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Ted Marchibroda
Jersey #(s)
17, 18, 7
Born March 15, 1931 (1931-03-15) (age 78)
Franklin, Pennsylvania
Career information
Year(s) 19531957
NFL Draft 1953 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
College Detroit
Professional teams

As player

As coach

Career stats
TD-INT 16-29
Yards 2,169
QB Rating 45.3
Stats at
Career highlights and awards
  • No notable achievements

Theodore "Ted" Joseph Marchibroda (born March 15, 1931 in Franklin, Pennsylvania) is a former American football quarterback and head coach in the National Football League.



Marchibroda played college football at Saint Bonaventure University[1] and the University of Detroit, where he excelled as a quarterback. He was drafted in 1953 by his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers. After one year, he left the Steelers to serve in the army. He finished his career with the Chicago Cardinals[2].

Coaching career

He began his coaching career as an assistant for the Los Angeles Rams. He then served as offensive coordinator under George Allen for the Washington Redskins. He got his first head coaching job for the Baltimore Colts in 1975. He stayed as coach until 1979, and again he served as coach for the Indianapolis Colts from 1992 to 1995. He also coached the Baltimore Ravens from 1996 to 1998, 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 an 2–4 record in the playoffs. He also was the offensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills during the Jim Kelly years from 1989-1991.[3]


Marchibroda was a radio color commentator for the Colts from 1999 to 2006. Marchibroda remains with the Indianapolis Colts Radio Network as an analyst on their pre-game show. He is the perfector of the hurry-up offense. As the Offensive Coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, Marchibroda and QB Jim Kelly perfected the "K-Gun" offense. With this style, Kelly hurried to the line of scrimmage, preventing the defense from making substitutions. At the line, Kelly called audibles. The National Football League would later impose a rule that forced offenses to allow time for the defense to make substitutions.

  • Marichibroda is a member of Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor.
  • He now serves as a pre-game commentator for the Indianapolis Colts.

Coaching Tree

NFL head coaches under whom Ted Marchibroda has served:

Assistant coaches under Ted Marchibroda who became NFL head coaches[4]:

In addition, Kirk Ferentz, head coach of the Iowa Hawkeyes, served as an assistant under Marchibroda with the Ravens[5].


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jim Finks
Pittsburgh Steelers Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Earl Morrall
Preceded by
Bill Austin
Washington Redskins Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Charlie Waller
Preceded by
Joe Thomas
Baltimore Colts Head Coaches
Succeeded by
Mike McCormack
Preceded by
Ken Meyer
Chicago Bears Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Ed Hughes
Preceded by
Bob Schnelker
Detroit Lions Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Bill Nelsen
Preceded by
Dick Wood
Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Ted Plumb
Preceded by
Jim Ringo
Buffalo Bills Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Tom Bresnahan
Preceded by
Rick Venturi
Indianapolis Colts Head Coaches
Succeeded by
Lindy Infante
Preceded by
franchise relocated from Cleveland
Baltimore Ravens Head Coaches
Succeeded by
Brian Billick


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