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Earl Morrall was something else for the Baltimore Colts

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by joelapinski on Monday 3 June 2013 at 10:46 pm

When the Colts moved from Baltimore to Indianapolis, they also brought the franchise history with them.  One of the more interesting players of the Colts’ past is QB Earl Morrall.  He played in 51 games (26 starts) in his four years with the Colts and he completed 363 of 676 passes (53.7%) for 5,666 yards with 47 TD passes and 40 INTs (80.3 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 19 times for 37 yards (1.9 ypc) with 1 TD run for the Colts.  Morrall was an amazing 22-3-1 (88%) as the Colts’ starting QB during the regular season.  In 1968, Morrall made it to the Pro Bowl by leading the Colts to a 13-1 record during the regular season.  He played in 14 games (all starts) for the Colts in 1968 and he completed 182 of 317 passes (57.4%) for 2,909 yards with 26 TD passes and 17 INTs (93.2 QB Rating).  Morrall led the NFL in TD passes (26) in 1968.  He also carried the ball 11 times for 18 yards (1.6 ypc) with 1 TD run in 1968.  In the first two playoff games of 1968, Morrall completed 24 of 47 passes (51.1%) for 449 yards with 2 TD passes and 1 interception as he led the Colts to wins over the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings by a combined score of 58-14!  But, the Colts ran into a buzzsaw against Joe Namath and his Jets in the Super Bowl.  On 1/12/1969, Jets’ QB Joe Namath guaranteed a victory over the heavily favored Colts and he delivered with a 16-7 win.  Morrall picked a bad day to have an awful game in the Super Bowl.  He completed only 6 of 17 passes (35.3%) for 71 yards with 0 TD passes and 3 INTs (9.3 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 2 times for -2 yards (-1.0 ypc) in the Super Bowl.  Morrall is still #8 in passing yards (5,666) and #5 in TD passes (47) in Colts’ history.

Marvin Harrison was an awesome WR for the Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by admin on Friday 7 December 2012 at 10:46 pm

Marvin Harrison was the best WR in Indianapolis Colts’ history.  He played in 190 games (188 starts) in his 13 years with the Colts and he caught 1,102 passes for 14,580 yards (13.2 avg) with 128 TD grabs.  Harrison’s best season came in 2002 for the Colts when he started all 16 games and he caught 143 passes for 1,722 yards (12.0 avg) with 11 TD grabs!  From 1999-2002, Harrison averaged 117.3 catches, 1,580.5 yards receiving and 13 TD grabs per season!  Harrison made it to 8 Pro Bowls with the Colts and he caught 100 or more passes four times in his career and 82 or more passes 8 times in his career.  Harrison had 1,113 yards receiving or more an amazing 8 times in his NFL career!  Three times he had at least 1,524 of more yards receiving in a season.  Harrison also caught at least 10 TD passes in a season 8 times in his career.  Harrison is still the Colts’ all-time leader in receptions (1,102), receiving yards (14,580) and receiving TDs (128).  He will be going into the Hall of Fame as a first ballot player when he’s eligible.

Jim Harbaugh had his time in the sun for the Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by admin on Wednesday 25 April 2012 at 7:34 pm

Jim Harbaugh is known for being the San Francisco 49ers head coach.  But, in 1995, he was known as Captain Comeback in Indianapolis when he went to his only Pro Bowl.  Harbaugh played in 15 games (12 starts) for the Colts in 1995 and he completed 200 of 314 passes (63.7%) for 2,575 yards with 17 TD passes and 5 INTs (100.7 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 52 times for 235 yards (4.5 ypc) with 2 TD carries in 1995.  Harbaugh went to to lead the Colts to two playoff wins that year to set up a showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh.  The Colts were a huge underdog, and they came a Hail Mary short of beating the Steelers as they lost 20-16.  Harbaugh completed 21 of 33 passes for 267 yards with 1 TD pass and 0 INTs (98.9 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 6 times for 29 yards (4.8 ypc) in the AFC Championship Game.  Harbaugh played in 53 games (46 starts) in his four years with the Colts and he completed 746 of 1,230 (60.7%) with 8,705 yards with 49 TD passes and 26 INTs (86.6 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 175 times for 856 yards (4.9 ypc) with 3 TD runs with the Colts.  Harbaugh was 20-26 (43.5%) as the Colts’ starting QB.  Harbaugh is #6 in Colts’ history in passing yards (8,705) and he’s also #4 in TD passes (49).

