List of Indianapolis Colts head coaches

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Tony Dungy is a former head coach of the Colts. He led them to their only Super Bowl victory in Indianapolis (XLI).

The Indianapolis Colts are a professional American football team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. They are a member of the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). In 1953, a Baltimore-based group led by Carroll Rosenbloom won the rights to a new Baltimore franchise. Rosenbloom was granted an NFL team, and was awarded the holdings of the defunct Dallas Texans organization. The team was known as the Baltimore Colts for 31 seasons before moving to Indianapolis in March 1984.[1]

There have been 20 head coaches for the Colts franchise. Keith Molesworth became the first coach of the Baltimore Colts in 1953, but he was reassigned to a different position with the team following the season.[2] In terms of tenure, Weeb Ewbank has led the team for more games (112) and more complete seasons (nine) than any other head coach. He led the team to two of their NFL championships. Three Colts head coaches; Ewbank, Shula (3), and Marchibroda, have been named coach of the year by at least one major news organization. Ewbank and Shula are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 1978 and 1997 respectively.[3][4]

Six times in Colts history there were interim head coaches. In 1972, Don McCafferty was fired five games into the season.[2] John Sandusky was named as the interim head coach for the rest of the season, during which he led the Colts to a 4–5 record, but he was not made the permanent coach the next year. In 1974, head coach Howard Schnellenberger started off the season 0–3 and was fired. Joe Thomas assumed the duties of head coach and finished the season at 2–12.[2] In 1991, the Colts started off 0–5 and Ron Meyer was fired as head coach. Rick Venturi was named as the interim for the final 11 games.[5] In 2005 Tony Dungy was forced to miss one game due to personal issues. Jim Caldwell was named as the one game interim.[6] In 2012 offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was named as the interim head coach indefinitely after Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia four weeks into the 2012 NFL season.[7]

Key[edit]

# Number of coaches
GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
T Ties
Win% Winning percentage
00* Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
00^ Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player
00 Spent entire professional NFL head coaching career with the Colts


Coaches[edit]

Note: Statistics correct as of the end of the 2013 NFL season.

# Name Term Regular season Playoffs Awards Reference
GC W L T Win% GC W L
Baltimore Colts
1 Keith Molesworth 1953 12 3 9 0 0.333 [8]
2 Weeb Ewbank* 19541962 112 59 52 1 0.527 2 2 0 AP NFL Coach of the Year (1958)[9]
UPI NFL Coach of the Year (1958)[9]
[10]
3 Don Shula* 19631969 98 71 23 4 0.725 5 2 3 AP NFL Coach of the Year (1964, 1968)[9]
Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year (1964, 1968)[9]
Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of the Year (1968)[9]
[11]
4 Don McCafferty 19701972 33 22 10 1 0.667 5 4 1 [12]
5 John Sandusky 1972[a] 9 4 5 0 0.444 [13]
6 Howard Schnellenberger 19731974 17 4 13 0 0.235 [14]
7 Joe Thomas 1974[b] 11 2 9 0 0.182 [15]
8 Ted Marchibroda 19751979 74 41 33 0 0.554 3 0 3 AP NFL Coach of the Year (1975)[9]
Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year (1975)[9]
Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of the Year (1975)[9]
UPI NFL Coach of the Year (1975)[9]
[16]
9 Mike McCormack^ 19801981 32 9 23 0 0.281 [17]
Indianapolis Colts
10 Frank Kush 19821984 40 11 28 1 0.275 [18]
11 Hal Hunter 1984[c] 1 0 1 0 0.000 [19]
12 Rod Dowhower 19851986 29 5 24 0 0.172 [20]
13 Ron Meyer 19861991[d] 71 36 35 0 0.507 2 0 2 UPI NFL Coach of the Year (1987)[9] [21]
14 Rick Venturi 1991[e] 11 1 10 0 0.100 [22]
Ted Marchibroda 19921995 64 30 34 0 0.469 3 2 1 [16]
15 Lindy Infante 19961997 32 12 20 0 0.375 1 0 1 [23]
16 Jim Mora 19982001 64 32 32 0 0.500 2 0 2 [24]
17 Tony Dungy 20022008 112 85 27 0 0.759 13 7 6 Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year (2005)[9]
Maxwell Football Club NFL Coach of the Year (2005)[9]
[25]
18 Jim Caldwell 20092011 48 26 22 0 0.542 4 2 2 [26]
19 Chuck Pagano 2012 20 13 7 0 0.650 3 1 2
20 Bruce Arians 2012[f] 12 9 3 0 0.750 AP NFL Coach of the Year (2012)

Notes[edit]

  • a John Sandusky was the interim head coach for nine games during the 1972 season.
  • b Joe Thomas was the interim head coach for eleven games during the 1974 season.
  • c Hal Hunter was the interim head coach for the final game of the 1984 season.
  • d Ron Meyer was the interim head coach for three games during the 1986 season.
  • e Rick Venturi was the interim head coach for eleven games during the 1991 season.
  • f Bruce Arians was the interim head coach for twelve games during the 2012 season, after Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia.

References[edit]

General
Specific
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  2. ^ a b c "Baltimore Colts: Historical Moments". Baltimore Colts. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  3. ^ "Coach Ewbank Laid To Rest". CBS News. 1998-11-18. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  4. ^ "Don Shula: NFL Coaching Legend". Nationwide. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  5. ^ "Indianapolis Colts: Historical Moments". Indianapolis Colts. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  6. ^ "Dungy's son, 18, found dead in Tampa suburb". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  7. ^ "Chuck Pagano battling leukemia". ESPN. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  8. ^ "Keith Molesworth". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
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  10. ^ "Weeb Ewbank". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  11. ^ "Don Shula". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  12. ^ "Don McCafferty". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  13. ^ "John Sandusky". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  14. ^ "Howard Schnellenberger". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  15. ^ "Joe Thomas". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  16. ^ a b "Ted Marchibroda". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  17. ^ "Mike McCormack". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  18. ^ "Frank Kush Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Hal Hunter Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Rod Dowhower". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  21. ^ "Ron Meyer". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  22. ^ "Rick Venturi". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  23. ^ "Lindy Infante". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  24. ^ "Jim Mora". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  25. ^ "Tony Dungy". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  26. ^ "Jim Caldwell Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 9, 2011.