) coached with Callahan (2012-14) and Redskins Tight Ends Coach Wes Phillips (2007-13) for the Dallas Cowboys. 

• Indianapolis Head Coach Frank Reich coached with Washington Outside Linebackers Coach Chad Grimm for the Arizona Cardinals in 2012.

• Reich, Colts Offensive Coordinator Nick Sirianni and Grimm worked for the Chargers from 2013-14.

• Colts LB-Najee Goode played for the Philadelphia Eagles when Redskins Assistant Special Teams Coach Bret Munsey worked as a scout there in 2013.

• Goode played with Redskins RB-Byron Marshall from 2016-17 with the Eagles. Reich was coaching there during that time as well.

• Goode played with Washington LB-Mason Foster with the Buccaneers in 2012. 

• Borgonzi and Phair worked for the Buccaneers when Foster played there in 2014.

• Borgonzi also coached in Tampa Bay when Redskins S-D.J. Swearinger played there in 2015.

• Colts S-Corey Moore played with Bergstrom with the Texans in 2016.

• Indianapolis G-Mark Glowinski (2015-17), RB-Christine Michael (2014, 2016), and T-J'Marcus Webb (2016) all spent time in Seattle when Redskins WR-Paul Richardson Jr. (2014-17) played there. Colts Assistant General Manager Ed Dodds worked in Seattle from (2014-16) as well. 

• Indianapolis DE-Al-Quadin Muhammad played with Redskins RB-Adrian Peterson in 2017 with the Saints.

• Webb played with Peterson in Minnesota from 2013-14.

• Colts Defensive Backs/Safeties Coach Alan Williams (2012-13) and Gannon (2014-16) coached in Minnesota when Peterson was there.

Hometown Connections

• Colts Tight Ends Coach Tom Manning, Assistant Special Teams Coach Frank Ross and Washington Offensive Coordinator Matt Cavanaugh are from Youngstown, OH.

• Indianapolis QB-Andrew Luck, Redskins Tight Ends Coach Wes Phillips and K-Dustin Hopkins are all from Houston, Texas.

• Colts Assistant Quarterbacks Coach Marcus Brady and Washington Director of Football Operations Paul Kelly are both from San Diego, Calif.

• Indianapolis LB-Najee Goode, Defensive Backs/Cornerbacks Coach Jonathan Gannon and Redskins Assistant Strength and Conditioning/Nutritionist Jake Sankal are from Cleveland, OH.

• Colts S-Matthias Farley and Washington CB-Adonis Alexander are both from Charlotte, N.C.

• Indianapolis CB-Nate Hairston and Redskins TE-Vernon Davis are both from Washington, DC.

• Colts DT-Hassan Ridgeway and Washington WR-Josh Doctson are from Mansfield, Texas.

• Indianapolis WR-T.Y. Hilton, LB-Anthony Walker and Redskins CB-Quinton Dunbar are all from Miami, Fla.

• Colts CB-Kenny Moore II and Washington LB-Josh Harvey Clemons are from Valdosta, GA.

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