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Ted Marchibroda

Ted Marchibroda
Marchibroda on a 1953 Bowman football card
No. 17, 18, 7
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1931-03-15) March 15, 1931
Place of birth: Franklin, Pennsylvania
Career information
College: Detroit
NFL draft: 1953 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Career history

As coach:

Career NFL statistics
TDINT: 16-29
Yards: 2,169
QB Rating: 45.3
Stats at

Theodore "Ted" Joseph Marchibroda (born March 15, 1931) is a former American football quarterback and head coach in the National Football League.


  • Playing career 1
  • Coaching career 2
  • Broadcasting career 3
  • Accolades 4
  • Coaching tree 5
  • Head coaching record 6
    • NFL 6.1
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Playing career

Marchibroda played college football at Saint Bonaventure University[1] and the University of Detroit, where he excelled as a quarterback. He was drafted in 1953 by his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers. After one year, he left the Steelers to serve in the U.S. Army. He later returned to the Steelers and finished his career with the Chicago Cardinals.[2]

Coaching career

He began his coaching career in 1961 as an assistant for the Baltimore Colts in 1975. In his first year there he turned the Colts into an instant playoff contender as they won the AFC East title. The Colts would win the AFC East title the next 2 seasons, led by 1976 NFL MVP Bert Jones and sensational running back Lydell Mitchell. But in those 3 playoff seasons the Colts would lose in the AFC Divisional Playoffs including a heartbreaking 37-31 loss to the Oakland Raiders in the 1977 postseason. He stayed as coach until 1979 and also served as coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 1992 to 1995. He was the offensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills under head coach Marv Levy from 1989 to 1991.[4] As the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, he was influential in the evolution of the hurry-up offense. Levy, Marchibroda and QB Jim Kelly used their version of the hurry-up offense, the "K-Gun" offense, to a greater extent than any previous offense. Kelly hurried to the line of scrimmage, preventing the defense from making substitutions, and called audibles at the line. The National Football League would later impose a rule that forced offenses to allow time for the defense to make substitutions if the offense made substitutions. He coached the Baltimore Ravens from 1996 to 1998, making him the only man to serve as head coach for both Baltimore NFL teams. He compiled a career record of 87–98–1, with a 2–4 record in the playoffs.

Broadcasting career

Marchibroda was a radio color commentator for the Indianapolis Colts from 1999 to 2006. Marchibroda remains with the Indianapolis Colts Radio Network as an analyst on their pre-game show.


  • Marchibroda is a member of Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor.
  • Marchibroda is also a member of the St. Bonaventure University Athletics Hall of Fame (Class of 1970).
  • Marchibroda was inducted into the National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame in 1976.[5]

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Ted Marchibroda has served:

Assistant coaches under Ted Marchibroda who became NFL or college head coaches:[6]

Head coaching record


Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
BLC 1975 10 4 0 .714 0 1 .000 Lost to Pittsburgh Steelers in AFC Divisional Game.
BLC 1976 11 3 0 .786 0 1 .000 Lost to Pittsburgh Steelers in AFC Divisional Game.
BLC 1977 10 4 0 .714 0 1 .000 Lost to Oakland Raiders in AFC Divisional Game.
BLC 1978 5 11 0 .313
BLC 1979 5 11 0 .313
BLC Total 41 33 0 .554 0 3 .000
IND 1992 9 7 0 .563
IND 1993 4 12 0 .250
IND 1994 8 8 0 .500
IND 1995 9 7 0 .563 2 1 .667 Lost to Pittsburgh Steelers in AFC Conference Championship Game.
IND Total 30 34 0 .469 2 1 .667
BLR 1996 4 12 0 .250
BLR 1997 6 9 1 .406
BLR 1998 6 10 0 .375
BLR Total 14 31 1 .315
Total 87 91 1 .489 2 4 .333


  1. ^ "History Saint Bonaventure Football - Players". Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Ted Marchibroda - Player record". Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  3. ^ George Allen's sphere of influence
  4. ^ "Ted Marchibroda - Coaching record". Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ "The NFL Coaching Tree 2008". Sports Central. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 

External links

  • NFL bio (1997)
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bill Austin
Washington Redskins Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Charlie Waller
Preceded by
Ken Meyer
Chicago Bears Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Ed Hughes
Preceded by
Bob Schnelker
Detroit Lions Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Bill Nelsen
Preceded by
Dick Wood
Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Ted Plumb
Preceded by
Jim Ringo
Buffalo Bills Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Tom Bresnahan
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