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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

The Best Indianapolis Colts Players of All Time

For many decades, the Indianapolis Colts have produced stellar players, each with his illustrious career highlights. Find out the roster of the Colts’ best players and a brief information about them. If you had your own Colts dream team, you would have surely picked any of them.

Peyton Manning

1) Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning (born in 1976) is one of the best-known Colts quarterbacks. A five-time National Football League (NFL) MVP, he started suiting up for the Colts in 1998 and stayed there for thirteen seasons until his exit from the team in 2011 (he played for the Denver Broncos thereafter).

Known by his nickname as “The Sheriff,” Manning boasts several records, including the most touchdown passes (with 539) and 4,000-yard passing seasons (with 14), apart from being a five-time league MVP. He is also a two-time Super Bowl champion and the Super Bowl XLI MVP.

2) Marvin Harrison
Now retired from active career, Marvin Harrison (born in 1972) is still recognized as one of Colts’ most popular players and also one of the greatest wide receivers in the history of National Football League. Drafted into the team ni 1996, Harrison went on to spend the next thirteen years with them. He received a Super Bowl ring upon the team’s victory over the Chicago Bears in the Super Bowl XLI.

3) Johnny Unitas
The late Johnny Unitas (1933-2002) was a star quarterback who played for the Colts for most of his career. He was named the league’s MVP three times (in 1959, 1964 and 1967) and a one-time Super Bowl champion (1971). For 52 years he was unbeaten for having the most consecutive games with a touchdown pass. He was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.

4) Reggie Wayne
Reggie Wayne (born in 1978) is a now-retired NFL star. After being picked 30th overall in the 2001 NFL draft, he went on to spend the next 13 years with the Colts. In fact, he spent his entire career with the team alone. A star wide receiver, Wayne recorded 1,000-yard seasons consecutively between 2004 and 2010. The former University of Miami stalwart currently ranks at seventh place on the all-time league career receptions, tenth in all-time league receiving yards, and 23rd all-time in career touchdown receptions.

5) Dwight Freeney
Dwight Freeney (born in 1980) is a now-retired football player who spent the majority of his 16-year career with the Indiana Colts (2002-2012), where he played as a defensive linesman. He participated in seven Pro Bowls and helped the team to steer towards their Super Bowl XLI championship (over the Chicago Bears). He also suited up for other several football teams such as the San Diego Chargers and Detroit Lions (his last).

6) Robert Mathis
Robert Mathis (born in 1981) is a former NFL outside linebacker who spent his entire 14-year career with the Colts (2003-2016). After retiring, Mathis became the team’s assistant defensive coach in 2017, a position he still holds as of this writing.
He was one of the Colts’ most valuable defensive assets. He made the Pro Bowler six times and steered the Colts to their Super Bowl XLI victory.

7) Jeff Saturday
Jeff Saturday (born in 1975) is an ex-NFL center who spent most of his 13-year career with the Colts (1999-2011). He was also a part of the Colts’ Super Bowl XLI championship over the Chicago Bears. In addition, he made it to four All-Pro teams and five Pro Bowls. He ended his active career with the Green Bay Packers before retiring.

8) Adam Vinatieri
Adam Vinatieri (born in 1972) is an NFL placekicker who started his career in 1996 with the now-defunct Amsterdam Admirals, an American team in NFL Europe. Next, he suited up with the New England Patriots (1996-2005) before moving to the Colts in 2006. As of this writing, Vinatieri still actively plays for the Colts. Vinatieri’s main claim to fame is his record career field goals (with 556) and his 44 consecutive league field goals made.

New to the world of Colts and NFL? Read this fascinating link, “Interesting Facts about the NFL.

The Short History of Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts have been around in the National Football League (NFL) for a long time. But compared to the other football teams, the Colts might be considered one of the younger teams in the league.

The Colts’ history traces way back to the mid-1940s but in a different city and state – Baltimore, Maryland, as the Baltimore Colts. The Baltimore Colts team was founded in the All-America Football (AAFC) in 1947. In 1950, the Colts became an NFL team as part of the negotiations between the NFL and the AAFC. However, this venture fizzled and the franchise was dissolved after the 1950 season.