Edgerrin James is gone but not forgotten for the Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by admin on Thursday 7 July 2011 at 2:34 pm

Edgerrin James is without a doubt the best RB in Colts’ history.  James played in 96 games in his 7 years with the Colts and he carried the ball 2,188 times for 9,226 yards (4.2 ypc) with 64 TD runs.  He also caught 356 passes for 2,839 yards (8.0 avg) with 11 TD grabs for the Colts.  James burst onto the scene with the Colts by leading the NFL in rushing in each of his first two years in the NFL (1999 and 2000).  In 1999+2000, James played in 32 games (all starts) in which he carried the ball 756 times for 3,262 yards (4.3 ypc) with 26 TD runs.  He also caught 125 passes for 1,180 yards (9.4 avg) with 9 TD grabs in his first two years in the NFL.  James made it to 3 Pro Bowls in his 7 years with the Colts.  James also rushed at least 1,259 times five times, scored at least 11 TD runs in a year four times and he also caught at least 50 passes in a year five times with the Colts.  James is the Colts’ all-time leading rusher (9,226) and he also leads the franchise in TD runs with 64.  James is also #7 in receptions (356), #21 in receiving yards (2,839) and he’s tied for 27th in TD receptions (11) in Colts’ history.

This is a look at the starting QBs since the Colts moved to Indianapolis

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by admin on Tuesday 28 June 2011 at 12:49 am

What happened in Baltimore, stays in Baltimore according to me.  With that in mind, I have decided to rank every QB that has started at least 1 game in the 26 years since the Colts have been playing in Indianapolis.  Here we go:

 1. Peyton Manning – The fact that Peyton Manning is on a list with the rest of these guys should show Colts’ fans just how blessed you have been the last 13 years.  The Colts are 141-67 (67.8%) in games started by Manning.  Manning has played in 208 games (all starts) for the Colts and he has completed 4,682 of 7,210 passes (64.9%) for 54,828 yards with 399 TD passes and 198 INTs (94.9 QB Rating).  Manning also has carried the ball 346 times for 722 yards (2.1 ypc) with 17 TD runs for the Colts.  Manning has made it to 11 Pro Bowls in his 13 years with the Colts and he has won 1 Super Bowl while appearing in 2 of them.

 2. Jim Harbaugh – Jim Harbaugh was hailed Captain Comeback as he got the Colts one play away from the Super Bowl in one of his years with them.  He went to the Pro Bowl that year for the Colts (his only one).  Harbaugh played in 53 games (46 starts) for the Colts and he completed 746 of 1,230 passes (60.7%) for 8,705 yards with 49 TD passes and 26 INTs (86.6 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 175 times for 856 yards (4.9 ypc) with 3 TD runs for the Colts.

 3. Gary Hogeboom – Gary Hogeboom was a decent backup type QB for the Colts.  The Colts were 7-5 (58.3%) when Hogeboom started under center for them.  Hogeboom played in 20 games (12 starts) for the Colts and he completed 260 of 443 passes (58.7%) for 3,295 yards with 22 TD passes and 18 INTs (81.6 QB Rating).  Hogeboom also carried the ball 24 times for 15 yards (0.6 ypc) with 2 TD runs for the Colts.

 4. Jeff George – You could see that Jeff George was talented but he never lived up to his ability.  The Colts were 14-35 (28.6%) in games that George started at QB.  George played in 52 games (49 starts) for the Colts and he completed 874 of 1,532 passes (57%) for 9,551 yards with 41 TD passes and 46 INTs (72.0 QB Rating).  George also carried the ball 54 times for 103 yards (1.9 ypc) with 2 TD runs for the Colts.

 5. Mike Pagel – Pagel was one of the QBs that came over from Baltimore.  The Colts were only 8-15 (34.8%) when Pagel started at QB.  Pagel played in 27 games (23 starts) for the Indianapolis Colts and he completed 313 of 605 passes (51.7%) for 3,840 yards with 22 TD passes and 23 INTs.  Pagel also carried the ball 51 times for 309 yards (6.1 ypc) with 3 TD runs for the Colts.

