1979 Baltimore Colts season

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1979 Baltimore Colts season
Head coachTed Marchibroda
General managerDick Szymanski
OwnerRobert Irsay
Home fieldMemorial Stadium
Results
Record5–11
Division place5th AFC East
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersRB Joe Washington

The 1979 Baltimore Colts season was the 27th season for the team in the National Football League (NFL). Under fifth-year head coach Ted Marchibroda, the Colts again finished with 5 wins and 11 losses, fifth in the AFC East division.

With persistent shoulder problems, quarterback Bert Jones was sidelined; replaced by veteran Greg Landry, the Colts continued to struggle. Marchibroda was fired after the season in late December,[1][2] and succeed by Mike McCormack.[3]

Offseason[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

1979 Baltimore Colts draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 6 Barry Krauss  Linebacker Alabama
3 69 Kim Anderson  Safety Arizona State
5 115 Larry Braziel  Cornerback USC
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1979 Baltimore Colts staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – George Boutselis


Roster[edit]

1979 Baltimore Colts roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics

Source:[4]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 September 2 at Kansas City Chiefs L 0–14 0–1 Arrowhead Stadium
50,442
2 September 9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 26–29 0–2 Memorial Stadium
36,374
3 September 16 at Cleveland Browns L 10–13 0–3 Cleveland Stadium
72,070
4 September 23 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 13–17 0–4 Three Rivers Stadium
49,483
5 September 30 Buffalo Bills L 13–31 0–5 Memorial Stadium
31,904
6 October 7 New York Jets W 10–8 1–5 Memorial Stadium
32,142
7 October 14 Houston Oilers L 16–28 1–6 Memorial Stadium
45,021
8 October 21 at Buffalo Bills W 14–13 2–6 Rich Stadium
50,581
9 October 28 New England Patriots W 31–26 3–6 Memorial Stadium
41,029
10 November 4 Cincinnati Bengals W 38–28 4–6 Memorial Stadium
37,740
11 November 11 at Miami Dolphins L 0–19 4–7 Orange Bowl
50,193
12 November 18 at New England Patriots L 21–50 4–8 Schaefer Stadium
60,879
13 November 25 Miami Dolphins L 24–28 4–9 Memorial Stadium
38,016
14 December 2 at New York Jets L 17–30   4–10 Shea Stadium
47,744
15 December 9 Kansas City Chiefs L 7–10   4–11 Memorial Stadium
25,684
16 December 16 at New York Giants W 31–7   5–11 Giants Stadium
58,711

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Miami Dolphins(3) 10 6 0 .625 5–3 6–6 341 257 L1
New England Patriots 9 7 0 .563 4–4 6–6 411 326 W1
New York Jets 8 8 0 .500 4–4 5–7 337 383 W3
Buffalo Bills 7 9 0 .438 4–4 5–7 268 279 L3
Baltimore Colts 5 11 0 .313 3–5 4–10 271 351 W1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marchibroda fired by Colts after two 5-11 seasons". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). wire service reports. December 27, 1979. p. 2C.
  2. ^ "Colts fire Marchibroda". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. December 28, 1979. p. 1B.
  3. ^ "McCormack named Colts head coach". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. January 17, 1980. p. 1C.
  4. ^ "1979 Baltimore Colts starters and roster". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 20, 2014.