1975 Baltimore Colts season
|1975 Baltimore Colts season|
|Head coach||Ted Marchibroda|
|General manager||Joe Thomas|
|Home field||Memorial Stadium|
|Division place||T-1st AFC East|
|Playoff finish||Lost Divisional Playoffs|
(at Steelers) 10–28
|Pro Bowlers||T George Kunz|
RB Lydell Mitchell
DE John Dutton
The 1975 Baltimore Colts season was the 23rd season for the team in the National Football League. Under first-year head coach Ted Marchibroda, the Colts finished the 1975 season with 10 wins and 4 losses, and tied for first in the AFC East division with the Miami Dolphins; Baltimore won the division tiebreaker, the first sweep of the Dolphins in their six years under head coach Don Shula.
The Colts won their opener, lost four straight, then swept their final nine games and narrowly edged the Dolphins for the division title. The turnaround season became forever known by Colts fans afterward as The Miracle on 33rd Street.
Hired in January, Marchibroda was previously the offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins under head coach George Allen. The 1975 Colts coaching staff included 23-year-old assistant Bill Belichick, his first association with an NFL team and first coaching position.
|1||3||Ken Huff||Guard||North Carolina|
|1975 Baltimore Colts staff|
Special Teams Coaches
|1975 Baltimore Colts roster|
|1||September 21||at Chicago Bears||W 35–7||1–0||Soldier Field|
|2||September 28||Oakland Raiders||L 20–31||1–1||Memorial Stadium|
|3||October 5||at Los Angeles Rams||L 13–24||1–2||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum|
|4||October 12||Buffalo Bills||L 31–38||1–3||Memorial Stadium|
|5||October 19||at New England Patriots||L 10–21||1–4||Schaefer Stadium|
|6||October 26||at New York Jets||W 45–28||2–4||Shea Stadium|
|7||November 2||Cleveland Browns||W 21–7||3–4||Memorial Stadium|
|8||November 9||at Buffalo Bills||W 42–35||4–4||Rich Stadium|
|9||November 16||New York Jets||W 52–19||5–4||Memorial Stadium|
|10||November 23||at Miami Dolphins||W 33–17||6–4||Orange Bowl|
|11||November 30||Kansas City Chiefs||W 28–14||7–4||Memorial Stadium|
|12||December 7||at New York Giants||W 21–0||8–4||Shea Stadium|
|13||December 14||Miami Dolphins||W 10–7OT||9–4||Memorial Stadium|
|14||December 21||New England Patriots||W 34–21||10–4||Memorial Stadium|
|New York Jets||3||11||0||.214||2–6||3–8||258||433||L2|
|New England Patriots||3||11||0||.214||1–7||2–9||258||358||L6|
The team made it to the playoffs as a No. 3 seed and traveled to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers in the divisional round. Tied at seven at the half, Pittsburgh outscored the Colts 21–3 in the second half. The Steelers defense forced four turnovers and held the Colts to 154 total yards of offense in their 28–10 win.
|Divisional||December 27||at Pittsburgh Steelers (1)||L 10–28||Three Rivers Stadium|
Awards and honors
- Sporting News Executive of the Year: Joe Thomas
- AP Coach of the Year, PFW Coach of the Year, Sporting News Coach of the Year, UPI AFC Coach of the Year: Ted Marchibroda
- Wallace, William N. (December 15, 1975). "Colts in playoffs? Sure looks like it". Milwaukee Journal. (New York Times). p. 9, part 2.
- "Colts earn Super shot". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. December 22, 1975. p. 14.
- "Marchibroda steps up as coach of Colts". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. January 16, 1975. p. 10.
- NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 296
- "Steeler defense stops Baltimore". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. December 28, 1975. p. D1.
- "Steeler defense too much". Milwaukee Journal. press dispatches. December 28, 1975. p. 1, sports.
- Mulvoy, Mark (January 5, 1976). "A Steelclad case for the defense". Sports Illustrated. p. 13.