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FORMER COLTS HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY AND WR-MARVIN HARRISONNAMED TO PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2016 

Posted by coltsindianapolis on February 6, 2016 – 9:36 pm

The NFL tonight announced former Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy and wide receiver Marvin Harrison as inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016. 

Dungy becomes the 23rd coach in the Hall of Fame and the third former Colts head coach to earn the honor joining Weeb Ewbank (inducted in 1978) and Don Shula (inducted in 1997). Dungy compiled a .668 regular season winning percentage (139-69) and a .652 overall mark (148-79) as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts (2002-08) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-2001). He is the winningest coach in Colts history and his 85-27 (.759) record from 2002-08 ranked second in the NFL during that span. Dungy was the first coach to beat all 32 NFL teams and is one of three people to win a Super Bowl as a player and a head coach. He led the Colts to their second Super Bowl victory in Super Bowl XLI and became the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl. Dungy had 10 seasons with 10-plus wins (seven with Indianapolis, three with Tampa Bay). He took 11 of his 13 teams to the playoffs and made 10 straight playoff appearances from 1999-2008 to best Tom Landry’s nine (1975-83) as the most by a coach since 1970. Dungy also won six division titles (five AFC South, one NFC Central) and was the second Colts head coach inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor in 2010.

 

After joining the Colts in 2002, Dungy established Indianapolis as one of the most successful franchises in the NFL year-in and year-out. He led Indianapolis to 10-6, 12-4, 12-4, 14-2, 12-4, 13-3 and 12-4 regular season records to become the only Colts coach with 10-plus victories and playoff appearances in his first seven seasons with the team. The seven straight 10-plus victory seasons tied the NFL’s then second-longest mark, while six straight years with 12-plus wins set the league’s standard. In Indianapolis, Dungy coached 27 Associated Press All-Pro selections, 34 Pro Bowl selections, 38 AFC Player of the Week selections and 13 AFC Player of the Month selections. Quarterback Peyton Manning was named NFL MVP four times under Dungy’s tutelage. Dungy also coached an Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year in Manning and safety Bob Sanders. He earned Coach of the Year honors from Sporting News and Sports Illustrated in 2005 after guiding the Colts to a franchise-record 14 wins. In 2008, Indianapolis became the only NFL team to win at least seven consecutive games in five straight seasons, a mark the franchise extended to six seasons in 2009 under Jim Caldwell. Dungy (nine) and Caldwell (14) also combined to help Indianapolis set the NFL record with 23 consecutive regular season victories from 2008-09. Dungy assisted the Colts in becoming the winningest NFL team for a decade as the club produced 115 wins from 2000-09. Indianapolis boasted a top five ranked offense for five consecutive seasons (2003-07) under Dungy, while the defense ranked in the top five in 2007. From 2002-08, Dungy also mentored one of the most disciplined teams in the league as the Colts committed the third-fewest penalties (622) and held the highest turnover margin (+70).

 

Dungy was the head coach of the Buccaneers for six seasons (1996-2001). He compiled a 54-42 (.563) regular season record and ranks second in wins in team history. He guided the Buccaneers to four postseason appearances and three 10-win seasons. In 1998, Dungy led a Tampa Bay defense that ranked first in the NFC and second in the NFL. He was named Professional Coach of the Year by the Maxwell Football Club in 1997. In Tampa Bay, Dungy coached 35 Pro Bowl selections and 20 Associated Press All-Pro selections.

Prior to becoming a head coach, Dungy served as the defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings from 1992-95. During his tenure in Minnesota, the Vikings intercepted an NFL-high 95 passes and made three playoff appearances. Dungy was a defensive backs coach for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1989-1991 and made two playoff appearances.

 

He made his NFL coaching debut with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1981 as a defensive assistant coach. He served as the defensive backs coach in Pittsburgh from 1982-83 before being named the NFL’s youngest coordinator (age 28) in 1984. In five seasons (1984-88) as the Steelers’ defensive coordinator, Pittsburgh averaged 24 interceptions and 37 takeaways, while scoring 20 touchdowns. Dungy was the defensive backs coach at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota, in 1980.

 

Dungy played in 45 career NFL games with the San Francisco 49ers (1979) and Pittsburgh Steelers (1977-78). He originally signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 1977 and was a member of Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl XIII title team.

