INDIANAPOLIS — Former NFL coach Ted Marchibroda charmed players with his soft-spoken personality and his innovative concepts.
Fans appreciated his down-to-earth descriptions and his ability to win games.
On Saturday, the NFL lost one of its great innovators. After confirming the death with his family, the Indianapolis Colts announced that Marchibroda died at age 84.
He coached the Colts twice — for five years in Baltimore and four years in Indianapolis — and is the only man to have coached both Baltimore franchises, the Colts and Ravens. He was probably one of the few who could have been accepted by both communities after the Colts’ move from Baltimore, too.
“Ted was as humble as they come, and he represented the Colts and our community with class both off the field and on,” Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay said in a statement. “He was beloved by many, and will be sorely missed.”
MULARKEY STAYS AS COACH: The Tennessee Titans are keeping Mike Mularkey as their coach.
The man who handled the final nine games after the team fired Ken Whisenhunt this season was chosen Saturday, just hours after the Titans wrapped up their fourth and final interview for the job.
Tennessee interviewed Mularkey; another former Buffalo coach in Doug Marrone; Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin; and finished the process by midday Saturday by talking with the Titans’ defensive coordinator, Ray Horton.
Mularkey was 2-7 in nine games after Whisenhunt went 3-20 in his tenure before being fired Nov. 3.
ST. LOUIS STUCK WITH BIG BILL: In St. Louis, an effort to persuade the owner of the Rams to keep the team in Missouri by building a new riverfront football stadium not only failed but also left the public on the hook for $16.2 million in expenses.
Most of the money went to a local architecture firm and an assortment of lawyers, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
The stadium effort screeched to a halt Tuesday when NFL owners voted 30-2 to approve a request by Rams owner Stan Kroenke to move the team to California.
Instead of playing in a new, $1.1 billion open-air stadium along the Mississippi River, the Rams now are expected to move into Kroenke’s proposed $2 billion football palace in Inglewood, southwest of downtown Los Angeles.