Indianapolis Colts add former CFL receiver Brian Bratton to coaching staff

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The Indianapolis Colts have added former CFL receiver Brian Bratton to their coaching staff as an offensive quality control coach.

The 39-year-old started his coaching career as the wide receivers coach at North Greenville University in Tigerville, S.C. He held the role for two years (2013-14) before moving to Furman University, his alma mater, and serving as the wide receivers coach for two seasons (2015-16).

Bratton added the role of special teams coordinator at Furman (2017-20) before becoming the team’s pass game coordinator and wide receivers coach in 2021. He was slated to serve as Furman’s co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach in 2022 before being hired by the Colts.

The five-foot-ten, 185-pound target was a member of the Montreal Alouettes for six seasons (2007-12) following brief stints with the Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, NFL Europe, and the Arena Football League. He made 263 catches for 3,122 yards and 23 touchdowns as a member of the Als and won two Grey Cups (2009, 2010).

The Colts have a number of CFL connections on their coaching staff, including offensive coordinator Marcus Brady and quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich. Brady was Bratton’s teammate for two seasons with the Als (2007-08) before serving as his receivers coach (2009-11) and offensive coordinator (2012).

Indianapolis narrowly missed the postseason with a 9-8 record in 2021 but finished No. 8 in scoring (26.5 points per game) and No. 2 in rushing yards (149.4 per game). Second-year running back Jonathan Taylor had a breakout season, rushing 332 times for a league-leading 1,811 yards and 18 touchdowns.

The Colts also hired legendary receiver Reggie Wayne as the team’s new wide receivers coach.