 

Harrison is only the second Colts wide receiver to be selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, joining Raymond Berry, who was inducted in 1973. The Colts drafted Harrison in the first round (19th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft out of Syracuse. Harrison played all 13 of his NFL seasons (1996-2008) with Indianapolis and finished his career as one of the most prolific receivers to ever play the game. He started 188-of-190 games and totaled 1,102 receptions for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns. Harrison ranks in the top 10 all-time in league history in receptions (third), receiving touchdowns (fifth) and receiving yards (seventh). His 90 games with a touchdown reception are a franchise record and his 29 games with multiple-touchdown receptions ranks tied for the fourth-most in NFL history. Harrison’s 128 total touchdowns ranks as the ninth-most in league annals. His 778 career points ranks fourth in Colts history and first among non-kickers. He had receptions in his first 190 career games to set the NFL record for the most consecutive games with a catch to start a career. Harrison’s 5.8 receptions per game average ranks second all-time, while his 76.7 receiving yards per game average ranks third. His 59 100-yard receiving games are the third most in league history. Harrison is the Colts franchise career leader in receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and 100-yard receiving games. He played on six division title winning teams and was a member of the Colts Super Bowl XLI victory. Harrison was the fourth player inducted into the Colts Ring of Honor in 2011 and owns 28 Colts career records.

 

During most of his time in Indianapolis, Harrison paired with quarterback Peyton Manning as the most productive QB-WR duo in NFL history. Harrison and Manning played 158 games together and set league records for most completions (953), yards (12,766) and touchdowns (112) by a tandem. From 1999-2006, Harrison had eight consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons, and he is the only player ever with eight straight seasons with 1,000-plus receiving yards and 10-plus scoring receptions. He became the first NFL player with 100-plus receptions in four consecutive seasons. Harrison joins Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice and Torry Holt as the only NFL players with 80-plus receptions in eight consecutive seasons. He holds single-season team records for receptions (143 in 2002), receiving yards (1,722 in 2002), receiving touchdowns (15 in 2001 and 2004) and 100-yard receiving games (10 in 2002). His 143 receptions in 2002 are the most single-season receptions in NFL history. Harrison was an eight-time Pro Bowler and Associated Press All-Pro (1999-2006), two-time NFL receptions leader (2000, 2002) and receiving yards leader (1999, 2002). He was named a member of the NFL All-Decade Team (2000-2009). Harrison earned AFC Offensive Player of the Month honors three times and was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week four times. He finished his career with 100-plus receiving yardage outings against 27-of-31 opponents and had touchdown receptions against 29-of-31 opponents. The Colts won 62 percent of the time with Harrison in the lineup and in 72.9 percent of the games when he topped 100 receiving yards.

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS WR-T.Y. HILTON NAMED TO 2016 PRO BOWL 

Posted by coltsindianapolis on January 25, 2016 – 9:12 pm

The NFL today announced that Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton has been named to the 2016 Pro Bowl. Hilton will replace Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald who will miss the game due to injury. The game will be played on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

In 2015, Hilton played in all 16 games (15 starts) for the second time in his career and totaled 69 receptions for 1,124 yards and five touchdowns. He finished as the Colts leader in receptions and receiving yards for the third consecutive year. Hilton also registered his third consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season and joined Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne as the only players in franchise history to post three or more career 1,000-yard receiving seasons. He owned 14 receptions of 25+ yards, which tied for sixth in the NFL. Among players with at least 60 receptions in 2015, Hilton ranked fifth in the league with an average of 16.3 yards per reception. In Week 7 vs. New Orleans, he tallied four receptions for 150 yards (37.5 avg.) and two touchdowns. Hilton’s performance marked his 17th career 100-yard receiving game and his fifth multiple-touchdown game. His 150 receiving yards tied for his fourth-best single-game total of his career. Hilton recorded his sixth-career multiple touchdown performance in Week 12 vs. Tampa Bay when he caught six passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns. In Week 14 at Jacksonville, Hilton registered his second 100-yard receiving game of the season and the 18th of his career when he collected 132 receiving yards on four receptions.

