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List Of Indianapolis Colts Starting Quarterbacks

Andrew Luck is the current starting quarterback for the Colts.

The Indianapolis Colts are a professional American football team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. They are currently members of the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL).

The club was officially founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1953, as the Baltimore Colts, replacing a previous team of that name that folded in 1950. After 31 seasons in Baltimore, Colts owner Robert Irsay moved the team to Indianapolis.

The Colts have had 33 starting quarterbacks (QB) in the history of their franchise; they have never had more than three starting quarterbacks in one season. The Colts' past starting quarterbacks include Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Johnny Unitas, as well as the Associated Press National Football League Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) winners Earl Morrall and Bert Jones. Unitas also won the MVP award three times in his career. The franchise's first starting quarterback was Fred Enke, who started 9 games in total for the Colts. The Colts' starting quarterback from 1998 to 2011 was 4-time MVP Peyton Manning. The Colts' current starting quarterback is Andrew Luck.

History

The Colts struggled early on to find consistency and stability at the Quarterback position with 5 different quarterbacks starting at least on game in the first two seasons of the franchise. Chicago Bears allowing former Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Johnny Unitas a chance to start. Over the next 16 seasons Unitas would start 182 games for the Colts. In this time Unitas was named to 10 Pro-Bowls, and won the MVP award 3 times. With Unitas under center the Colts also won 2 NFL Championships and a Super Bowl. In the final game of the 1968 preseason, the muscles in Unitas' arm were torn when he was hit by a member of the Dallas Cowboys defense. The Colts would turn to backup quarterback Earl Morrall to lead the offense. The Colts marched to a league-best 13-1 record and Morrall was named the 1968 MVP. Despite this strong season and the return of Unitas during the game the Colts lost the Super Bowl to the AFL's New York Jets and their quarterback Joe Namath.[1] In 1970 the Colts, with Unitas under center, would return to the Super Bowl in 1970. After Unitas was injured in the second quarter Morrall stepped in and led the Colts from a 7-point deficit at half time to a 3 point victory over the Dallas Cowboys.[2]

Unitas continued as the Colts' legendary QB, but age and injuries began to plague him further and in a hotly debated move, GM Joe Thomas traded him to the San Diego Chargers. The team wasted no time replacing Unitas by drafting Bert Jones in the 1973 NFL Draft. During his eight-year tenure as the Colts' starting quarterback, Jones led the team to three consecutive AFC East division titles and was awarded the 1976 AP MVP award. The Colts regular season success wasn't replicated in the post season, however, with the team losing all three of their playoff games to the eventual champions - first the Steelers in 1975 and 1976, then in 1977 a 37-31 loss to the Oakland Raiders, known as the "Ghost to the Post" game and the third longest playoff game ever. It would be the last playoff game ever played by the Baltimore Colts.[3][4]

Jones began to become injury prone and between that and poor personnel moves, the Colts suffered hard times in the late 1970s/early 1980s. Jones was then traded to the Rams in 1982 and the Colts again began a search for a new starting quarterback. In the interim quarterback Mike Pagel filled in as the starter. In the 1983 NFL Draft the Colts drafted quarterback John Elway, but in another hotly debated and oft-criticized move, Elway declined to play for the team that drafted him, insisting he would play professional baseball instead. The Colts' owner traded him to the Denver Broncos for quarterback Mark Herrmann, rights to offensive lineman Chris Hinton and a first-round pick in the 1984 NFL Draft. Even at the time it was considered a horrible trade for the Colts and a coup for the Broncos. Mike Pagel therefore remained as the starter, though sometimes losing his position to top draft pick Art Schlichter, who was a notorious bust, due largely to a gambling addiction which affected his play and ultimately saw him kicked out of the league.

In the 1986, the Colts selected Jack Trudeau in the 2nd round of the draft. Trudeau would remain the starter for the next few years, though Gary Hogeboom and Chris Chandler were obtained and started at various times. In 1987 Trudeau lead the Colts in their first playoff game since the team moved to Indianapolis. The Colts lost the game against the Cleveland Browns by a score of 38 to 21.[5]

In Atlanta Falcons.

In 1994 the Colts signed Jim Harbaugh. In 1995, Harbaugh and the Colts surprised everyone by reaching the playoffs. Harbaugh was voted to the Pro Bowl, named Comeback Player of the Year, and was runner-up in the AP NFL MVP voting. The post-season was even more surprising, as Harbaugh led the Colts all the way to the 1995 AFC Championship game, ending a playoff drought of 24 years without a playoff win and narrowly missing a Super Bowl berth on the last play of the game. After a last-place 3–13 record in 1997, Harbaugh was traded to the Baltimore Ravens.

