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Ted Marchibroda, Former Colts and Ravens Head Coach, Dies at Age 84

Former 1975 Baltimore Colts head coach Ted Marchibroda before an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2016

Former NFL quarterback and head coach Ted Marchibroda died Saturday at the age of 84. 

Indianapolis Colts vice chair/owner Carlie Irsay-Gordon broke the news on Twitter:

Marchibroda played four seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Cardinals from 1953–57, throwing for 16 touchdowns in 30 games.

After his playing career ended, he took a four-year sabbatical from the game before transitioning into coaching. His first head coaching gig came with the Baltimore Colts from 1975–79, and he won at least 10 games in each of his first three seasons. 

Marchibroda was out of coaching in 1980 before he returned to the NFL to serve as an offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears (1981), Detroit Lions (198283) and Philadelphia Eagles (1984–85). He helped innovate the no-huddle offense as the Buffalo Bills' offensive coordinator from 198991 and reached the Super Bowl in 1990 and 1991. 

Marchibroda finished his coaching career with the Colts and Baltimore Ravens, last appearing on an NFL sideline in 1998. He had a coaching record of 87-98-1 in 12 seasons.

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