 

Hilton will join teammates Mike Adams and Vontae Davis in Hawaii as the trio will be making their second consecutive Pro Bowl appearances. The Colts have had at least two players represented in the game dating back to 1999 and at least three players each of the last four seasons.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS S-MIKE ADAMS NAMED TO 2016 PRO BOWL

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 10:17 am

The NFL today announced that Colts safety Mike Adams has been named to the 2016 Pro Bowl. Adams will replace Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor who will miss the game due to injury. The game will be played on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

In 13 starts in 2015, Adams ranked fourth on the team with 76 tackles (54 solo) and contributed with five interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), six passes defensed, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 1.0 sack. His five interceptions tied a career-high (2014) and ranked tied for sixth in the NFL. Adams’ three forced fumbles also set a new career-best. In his last two Pro Bowl seasons (2014-15), he has compiled 10 interceptions, which ranks tied for third in the league. In a Week 5 victory against Houston, Adams registered five tackles, two interceptions and two passes defensed. His second interception of the game in the fourth quarter gave the Colts possession of the ball that they would not relinquish, helping to seal the victory. It was his fourth career multiple interception game and Adams earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance. The following week against New England, Adams totaled three tackles, one interception returned for a touchdown and one pass defensed. It marked his second career interception return for a touchdown.

 

Adams and teammate Vontae Davis will both be making their second consecutive appearances in the Pro Bowl. The Colts have had at least two players represented in the game dating back to 1999.

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS CB-VONTAE DAVIS NAMED TO 2016 PRO BOWL 

Posted by coltsindianapolis on January 24, 2016 – 10:54 pm

The NFL today announced that Colts cornerback Vontae Davis has been named to the 2016 Pro Bowl. Davis will replace Broncos cornerback Chris Harris, Jr. who will be participating in Super Bowl 50. The game will be played on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

Davis will be making his second consecutive Pro Bowl appearance. He started all 16 games at cornerback for the second time in his career. Davis led the Colts and ranked tied for 11th in the NFL with 16 passes defensed. He also ranked sixth on the team with 50 tackles (38 solo) and contributed with four interceptions. Three of Davis’ interceptions came in the red zone, including two picks in the end zone to prevent touchdowns from New Orleans (Week 7) and Miami (Week 16). On two occasions, he intercepted passes in back-to-back games (Weeks 7-8 and Weeks 15-16) and tallied six contests with multiple passes defensed.

 

Davis’ selection marks the 18th consecutive year the Colts have had a representative in the Pro Bowl dating back to 1998.

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ASSISTANT COACHING MOVE

Posted by coltsindianapolis on January 20, 2016 – 5:50 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have hired Greg Williams as the team’s defensive backs coach. 

Williams holds 13 years of coaching experience, including the last seven seasons in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers as the team’s assistant linebackers coach (2009-2012) and assistant secondary coach (2013-15). Last year, the Chargers defense recorded 11 interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and 62 passes defensed. The unit also allowed 22 passing touchdowns, which was tied for the seventh fewest in the NFL and the third fewest in the AFC.

 

Williams oversaw a secondary that ranked fourth in the NFL in pass defense in 2014. Safety Eric Weddle led the Chargers with 114 tackles (91 solo), eight passes defensed, one interception and two forced fumbles en route to his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection.

 

In Williams’ first season working with the secondary (2013), the Chargers ranked sixth in the AFC in passing touchdowns allowed and totaled 11 interceptions and 67 passes defensed. Weddle led the defense with 115 tackles, two interceptions, 1.0 sack and one forced fumble.

 

As the assistant linebackers coach from 2009-2012, the Chargers defense ranked 11th in the NFL and sixth in the AFC in rushing defense over the four-year span (107.5 ypg.). The defense also totaled 152.0 sacks and 36 fumble recoveries. In 2009, San Diego posted a 13-3 record and won the AFC West Division for the fourth consecutive year. Williams had two of his linebackers post back-to-back 11.0-sack seasons, including Shaun Phillips (tied for 10th in the NFL in 2010) and Antwan Barnes (tied for 11th in the NFL in 2011).

 

Prior to San Diego, Williams spent the 2008 season as a secondary and defensive graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh. The Panthers recorded a 9-4 record and ranked second in the Big East Conference. The team also reached the Sun Bowl. Pittsburgh’s defense allowed 193.0 passing yards per game in addition to intercepting 14 passes.

 

Williams spent two seasons with Arkansas Tech University (2006-07) coaching the defensive backs and serving as a recruiting coordinator. He got his start in coaching as an intern at Arizona State in 2003 before joining the College of DuPage staff for two years. After working with the wide receivers in 2004 he switched focuses and worked primarily with defensive backs in 2005.