In 1998 the Colts, for the 3rd time in 15 years, held the 1st overall pick in the draft and for the 3rd time in 15 years selected a quarterback - this time University of Tennessee's Peyton Manning. Manning started the first game of his rookie season and started every single Colts game since until the start of the 2011 season, when a recurring neck injury sidelined him. Despite a difficult rookie season, where he threw a league high 28 interceptions, Manning and the Colts responded by finishing 13–3 in 1999. The 10 game turnaround from the previous year set an NFL record. Even with this turnaround, the Colts lost in the playoffs. The following years would be marked by a near constant pattern. The Colts and Manning successes in the regular season were matched only by their failures in the post season. Manning was named to the Pro Bowl in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004, as well as winning the NFL MVP award in both 2003 and 2004. In 2004 Manning set a then NFL record when he threw 49 touchdowns in a single season. In spite of this the team failed in the playoffs, including early round exits in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2005. In both 2003 and 2004 the Colts would lose to eventual Super Bowl winning New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game and the Divisional Round respectively. In 2006 the Colts and Manning were finally able to beat the Patriots and their quarterback Tom Brady in the AFC Championship Game on their way to a victory in Super Bowl XLI against the Chicago Bears. Manning was named the Super Bowl MVP. The Colts and Manning would continue to have success, with Manning winning two further MVP awards in 2008 and 2009. In 2009 the Colts would return to the Super Bowl where they would lose to the New Orleans Saints.

Starting quarterbacks by season

Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Johnny Unitas was the Baltimore Colts' starting quarterback from 1956 to 1972.
Jim Harbaugh was the Indianapolis Colts' starting quarterback from 1994 to 1997.
Peyton Manning was the starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts from 1998 until 2011.

Regular season

Year Column links to corresponding team season
(#) Number of games started in the regular season
Inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
 + [b] MVP Award winning season
 *  Pro Bowl season
Season Quarterback(s) (games) Ref(s)
Indianapolis Colts since 1984
2015 Andrew Luck (5) / Matt Hasselbeck (2) [6]
2014 Andrew Luck* (16) [7]
2013 Andrew Luck* (16) [8]
2012 Andrew Luck* (16) [9]
2011 Curtis Painter (8) / Dan Orlovsky (5) / Kerry Collins (3) [10]
2010 Peyton Manning* (16) [11][12]
2009 Peyton Manning+* (16) [12][13]
2008 Peyton Manning+* (16) [12][14]
2007 Peyton Manning* (16) [12][15]
2006 Peyton Manning* (16) [12][16]
2005 Peyton Manning* (16) [12][17]
2004 Peyton Manning+* (16) [12][18]
2003 Peyton Manning+* (16) [12][18]
2002 Peyton Manning* (16) [12][19]
2001 Peyton Manning (16) [12][20]
2000 Peyton Manning* (16) [12][21]
1999 Peyton Manning* (16) [12][22]
1998 Peyton Manning (16) [12][23]
1997 Jim Harbaugh (11) / Paul Justin (4) / Kelly Holcomb (1) [24][25][26][27]
1996 Jim Harbaugh (14) / Paul Justin (2) [25][26][28]
1995 Jim Harbaugh* (12) / Craig Erickson (3) / Paul Justin (1) [25][26][28][29]
1994 Jim Harbaugh (9) / Don Majkowski (6) / Browning Nagle (1) [25][30][31][32]
1993 Jack Trudeau (5) [33][34][35]
1992 Jack Trudeau (5) / Mark Herrmann (1) [34][35][36][37]
1991 Jeff George (16) [34][38]
1990 Jack Trudeau (4) [34][35][39]
1989 Jack Trudeau (12) / Chris Chandler (3) / Tom Ramsey (1) [35][40][41][42]
1988 Chris Chandler (13) / Jack Trudeau (2) / Gary Hogeboom (1) [35][41][43][44]
1987[d] Jack Trudeau (8) / Gary Hogeboom (6) / Blair Kiel (1) [35][44][45][46]
1986 Jack Trudeau (11) / Gary Hogeboom (5) [35][44][47]
1985 Mike Pagel (14) / Matt Kofler (1) / Art Schlichter (1) [48][49][50][51]
1984 Mike Pagel (9) / Art Schlichter (5) / Mark Herrmann (2) [37][49][51][52]
Baltimore Colts (1953–1983)
1983 Mike Pagel (15) / Mark Herrmann (1) [37][49][53]
1982[d] Mike Pagel (9) [49][54]
1981 Bert Jones (15) / David Humm (1) [55][56][57]
1980 Bert Jones (15) / Greg Landry (1) [56][58][59]
1979 Greg Landry (12) / Bert Jones (4) [56][59][60]
1978[c] Bill Troup (11) / Bert Jones (3) / Mike Kirkland (2) [56][61][62][63]
1977 Bert Jones (14) [56][64]
1976 Bert Jones+* (14) [56][65]
1975 Bert Jones (14) [56][66]
1974 Bert Jones (8) / Marty Domres (6) [56][67][68]
1973 Marty Domres (9) / Bert Jones (5) [56][68][69]
1972 Marty Domres (9) / Johnny Unitas (5) [68][70][71]
1971 Earl Morrall (9) / Johnny Unitas (5) [71][72][73]
1970 Johnny Unitas (13) / Earl Morrall (1) [71][73][74]
1969 Johnny Unitas (12) / Earl Morrall (2) [71][73][75]
1968 Earl Morrall+* (14) [73][76]
1967 Johnny Unitas+* (14) [71][77]
1966 Johnny Unitas* (13) / Gary Cuozzo (1) [71][78][79]
1965 Johnny Unitas (11) / Gary Cuozzo (2) / Tom Matte (1) [71][79][80][81]
1964 Johnny Unitas+* (14) [71][82]
1963 Johnny Unitas* (14) [71][83]
1962 Johnny Unitas* (14) [71][84]
1961[c] Johnny Unitas* (14) [71][85]
1960 Johnny Unitas* (12) [71][86]
1959 Johnny Unitas+* (12) [71][87]
1958 George Shaw (2) [71][88][89]
1957 Johnny Unitas* (12) [71][90]
1956 George Shaw (5) [71][89][91]
1955 George Shaw (12) [89][92]
1954 Gary Kerkorian (10) / Fred Enke (1) / Cotton Davidson (1) [93][94][95][96]
1953 Ed Mioduszewski (1) [95][97][98][99]

