When Sonny Jurgensen was brought in
Finally getting his opportunity to become a head coach; Allen needed an offensive co-ordinator he could have complete trust/faith in, and who could teach a talent like Roman Gabriel to elevate his game. Los Angeles, in the three seasons before the arrival of Allen & Marchibroda, had lost 28 of 42 games, but in their first three years together they lost only 11 of 42.
Running back Tom Moore joined the Rams in 1966 and established a new record for receptions for a running back in a season with 60.
Another example of Marchibroda's approach was during his time with the Rams, Gabriel had a 76.0 rating in when pro football's
Entering the 1969 season Roman Gabriel was now considered an elite quarterback, and was voted the league MVP. From 1947 (12 game schedule) through 1968 (14 game schedule) only nine teams had a win streak of at least 9 games. The '48 Cardinals (10), '51 Browns (11), '53 Browns (11), '60 Eagles (9), '61 Oilers (9), '62 Giants (9), '62 Packers (10), '64 Bills (9), and '67 Raiders (10) had hammered their way to a championship game,
Allen brought Ted with him to Washington in 1971 and the "Over the Hill Gang" was the talk of the league as the 'Skins fought their way into the playoffs. Ted Marchibroda again got a chance to work with future Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen, yet it was his work with retread Billy Kilmer that received rave notices around the league. Again a balanced mistake free offense built around a running back (league MVP Larry Brown), and a passing attack that utilized everyone was the Marchibroda way. Though Washington won two home playoff games in 1972 the season ended in defeat in the Super Bowl to the undefeated Dolphins. Two more successful playoff seasons ensued, but at the close of 1974 it was finally time for Ted to become a head coach.
The impressive history of the Baltimore Colts had reached the bottom
The defending Super Bowl Champion Steelers won 11 straight games during 1975 thus setting up a playoff confrontation of Marchibroda returning to Pittsburgh to try and de-throne the Steelers. The Colts lost the hard fought contest, and two more play-off failures during 1976 & 1977. The keys to the Colts success on offense was the continued improvement of league MVP Bert Jones at quarterback, and Lydell Mitchell at running back. Mitchell was very productive as a runner, yet his ability as an effective receiver out of the backfield was again a trademark of a Marchibroda offense.
The firing of Marchibroda returned him to offensive mastermind as an assistant in Chicago, Detroit, and Philadelphia. Finding a place where you "fit" as a coach is always troublesome, but Ted finally found a place where he could help resurrect an offense.......
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