 

Williams played wide receiver and defensive back at the University of North Carolina from 1994-97 under Mack Brown. He helped the Tar Heels to three bowl wins while finishing in The Associated Press Top 10 twice, including an 11-1 record during his senior year in 1997 when they finished fourth in the AP Poll.

 

Williams graduated with a degree in sociology, and went to training camp with the Chicago Bears and New York Giants before spending time in NFL Europe, the XFL and the Arena League.

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SIGN DT-RICKY LUMPKIN TO RESERVE/FUTURE CONTRACT

Posted by coltsindianapolis on January 19, 2016 – 7:22 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin to a reserve/future contract. 

Lumpkin, 6-3, 300 pounds, has competed in seven career games between the Arizona Cardinals (2011-12) and Oakland Raiders (2013-14). He has totaled 10 career tackles (seven solo) and 1.0 sack. In 2014 with the Raiders, Lumpkin spent the first 12 weeks of the season on the practice squad before being signed to the active roster for the final five games of the regular season. He compiled nine tackles (six solo) and added his first career sack in a Week 15 contest at Kansas City. Lumpkin was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cardinals in 2011. He spent most of the 2011 and 2012 campaigns on the practice squad before making his NFL debut in 2012 during a Week 15 contest against Detroit where he posted one tackle.

 

Lumpkin appeared in 44 career games (29 starts) at the University of Kentucky and finished his collegiate career with 82 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 12.5 tackles for a loss and one fumble recovery. He started all 13 games as a senior, totaling 21 tackles, 1.0 sack and 5.5 tackles for a loss. He notched 26 tackles as a junior and 17 stops as a sophomore.

 

Lumpkin attended Kenwood High School in Clarksville, Tenn. and was named “Mr. Football” for Class AAAA in the state following his senior season where he totaled 101 tackles, 35.0 tackles for loss and 10.0 sacks.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ASSISTANT COACHING MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on January 18, 2016 – 3:49 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have signed Brian Schottenheimer as quarterbacks coach and Shawn Terlecky as defensive quality control coach. 

Schottenheimer holds 19 years of coaching experience, including 16 seasons at the NFL level. He spent the 2015 campaign as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the University of Georgia. Last year, the Bulldogs totaled 4,904 yards of net offense and ranked fifth in the Southeastern Conference with a 60.9 completion percentage. Schottenheimer coached running back Nick Chubb who totaled 747 rushing yards in six games before suffering a season ending injury. Chubb’s total included a streak of five consecutive 100-yard games to start the season.

 

Schottenheimer spent three years (2012-14) as the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams. In 2014, St. Louis averaged 314.7 net yards per game. Quarterbacks Austin Davis and Shaun Hill combined to throw for 3,658 yards and 20 touchdowns in place of an injured Sam Bradford. In 2013, the Rams scored 27-or-more points on six different occasions. In addition, the team scored 38 touchdowns, which was the most for the club in a single season dating back to 2006. Schottenheimer oversaw Bradford who ranked eighth in the NFL with 159 completions and was tied for fifth in touchdown passes (14) before suffering a season ending knee injury.

 

In St. Louis’ first season under Schottenheimer (2012), the Rams recorded a 6.6 points per game average increase over the previous season as Bradford set career highs in passing yards (3,702), touchdown passes (21) and passer rating (82.5). He also called plays for an offense that helped running back Steven Jackson rush for his eighth consecutive 1,000-yard campaign.

 

Schottenheimer joined the Rams after spending the previous six seasons in the same position with the New York Jets. During his time in New York, he constructed an offense that helped the Jets earn back-to-back appearances in the AFC Championship Game.

 

In 2011, the Jets led the NFL in red zone percentage as they scored touchdowns on 36 of their 55 trips inside their opponents’ 20-yard line (65.5 percent). In 2010, New York ranked fourth in the NFL in rushing offense and 11th in total yards, and in 2009, the Jets led the NFL with an average of 172.3 rushing yards per game. New York was one of just three teams since 2001 to average more than 170 rushing yards per game in a season. In 2009, Schottenheimer helped quarterback Mark Sanchez become the most prolific postseason quarterback in club annals. Under his direction, Sanchez won four road postseason games (most in Jets history), while throwing a team record nine touchdown passes. With the help of Schottenheimer, Sanchez recorded the second-most postseason passing yards (1,155) in club history and three of the club’s top five postseason passer ratings.

