Ted Marchibroda
Marchibroda on a 1953 Bowman football card
No. 17, 18, 7     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1931-03-15) March 15, 1931 (age 88)
Place of birth: Franklin, Pennsylvania
Career information
College: Detroit
NFL Draft: 1953 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Debuted in 1953 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Last played in 1957 for the Chicago Cardinals
Made coaching debut in 1961 for the Washington Redskins
Last coached in 1998 for the Baltimore Ravens
Career history

As coach:

Career highlights and awards
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TD-INT     16-29
Yards     2,169
QB Rating     45.3
Stats at

Theodore "Ted" Joseph Marchibroda (born March 15, 1931) 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. In his first year there he turned the Colts into an instant playoff contender as they won the AFC East title. The Colts would win the AFC East title the next 2 seasons led by 1976 NFL MVP Bert Jones and sensational running back Lydell Mitchell, but in those 3 playoff seasons the Colts would lose in the AFC Divisional Playoffs including the heartbreaking 37-31 loss to the Oakland Raiders in the 1977 postseason. 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.

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
Bill Austin
Washington Redskins Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Charlie Waller
Preceded by
Ken Meyer
Chicago Bears Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Ed Hughes
Preceded by
Bob Schnelker
Detroit Lions Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Bill Nelsen
Preceded by
Dick Wood
Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Ted Plumb
Preceded by
Jim Ringo
Buffalo Bills Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Tom Bresnahan

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