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Who Are the Best Indianapolis Colts Coaches?

Whenever you’re at a football stadium, eating a hot dog loaded with ketchup and mustard while watching a live match… you may wonder about the best coaches to figure in Indianapolis Colts’ history.

Well, who are really the best Indianapolis Colts coaches for you? Check out this list and see if you will agree with it (which include the honorable mentions).

First, though, these are the three best-known Indianapolis Colts coaches with illustrious careers:

1) Tony Dungy
Tony Dungy is considered one of the best Indianapolis Colts coaches of all time. He was a former pro football player himself, having suited for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants in the National Football League (NFL), mostly as a defensive reserve. He later began to hone his coaching prowess, first becoming as an assistant coach of his alma mater, the University of Minnesota, in 1980.

In 1996 he was appointed as head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, transforming the underdogs into serious contenders. Under Dungy’s tutelage, the Buccaneers ended up second in the National Football Conference – Northern Division, their best finish in many years.

From 2002 to 2008, Dungy became head coach for the Colts. He became the first African-American head coach to win the Super Bowl when the Colts edged the Chicago Bears in the Super Bowl XLI.

As head coach, he placed a new record for straight playoffs appearances when he clinched his tenth appearance versus the Jacksonville Jaguars (the Colts won in that match). He retired from active coaching in 2009, and since then he has had stints as an announcer on Football Night in America (NBC). He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

 

2) Don Shula
Don Shula is now a retired football coach and player. While he may be better known as a former head coach of the Miami Dolphins (whom he led to two Super Bowl championships), he also worked as a head coach for Baltimore Colts – Indianapolis Colts’ former name – from 1963 to 1969. Under his direction, the Colts won a championship during the 1968 NFL season. He had also

In his entire 36-year career as a coach, Shula had only two losing seasons. He still holds the record of having the highest wins as head coach, with 347. Shula was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

 

 

3) Weeb Ewbank
Wilbur Charles “Weeb” Ewbank was primarily known as a head coach for the Baltimore Colts as well as the New York Jets, among other teams he had mentored.

In 1954 he became head coach of young and struggling Baltimore Colts. Then he did what was to become a turnaround for the team – bringing in quarterback Johnny Unitas. Unitas quickly became a star and would become a record-holder for the next 52 years for the most consecutive games with a touchdown pass. He played for the Colts until 1972.

Under Ewbank’s direction and the powered-up offense led by Unitas, the Colts waltzed their way to NFL championships in 1958 and 1959.

Ewbank was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978.

The honorable mentions:

1) Keith Mollesworth – The former halfback/quarterback later held a coaching career during the 1950s. He became head coach of the Baltimore Colts in 1953, during the franchise’s very first season in the league.

2) Ted Morchibroda
The former quarterback mentored several teams, including the two Colts in different decades and cities: the Baltimore Colts from 1975 to 1979, and the Indianapolis Colts from 1992 to 1995. He turned the fates of the two separate Colts around from their dismal win-loss cards with amazing, if not spectacular, finishes. The Indiana Colts fell one game shy away from the Super Bowl XXX when it lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1995.

3) Howard Schnellenberger
Schnellenberger is a retired football coach who spent only one season with the Baltimore Colts (1973-1974). However, during his short tenure as head coach, the Colts managed to defeat the defending Super Bowl champion Miami Dolphins.

Interesting Facts about the Indianapolis Colts

Whether you’re a long-time fan of the Indianapolis Colts or are just a new disciple, these fun facts are guaranteed to bring you additional stock trivia knowledge about your favorite team, to challenge you on how much do you know them, or just to entertain. Check them out!

1) Who are the Indianapolis Colts, and where are they based?
The Indianapolis Colts are a football team competing in the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) of the National Football League (NFL). Their headquarters are currently based in the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

2) How were the Indiana Colts established?
The Indiana Colts actually began as the Baltimore Colts but financial troubles and ownership issues led to the team’s dissolution. After two seasons, the team re-surfaced, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that they relocated to Indianapolis and re-named themselves as the Indianapolis Colts.

3) Which home fields have the Colts played?
From 1953 to 1983, the Colts first played at the Memorial Stadium, located in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1984 they moved to their new home field at Hoosier Dome (which was later renamed as RCA Dome), in Indianapolis, Indiana, where they played until 2007. In 2008 they moved to Lucas Oil Stadium, also in Indianapolis, and they have played there since.

4) What are the Colts’ team colors?
The Indianapolis Colts’ team colors are royal blue and white.

5) Who is Indianapolis Colts’ current mascot?
The team’s mascot is an anthropomorphic blue horse named (what else) Blue. He first emerged on September 17, 2006, on the occasion of the Colts’ first home regular at the RCA Dome, versus the Houston Texas.

6) How many championships have the Colts won?
The team won three NFL championships (1958, 1959 and 1968) while they were still known as the Baltimore Colts. Since their relocation in Indianapolis and their re-naming as Indianapolis Colts in 1984, so far the team has won two league championships.

As for their Super Bowl winnings, so far the Colts have won two (in 1970 and 2006).

7) Who are the former Colts players who are also Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees?
They are as follows:

1968 – Art Donovan
1969 – Joe Perry
1972 – Gino Marchetti
1973 – Raymond Berry, Jim Parker
1975 – Lenny Moore
1978 – Weeb Ewbank
1979 – Johnny Unitas
1984 – Mike McCornack
1990 – Ted Hendricks
1992 – John Mackey
1997 – Don Shula
1999 – Eric Dickerson
2011 – Richard Dent, Marshall Faulk

Peyton Manning

8) How many NFL playoffs have the Indianapolis Colts appeared?
So far, the Colts have appeared in 28 NFL playoffs – 1958, 1959, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1987, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2018.

9) Who is the most famous Indianapolis Colts player of all time?
The most famous Colt has to be Peyton Manning. The star quarterback was drafted to the team in 1998. He went on the spend 14 seasons with the Colts until 2012. He spearheaded the Colts en route to 8 division titles, 2 conference titles and one Super Bowl championship. He also won four league MVP awards and one Super Bowl MVP award. Due to his numerous career achievements, Manning is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

You can look at Peyton Mannings amazing career achievements on this Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_career_achievements_by_Peyton_Manning#NFL_milestones

10) Who are the former Colts players with retired uniforms?
They are as follows:

#19 Johnny Unitas
#22 Buddy Young
#24 Lenny Moore
#70 Art Donovan
#77 Jim Parker
#82 Raymond Berry
#89 Gino Marchetti