Post season

Year Column links to corresponding team season
(#) Post-season win–loss record
Inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
 +  NFL champions (1920–1969)
 ‡  Super Bowl champions
 *  Conference champions
Season Quarterback(s) (games) Ref(s)
Baltimore Colts (1953–1983)
1958 Johnny Unitas +* (1-0) [100]
1959 Johnny Unitas +* (1-0) [101]
1964 Johnny Unitas * (0-1) [102]
1965 Tom Matte (0-1) [103]
1968 Earl Morrall +* (2-1) [1][104][105]
1970 Johnny Unitas * (3-0) [2][106][107]
1971 Johnny Unitas (1-1) [108][109]
1975 Bert Jones (0-1) [110]
1976 Bert Jones (0-1) [111]
1977 Bert Jones (0-1) [3]
Indianapolis Colts (1984–Present)
1987 Jack Trudeau (0-1) [5]
1995 Jim Harbaugh (2-1) [112][113][114]
1996 Jim Harbaugh (0-1) [115]
1999 Peyton Manning (0-1) [116]
2000 Peyton Manning (0-1) [117]
2002 Peyton Manning (0-1) [118]
2003 Peyton Manning (2-1) [119][120][121]
2004 Peyton Manning (1-1) [122][123]
2005 Peyton Manning (0-1) [124]
2006 Peyton Manning * (4-0) [125][126][127][128]
2007 Peyton Manning (0-1) [129]
2008 Peyton Manning (0-1) [130]
2009 Peyton Manning * (2-1) [131][132][133]
2010 Peyton Manning (0-1) [134]
2012 Andrew Luck (0-1) [135]
2013 Andrew Luck (1-1)
2014 Andrew Luck (2-1)

Statistics

Peyton Manning holds many franchise records, including consecutive starts, as well as passing yards, touchdowns and passer rating.

Peyton Manning holds the record for the most starts as the Colts quarterback, as well as the most wins. Manning has also set franchise records in completions, passing attempts, completion percentage, passing yards, touchdowns and has the highest franchise passer rating while Johnny Unitas holds the record for most interceptions by a Colts quarterback. Manning has taken the most sacks of all the quarterbacks but Bert Jones has lost the most amount of yards while being sacked. Jones also has the record for the longest completed pass by a Colts starting quarterback, with a 90-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Roger Carr in a home win against the New York Jets in 1975.