However, the Baltimore Colts seemed to find luck on their side. In 1953, the Dallas Texans franchise was disbanded, giving the Baltimore Colts another chance to become an NFL team once again. The league’s commissioner at that time, Bert Bell, presented a challenge to the city of Baltimore: to sell 15,000 season tickets in the span of six weeks. The challenge was met successfully, as tickets became sold out in just over four weeks. A businessman named Carroll Rosenbloom brought the NFL franchise to the team in January 1953, which made him its principal owner.

For the next 14 years, the Baltimore Colts enjoyed a generally good run, never experiencing a losing season. It went on to win the NFL championships in 1958, 1959 and 1968, thanks to the its powerful roster led by the star quarterback Johnny Unitas and his able-bodied support such as Artie Donovan, Raymond Berry, Gino Marchetti, Lenny Moore and others.

Rosenbloom went on to own the Baltimore Colts until 1972, after he traded the franchise to Robert Irsay (who owned the Los Angeles Rams at that time). About a year later, Unitas left the Colts and was traded to the San Diego Chargers. It seems that the magic had left the Colts after some of its remarkable figures, who had built the team over the years, moved out. Since the changes, the Colts were experiencing one loss after another and were also suffering dismal fan attendance.

For this reason, the Colts said goodbye to Baltimore and moved to Indiana in 1984, becoming the Indianapolis Colts. The move was met with so much fuss and fanfare. But it wasn’t a good start either, as the now-Indianapolis Colts were struggling in their new turf. During that time the team was experiencing frequent changes in their coaching staff. They also tried with seventeen different starting quarterbacks.

The Indianapolis Colts began to enjoy moderate successes, making a total of three postseason appearance in the next thirteen seasons. They met with most successes in 1995-1996. In 1995 they almost won the American Championship Game, only to lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Colts’ fate began to change remarkably with the arrival of quarterback Peyton Manning in 1998. With his skills and leadership, the Colts became one of the teams to reckon with. For the first time in 36 seasons, Manning led the Colts to the Super Bowl championship in 2006.

If you are new Colts fan — or a football fan in general — this article is quite informative and fun to read at the same time: “Interesting Facts about the NFL.”

Colts Fan Club Progress + Update!

Hey guys! It’s me, Spacey. I know it’s been a while since I’ve written on this blog, and I want to apologize. I’ve just had so much on my plate with finals, prom and now college… not to mention watching the Colt’s kick butt!

I hope everyone else has been keeping tracking of the boys. It’s up to us as their loyal fans to remind everyone constantly and at every moment and every opportunity just how great the colts are. Colts fans unite!

An important update!

I want to remind everyone of the meeting on the 28th of April. We have a Gorilla Bar has a brand new top air hockey table from this air hockey table buying guide and everyone is eager to give it a thrashing. last talk we had in the Facebook group. If you are still yet to join, please PM me ASAP. You need a special invitation to join.

The talk was about the future of the Colts Fan Club and how we can work even harder to show the world how great the Colts are. We are on a mission here, people… one great team for world domination! Just kidding… but that would be pretty cool. Can you imagine if Frank Gore became the president of the world!

On a serious note, it’s important to remember Gorilla Bar has a strict dress code. Only people wearing an appropriate shirt, long pants and closed toe shoes will be allowed to enter. We have booked somewhere pretty special as we are celebrating 3 birthday’s at once. No presents please – it sets an expectation for everyone else and we simply can’t have that. Plus, I’m broke.

What else is new? Well, I have a girlfriend, I’m getting amazing scores in college and I’m going through all the normal stuff someone my age should be going through… that’s right. Life is a blast.

Talk soon! And see you on the 28th!

Dream Team: Frank Gore Jersey #23

Jersey:

Frank Gore’s jersey number for the Indianapolis Colts is number 23.

Position played:

Frank Gore plays the position of running back.

What does Frank Gore do in his spare time?

As with most sportsmen, apparently he spends loads of time in the outdoors and loves gardening – he is particularly fond of environmentalism and believes in conservation efforts. I’ve been researching electric mowers to try and follow in his footsteps and so I feel like I’m doing my bit too 😉 I guess we all need to do our bit to help the environment. If you need some guidance finding the a top electric mowers there’s loads of resources online – I found quality reviews just by researching the term. His NFL background is strong however, and even on the weekends he enjoys playing a game of football with friends.

Best game moment?

I really respect Frank Gore’s abilities on the field. Although he is not my favorite player, I can absolutely respect his ability to play a great game of football. This has resulted in many great moments on the field, although I believe he was a great player even before he joined the Colts. One such moment was leading the 49ers to win the Superbowl in 2012. For me, I am still waiting to see his best moment playing for the Colts but I am sure this will not be far off.

