INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 15 -- The Indianapolis Colts Thursday officially named offensive coordinator Lindy Infante as their head coach. Bill Tobin, the Colts' director of football operations, said earlier this week that Infante would likely be promoted to the top job.
Infante succeeds Ted Marchibroda, who Thursday was named the head coach of the NFL's Baltimore franchise. Infante was the only one interviewed by Tobin after Marchibroda, who brought the team within one play of Super Bowl XXX, decided to step down after he was not offered a multi-year deal by the team. Infante, who served as offensive coordinator for just one season, was head coach for the Green Bay Packers from 1988-91. He directed the Packers to a 10-6 record in 1989. Infante had a 24-40 record in four seasons as Green Bay coach. The 55-year-old Infante was out of football for three years before being hired by the Colts in 1995. Infante is widely credited for the comeback of quarterback Jim Harbaugh last season. Harbaugh led the NFL with a quarterback rating of 100.7. He completed 63.7 percent of his passes (200-of-314) for 17 touchdowns and only five interceptions. The Colts finished 9-7 and captured a wild card berth in 1995.