 

In 2008, the Jets acquired quarterback Brett Favre during the preseason, and New York scored 405 points, only the third time in franchise history that they reached 400 points. Their 42 offensive touchdowns that season were their most since 1998. The running game, led by Pro Bowler Thomas Jones (AFC-leading 1,312 rushing yards and a team record 13 rushing touchdowns) and Leon Washington (448 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns), averaged 4.75 yards per carry, fifth in the league and the best season mark in franchise history.

 

Schottenheimer joined the Jets in 2006 after spending four seasons as the quarterbacks coach of the San Diego Chargers. In 2004, Drew Brees earned Pro Bowl honors for the first time in his career as he threw 27 touchdown passes and finished third in the NFL in passer rating. Schottenheimer also oversaw the development of Philip Rivers, who worked with Schottenheimer as Brees’ back-up during Rivers’ first two NFL seasons.

 

Prior to his stint in San Diego, Schottenheimer worked for his father, Marty, in Washington and Kansas City. He was an offensive assistant with the Chiefs and held the title of quarterbacks coach during his lone season with the Redskins. In between those two stops, he coached at the collegiate level, tutoring wide receivers at Syracuse in 1999 and tight ends at Southern California in 2000.

 

Schottenheimer made his NFL coaching debut in 1997 as an offensive assistant on Dick Vermeil’s Rams staff.

 

Terlecky has 12 years of coaching experience and spent the last three seasons with the Colts as the team’s assistant to the head coach. The Colts recorded a 30-18 record over the last three seasons, which included two AFC South Division championships and one appearance in the AFC Championship Game in 2014.

 

Prior to the Colts, Terlecky was a defensive intern for Louisiana State University from 2010-12. In the course of those three seasons, the Tigers defense earned national rankings of eighth, second and 12th in total defense. In 2011, LSU also ranked second nationally in scoring defense. He coached in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, AT&T Cotton Bowl and the 2012 BCS National Championship.

 

From 2008-2010, Terlecky was the cornerbacks coach/recruiting coordinator for Mercyhurst University. In 2008, the defense ranked 20th nationally in total defense and 16th in scoring defense. In addition, the Laker pass defense ranked seventh in the country and led the PSAC.

 

Terlecky spent three seasons (2005-07) at the University of North Carolina as a graduate assistant with focuses on linebackers (2005), secondary (2006) and the defensive line (2007). He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Mercyhurst University in 2004.


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FORMER COLTS HEAD COACH TED MARCHIBRODA PASSES AWAY

Posted by coltsadmin on January 16, 2016 – 2:43 pm

Ted Marchibroda and Jim IrsayFormer Indianapolis/Baltimore Colts Head Coach Ted Marchibroda passed away today at the age of 84.

 

“We are extremely saddened and mourn the loss of Ted Marchibroda,” said Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay. “He had a proud history not just with the Colts, but also as a player, coach and broadcaster for over half a century with the NFL. Ted was an innovator and turned the Colts into an instant playoff team when he took his first head coaching role in 1975. Ted was as humble as they come, and he represented the Colts and our community with class both off the field and on. He was beloved by many, and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Ann and their family.”

Marchibroda coached the Colts for nine seasons when the team was in Baltimore (1975-79) and Indianapolis (1992-95). He compiled a 71-67 (.514) regular season record. Marchibroda led the Colts to the playoffs four times and won three AFC Eastern Division titles. The Colts made the playoffs in each of his first three seasons with the team after winning the AFC Eastern Division three consecutive years from 1975-77. After leading the Colts to a 10-4 record in his first season with the Colts in 1975, Marchibroda was named NFL Coach of the Year. In 1995, Marchibroda guided the Colts to a 9-7 regular season record, including an appearance in the AFC Championship Game. In 2000, he became the first Colts head coach to be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor.

 

After his coaching career, Marchibroda served as a radio color commentator for the Colts from 1999-2006.

 

Marchibroda made his coaching debut with the Washington Redskins in 1961 as backfield coach and was there through 1965. He joined George Allen’s staff with the Los Angeles Rams in 1966 and moved with Allen to the Redskins in 1971. Marchibroda served as the offensive coordinator there through the 1974 season.

 

After his first stint as head coach for the Colts, he served as an assistant coach for the Chicago Bears (1981), Detroit Lions (1982-83), Philadelphia Eagles (1984-85) and Buffalo Bills (1987-91). In Buffalo, he served on Pro Football Hall of Fame Head Coach Marv Levy’s staff. After his second stint as Colts head coach, Marchibroda returned to Baltimore and was the first head coach of the Ravens. In three seasons (1996-98), he totaled a 16-31-1 record.

