Ted Marchibroda, the first head coach in Ravens history and a former Baltimore Colts head coach, passed away Saturday at age 84, the Indianapolis Colts confirmed.
Marchibroda was an offensive innovator and a head coach for three different NFL teams – the Ravens (1996-98), the Baltimore Colts (1975-79), and the Indianapolis Colts (1992-95). He was also an assistant coach with the Redskins, Bears, Lions, Eagles, and Bills, and played quarterback in the NFL with both the Steelers and Chicago Cardinals.
Marchibroda had a successful three-year run with the Colts, leading them to the playoffs for three consecutive seasons (1975-77), and winning a division title (AFC East) in each of those seasons. However, the Colts lost in the first round of the playoffs in each of those years, and Marchibroda was fired by the Baltimore Colts after finishing 5-11 in 1979.
A decade later, Marchibroda had a highly-successful three-year run (1989-91) with the Bills as an offensive coordinator under Marv Levy. The Bills had the NFL’s top-rated offense in 1990, using a no-huddle attack led by quarterback Jim Kelly. But after advancing to Super Bowl XXV, the Bills suffered the first of four consecutive Super Bowl defeats, falling to the Giants, 20-19.
Marchibroda was hired as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts in 1992, after the franchise had moved from Baltimore in 1984. But in 1996, the NFL returned to Baltimore when the Ravens were established, and Marchibroda became the first head coach in franchise history. Marchibroda was 16-31-1 in three seasons with the Ravens before being replaced by Brian Billick.