1992 Indianapolis Colts season

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1992 Indianapolis Colts season
Head coach Ted Marchibroda
Home field Hoosier Dome
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 3rd AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1992 Indianapolis Colts season was the 40th season for the team in the National Football League and ninth in Indianapolis. The Colts looked to improve on their dismal 1991 season, where they finished 1-15.

The Colts improved by eight games, recording a 9-7 record, and finished third in the AFC East division. It was the team's first season under the returning Ted Marchibroda, who had spent the previous five seasons as the quarterbacks coach and later offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills; Marchibroda had been the head coach of the team from 1975 until 1979 when it was in Baltimore. Marchibroda succeeded interim coach Rick Venturi, who coached the last eleven games of the 1991 season following the firing of Ron Meyer. Venturi remained on Marchibroda's staff as defensive coordinator.

Football Outsiders calls the 1992 Colts "possibly the luckiest team in NFL history", due to ranking the Colts as the second worst team in 1992, statistically. "The Colts finished 9–7 even though opponents outscored them 302–216", Football Outsiders continued. "They were 4–7 after losing 30–14 to Pittsburgh on November 22. Then they finished the year with a five-game winning streak – but they won those games by an average of four points. ... It didn't hurt that the Colts recovered 59 percent of fumbles that season and had a below-average schedule."[1]

The Colts' 1,102 rushing yards is the lowest for any team in a single season in the 1990s.[2]

Offseason[edit]

On April 26, 1992, the Colts parted ways with Eric Dickerson after five seasons, trading him to the Los Angeles Raiders. Although they had gone to great lengths to acquire him in 1987 and he led the NFL in rushing twice while playing for them, the Colts' relationship with Dickerson soured during the 1990 season and he was suspended twice for conduct detrimental to the team. Dickerson was also unhappy with the Colts' fans blaming him for the team's lack of success and was said to be angry over the team's firing of Ron Meyer, his former college coach, during the previous season.

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1992 NFL Draft
Round # (Overall) NFL Team Player Position College
1(1) Indianapolis Colts Steve Emtman Defensive Tackle Washington
1(2) Indianapolis Colts Quentin Coryatt Linebacker Texas A&M
2(29) Indianapolis Colts Ashley Ambrose Defensive Back Mississippi Valley St.
4(85) Indianapolis Colts Rodney Culver Running Back Notre Dame
4(105) Indianapolis Colts Tony McCoy Defensive Tackle Florida

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1992 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

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Tom Zupancic

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 September 6, 1992 Cleveland Browns W 14–3 1–0 Hoosier Dome
50,766
2 September 13, 1992 Houston Oilers L 10–20 1–1 Hoosier Dome
44,851
3 September 20, 1992 at Buffalo Bills L 0–38 1–2 Rich Stadium
77,781
4 Bye
5 October 4, 1992 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 24–14 2–2 Tampa Stadium
56,585
6 October 11, 1992 New York Jets W 6–3 3–2 Hoosier Dome
48,393
7 October 18, 1992 San Diego Chargers L 14–34 3–3 Hoosier Dome
48,552
8 October 25, 1992 at Miami Dolphins W 31–20 4–3 Joe Robbie Stadium
61,117
9 November 1, 1992 at San Diego Chargers L 0–26 4–4 Jack Murphy Stadium
40,324
10 November 8, 1992 Miami Dolphins L 0–28 4–5 Hoosier Dome
59,892
11 November 15, 1992 New England Patriots L 34–37 4–6 Hoosier Dome
42,631
12 November 22, 1992 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 14–30 4–7 Three Rivers Stadium
51,101
13 November 29, 1992 Buffalo Bills W 16–13 5–7 Hoosier Dome
50,221
14 December 6, 1992 at New England Patriots W 6–0 6–7 Foxboro Stadium
19,429
15 December 13, 1992 at New York Jets W 10–6 7–7 The Meadowlands
33,684
16 December 20, 1992 Phoenix Cardinals W 16–13 8–7 Hoosier Dome
46,763
17 December 27, 1992 at Cincinnati Bengals W 21–17 9–7 Riverfront Stadium
47,837

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Miami Dolphins 11 5 0 .688 5–3 9–3 340 281 W3
(4) Buffalo Bills 11 5 0 .688 5–3 7–5 381 283 L1
Indianapolis Colts 9 7 0 .563 5–3 7–7 216 302 W5
New York Jets 4 12 0 .250 3–5 4–8 220 315 L3
New England Patriots 2 14 0 .125 2–6 2–10 205 363 L5

See also[edit]

References[edit]