 

Marchibroda played quarterback at St. Bonaventure (1950-51) and the University of Detroit (1952). He led the nation in total offense at Detroit. Marchibroda was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round (fifth overall) of the 1953 NFL Draft. As a quarterback, he played in 30 career games (11 starts) and completed 172-of-385 passes for 2,169 yards with 16 touchdowns and 29 interceptions with the Steelers (1953, 1955, 1956) and Chicago Cardinals (1957). Marchibroda missed the 1954 season while serving in the Army and returned to Pittsburgh the following year.

 

A native of Franklin, Pa., Marchibroda and his wife, Ann, had two daughters, Jodi and Lonni and two sons, Ted Jr. and Robert.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ASSISTANT COACHING MOVE

Posted by coltsindianapolis on January 15, 2016 – 5:37 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have signed Joe Philbin as offensive line coach. 

Philbin spent the last four seasons as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. He has 30 years of coaching experience, including 13 seasons in the NFL.

 

He compiled a 24-28 record in Miami after being named the 10th head coach of the Dolphins on January 20, 2012. Philbin was instrumental in the development of quarterback Ryan Tannehill, whom the Dolphins drafted in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. In 2014, Tannehill (4,045 passing yards) registered his first career 4,000-yard passing season as he joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino as the only players to surpass that plateau in team history. Running back Lamar Miller rushed for 1,099 yards to become the first Dolphins 1,000-yard rusher since Reggie Bush in 2011 (1,086 yards). Tannehill and Miller became the first duo in team history to throw for 4,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season.

 

The Dolphins finished the 2013 season with an 8-8 record as Philbin became the first Dolphins head coach to improve the team’s record two consecutive years since the 1997 and 1998 campaigns. Offensively, Tannehill threw for 24 touchdowns in his second season and became only the second quarterback in team history, joining Marino, to throw for 24-or-more touchdowns in a season.

 

In his first season as head coach in 2012, Philbin guided the Dolphins to a 7-9 record. Miami finished tied for first in the AFC in touchdowns allowed on defense (32), as their 42.6 percent of red zone touchdowns allowed was the lowest in the NFL. Defensively, Miami ranked third in the AFC in points allowed per game (19.8). Tannehill set franchise rookie records in several offensive categories and became the first quarterback in team history to start all of the team’s games in his first year in the league.

 

Prior to joining the Dolphins, Philbin coached nine seasons (2003-2011) for the Green Bay Packers. In Green Bay, he served as offensive coordinator (2007-2011), offensive line coach (2006), tight ends/assistant offensive line (2004-05) and assistant offensive line (2003). In his five seasons as offensive coordinator, he directed a unit that ranked in the top 10 in both total yards and total points, joining the New England Patriots as the only teams to accomplish that feat during that period. Green Bay’s point total (2,263) was third in the league over that five-year span, trailing only New England (2,457) and New Orleans (2,283). Green Bay reached the playoffs in four of Philbin’s five seasons as offensive coordinator as 12 Packers were selected to the Pro Bowl.

 

Before making the leap to the NFL, Philbin coached at the collegiate level at Iowa (1999-2002), Harvard (1997-98), Northeastern (1995-96), Ohio (1994), Allegheny College (1990-93), U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (1988-89) and Worcester Tech (1986-87). Philbin won two Division III National Championships at Allegheny while serving as offensive coordinator/offensive line coach.

 

A native of Springfield, Mass., Philbin graduated from Washington & Jefferson College (Pa.) in 1984, where he played tight end (1980). He has a master’s degree in education from Tulane University (1986).

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ASSISTANT COACHING MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on January 14, 2016 – 12:11 pm

 The Indianapolis Colts have signed Jim Herrmann as linebackers coach and Darren Krein as head strength and conditioning coach. The team also announced Offensive Line Coach Hal Hunter will not be retained.

 

Herrmann has 30 years of coaching experience, including 10 seasons in the NFL. He previously served as the linebackers coach for the New York Jets (2006-08) and New York Giants (2009-2015) after spending 20 years on the coaching staff at his alma mater, the University of Michigan (1986-2005).

