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Connect The Dots: Colts-Seahawks (Preseason, Week 1)

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-Seahawks connections, presented by Eatel.

The line of scrimmage between the Seattle Seahawks and the Indianapolis Colts during an NFL game between the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts, Sunday October 1, 2017, in Seattle. (Tom Hauck via AP)
The line of scrimmage between the Seattle Seahawks and the Indianapolis Colts during an NFL game between the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts, Sunday October 1, 2017, in Seattle. (Tom Hauck via AP)

SEATTLE —The Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks are set for their 2018 preseason opener tonight at CenturyLink Field.

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


  • Indianapolis TE-Darrell Daniels played at the University of Washington from 2013-16.
  • Colts WR-Kasen Williams played at the University of Washington from 2011-14.
  • Seattle G-Jordan Roos played at Purdue from 2012-15.
  • Seahawks DT-Eddy Wilson played at Purdue from 2015-17.
  • Seattle RB-C.J. Prosise played at Notre Dame from 2012-15.


  • Several Colts spent time playing for Seahawks, including LB-Tyrell Adams (2015), WR-K.J. Brent (2017), G-Mark Glowinski (2015-17), RB-Christine Michael (2013-16), RB-Robert Turbin (2012-14), WR-Kasen Williams (2015-16) and DT-Al Woods (2011).
  • Glowinski (fourth round, 2015), Michael (second round, 2013) and Turbin (fourth round, 2012) were all drafted by Seattle.
  • Indianapolis G-Nick Callender briefly spent time with Seattle during the 2018 offseason.
  • Colts Defensive Line Coach Mike Phair spent three seasons (2008-2010) on the Seahawks coaching staff.
  • Indianapolis Assistant General Manager Ed Dodds spent 10 seasons (2007-2016) with the Seahawks.
  • Several Seahawks spent time with the Colts, including DT-Tom Johnson (2006-2007), LB-Barkevious Mingo (2017), Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer (2016-17) and CB-Neiko Thorpe (2016).


  • Colts Defensive Quality Control Coach David Overstreet II served on the coaching staff at Garden City (Kan.) Community College from 2016-17 with Seahawks Offensive Assistant Steve Shimko and Assistant Quarterbacks Coach Will Harriger. The trio won the NJACC National Championship in 2016.
  • Indianapolis DE-Kemoko Turay played at Rutgers in 2013 when Shimko coached there.
  • Colts QB-Andrew Luck played two seasons (2009-2010) with Seahawks WR-Doug Baldwin at Stanford.
  • Indianapolis S-T.J. Green spent two seasons (2013-14) with Seattle T-Isaiah Battle at Clemson.
  • Colts DT-Rakeem Nunez-Roches played one season (2011) with Seahawks QB-Austin Davis at Southern Mississippi.
  • Indianapolis RB-Robert Turbin (2008-2011) played with Seattle S-Maurice Alexander (2011, 2013) and LB-Bobby Wagner (2008-2011) at Utah State.
  • Colts RB-Marlon Mack played at South Florida in 2014 while Seahawks Quality Control/Defense Coach Tom Donatell coached there.
  • Indianapolis DT-Hassan Ridgeway (2012-15) spent time with Seattle P-Michael Dickson (2015-17), DT-Poona Ford (2014-17), WR-Marcus Johnson (2012-15) and TE-Tyrone Swoopes (2013-16) at Texas.
  • Colts WR-Kasen Williams (2011-14) and TE-Darrell Daniels (2013-16) were teammates with Seahawks TE-Will Dissly (2014-17) and WR-Damore'ea Stringfellow (2013) at Washington.
  • Williams played at Washington in 2011 when Seahawks Linebackers Coach John Glenn coached there.
  • Indianapolis TE-Jack Doyle and Seattle T-George Fant played one season (2015) together at Western Kentucky.
  • Colts C-Ryan Kelly (2011-15) was teammates with Seahawks G/T-D.J. Fluker (2009-2012), FB-Jalston Fowler (2010-14) and DT-Jarran Reed (2014-15) at Alabama.
  • Indianapolis S-Clayton Geathers played two seasons (2013-14) with Seattle LB-Shaquem Griffin and CB-Shaquill Griffin at Central Florida.
  • Colts RB-Christine Michael and Seahawks G/T-Germain Ifedi played together at Texas A&M in 2012.
  • Indianapolis G/T-Le'Raven Clark and Seattle DE-Branden Jackson spent time together at Texas Tech from 2011-15.
  • Colts QB-Jacoby Brissett and Seahawks CB-Dontae Johnson played together at North Carolina State in 2013.
  • Indianapolis LB-Antonio Morrison (2012-13) and Brissett (2012) spent time with Seattle Assistant Quarterbacks Coach Will Harriger at Florida.
  • Colts K-Michael Badgley and QB-Brad Kaaya played at Miami (FL) when Seahawks Assistant Offensive Line Coach Brennan Carroll and Assistant Defensive Line Coach Jethro Franklin coached there in 2014.
  • Indianapolis DT/DE-Tyquan Lewis (2014-17) was teammates with Seattle T-Jamarco Jones (2014-17) and TE-Nick Vannett (2011-15) at Ohio State. Colts S-Malik Hooker (2015-16), DE-John Simon (2009-2012) also spent time with Vannett with the Buckeyes.
  • Colts TE-Eric Ebron played one season (2013) with Seahawks DT-Nazair Jones at North Carolina.
  • Indianapolis LB-William Ossai and Seattle CB-Akeem King played two seasons (2013-14) together at San Jose State.
  • Colts LB-Anthony Walker spent three seasons (2014-16) with Seahawks LB-Warren Long at Northwestern.
  • Indianapolis QB-Phillip Walker and CB-Nate Hairston were teammates with Seattle DE-Jacob Martin at Temple for three seasons (2014-16).
  • Colts DT-Al Woods (2006-09), WR-James Wright (2010-13), DE-Anthony Johnson (2011-13) and S-Ronald Martin (2011-14) played with Seahawks LB-Barkevious Mingo (2009-12) at LSU. Seattle C/G-Ethan Pocic (2013-16) also spent time with Wright, Johnson and Martin in Baton Rouge.
  • Indianapolis LB-Jeremiah George played two seasons (2012-13) with Seattle FS-T.J. Mutcherson at Iowa State.
  • Colts G/C-Quenton Nelson (2014-17) and S-Matthias Farley (2011-14) played with Seahawks RB-C.J. Prosise (2012-15) at Notre Dame.
  • Indianapolis G-Braden Smith and Seattle CB-Trovon Reed were teammates at Auburn in 2014.
  • Colts C-Deyshawn Bond (2013-16) and T-Tyreek Burwell (2013-14) spent time with Seahawks CB-Mike Tyson (2013-16) at Cincinnati.
  • Indianapolis DT/DE-Denico Autry played one season (2010) with Seattle LB-K.J. Wright at Mississippi State.


