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Lindy Infante
Born May 27, 1940 (age 69)
Miami, Florida
Education University of Florida
Occupation NFL Head Coach

Lindy Infante (born May 27, 1940 in Miami, Florida) was head coach of the Green Bay Packers from 1988 to December 22, 1991 and of the Indianapolis Colts from 1996 to 1997. He received his Bachelors degree from the University of Florida.

He compiled a career record of 36-60-0, with an 0-1 record in the playoffs, using a pass-oriented offense.

Early career

Infante was the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals in the early 1980s under Forrest Gregg. His Ken Anderson-led offense led the Bengals to the 1981 AFC title, and a bid in Super Bowl XVI. He left after the 1982 season to become head coach of the USFL's Jacksonville Bulls. Infante also was the offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns during the Bernie Kosar years in the mid 80's.

Green Bay Packers

After leaving Cleveland, Infante became an NFL head coach for the first time, leaving Cleveland to replace Forrest Gregg as head coach of the Green Bay Packers in 1988. That first season, the Packers endured losing streaks of five and seven games and finished with a 4-12 record. Infante's second season, 1989, was his most successful; after a slow start, the Packers won five of their last six games, finishing 10-6, only missing the playoffs on a tie-breaker with the rival Minnesota Vikings. For his efforts, Infante was named the 1989 AP NFL Coach of the Year. In 1990, the Packers started 6-5, only to lose their final five games and finish 6-10, out of the playoffs. That five-game losing streak continued into 1991, when the Packers lost six of their first seven games, and finished 4-12. A 27-7 season-ending victory over the Vikings notwithstanding, Infante was fired before the beginning of the 1992 season.

Indianapolis Colts

A second shot at head coaching came in 1996, when Infante replaced the retired Ted Marchibroda as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, who had reached the AFC title game in 1995. The season opened with great success, as the Colts started 5-1, but a four-game losing streak in the heart of the season ended their chances at an AFC East division title. Although they qualified for the playoffs as a wild card team, the Colts had to go to Pittsburgh to face the defending AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. Although the Colts led 14-13 at the half, a second half collapse allowed the Steelers to claim a 42-14 victory. It was Infante's only NFL playoff game; Indianapolis lost their first ten games of the 1997 season, finishing 3-13. Infante was fired shortly after the season's end.

Preceded by
Forrest Gregg
Green Bay Packers Head Coaches
Succeeded by
Mike Holmgren
Preceded by
Ted Marchibroda
Indianapolis Colts Head Coaches
Succeeded by
Jim Mora


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