So, what is your opinion on Frank Gore?

Frank Gore has had a fantastic playing career. Over the years he has shown what a dedicated and talented footballer he is. His dedication has resulted in a long NFL career that will be continued for many years to come. I suppose I am always a little cautious when I see players come from other teams. One is always presented with the questions. One such question is why did they leave? Instead of looking towards the player for blame, it is probably more fair to suggest that the offer of playing for the Indianapolis Colts was too good to refuse. After all, it is the best team in the NFL! We also do not know about any workplace politics that may be happening behind closed doors. Anyway, I look forward to seeing his progress in the next season, and I’m sure 2017 will be an exciting season for Frank Gore.

Read more about other Colts players including Winston Guy, Adam Vinatieri and Andre Johnson.

Dream Team: Vincent Brown Jersey #86

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Jersey:

Vincent Brown’s jersey number for the Indianapolis Colts is number 86.

Position played:

Vincent Brown plays the position of wide receiver.

What does Vincent Brown do in his spare time?

As a wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts, it is no surprise that Vincent Brown loves to spend his spare time running. He is a fit individual who enjoys getting outdoors and hates spending too long under a roof. Apparently, he has not spent one day trapped inside in his entire life.

Best game moment?

Vincent Brown’s stint with the Indianapolis Colts was a short one. He was signed in March 2015. After only a few short months, he was waived in September the same year. This was due to his contract as an unrestricted free agent. Unfortunately, he did not have a chance to show his skill on the field but has gone on to show his skill for other teams.

So, what is your opinion on Vincent Brown?

Most of Vincent Brown’s achievements were seen when he was playing football in his college years. Throughout his college years he kept up an impressive player record, however in 2012 he was struck by injury which had an impact on his ability to play. I think this went on to impact his career. He is obviously a promising talent with skill and determination, and it is a shame that he was not able to prove this whilst he was playing for the Colts. He has since gone on to sign for both the San Diego Chargers and the New Orlean Saints, showing that his skill has been recognized by many clubs. Unfortunately, his proneness to injury has remained. He failed a physical in July 2016 and was released. At only 27 years old, it seems that his career may be over. Although talented, he has not been able to survive the tough world of football.

Dream Team: Winston Guy Jersey #27

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Jersey:

Winston Guy’s jersey number for the Indianapolis Colts is number 27.

Position played:

Winston Guy plays the position of safety.

What does Winston Guy do in his spare time?

Winston Guy does not have spare time. With a job and 2 young kids, he is a busy working father. He is a family man that cares about his kids. He is also interested in rap music and enjoys listening to it in his spare time.

Best game moment?

There is no specific best game moment for Winston Guy in my opinion. He played in 12 games with a total of 6 tackles for the Indianapolis Colts, before being released. Although he was not the best player for the Indianapolis Colts, I admired his effort on the field in both games.

So, what is your opinion on Winston Guy?

Lacking a proper player record, it is difficult to give a full in depth opinion on Winston Guy without also discussing the time he has spent playing for other teams. He was released by the Colts this year and it has been a shame that he was not given the opportunity to fully show just how good he is. At 26 years old, he is still a young guy and there are plenty more years for him to prove just how good he is. I think it is also important to remember that he was already a father at a young age. This gives him priorities outside of football. It also seemed that perhaps his passion was not with the Colts. He had originally chosen to sign with the Seattle Seahawks as opposed to the Colts. It is also important to remember that his release was not necessarily in regards to his ability. He may have been released so that there was room for other players to take his place. Regardless, I think he is a great player and I am sure we will see more of him in the future.

Read more about other Colts players including Andre Johnson, Adam Vinatieri and Frank Gore.

Dream Team: Adam Vinatieri Jersey #4

Jersey:

Adam Vinatieri’s jersey number for the Indianapolis Colts is number 4.

Position played:

Adam Vinatieri plays as a place kicker. A great place to read more information on Vinatieri is here.

What does Adam Vinatieri do in his spare time?

Believe it or not, Adam Vinatieri does have interests outside of NFL. I guess this is not hard to believe, but because it is all we hear about, it is easy to see players as one dimensional. Adam Vinatieri is a natural sportsman and so loves most things outdoors. One of the other sports he loves to do is play golf. To help him play a great game, he has a good set of clubs, the best golf rangefinder and some good quality shoes as every golfer should.