  • Indianapolis Head Coach Frank Reich served as the offensive coordinator with the Eagles from 2016-17 while Colts LB-Najee Goode and Seattle WR-Marcus Johnson and LB-Marcus Smith II played there.
  • Goode and Seattle CB-Byron Maxwell played for the Eagles in 2015.
  • Colts Assistant Offensive Line Coach Bobby Johnson (2015-17), DT/DE-Denico Autry (2014-17), LB-Tyrell Adams (2016-17) and WR-K.J. Brent (2016-17) spent time with Seahawks DE-Branden Jackson (2016), K-Sebastian Janikowski (2000-17), CB-Neiko Thorpe (2014-15), Defensive Coordinator Ken Norton Jr. (2015-17) and Assistant Defensive Line Coach Jethro Franklin (2015-17) with the Oakland Raiders.
  • Indianapolis Defensive Backs/Cornerbacks Coach Jonathan Gannon worked with Seattle Passing Game Coordinator Andrew Curtis with the St. Louis Rams from 2009-2011.
  • Gannon (2014-17) spent time in Minnesota with Seahawks T-Willie Beavers (2016-17), TE-Kyle Carter (2016-17), DT-Tom Johnson (2014-17) and DT-Shamar Stephen (2014-17).
  • Beavers and FS-Alex Carter also played for the New England Patriots in 2017 while Colts Assistant Special Teams Coach Frank Ross worked as a pro scout for the team.
  • Indianapolis Defense Backs/Safeties Coach Alan Williams worked with Carter in Detroit from 2015-16.
  • Colts Offensive Line Coach Dave DeGuglielmo and Curtis worked for the New York Giants from 2006-08. DeGuglielmo and Seahawks Assistant Offensive Line Coach Pat Ruel worked together with the Giants in 2004.
  • DeGuglielmo spent time with Seattle WR-Brandon Marshall (2010-11) and WR-Damore'ea Stringfellow (2017) in Miami.
  • Colts Director of Sports Performance Rusty Jones (2012) and Defensive Line Coach Mike Phair (2012-13) also worked with Marshall in Chicago.
  • Marshall spent two seasons (2015-16) with Colts Wide Receivers Coach Kevin Patullo with the New York Jets.
  • Indianapolis Running Backs Coach Tom Rathman worked with Seattle Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach Mondray Gee from 2003-05 in Detroit.
  • Jones and Ruel worked together for the Buffalo Bills in 2013.
  • Indianapolis Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus and Special Teams Coordinator Bubba Ventrone spent time with Seattle Associate Head Coach Carl Smith in Cleveland from 2009-2010. Eberflus served as the linebackers coach, Smith was the quarterbacks coach and Ventrone was a defensive back.
  • Rathman and Seattle Offensive Line Coach Mike Solari coached five seasons (2010-14) together with the San Francisco 49ers. Ventrone was a defensive back for the 49ers from 2013-14.
  • Colts Wide Receivers Coach Kevin Patullo and Solari worked together with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2007.
  • Rathman played for San Francisco while Solari served on the coaching staff from 1992-93.
  • Ventrone (2015-16), Ross (2015-16) and DeGuglielmo (2015) worked with Seattle CB-Justin Coleman in New England.
  • Indianapolis QB-Jacoby Brissett (2016), DE-Anthony Johnson (2016) and DE-Jabaal Sheard (2015-16) played with Coleman (2015-16) on the Patriots.
  • Rathman spent two seasons (2015-16) with Seattle RB-Mike Davis in San Francisco.
  • Rathman served on the coaching staff for the Oakland Raiders from 2007-08 when Janikowski played there.
  • Rathman and Ventrone spent three seasons (2014-16) in San Francisco with Seattle CB-Dontae Johnson.
  • Ventrone and Ross spent time with Seahawks LS-Tyler Ott in New England in 2015.
  • Colts Offensive Coordinator Nick Sirianni worked for the Chiefs when Seattle CB-Neiko Thorpe played there in 2012.
