Indianapolis Colts History

The Indianapolis Colts are in their seventieth season, playing their home games at Lucas Oil Stadium, in Indianapolis, Indiana since 2008. The Colts are led by head coach Frank Reich since 2018.

The Colts have won five championships in their history, most recently in 2006.

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Franchise Award Winners

During their existence, they have had four people win Coach of the Year: Weeb Ewbank, (1958); Ted Marchibroda, (1975); Don Shula, (1964, 1967, and 1968); Bruce Arians, (2012).

During their careers, multiple players have won awards for the team: Jim Harbaugh won the Comeback Player of the Year in 1995; Bob Sanders won the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2007; Peyton Manning won the Most Valuable Player in 2003, 2004, 2008, and 2009 and the AP Offensive Player of the Year in 2004; Marshall Faulk won the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1994; Bert Jones won the Most Valuable Player in 1976 and the AP Offensive Player of the Year in 1976; Earl Morrall won the Most Valuable Player in 1968; Johnny Unitas won the Most Valuable Player in 1959, 1964, and 1967; Duane Bickett won the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1985; Vernon Maxwell won the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1983; Edgerrin James won the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1999; Darius Leonard won the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2018; Andrew Luck won the Comeback Player of the Year in 2018.

Indianapolis Colts by the Decades

1950s

The Indianapolis Colts' inaugural season was 1953 as the Baltimore Colts. During the decade, the Colts had a record of 41-42-1 during the regular season and 2-0 in the playoffs. They played their home games at Memorial Stadium. They won zero division titles. The Colts ranked 5th in the West division with a win percentage of 49%. They won two league championships in 1958 and 1959.

1960s

During the decade, the Colts had a record of 92-42-4 during the regular season and 2-3 in the playoffs. They played their home games at Memorial Stadium. They won one division title. The Colts ranked 2nd in the West division with a win percentage of 63% and ranked 1st in the Coastal division with a win percentage of 80%. They won one league championship in 1968.

1970s

During the decade, the Colts had a record of 73-70-1 during the regular season and 4-4 in the playoffs. They played their home games at Memorial Stadium. They won four division titles. The Colts ranked 2nd in the AFC East division with a win percentage of 51%. They won one Super Bowl in 1970.

1980s

During the decade, the Colts had a record of 54-97-1 during the regular season and 0-1 in the playoffs. They played their home games at Memorial Stadium (1980-1983) and Hoosier Dome (1984-1989). They won one division title. The Colts ranked 5th in the AFC East division with a win percentage of 36%. In 1984, the Colts moved from Baltimore, Maryland to Indianapolis, Indiana and changed their name from the Baltimore Colts to Indianapolis Colts.

1990s

During the decade, the Colts had a record of 66-94-0 during the regular season and 2-3 in the playoffs. They played their home games at RCA Dome. They won one division title. The Colts ranked 4th in the AFC East division with a win percentage of 41%.

2000s

During the decade, the Colts had a record of 115-45-0 during the regular season and 9-8 in the playoffs. In fact, the one hundred and fifteen wins represents the most wins in a decade for the Colts. They played their home games at RCA Dome (2000-2007) and Lucas Oil Stadium (2008-2009). They won six division titles. The Colts ranked 2nd in the AFC East division with a win percentage of 50% and ranked 1st in the AFC South division with a win percentage of 77%. Throughout the 2000s, they led the entire league in wins. They won one Super Bowl in 2006.

2010s

During the decade, the Colts had a record of 82-78-0 during the regular season and 4-5 in the playoffs. They played their home games at Lucas Oil Stadium. They won three division titles. The Colts ranked 1st in the AFC South division with a win percentage of 51%.

2020s

During the decade, the Colts had a record of 21-15-1 during the regular season and 0-1 in the playoffs. They played their home games at Lucas Oil Stadium. They won zero division titles. The Colts ranked 2nd in the AFC South division with a win percentage of 58%.

Indianapolis Colts Head Coaching History

Head Coach Years Record Win percentage Playoff record
Frank Reich 2018-2022 37-28-0 56.9% 1-2
Chuck Pagano 2012-2017 44-40-0 52.4% 3-3
Bruce Arians 2012 9-3-0 75.0% 0-0
Jim Caldwell 2009-2011 26-22-0 54.2% 2-2
Tony Dungy 2002-2008 85-27-0 75.9% 7-6
Jim E. Mora (Sr.) 1998-2001 32-32-0 50.0% 0-2
Lindy Infante 1996-1997 12-20-0 37.5% 0-1
Ted Marchibroda 1975-1979, 1992-1995 71-67-0 51.4% 2-4
Ron Meyer 1987-1991 33-35-0 48.5% 0-1
Rick Venturi 1991 1-15-0 6.3% 0-0
Rod Dowhower 1985-1986 8-24-0 25.0% 0-0
Frank Kush 1982-1984 11-29-1 28.0% 0-0
Mike McCormack 1980-1981 9-23-0 28.1% 0-0
Howard Schnellenberger 1973-1974 6-22-0 21.4% 0-0
Joe Thomas 1974 2-12-0 14.3% 0-0
Don McCafferty 1970-1972 26-15-1 63.1% 4-1
John Sandusky 1972 5-9-0 35.7% 0-0
Don Shula 1963-1969 71-23-4 74.5% 2-3
Weeb Ewbank 1954-1962 59-52-1 53.1% 2-0
Keith Molesworth 1953 3-9-0 25.0% 0-0

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