Best game moment:

With a player of Adam Vinatieri’s caliber, there have been many great moments. However, my favorite moment was when he kicked a field goal in the super bowl 36. I thought this was incredible, and I continue to watch the video online. You can see footage of the moment below.

So, what is your opinion on Adam Vinatieri?

I think we all know I am not alone in thinking Adam Vinatieri is currently one of the best NFL players. If this is not only recognizable by his performance on the field, it can be seen in his salary. He has one of the largest contracts in NFL history. He is also one of the oldest players to continue playing at the age of 43, and yet he has still had his contract renewed. This should show what a great player he is. I think it is clear to see why he is such a great player. He’s a big guy, hes’ strong and he has that familiar American family guy attitude and look. I have no doubt that our support for him is one thing that has made him such a successful player, and I know we all wish him the best in the future.

Read more about other Colts players including Andre Johnson, Winston Guy and Frank Gore.

My Top 5 Colts Players

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck is the first player in my list. He is one of the few quarterback’s that I really think is a great player, and he has amazing skill on the field. I do not believe a list of the top 5 Colts players could be complete without him, and if I had my own team, I would draft him immediately. Andrew Luck has received many awards based on his performance on the field which are well deserved for a player with this level of skill. Although, this has not come easy for Andrew Luck. With any accomplishment, there is inevitably some struggle. Andrew Luck has suffered various injuries especially in 2015. However, despite his proneness to injury, Andrew Luck has been able to lead the Colts through to two division titles. He is a great player and easily at the top of my list of my top 5 Colts players.

Robert Mathis

Robert Mathis is another great player, and although he is second on my list, his playing skills are first grade! Robert Mathis is another Colts player whose skill was recognized in college. For some people, sports skills are natural and they are recognized early on. Coupled with his academic experience, he is a top person. He plays as an outback linebacker and does a fantastic job of it. And not to mention, this guy is huge! Players probably fear him (I know I would) and I’m sure he leaves turbulence as he walks down the street! Robert Mathis has been playing for a long time now, having been drafted in 2003. I’m sure we will see many great seasons to come, and I especially look forward to his performance in 2017.

Marvin Harrison

Marvin Harrison is the third top player in my list, and was drafted in 1996. This may seem like a long time ago, and that is probably because it is. It is over 20 years ago that Marvin Harrison was drafted, and although he is a former player of the Colts, I wish he would return (although I’m sure his skill is not what it once was). Marvin Harrison’s great skills were recognized in his ability to make the prestigious hall of fame. Marvin Harrison is smaller than a lot of players, but this just goes to show it’s not all about size. He has been able to play a fantastic game even with his smaller frame. Marvin Harrison has had a few injuries during his time, including a knee that gave him a lot of trouble. He played as a wide receiver during his career. I hope he is doing well, but I am sure there will never be a player like him.

Gary Brackett

Gary Brackett is another former player, but in my opinion, he is one of the greatest former players and he will always be remembered for his own individual abilities and skill. He played as a line backer in his time and did a fantastic job at it. Gary Bracket proved his great abilities in his first year of playing in 2005, and ever since then he continued to impress on the field. I have many fond memories of watching him play. He proved himself throughout his career with over 700 tackles in his career. I loved to watch him play and he will be missed from the game.

Pat McAfee

Pat McAfee was drafted in 2009. This makes him one of the newer players on the team, although it has been over 7 years now that he has been playing. Pat McAfee has done it all throughout his own life. He started by playing soccer, and now plays as a placekicker for the Colts. I guess this shows his love for sport. For some people, it just runs in their blood. Pat McAfee cut his hair off in 2011 for children, and this was a great way to raise funds and awareness in the community for the importance of struggles of children and to assist in raising money for them. He has also suffered his fair share of person struggles in his own life. This happens to be a trend with a lot of players, especially when they end their careers and the fame stops. Perhaps the fame starts to make them question other areas of their life that may be lacking. I guess with the fame awarded to them there may be many people that like them, but very few people that understand them. I know people in the general public wouldn’t recognize this. They would only see the positive aspects of fame, but it is hard for us to recognize it when we do not experience it first hand. I know this post was not meant to be about the struggles of celebrities and public figures, but it has become that. Perhaps I will post another article about this issue in the future! Regardless of that, I believe Pat McAfee is a fantastic player and should be appreciated for this.