  • Indianapolis WR-Seantavius Jones (2016-17), LB-Tyrell Adams (2015-16), TE-Ross Travis (2015-17) and CB-D.J. White (2016-17) played with Seattle LB-D.J. Alexander (2015-16) and LB-Isaiah Battle (2017) on the Chiefs.
  • Jones played for the New Orleans Saints when Seahawks Assistant Secondary Coach Andre Curtis coached there in 2014.
  • Colts DE-John Simon and Seahawks T-Duane Brown played together on the Texans from 2014-16.
  • Simon and Seahawks TE-Ed Dickson played together in Baltimore in 2013.
  • Simon played for the Houston Texans when Seahawks Assistant Special Teams Coach Larry Izzo coached there in 2016.
  • Indianapolis WR-Kasen Williams and Seattle LB-Austin Calitro played for the Browns in 2017.
  • Colts TE-Eric Ebron (2014-17) and DT-Caraun Reid (2015) played with Seahawks FS-Alex Carter (2015-16) on the Detroit Lions.
  • Johnson and Seattle CB-Trovon Reed played together in Miami in 2015.
  • Colts S-Shamarko Thomas and Johnson played on the Jets in 2017 with Seahawks WR-Damore'ea Stingfellow.
  • Johnson played with Seattle DE-Dion Jordan in Miami from 2014-15.
  • Colts WR-Dres Anderson and Seahawks RB-Mike Davis and CB-Dontae Johnson played for the 49ers from 2015-16.
  • Indianapolis QB-Brad Kaaya and Seattle TE-Ed Dickson played together on the Panthers in 2017. 
  • Colts DT-Al Woods and Seahawks FB-Jalston Fowler played together for the Titans from 2015-16.
  • Indianapolis S-Ronald Martin and WR-Brandon Marshall played for the Jets in 2015-16.
  • Colts C/G-Matt Slauson played with Marshall at the Bears from 2013-14.
  • Indianapolis LB-Jeremiah George (2015) and LS-Luke Rhodes (2016) spent time with Seahawks FS-Bradley McDougald (2013-16) in Tampa Bay.
  • Colts CB-Pierre Desir (2014-15) and RB-Robert Turbin (2015) played with Seattle LB-Barkevious Mingo (2013-15) and QB-Austin Davis (2015) with the Browns.
  • Reid, Desir, and Slauson played with Reed in San Diego in 2016.
  • Slauson played for the Jets when Seahawks Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer coached there from 2009-12. Slauson also played for the Jets with Izzo in 2009.
  • Slauson also played for the Bears when Seattle Assistant Head Coach/Defense Clint Hurtt coached there in 2014.
  • Colts K-Adam Vinatieri played for the New England Patriots when Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll (1997-99) and Associate Head Coach Carl Smith (1998-99) coached there. Vinatieri also played with Izzo in New England from 2001-05.
  • Indianapolis WR-Dres Anderson, WR-Ryan Grant and Reid played with Seattle WR-Keenan Reynolds on the Redskins in 2017.
  • Indianapolis DE-Jabaal Sheard played with Mingo in Cleveland (2013-14) and New England (2016).
  • Sheard also played with Ott while they were with the Patriots in 2015.
  • Colts DT-Margus Hunt and WR-James Wright played with Ott in Cincinnati in 2016.


  • Indianapolis LB-Tyrell Adams, QB-Phillip Walker and Pass Rush Consultant/Player Development Robert Mathis and Seahawks RB-Mike Davis and Quality Control/Defense Tom Donatell are from Atlanta.
  • Colts LB-William Ossai and Seahawks Assistant Defensive Line Coach Jethro Franklin both hail from San Jose, Calif.
  • Indianapolis DE-Jabaal Sheard and Seattle Assistant Quarterbacks Coach Will Harriger are from Hollywood Hills, Fla.
  • Colts LB-Najee Goode and Defensive Backs/Cornerbacks Coach Jonathan Gannon and Seahawks Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Jamie Yanchar all hail from Cleveland, Ohio.

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