1983 Baltimore Colts season

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1983 Baltimore Colts season
Head coach Frank Kush
General manager Ernie Accorsi
Owner Robert Irsay
Home field Memorial Stadium
Results
Record 7–9
Division place T-4th AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1982 1984 >

The 1983 Baltimore Colts season was the 31st season for the team in the National Football League (NFL). This would be the last season in Baltimore as they moved to Indianapolis for the following season. The Colts finished the year with a record of 7 wins and 9 losses, and tied for fourth in the AFC East division with the New York Jets. However, the Colts finished ahead of New York based on better conference record (5–9 to Jets' 4–8).

Having finished the 1982 season with the worst record in the league, the Colts held the No. 1 pick in the 1983 NFL draft and expected to land the nation's top collegiate player to their 1983 roster. The Colts used the top pick on John Elway of Stanford. Elway, however, refused to play for the Colts (and even considered joining the New York Yankees baseball organization unless he was traded). The Colts were forced to trade Elway to the Denver Broncos and Mike Pagel retained his position as starting quarterback. The Elway controversy became more interesting when Elway's Broncos visited Baltimore for the second game of the season. The Broncos won that game 17–10. Later, when the teams faced each other again in Denver for the second-to-last game of the season, the Colts took a 19–0 lead over the Broncos, only to blow the lead in the fourth quarter and lose 21–19.


Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1983 Baltimore Colts staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Mike Westhoff


Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 September 4, 1983 at New England Patriots W 29–23 OT 1–0 Sullivan Stadium
45,526
2 September 11, 1983 Denver Broncos L 10–17 1–1 Memorial Stadium
52,613
3 September 18, 1983 at Buffalo Bills L 23–28 1–2 Rich Stadium
40,937
4 September 25, 1983 Chicago Bears W 22–19 2–2 Memorial Stadium
34,350
5 October 2, 1983 at Cincinnati Bengals W 34–31 3–2 Riverfront Stadium
48,104
6 October 9, 1983 New England Patriots W 12–7 4–2 Memorial Stadium
35,618
7 October 16, 1983 Buffalo Bills L 7–30 4–3 Memorial Stadium
38,565
8 October 23, 1983 Miami Dolphins L 7–21 4–4 Memorial Stadium
32,343
9 October 30, 1983 at Philadelphia Eagles W 22–21 5–4 Veterans Stadium
59,150
10 November 6, 1983 at New York Jets W 17–14 6–4 Shea Stadium
53,323
11 November 13, 1983 Pittsburgh Steelers L 13–24 6–5 Memorial Stadium
57,319
12 November 20, 1983 at Miami Dolphins L 17–50 6–6 Miami Orange Bowl
54,482
13 November 27, 1983 at Cleveland Browns L 23–41 6–7 Cleveland Stadium
65,812
14 December 4, 1983 New York Jets L 6–10 6–8 Memorial Stadium
35,462
15 December 11, 1983 at Denver Broncos L 19–21 6–9 Mile High Stadium
74,864
16 December 18, 1983 Houston Oilers W 20–10 7–9 Memorial Stadium
20,418

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
• Colts 3 10 7 3 6 29
Patriots 0 13 3 7 0 23

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Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Miami Dolphins(2) 12 4 0 .750 6–2 9–3 389 250
New England Patriots 8 8 0 .500 4–4 6–6 274 289
Buffalo Bills 8 8 0 .500 4–4 7–5 283 351
Baltimore Colts 7 9 0 .438 3–5 5–9 264 354
New York Jets 7 9 0 .438 3–5 4–8 313 331

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