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1992 Indianapolis Colts season
Head coach Ted Marchibroda
Home field Hoosier Dome
Record 9–7
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."[1]

The Colts' 1,102 rushing yards is the lowest for any team in a single season in the 1990s.[2]


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.

NFL Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
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
Front office
  • President/Treasurer – Robert Irsay
  • Vice President/General Manager – Jim Irsay
  • Assistant General Manager – Bob Terpening
  • Director of Player Personnel – Jack Bushofsky

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Tom Zupancic


1992 Indianapolis Colts final roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular season[edit]


Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
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
4 Bye
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


AFC East
(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
Indianapolis Colts 9 7 0 .563 5–3 7–7 216 302 W5
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

See also[edit]



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