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Let’s Rank All Of The Indianapolis Colts Head Coaches

 

 

14. Rod Dowhower

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Years Coached: 1985-1986

Total Games Coached: 29

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 5-24

 

Rod Dowhower was a long-time coach who had dabbled in both college football and the NFL. He finally got his opportunity as a head coach in the NFL in 1985 for the Indianapolis Colts and well…..it didn’t go very good at all. In his first season with the team, the Colts went 5-11 and followed that up by starting 0-13 the next season before Dowhower was shown the door and was never a head coach in the NFL again.


 

13. Howard Schnellenberger

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Years Coached: 1973-1974

Total Games Coached: 17

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 4-13

 

Howard Schnellenberger is a legendary head coach in the college football world. In college, he has spent time in Oklahoma, Louisville, Florida Atlantic, and Miami as head coach and has seen various amounts of success. Unfortunately for Schnellenberger, his NFL head coaching career was a complete bust. In just a little over one season as head coach of the Colts, Schnellenberger won four games total before getting shit-canned after an 0-3 start in 1974. Things would improve for Schnellenberger who would go on to win a National Championship with Miami in 1983.


 

12. Mike McCormack

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Years Coached: 1980-1981

Total Games Coached: 32

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 9-23

 

From about 1978 to 1986, the Colts had some rough years. They had zero winning seasons. Zero playoff appearances. And it was during this time that the Colts said “fuck you” to the city of Baltimore and packed shit up in the middle of the night and left for Indiana. During this time, they had a head coach named Mike McCormack for two seasons and those seasons were an absolute shit show. Things started off okay when the team went 7-9 in his first year and looked like they were building something….only to completely fall off the cliff the next year. McCormack was fired and replaced following a 2-14 season in 1981.


 

11. Frank Kush

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Years Coached: 1982-1984

Total Games Coached: 35

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 11-28-1

 

Frank Kush was the head coach of the Colts during arguably the franchise’s roughest period. Kush was a head coach in the CFL when the Baltimore Colts came calling in 1982. Things didn’t start out well. Kush’s first team went 0-8-1 in 1982 during the shortened NFL player’s strike season and then some guy named John Elway refused to play for them if he was drafted by them in the NFL draft. Yowzers. His luck started to turn around in 1983 when the Colts went 7-9, but then Baltimore took off for Indianapolis in the off-season, a move which Kush reportedly was against. After a 4-11 start in 1984, Kush had enough and quit with one game left in the season because Indianapolis sucks and he wanted to move back to Arizona. WHO THE HELL CAN BLAME HIM?


 

10. Lindy Infante

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Years Coached: 1996-1997

Total Games Coached: 32

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 12-20

 

Lindy Infante’s tenure in Indianapolis was a very mixed bag. He was given the head coaching job after Ted Marchibroda was fired and the Colts promoted Infante to the job. Here’s where I remind you that promotions from within rarely work in the NFL. His first season with the Colts was a good one as Infante got them to 9-7 and a playoff appearance. Unfortunately that playoff appearance was a butt-whooping at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Infante’s team never recovered from that butt-whooping as they went a disappointing 3-13 the following year and Infante was shit-canned and never coached in the NFL again.


 

9. Frank Reich

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Years Coached: 2018-present

Total Games Coached: 16

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 10-6

 

Frank Reich’s first year in Indianapolis was a success. He got the Colts back to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons and they look like a dangerous up-and-coming team in the NFL right now. I fully expect Reich’s name to rise up on this list, especially considering he has Andrew Luck at QB and Chris Ballard at GM.


 

8. Ron Meyer

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Years Coached: 1986-1991

Total Games Coached: 71

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 36-35

 

Ron Meyer was a controversial coach. He’s perhaps best known in the football world for his time at SMU turning that program around and the fall-out from his “paying the players” scandal that resulted in SMU getting the death penalty. However, that’s a story for a different day. We are talking about Meyers’ time in Indianapolis as the head coach of the Colts which was well…….very average. Meyers spent six seasons as head coach of the Colts, but his teams always hovered around the 9-7 and 7-9 marks, which any NFL fan can tell you, just isn’t good enough to get the job done at the end of the day. In six seasons, Meyers only had one playoff appearance and that team lost to the Browns in the divisional round in 1987. The Colts had finally seen enough in 1991 when they fired Meyers ass after an 0-5 start. Maybe he should have paid the players to play harder?


 

7. Jim Mora

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Years Coached: 1998-2001

Total Games Coached: 64

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 32-32

 

Playoffs? PLAYOFFS? FREAKING PLAYOFFS??????? Jim Mora’s teams were just trying to win a damn game. It’s unfortunate for him, they didn’t win more so he could be higher on this list.


