INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts, who once fired Ted Marchibroda as coach while the team was still in Baltimore, hired him again Tuesday in hopes his no-huddle offense will lead them back to NFL respectability.
Marchibroda, who spent the last five years as Buffalo's offensive coordinator, said he was driven more to build a winning team in Indianapolis than to try for a third time to win a Super Bowl in Buffalo.
The Bills have lost the last two Super Bowls, including Sunday night's 37-24 loss against Washington.
Marchibroda, 60, will replace Ron Meyer, who was fired five games into the 1991 season without the Colts having won a game. Rick Venturi took over as interim coach for the remainder of a 1-15 season that generated little offense.
The team's one victory came with Venturi in charge, but he was bypassed by owner Robert Irsay and his son, General Manager Jim Irsay, in favor of Marchibroda. Venturi will remain with the team in his old job of defensive coordinator.
Under NFL rules, the Colts were barred from approaching Marchibroda until the Bills' season ended.
'I don't think there is another individual out there who can do the job he can,' Jim Irsay said.
Marchibroda, who signed a four-year contract with the Colts, said he will install the no-huddle offensive in Indianapolis with quarterback Jeff George running the attack.
George, he said, is 'as fine as passer as there is in the National Football League. Wherever I've been with an oustanding quarterback, we've won.'
Temperamental star running back Eric Dickerson could also be in Marchibroda's plans, although there has been sentiment among fans to trade the one-time NFL Most Valuable Player.
'Eric is a rare talent,' he said. 'You don't get many Eric Dickersons in a lifetime.'
Indianpolis also will look to the draft to rebuild the club, Marchibroda said.
The Colts, unless they make a trade, have the first two selections in April's selection process and Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard could be one of them.
Marchibroda called Howard 'attractive.'
'I want a team people of Indianapolis and Indiana can be proud of,' Marchibroda said. 'This is the beginning of something that's going to last a long time.'
Marchibroda has coached in the NFL since 1961, but his only previous head coaching experience was five seasons with the Colts beginning in 1975. That year, he took team that had gone 2-12 the previous season to the AFC East title and was named UPI's AFC Coach of the Year.
His overall mark with the Colts in Baltimore was 41-36 before he was fired following two losing seasons.
In addition to Buffalo, Marchibroda has been an assistant with Washington, the Los Angeles Rams, Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia.