Ted Marchibroda

Ted Marchibroda

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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
Date of death: January 16, 2016(2016-01-16) (aged 84)
Place of death: Weems, Virginia
Career information
College: Detroit
NFL Draft: 1953 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career NFL statistics
TDINT: 16–29
Yards: 2,169
QB Rating: 45.3
Player stats at NFL.com

Theodore "Ted" Joseph Marchibroda (March 15, 1931 – January 16, 2016) was an American football quarterback and coach in the National Football League.[1]

Playing career

Marchibroda played college football at Saint Bonaventure University[2] and the University of Detroit, where he excelled as a quarterback, leading the nation with 1,813 yards passing in 1952.

Marchibroda was drafted in 1953 by his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers. After one year, he left the Steelers to serve in the U.S. Army. After his discharge, Marchibroda returned to the Steelers. He finished his professional playing career with the Chicago Cardinals.[3]

Coaching career

Marchibroda began his coaching career in 1961 as an assistant for the Washington Redskins before joining the Los Angeles Rams in 1966.[4] He then served as offensive coordinator under George Allen for the Redskins.

Marchibroda got his first head coaching job with the Baltimore Colts in 1975. In his first year, 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 two seasons, led by 1976 NFL Most Valuable Player quarterback Bert Jones and sensational running back Lydell Mitchell. But in those three playoff seasons, the Colts would lose in the AFC Divisional Playoffs including a 37–31 loss to the Oakland Raiders in the 1977 postseason. Marchibroda stayed as coach until 1979.

Marchibroda served as the quarterbacks coach and later offensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills under head coach Marv Levy from 1987 to 1991.[5] As offensive coordinator for the Bills, he was influential in the evolution of the hurry-up offense. Levy, Marchibroda and quarterback Jim Kelly used their version of the hurry-up offense, the "K-Gun" offense, more than any previous offense. Kelly would hurry to the line of scrimmage, preventing the defense from making substitutions, and called audibles at the line. The National Football League later imposed a rule that allowed time for defense substitutions if the offense made substitutions, except after the two-minute warning of either half.[6]

In 1992, Marchibroda returned to the Colts for a second stint as head coach.[7] He was fired by the Colts after the 1995 season. From 1996 to 1998 he coached the Baltimore Ravens, 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 alongside Bob Lamey.[8]


Marchibroda died on January 16, 2016 from natural causes at his home in Weems, Virginia at the age of 84.[9] He was survived by his wife Ann, their four children and six grandchildren.[10]


Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Ted Marchibroda served:

Assistant coaches under Ted Marchibroda who became NFL or college head coaches:[12]

Head coaching record


Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won LostTiesWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
BLC1975 1040.714 0 1 .000 Lost to Pittsburgh Steelers in AFC Divisional Game.
BLC1976 1130.786 0 1 .000 Lost to Pittsburgh Steelers in AFC Divisional Game.
BLC1977 1040.714 0 1 .000 Lost to Oakland Raiders in AFC Divisional Game.
BLC1978 5110.313
BLC1979 5110.313
BLC Total 41 33 0 .554 0 3 .000
IND1992 970.563
IND1993 4120.250
IND1994 880.500
IND1995 970.563 2 1 .667 Lost to Pittsburgh Steelers in AFC Conference Championship Game.
IND Total 30 34 0 .469 2 1 .667
BLR1996 4120.250
BLR1997 691.406
BLR1998 6100.375
BLR Total 16 31 1 .315
Total 87 98 1 .489 2 4 .333

See also


  1. "Former Colts Coach, Broadcaster Marchibroda Dies at Age 84". New York Times.com. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  2. "History Saint Bonaventure Football – Players". Retrieved 9 January 2010.
  3. "Ted Marchibroda – Player record". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
  4. George Allen's sphere of influence
  5. "Ted Marchibroda – Coaching record". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
  6. Offense not allowed to quick-sub and quick-snap
  7. Rebuilding Colts' offense Marchibroda's top priority
  8. Sessler, Marc (January 16, 2016). "Former NFL Coach Ted Marchibroda Dies at Age 84". National Football League. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
  9. "Ted Marchibroda, coach of Colts, Ravens, dead at 84". Baltimore Sun.com. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
  10. "Renowned former NFL coach Ted Marchibroda dies at age 84". Washington Post.com. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  11. "The NFL Coaching Tree 2008". Sports Central. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
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