 6. Chris Chandler – Chris Chandler was 10-6 (62.5%) as the Colts’ starting QB and that is saying something.  Chandler played in 18 games (16 starts) for the Colts and he completed 168 of 313 passes (53.7%) for 2,156 yards with 10 TD passes and 15 INTs (66.2 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 53 times for 196 yards (3.7 ypc) with 4 TD runs for the Colts.

 7. Jack Trudeau – Jack Trudeau was simply terrible for the Colts.  The Colts were 18-29 (38.3%) in games started by Trudeau.  Trudeau played in 61 games (47 starts) for the Colts and he completed 812 of 1,536 passes (52.9%) for 9,647 yards with 41 TD passes and 62 INTs (64.4 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 91 times for 156 yards (1.7 ypc) with 3 TD runs for the Colts.

 8. Paul Justin – Paul Justin was actually a solid backup QB for the Colts.  The Colts were 3-4 (42.9%) in games started by Justin.  Justin played in 19 games (7 starts) for the Colts and he completed 177 of 303 passes (58.4%) for 2,097 yards with 7 TD passes and 7 INTs (77.7 QB Rating).  Justin also carried the ball 11 times for 10 yards (0.9 ypc) for the Colts.

 9. Craig Erickson – Craig Erickson did a decent job when called upon by the Colts.  The Colts were 2-1 (66.7%) with Erickson as the starting QB.  He played in 6 games (3 starts) for the Colts and he completed 50 of 83 passes (60.2%) for 586 yards with 3 TD passes and 4 INTs (73.7 QB Rating).  Erickson also carried the ball 9 times for 14 yards (1.5 ypc) for the Colts.

10. Blair Kiel – Blair Kiel lost his only start for the Colts.  Kiel played in 7 games (1 start) for the Colts and he completed 28 of 58 passes (48.3%) for 431 yards with 3 TD passes and 3 INTs (69.0 QB Rating).  Kiel also carried the ball 7 times for 50 yards (7.1 ypc) for the Colts.

11. Tom Ramsey – Tom Ramsey wasn’t too solid of a backup.  The Colts lost his only start.  Ramsey played in 7 games (1 start) for the Colts and he completed 24 of 50 passes (48%) for 280 yards with 1 TD pass and 1 INT (63.7 QB Rating).  Ramsey also carried the ball 4 times for 5 yards (1.3 ypc) for the Colts.

12. Matt Kofler – Matt Kofler was a pretty bad QB.  The Colts lost his only start.  Kofler played in 5 games (1 start) for the Colts and he completed 23 of 48 passes (47.9%) for 284 yards with 1 TD pass and 3 INTs (47.6 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 4 times for 33 yards (8.3 ypc) with 1 TD run for the Colts. 

13. Mark Herrmann – Herrmann was one of the QBs that came over from Baltimore.  He was 2-1 (66.7) as the starting QB of the Indianapolis Colts.  Herrmann played in 9 games (3 starts) for the Colts and he completed 56 of 100 passes (56%) for 672 yards with 2 TD passes and 10 INTs.  He also carried the ball 4 times for -3 yards (-0.8 ypc) for the Colts.

14. Kelly Holcomb – Kelly Holcomb flat out stunk for the Colts who lost his only start.  Holcomb played in 5 games (1 start) for the Colts and he completed 45 of 73 passes (61.6%) for 454 yards with 1 TD pass and 8 INTs (44.3 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 5 times for 5 yards (1.0 ypc) for the Colts.

15. Art Schlichter – Art Schlichter came over with the Colts from Baltimore and he sucked!  The Colts were 0-6 in games started by Schlichter.  He played in 10 games (6 starts) for the Indianapolis Colts and he completed 74 of 165 passes (44.8%) for 809 yards with 3 TD passes and 9 INTs.  He also carried the ball 21 times for 158 yards (7.5 ypc) with 1 TD run for the Colts.  Schlichter has spent a lot of his adult life in jail for various crimes.  What an utter waste of a once talented player.

16. Browning Nagle – Somehow, the Colts won Nagle’s only start for them.  Nagle played in 1 game (1 start) for the Colts and he completed 8 of 21 passes (38.1%) for 69 yards with 0 TD passes and 1 INT (27.7 QB Rating).  Nagle also carried the ball 1 time for 12 yards for the Colts.

So there you have it, Peyton Manning, Jim Harbaugh and a bunch of stiffs.