Preseason Preview: Saints, Colts Connections


January 26, 2014; Honolulu, HI, USA; Team Sanders quarterback Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts (12) talks to Team Rice quarterback Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints (9) during the third quarter of the 2014 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Team Rice defeated Team Sanders 22-21. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints travel up to Indianapolis for their third preseason match-up against the Indianapolis Colts. The Saints have started 2-0 in the preseason in consecutive seasons since a streak of four 2-0 starts from 1990-1993. The Colts are 0-2 thus far this preseason. This will be the first the New Orleans Saints play the Colts in Lucas Oil Stadium. Here are some connections between these two teams.

New Orleans Saints Head coach Sean Payton and Indianapolis Colts Secondary coach Mike Gilhammer served on the same staff with the New York Giants from 1999-200. Saints Assistant Head coach Joe Vitt ascended to the NFL coaching ranks with the Baltimore Colts as their assistant strength/quality control from 1979-81.

Colts special assistant to the head coach Rob Chudzinski served as the Cleveland Browns Head coach in 2013, where he tutored Saints cornerback Terrence Frederick. Saints assistant special teams coach Stan Kwan and Colts linebacker coach Jeff FitzGerald served on the same staff in Arizona from 2001-03.

Saints linebacker Parys Haralson was tutored by Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky in San Francisco from 2007-10. Haralson was teammates with Colts defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois at LSU and also in San Francisco from 2009-12.

Saints inside linebacker Ramon Humber was signed by the Colts in 2009 as an undrafted free agent before joining the New Orleans Saints.

Saints nose tackle Brandon Deadrick and Colts safety Sergio Brown and cornerback Darius Butler were teammates in New England. Saints outside linebacker Kasim Edebali and Colts tackle Anthony Castonzo were teammates at Boston College.

Saints running back Pierre Thomas and Colts cornerback Vontae Davis were teammates at the University of Illinois. Saints fullback Erik Lorig and Colts tight end Colby Fleener and safety Delano Howell were teammates at Stanford.

Saints tight end Benjamin Watson and cornerbacks Trevin Wade and Terrence Frederick were teammates with Colts inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson in Cleveland. Saints guard Ben Grubbs played with Colts defensive end Arthur Jones in Baltimore from 2010-11.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees played at Purdue University where he won the Maxwell Award as the nations outstanding player in 2000. Brees left the Boilermakers as the all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, completions, completion percentage, and attempts.