The colt’s organization started in 1953 as the Baltimore colts won four nfl championships including a super bowl. The colts also were the first team to have Cheerleaders and at the time the owner was Abraham watner but in 1979 the Colts relocated in Indianapolis, Indiana and played in the Hoosier dome later Named the Rca dome. December, 19, 1983 was the day they played the last Football game in Baltimore and 27,934 fans attended the game. COLTS BEGIN STRUGGLING
When the colts began in 1984 the season was rough going 4-12 an that record got Coach Frank Kush fired. an the spot was taken over by coach Hal hunter then he was fired an Rod dowhower. led the colts to a 5-11 record and later led them to one of their worse records ever 3-13 in 1986 an that record led to the firing of coach Rod an replaced by Ron Meyers.
Ron Meyers Era
1987-1991, The Ron Meyer Era
Ron Meyer was retained as head coach going into the 1987 season. During 1987 season, the Colts made a major splash by engineering a large, 3-team trade for All-Pro running back Eric Dickerson. The Colts gave up six draft picks and two players to obtain Dickerson, but prior to the trade Dickerson had established himself as one of the best in the game by leading the NFL in rushing yardage in 3 of the previous 4 seasons. Dickerson would rush for 1,288 yards that season despite only playing in 12 games. The addition of Dickerson spearheaded the Colts to the AFC East Division title and their first playoff appearance in Indianapolis. The Colts would lose in the first round to the Cleveland Browns, but with Dickerson the future seemed bright. Unfortunately, Meyer would not deliver another playoff appearance for the rest of his tenure. In 1988, Dickerson played a full season and once again led the NFL in rushing. However, the 9-7 Colts were edged by the 12-4 Buffalo Bills for the AFC East division crown. The team slipped another game to 8-8 in 1989. In 1990, the Colts attempted to make another daring move by trading Andre Rison, Chris Hinton, and draft picks for the right to draft Jeff George with the first pick in the 1990 NFL Draft. However, in 1990 Meyer's team record slipped another game to 7-9. With Dickerson's seasons getting shorter and contract disputes getting more public, Ron Meyer was on the hot seat in 1991. The team failed to deliver, losing its first five games and leading to the replacement of Meyer by Rick Venturi on October 1.
1992-1997, The Second Coming of Ted Marchibroda
For the 1992 season, the Colts opted to move ahead with Ted Marchibroda, who had formerly coached the team in Baltimore to a 41-33 record from 1975 to 1979. The Colts used their #1 pick to draft Steve Emtman and dealt Eric Dickerson to the Los Angeles Raiders, thus disposing of many of the components of the 1991 team. In his first season in 1992, Marchibroda engineered an eight-game turnaround in taking the Colts from 1-15 to 9-7. Once again, things appeared to be looking up for the Colts. In 1993, the Colts got off to a moderate start, going 3-4 in their first seven games. Then, the team proceeded to collapse over the last nine games, going 1-8 to end the season 4-12. Changes were once again needed in the 1993-1994 off-season, and the Colts responded by trading Jeff George to the Atlanta Falcons and drafting Marshall Faulk. Faulk would go on to be the second in a line of great Indianapolis Colts running backs, following in the steps of Eric Dickerson. Jim Harbaugh was brought in to be the Colts quarterback for 1994, and in his first season he led the Colts to an 8-8 record (Marchibroda's third turnaround season with the Colts). The 1995 season included many memorable Colts victories in which Harbaugh and the Colts would take the lead late in the game, earning him the nickname "Captain Comeback." Harbaugh led the Colts to a 9-7 record and a Wild Card playoff berth. During the playoffs,...
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