NFL Mourns Passing of Ted Marchibroda

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Ted Marchibroda, former head coach of the Baltimore Colts, Indianapolis Colts, and Baltimore Ravens, passed away at age 84 on Saturday. Colleagues from around the league took to Twitter to mourn Marchibroda’s passing:

Coach Marchibroda, among other accomplishments, was the first person to hire current New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick into the NFL. Belichick worked for Marchibroda with the Baltimore Colts for $25 a week:

Other notable coaches who worked under Marchibroda include Marvin Lewis, Eric Mangini, Jim Schwartz, Joe Vitt, and Ken Whisenhunt.

Marchibroda was also the first coach for the then-expansion team Baltimore Ravens, coaching from the team’s debut in 1996 through 1998, working as the first coach for Hall of Famers Ray Lewis and Jonathan Ogden. Marchibroda is one of just three coaches in Ravens history, preceding Brian Billick and John Harbaugh.

During his time in the NFL, Marchibroda experienced more success when he was an offensive coordinator than during his tenures as a head coach. He had a career record of 87-98-1, but helped take the Buffalo Bills to consecutive Super Bowls as their offensive coordinator:

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