 

In 2015, Herrmann guided a Giants unit that used six different starting lineup rotations at linebacker as the team battled through injuries. Linebacker Jonathan Casillas ranked second on the team with 88 tackles (67 solo), while fellow linebacker Jasper Brinkley ranked third with 67 tackles (49 solo).

 

Herrmann was instrumental in the development of rookie linebacker Devon Kennard in 2014. The fifth round draft pick played in 12 games (six starts) and totaled 43 tackles (36 solo) and 4.5 sacks. Kennard was selected as NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 14) after recording six solo tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, and a forced fumble against the Tennessee Titans. He became the first Giants defensive rookie to be honored as a Player of the Week. After losing starting linebacker Jon Beason early in the season due to injury, former Baltimore Raven Jameel McClain was thrust into the starting role for the Giants. Herrmann helped McClain establish a career-high with 117 tackles (75 solo) and tie his career-best with 2.5 sacks.

 

In 2013, Herrmann’s unit helped the Giants defense finish eighth in the NFL after allowing 332.3 yards per game. New York used a linebacker by committee approach in 2011 after losing starter Jonathan Goff due to injury. The unit was manned by Chase Blackburn, Mathias Kiwanuka and rookie Greg Jones as the Giants went on to win Super Bowl XLVI. In 2010, the Giants finished seventh in the NFL in total defense (310.8 yards per game) and eighth against the run (101.3).

 

Prior to joining the Giants, Herrmann was the linebackers coach of the New York Jets from 2006-08. In 2008, the Jets defense ranked seventh in the NFL against the run (94.9 yards per game) and 16th overall (329.4). Two of Herrmann’s positional players, Eric Barton and Calvin Pace, were the team’s top tacklers. In 2007, Herrmann was joined in New York by one of his former Michigan players, linebacker David Harris, whom the club drafted in the second round. As a rookie, Harris led the team with 117 tackles and tied for the team lead with 5.0 sacks.

 

Herrmann coached at Michigan for two decades (1986-2005) before making the jump to the NFL. He served as defensive coordinator/linebackers (1997-2005), linebackers/special teams (1995-96), inside linebackers (1990-94), volunteer coach (1988-89) and graduate assistant (1986-87) while in Ann Arbor. In his first season as defensive coordinator in 1997, the Wolverines won the national championship while leading the nation in multiple defensive categories, including total yards, scoring and pass efficiency. Herrmann received the Broyles Award as the National Assistant Coach of the Year.

 

In his nine years as defensive coordinator, Michigan won five Big Ten championships and the defense held 47 opponents to less than 100 rushing yards. The Wolverines defense led the Big Ten in sacks three times (1997, 2001, 2002) and set a school record with 50 sacks in 2001. Herrmann coached six All-Americans, including Marlin Jackson, Ernest Shazor, Leon Hall, LaMarr Woodley, Larry Foote and Charles Woodson, who won the 1997 Heisman Trophy and was named the national Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.

 

Herrmann began his coaching career at the high school level in Michigan at Harper Woods Notre Dame High School (1984) and Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (1985).

 

He was a three-year letter winner at linebacker for Michigan. In 1980, he was a member of Bo Schembechler’s first Rose Bowl-winning team. A native of Michigan, Herrmann was a three-sport athlete and standout linebacker at Dearborn Divine High School.

 

Krein spent the last five seasons (2011-15) as the head strength and conditioning coach of the Miami Dolphins. He has 17 years of NFL coaching experience. In 2013, Krein was recognized by his peers with their highest honor as he was named the NFL Strength Coach of the Year at the league’s annual Strength and Conditioning Coaches banquet in Indianapolis.

 

Prior to Miami, Krein had two stints with the Seattle Seahawks (1997-98 and 2001-09) as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. He assisted in the coordination of the players’ weight training and the offseason conditioning program. Krein was also integral in the design and implementation of the rehabilitation process for injured players.

 

Krein was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft. He missed his rookie season due to a knee injury. On June 17, 1995 Krein was claimed by the Green Bay Packers off waivers but did not see any game action. In 1996, he played the entire season with the Barcelona Dragons of the World League, but re-injured his knee and was forced to retire.

 

A native of Aurora, Colorado, Krein was a four-year letterman at the University of Miami (1989-1993). He was named a unanimous First Team All-Big East selection and Second Team Associated Press All-America choice as a senior. Krein totaled 190 career tackles and 17.5 sacks as a member of the Hurricanes and earned a degree in business management.

 


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