Name Name of the quarterback Cmp% Percentage of passes completed
GP Games played (regular season) Yds Yards gained by passing
GS Games started (regular season) TD Passing touchdowns
W Number of wins as starting quarterback Int Interceptions thrown
L Number of lossess as starting quarterback Lng Longest completed pass thrown (yards)
T Number of ties as starting quarterback Sk Number of times sacked
Cmp Passes completed Yds Yards lost by sacks
Att Passes attempted Rate Quarterback rating
Name GP GS W L T Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Lng Sk Yds Rate
Manning, PeytonPeyton Manning 208 208 141 67 0 4682 7210 64.9 54828 399 198 86 231 1483 94.9
Harbaugh, JimJim Harbaugh 53 46 20 26 0 746 1230 60.7 8705 49 26 85 130 737 86.6
Luck, AndrewAndrew Luck 48 48 33 15 0 1062 1813 58.6 12957 86 43 80 100 634 86.6
Hogeboom, GaryGary Hogeboom 20 12 7 5 0 260 443 58.7 3295 22 18 72 38 295 81.6
Morrall, EarlEarl Morrall 51 26 22 3 1 363 676 53.7 5666 47 40 84 32 283 80.3
Jones, BertBert Jones 98 92 46 46 0 1382 2464 56.1 17663 122 97 90 224 1948 78.8
Unitas, JohnnyJohnny Unitas 206 182 117 61 4 2796 5110 54.7 39768 287 246 89 60 494 78.8
Justin, PaulPaul Justin 19 7 3 4 0 177 303 58.4 2097 7 7 44 20 166 77.7
Cuozzo, GaryGary Cuozzo 28 3 1 2 0 105 208 50.5 1391 13 9 69 0 0 74.8
Erickson, CraigCraig Erickson 6 3 2 1 0 50 83 60.2 586 3 4 39 10 68 73.7
Landry, GregGreg Landry 43 13 3 10 0 308 533 57.8 3402 17 19 67 49 395 72.6
George, JeffJeff George 52 49 14 35 0 874 1532 57.0 9551 41 46 75 146 1179 72
Kiel, BlairBlair Kiel 7 1 0 1 0 28 58 48.3 431 3 3 50 5 42 69
Majkowski, DonDon Majkowski 12 6 3 3 0 97 176 55.1 1115 6 8 29 10 81 66.8
Kerkorian, GaryGary Kerkorian 20 10 3 7 0 134 248 54.0 1783 11 15 78 0 0 66.6
Chandler, ChrisChris Chandler 18 16 10 6 0 168 313 53.7 2156 10 15 82 21 145 66.2
Pagel, MikeMike Pagel 51 47 15 31 1 587 1154 50.9 7474 39 47 80 109 788 65.8
Trudeau, JackJack Trudeau 61 47 18 29 0 812 1536 52.9 9647 41 62 84 92 657 64.4
Ramsey, TomTom Ramsey 7 1 0 1 0 24 50 48.0 280 1 1 47 4 26 63.7
Domres, MartyMarty Domres 51 24 8 16 0 293 576 50.9 3471 21 31 66 42 312 59.3
Shaw, GeorgeGeorge Shaw 36 19 8 10 1 210 410 51.2 2820 21 31 82 0 0 59
Troup, BillBill Troup 40 11 3 8 0 162 316 51.3 1999 10 23 67 33 344 51.4
Kofler, MattMatt Kofler 5 1 0 1 0 23 48 47.9 284 1 3 33 8 58 47.6
Matte, TomTom Matte 126 1 1 0 0 12 42 28.6 246 2 2 46 1 12 47.5
Holcomb, KellyKelly Holcomb 5 1 0 1 0 45 73 61.6 454 1 8 41 11 76 44.3
Mioduszewski, EdEd Mioduszewski 12 1 0 1 0 11 30 36.7 113 2 2 17 0 0 42.8
Schlichter, ArtArt Schlichter 13 6 0 6 0 91 202 45.0 1006 3 11 54 28 211 42.6
Herrmann, MarkMark Herrmann 11 4 2 2 0 74 136 54.4 928 2 13 74 15 132 41.2
Enke, FredFred Enke 11 9 3 6 0 88 197 44.7 1225 8 18 55 0 0 40.7
Kirkland, MikeMike Kirkland 16 2 0 2 0 19 41 46.3 211 1 8 34 11 78 30.7
Humm, DavidDavid Humm 3 1 0 1 0 20 47 42.6 220 0 3 23 2 18 30.5
Nagle, BrowningBrowning Nagle 1 1 1 0 0 8 21 38.1 69 0 1 23 2 18 27.7
Davidson, CottonCotton Davidson 24 1 0 1 0 28 66 42.4 309 0 6 29 0 0 19.1
Taliaferro, GeorgeGeorge Taliaferro 22 3 0 3 0 15 57 26.3 211 2 6 45 0 0 14.6

Notes

See also

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External links

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