|1992 Indianapolis Colts season|
|Head coach||Ted Marchibroda|
|Home field||Hoosier Dome|
|Division place||3rd AFC East|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 1992 Indianapolis Colts season was the 40th season for the team in the National Football League and ninth in Indianapolis. The Colts looked to improve on their dismal 1991 season, where they finished 1-15.
The Colts improved by eight games, recording a 9-7 record, and finished third in the AFC East division. It was the team's first season under the returning Ted Marchibroda, who had spent the previous five seasons as the quarterbacks coach and later offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills; Marchibroda had been the head coach of the team from 1975 until 1979 when it was in Baltimore. Marchibroda succeeded interim coach Rick Venturi, who coached the last eleven games of the 1991 season following the firing of Ron Meyer. Venturi remained on Marchibroda's staff as defensive coordinator.
Football Outsiders calls the 1992 Colts "possibly the luckiest team in NFL history", due to ranking the Colts as the second worst team in 1992, statistically. "The Colts finished 9–7 even though opponents outscored them 302–216", Football Outsiders continued. "They were 4–7 after losing 30–14 to Pittsburgh on November 22. Then they finished the year with a five-game winning streak – but they won those games by an average of four points. ... It didn't hurt that the Colts recovered 59 percent of fumbles that season and had a below-average schedule."
The Colts' 1,102 rushing yards is the lowest for any team in a single season in the 1990s.
On April 26, 1992, the Colts parted ways with Eric Dickerson after five seasons, trading him to the Los Angeles Raiders. Although they had gone to great lengths to acquire him in 1987 and he led the NFL in rushing twice while playing for them, the Colts' relationship with Dickerson soured during the 1990 season and he was suspended twice for conduct detrimental to the team. Dickerson was also unhappy with the Colts' fans blaming him for the team's lack of success and was said to be angry over the team's firing of Ron Meyer, his former college coach, during the previous season.
|1||1||Steve Emtman||Defensive End||Washington|
|1||2||Quentin Coryatt||Linebacker||Texas A&M|
|2||29||Ashley Ambrose||Defensive Back||Mississippi Valley State|
|4||85||Rodney Culver||Running Back||Notre Dame|
|4||105||Tony McCoy||Defensive Tackle||Florida|
|5||113||Maury Toy||Running Back||UCLA|
|6||141||Shoun Habersham||Wide Receiver||Tennessee-Chattanooga|
|7||169||Derek Steele||Defensive End||Maryland|
|8||197||Jason Belser||Defensive Back||Oklahoma|
|8||212||Ronald Humphrey||Running Back||Mississippi Valley State|
|9||225||Eddie Miller||Wide Receiver||South Carolina|
|10||253||Steve Grant||Linebacker||West Virginia|
|12||309||Michael Brandon||Defensive End||Florida|
|1992 Indianapolis Colts staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|1992 Indianapolis Colts final roster|
|1||September 6, 1992||Cleveland Browns||W 14–3||1–0||Hoosier Dome||
|2||September 13, 1992||Houston Oilers||L 10–20||1–1||Hoosier Dome||
|3||September 20, 1992||at Buffalo Bills||L 0–38||1–2||Rich Stadium||
|5||October 4, 1992||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 24–14||2–2||Tampa Stadium||
|6||October 11, 1992||New York Jets||W 6–3||3–2||Hoosier Dome||
|7||October 18, 1992||San Diego Chargers||L 14–34||3–3||Hoosier Dome||
|8||October 25, 1992||at Miami Dolphins||W 31–20||4–3||Joe Robbie Stadium||
|9||November 1, 1992||at San Diego Chargers||L 0–26||4–4||Jack Murphy Stadium||
|10||November 8, 1992||Miami Dolphins||L 0–28||4–5||Hoosier Dome||
|11||November 15, 1992||New England Patriots||L 34–37||4–6||Hoosier Dome||
|12||November 22, 1992||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 14–30||4–7||Three Rivers Stadium||
|13||November 29, 1992||Buffalo Bills||W 16–13||5–7||Hoosier Dome||
|14||December 6, 1992||at New England Patriots||W 6–0||6–7||Foxboro Stadium||
|15||December 13, 1992||at New York Jets||W 10–6||7–7||The Meadowlands||
|16||December 20, 1992||Phoenix Cardinals||W 16–13||8–7||Hoosier Dome||
|17||December 27, 1992||at Cincinnati Bengals||W 21–17||9–7||Riverfront Stadium||
|(2) Miami Dolphins||11||5||0||.688||5–3||9–3||340||281||W3|
|(4) Buffalo Bills||11||5||0||.688||5–3||7–5||381||283||L1|
|New York Jets||4||12||0||.250||3–5||4–8||220||315||L3|
|New England Patriots||2||14||0||.125||2–6||2–10||205||363||L5|
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