Ted Marchibroda, Football quarterback, Died at 84


Theodore “Ted” Joseph Marchibroda was born on March 15, 1931, and died on January 16, 2016.

He was an American football quarterback and coach in the National Football League.

Ted Marchibroda played college football at Saint Bonaventure University and the University of Detroit Mercy, where he excelled as a quarterback.

Marchibroda was drafted in 1953 by his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers.

The following year, he left the Steelers to serve in the U.S. Army.

Following his release, Marchibroda returned to the Steelers.

Ted finished his professional playing career with the Chicago Cardinals

Mr. Marchiborda began his coaching career in 1961 as an assistant for the Washington Redskins before joining the Los Angeles Rams in 1966.

Ted then served as offensive coordinator under George Allen for the Redskins.

Mr. Marchibroda got his first head coaching job with the Baltimore Colts in 1975.

In the beginning, Ted turned the Colts into an instant playoff contender as they won the AFC East title.

The team, “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.

During 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.

Mr.Marchibroda stayed as coach until 1979.

Ted Marchibroda served as the offensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills under head coach Marv Levy from 1989 to 1991.

While he was an offensive coordinator for the Bills, he was influential in the evolution of the hurry-up offense.

Himself, Levy and quarterback Jim Kelly used their version of the hurry-up offense, the “K-Gun” offense, more than any previous offense.

Jim Kelly would hurry to the line of scrimmage, preventing the defense from making substitutions, and called audibles at the line.

Mr. Marchibroda returned to the Colts for a second stint as head coach, in 1992.

Ted was fired by the Colts after the 1995 season.

Ted coached the Baltimore Ravens, making him the only man to serve as head coach for both Baltimore NFL teams, from 1996 to 1998.

Ted compiled a career record of 87–98–1, with a 2–4 record in the playoffs.

Mr. Marchibroda was a radio color commentator for the Indianapolis Colts from 1999 to 2006.

Ted Marchibroda passed away at 84 yrs old.