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2001 Indianapolis Colts season


2001 Indianapolis Colts season

2001 Indianapolis Colts season
Head coach Jim E. Mora
General manager Bill Polian
Owner Jim Irsay
Home field RCA Dome
Record 6–10
Division place 4th AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers WR Marvin Harrison
TE Ken Dilger
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The 2001 Indianapolis Colts season was the 49th season for the team in the National Football League and 18th in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Colts finished the National Football League's 2001 season with a record of 6 wins and 10 losses, and finished fourth in the AFC East division. In the process the Colts allowed 486 points in sixteen games, an average of 30 points per match and the worst since the infamous 1981 Colts who allowed 533. At the time only the 1980 Saints and the notorious 1966 Giants (in a 14-game schedule) had ever allowed more points.[1]


NFL Draft



2001 Indianapolis Colts staff
Front Office
  • Owner and Chief Executive Officer – Jim Irsay
  • President – Bill Polian
  • Director of Football Operations – Dom Anile
  • Director of Pro Player Personnel – Clyde Powers
  • Assistant Director of Football Operations – Chris Polian
  • Director of Player Development – Steve Champlin
  • Coordinator of Player Personnel – John Becker
  • Director of College Scouting – Mike Butler

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches


Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator – Vic Fangio
  • Defensive Line – Todd Grantham
  • Linebackers – Mike Murphy
  • Defensive Assistant – John Pagano

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams – Kevin Spencer

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Jon Torine
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Richard Howell


Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site TV Time Attendance
1 September 9, 2001 at New York Jets W 45–24 1–0 The Meadowlands CBS 1:00 pm
2 September 23, 2001 Buffalo Bills W 42–26 2–0 RCA Dome CBS 1:00 pm
3 September 30, 2001 at New England Patriots L 13–44 2–1 Foxboro Stadium CBS 1:00 pm
4 Bye
5 October 14, 2001 Oakland Raiders L 18–23 2–2 RCA Dome ESPN 8:30 pm
6 October 21, 2001 New England Patriots L 17–38 2–3 RCA Dome CBS 1:00 pm
7 October 25, 2001 at Kansas City Chiefs W 35–28 3–3 Arrowhead Stadium ESPN 8:30 pm
8 November 4, 2001 at Buffalo Bills W 30–14 4–3 Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS 1:00 pm
9 November 11, 2001 Miami Dolphins L 24–27 4–4 RCA Dome CBS 1:00 pm
10 November 18, 2001 at New Orleans Saints L 20–34 4–5 Louisiana Superdome CBS 1:00 pm
11 November 25, 2001 San Francisco 49ers L 21–40 4–6 RCA Dome FOX 1:00 pm
12 December 2, 2001 at Baltimore Ravens L 27–39 4–7 PSINet Stadium CBS 1:00 pm
13 December 10, 2001 at Miami Dolphins L 6–41 4–8 Pro Player Stadium ABC 9:00 pm
14 December 16, 2001 Atlanta Falcons W 41–27 5–8 RCA Dome FOX 1:00 pm
15 December 23, 2001 New York Jets L 28–29 5–9 RCA Dome ESPN 8:30 pm
16 December 30, 2001 at St. Louis Rams L 17–42 5–10 Trans World Dome CBS 1:00 pm
17 January 6, 2002 Denver Broncos W 29–10 6–10 RCA Dome CBS 1:00 pm


AFC East
New England Patriots 11 5 0 .688 371 272 W6
Miami Dolphins 11 5 0 .688 344 290 W2
New York Jets 10 6 0 .625 308 295 W1
Indianapolis Colts 6 10 0 .375 413 486 W1
Buffalo Bills 3 13 0 .188 265 420 L1

Season summary

The Colts suffered only the second losing season of Peyton Manning's career. After opening with dominant wins over the Jets and Buffalo, the Colts were crushed twice in three games by the Patriots to go with a loss to Oakland. Two more wins followed but the season fell apart with losses in seven of the season's final nine games; a 40–21 rout by the San Francisco 49ers on national television set off an infamous postgame press conference rant by coach Jim Mora in which he harped on four Manning interceptions, repeatedly noting one was returned (by the Niners' Zack Bronson) for a touchdown and the others set up San Francisco scores, and a fumble; he angrily scoffed at a reporter's question about the Colts' playoff chances when he barked, "Ah, p-p-p-Playoffs?!? Don't talk about...playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game!" Mora was fired after the season.

Manning threw 23 interceptions during the season, the highest number of his career following his rookie season. He was sacked a career-high 29 times.


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