1991 Indianapolis Colts season

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1991 Indianapolis Colts season
Head coach Ron Meyer
Rick Venturi (interim)
Home field Hoosier Dome
Results
Record 1–15
Division place 5th AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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The 1991 Indianapolis Colts season was the 39th season for the team in the National Football League and eighth in Indianapolis. The team was looking to improve on the 7–9 record they had recorded in 1990, but not only failed to do so but regressed so far that the team was forced to fire head coach Ron Meyer during the season. The Colts were victorious only once in the regular season, finishing last in the AFC East, and their fifteen losses tied an NFL record set by the 1980 New Orleans Saints. The Colts were the third team in as many seasons to finish with a single victory, as the 1989 Dallas Cowboys and 1990 New England Patriots each duplicated that mark. However, the 1991 Colts had a much weaker schedule to play than either the 1990 Patriots or 1989 Cowboys, playing eleven games against teams with non-winning records,[1] as against only five for the 1990 Patriots and four for the 1989 Cowboys.[2] Their only victory came against their division rivals, the New York Jets, in Week 11 at Giants Stadium (the Colts went 0–8 at home in the Hoosier Dome).

The Colts scored the fewest points up to that point (143) of any team in NFL history in a sixteen-game schedule.[3][4] Statistics site Football Outsiders said of the Colts 1991 season:[5] "It's the flipside of [Super Bowl champion] Washington; the Colts were the worst offense and defense in the league in the second half of close games, and the worst offense in the league in the first quarter.

For this disaster, they won the right to draft Steve Emtman, whose career was derailed by injuries. The next season, they may have been the luckiest team in [Football Outsiders] history, going 9–7 despite ranking 27th in a 28-team league in [efficiency]. In 1993, they were back to 4–12."

Football Outsiders continues, "The worst quarterback in the league, based on total value, was [Colts quarterback] Jeff George, who was in his second year with the Colts [....] despite having an above-average completion rate: over 60 percent when the NFL average was 57.4 percent. The issue here wasn't really turnovers, as George threw only 12 picks. However, George was Captain Checkdown with a league-low 8.3 yards per completion, and he took a league-leading 56 sacks. He did this against one of the easiest defensive schedules in the league."

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1991 NFL Draft
Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
2 40 Shane Curry Defensive end Miami (FL)
3 69 Dave McCloughan Defensive back Colorado
4 96 Mark Vander Poel Offensive tackle Colorado
5 125 Kerry Cash Tight end Texas
6 152 Mel Agee Defensive end Illinois
7 181 James Bradley Wide receiver Michigan State
8 208 Tim Bruton Tight end Missouri
9 236 Howard Griffith Running back Illinois
10 263 Frank Giannetti Nose tackle Penn State
11 292 Jerry Crafts Offensive tackle Louisville
12 319 Rob Luedeke Center Penn State

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1991 Indianapolis Colts staff
Front office
  • President/Treasurer – Robert Irsay
  • Vice President/General Manager – Jim Irsay
  • Assistant General Manager – Bob Terpening
  • Director of Player Personnel – Jack Bushofsky

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Brad Seely

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Tom Zupancic

Roster[edit]

1991 Indianapolis Colts final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 September 1, 1991 New England Patriots L 7–16 0–1 Hoosier Dome
49,961
2 September 8, 1991 at Miami Dolphins L 6–17 0–2 Joe Robbie Stadium
51,155
3 September 15, 1991 at Los Angeles Raiders L 0–16 0–3 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
40,287
4 September 22, 1991 Detroit Lions L 24–33 0–4 Hoosier Dome
53,396
5 September 29, 1991 at Seattle Seahawks L 3–31 0–5 Kingdome
56,656
6 October 6, 1991 Pittsburgh Steelers L 3–21 0–6 Hoosier Dome
55,383
7 October 13, 1991 at Buffalo Bills L 6–42 0–7 Rich Stadium
79,015
8 October 20, 1991 New York Jets L 6–17 0–8 Hoosier Dome
53,025
9 Bye
10 November 3, 1991 Miami Dolphins L 6–10 0–9 Hoosier Dome
55,899
11 November 10, 1991 at New York Jets W 28–27 1–9 The Meadowlands
44,792
12 November 17, 1991 Chicago Bears L 17–31 1–10 Hoosier Dome
60,519
13 November 24, 1991 at Green Bay Packers L 10–14 1–11 Milwaukee County Stadium
42,132
14 December 1, 1991 Cleveland Browns L 0–31 1–12 Hoosier Dome
57,539
15 December 8, 1991 at New England Patriots L 17–23 1–13 Foxboro Stadium
20,131
16 December 15, 1991 Buffalo Bills L 7–35 1–14 Hoosier Dome
48,286
17 December 22, 1991 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 3–17 1–15 Tampa Stadium
28,043

Game summaries[edit]

Week 11: at New York Jets[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 7 21 0 28
Jets 7 7 7 6 27

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT PF PA
Buffalo Bills 13 3 0 .813 458 318
New York Jets 8 8 0 .500 314 293
Miami Dolphins 8 8 0 .500 343 349
New England Patriots 6 10 0 .375 211 305
Indianapolis Colts 1 15 0 .063 143 381

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1991 Indianapolis Colts against opponent with non-winning record
  2. ^ 1989 Dallas Cowboys against opponent with non-winning record
  3. ^ The league switched from a 14- to a 16-game schedule in 1978. The team never scored more than 28 points in any game (doing so in their lone victory), scored less than ten points eleven times, were shut out twice, and failed to score at least one touchdown in nine of their sixteen games.
  4. ^ The 1991 Colts’ total is now second-lowest of all-time, behind the 140 points the Seattle Seahawks put up in 1992.
  5. ^ Football Outsiders: 1991 DVOA Ratings and Commentary