 

6. Ted Marchibroda

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Years Coached: 1975-1979 (first stint), 1992-1995 (second stint)

Total Games Coached: 138

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 71-67

 

Ted Marchibroda was brought in as the new head coach of the Baltimore Colts in 1975. He took over a team that had gone 2-12 the previous year and made an amazing jump in his first season when the team finished 10-4 and made the playoffs. Unfortunately they were eliminated in the first playoff game they played in. That’s how you can best explain the Marchibroda Era. A great regular season followed by a big whiff in the playoffs. Marchibroda was relived of his duties following the 1979 season and back-to-back 5-11 seasons. The Colts brought him back as head coach in 1992 and once again he was able to turn the franchise’s fortunes around. Marchibroda spent four more seasons in Indianapolis and this time found a little post-season success. In 1995, the Colts were one play away from making the Super Bowl, but ended up coming up short against the Steelers in the AFC Championship. Marchibroda and the Colts split up that off-season when the two sides couldn’t come to terms on a new contract.


 

5. Chuck Pagano

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Years Coached: 2012-2017

Total Games Coached: 96

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 53-43

 

The Chuck Pagano Era in Indianapolis started off with a bang and Colts fans felt like they had the upcoming coach of the NFL’s next dynasty. Pagano came in and took over a 2-14 team and immediately turned them into an 11-5 team (with help from Bruce Arians who took over after Pagano left the team for cancer treatments in the middle of the season). The next two years were more of the same with the Colts finishing 11-5 on the year, but in 2014 the team made it all the way to the AFC Championship before getting blown out by the New England Patriots. The Colts could never get over that loss against the Patriots as they started to regress immediately. In 2017, they hit rock bottom when the team finished 4-12 and Pagano was shown the door after missing the playoffs for the third consecutive year.


 

4. Jim Caldwell

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Years Coached: 2009-2011

Total Games Coached: 48

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 26-22

 

Did Jim Caldwell get a fair shake in Indianapolis? That’s debatable. Caldwell took over as head coach for the Colts after Tony Dungy announced his retirement. Caldwell’s team saw immediate success as they went 14-2 and made it all the way to the Super Bowl before losing to the New Orleans Saints. I don’t care if Caldwell inherited a good team with a great quarterback, the fact that he was able to get a team to the Super Bowl in his first-year as a head coach in the NFL gets him mega bonus points here folks. Unfortunately for Caldwell and Colts fans, this was the peak of his era. The team dipped a bit in 2010 when they went 10-6 and lost in the first-round of the playoffs. And then the wheels fell completely off in 2011 when Peyton Manning missed time with an injury and the Colts went 2-14 and fired Caldwell. I personally don’t think Jim Caldwell is a great coach or anything, but what he was able to do in his first-year with the Colts is still really impressive and gets him a top 4 ranking here.


 

3. Don McCafferty

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Years Coached: 1970-1972

Total Games Coached: 33

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 22-10-1

 

Short and sweet. That’s the best way to explain Don McCafferty’s time in Baltimore as head coach of the Colts. McCafferty took over as head coach for the Colts after Don Shula left to join the Miami Dolphins. That was the bad news for Colts fans. The good news is, McCafferty and QB Johnny Unitas would go on to win the Super Bowl in their first year together. NOT A BAD WAY TO START THINGS OFF….AM I RIGHT? The following year was another good year for the Colts as they went 10-6 and made it all the way to the AFC Championship before getting owned by Shula and his Miami Dolphins. This was it for the McCafferty Era though. After a 1-4 start in 1972, the Colts owner demanded that McCafferty bench Unitas and when he refused, McCafferty was fired. But hey, at least he won a Super Bowl!


 

2. Don Shula

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Years Coached: 1963-1969

Total Games Coached: 98

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 71-23-4

 

Don Shula is one of the best head coaches in NFL history. His time as head coach of the Miami Dolphins speaks for itself. However, Shula first got his start as a head coach in Baltimore as coach of the Colts. Shula took over as head coach of the Colts in 1963 and never had a losing season in Baltimore. The Colts were always one of the best teams in the NFL under Shula and even though they never won the Super Bowl, they came close in 1968 before losing to the New York Jets in Super Bowl III. Shula left the Colts in 1969 to take the job as Dolphins head coach and we all know what happened there (17-0 bitches!). Don Shula would be the best coach in Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts history if it wasn’t for this guy……..


 

1. Tony Dungy

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Years Coached: 2002-2008

Total Games Coached: 112

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 85-27

 

The G.O.A.T. of head coaching when it comes to the Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts. No other coach has coached more games in the Super Bowl era for the Colts. No other coach has more playoff wins. No other coach has more division titles. And oh yeah, he helped the Colts win their first Super Bowl title in 36 years when they beat the Chicago Bears in 2006. You can argue this all you want, but you’re not doing yourselves any favors.