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Connect The Dots: Colts-Texans (2018, Week 4)

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-Texans connections, presented by Eatel.


INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans are set for their 2018 Week 4 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:

Indiana/Texas Connections:

• Colts QB-Andrew Luck is from Houston, Texas. 

• Indianapolis T-Le'Raven Clark is from Rockdale, Texas, and attended Texas Tech from 2011-15.

• Colts DE-Margus Hunt played at SMU from 2009-2012.

• Indianapolis DT-Hassan Ridgeway is a native of Mansfield, Texas, and played collegiately at Texas from 2012-15.

• Colts General Manager Chris Ballard is a native of Texas City, Texas, and served on the coaching staff at Texas A&M-Kingsville for seven seasons (1994-2000).

• Indianapolis Assistant General Manager Ed Dodds is a native of Kingsville, Texas, and served as a student coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville from 2000-03.

• Houston WR-Will Fuller V played at Notre Dame from 2013-15.

• Texans Tight Ends Coach Tim Kelly served as a graduate assistant at Ball State in 2011.

• Houston C-Nick Martin attended Notre Dame from 2011-14.

Former Colts/Texans:

• Colts S-Corey Moore played three seasons (2015-17) with the Texans.

• Texans Special Teams Coordinator Brad Seely was thespecial teams and tight ends coach for the Colts from 1989-1993.

• Houston Senior Defensive Assistant/Outside Linebackers Coach John Pagano was a defensive assistant with the Colts from 1998-2001.

College Connections:

• Indianapolis S-Matthias Farley (2011-14) and G/C-Quenton Nelson (2011-14) played at Notre Dame alongside Houston WR-Will Fuller V (2013-15) and C-Nick Martin (2011-14). 

• Colts LB-Skai Moore spent one season (2013) with Texans DE/OLB-Jadeveon Clowney and WR-Bruce Ellington at South Carolina. 

• Indianapolis G/T-Le'Raven Clark and Houston WR-Keke Coutee were at Texas Tech together in 2015.

• Colts G-Braden Smith was teammates with Texans WR-Sammie Coates Jr. and DE-Angelo Blackson at Auburn in 2014.

• Indianapolis QB-Andrew Luck (2008-2011) and TE-Ryan Hewitt (2010-13) were teammates with Houston CB-Johnson Bademosi (2008-2011) and OLB-Peter Kalambayi (2013-17) at Stanford.

• Colts RB-Jordan Wilkins and Texans S-A.J. Moore were at Mississippi together for four seasons (2014-17).

• Indianapolis DT/DE-Denico Autry and Houston ILB-Benardrick McKinney both attended Mississippi State from 2012-13.

• Colts Tight Ends Coach Tom Manning coached at Toledo when Texans C/G-Greg Mancz played there from 2012-14.

NFL Connections:

• Colts K-Adam Vinatieri spent five seasons (1996, 2001-04) in New England with Texans Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Romeo Crennel. Houston Special Teams Coordinator Brad Seely was also in New England from 1999-2005.

• Indianapolis CB-Pierre Desir (2014-15), DE-Jabaal Sheard (2011-14) and Special Teams Coordinator Bubba Ventrone (2009-2012) spent time with Houston CB-Johnson Bademosi (2012-15), QB-Brandon Weeden (2012-13) and Defensive Line Coach Anthony Weaver (2014-15) in Cleveland.

• Weeden also played with Colts WR-Zach Pascal in Tennessee in 2017. 

• Bademosi also spent one season (2016) with Indianapolis TE-Eric Ebron in Detroit.

• Indianapolis DE-Al-Quadin Muhammad and Houston G-Senio Kelemete spent the 2017 season together in New Orleans.

• Colts Defensive Backs/Safeties Coach Alan Williams coached Bademosi in Detroit in 2016.

• Williams worked for the Vikings when Houston QB-Joe Webb III played there from 2012-13.

• Colts Assistant Special Teams Coach Frank Ross and Ventrone worked for the Patriots when Bademosi was there in 2017. Ross also worked with Texans Head Coach Bill O'Brien in New England in 2011. 

• Indianapolis Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus coached for the Cowboys when Weeden was there from 2014-15.

• Colts DT/DE-Denico Autry (2014-17) and Assistant Offensive Line Coach Bobby Johnson (2015-17) were with the Raiders when Texans Special Teams Coordinator Brad Seely (2015-17) and Assistant Special Teams Coach Tracy Smith (2015-17) were there.

• Indianapolis Running Backs Coach Tom Rathman (2009-2016) spent time with the 49ers when Seely (11-14) and Smith (12-14) were there. Colts Special Teams Coordinator Bubba Ventrone (2013-14) played there as well with Texans WR-Bruce Ellington (2014-15).

• Smith also worked with Colts Assistant General Manager Ed Dodds in Seattle in 2011. 

• Eberflus also worked with Smith from 2009-2010 in Cleveland. 

• Colts Head Coach Frank Reich (2013-15), Offensive Coordinator Nick Sirianni (2013-17), CB-Pierre Desir (2016), C/G-Matt Slauson (2016-17) and Offensive Line Coach Dave DeGuglielmo (2016) spent time with Texans CB-Shareece Wright (2011-14), Assistant Secondary Coach D'Anton Lynn (2017), Senior Defensive Assistant/Outside Linebackers Coach John Pagano (2002-16) and Inside Linebackers Coach Bobby King (2014-16) with the Chargers. 

• Sirianni also worked with Crennel in Kansas City from 2009-2012.

• Reich was a coach with the Cardinals when Texans G-Senio Kelemete played there in 2012.

• Indianapolis General Manager Chris Ballard worked for Kansas City when Houston C/G-Zach Fulton played there from 2013-14.

• Colts Vice President of Player Personnel Rex Hogan worked for Chicago when Texans NT-Brandon Dunn played there in 2014.

• Indianapolis C/G-Matt Slauson spent two seasons (2014-15) with Dunn in Chicago. 

• Slauson and Texans Offensive Line Coach Mike Devlin were both with the Jets from 2009-2012. Weaver and DeGuglielmo also spent the 2012 season with the Jets. 

• Slauson also spent one season (2015) with Houston Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Jason George in Chicago. 

• DeGuglielmo also worked with Houston Running Backs Coach Danny Barrett in Miami in 2017. 

• Colts Wide Receivers Coach Kevin Patullo worked for Tennessee when Texans DE-Angelo Blackson played there in 2015.

• Indianapolis DT-Al Woods and Blackson played together in Tennessee 2015-16. 

• Woods and Smith spent one season (2011) together in Seattle.

Hometown Connections:

• Colts LB-Zaire Franklin and Texans WR-Will Fuller V are both from Philadelphia, Pa.

• Indianapolis CB-Nate Hairston and Houston CB-Johnson Bademosi both hail from Washington, D.C.

• Colts WR-T.Y. Hilton, LB-Anthony Walker and Texans RB-Lamar Miller are all from Miami, Fla.

• Indianapolis QB-Andrew Luck and Houston OLB-Duke Ejiofor are from Houston, Texas. 

• Colts S-Matthias Farley and Texans T-Kendall Lamm both hail from Charlotte, N.C.

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