1997 Indianapolis Colts season

The 1997 Indianapolis Colts season was the 45th season for the team in the National Football League and 14th in Indianapolis. The Colts finished the National Football League’s 1997 season with a record of 3 wins and 13 losses, and finished fifth in the AFC East division. The Colts would start horribly, losing their first ten games for their worst start since 1986. They became only the second team to start 0–10 since 1987 after the 1993 Bengals,[1] before an upset home win over eventual NFC Champion Green Bay. That would turn out to be the only good highlight all season for the Colts, as the team fell to a league-worst 3–13 record, and earned the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, where they selected quarterback Peyton Manning and created a good, competitive team for the Colts during the 2000s where they would be one of the three better teams in the AFC behind the Patriots and Steelers and win one Super Bowl against Rex Grossman's Chicago Bears.

1997 Indianapolis Colts season
Head coachLindy Infante
Home fieldRCA Dome
Results
Record3–13
Division place5th AFC East
Playoff finishdid not qualify

Offseason

NFL Draft

1997 Indianapolis Colts draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 19 Tarik Glenn *  Tackle California
2 48 Adam Meadows  Tackle Georgia
3 86 Bertrand Berry *  Defensive End Notre Dame
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Personnel

Staff

1997 Indianapolis Colts staff
Front office
  • President Emeritus – Robert Irsay
  • Senior Executive Vice President/General Manager/COO – Jim Irsay
  • Vice President/Director of Football Operations – Bill Tobin
  • Assistant General Manager – Bob Terpening
  • Director of Pro Player Personnel – Clyde Powers
  • Director of College Player Personnel – George Boone

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Running Backs – Gene Huey
  • Receivers – Jimmy Robinson
  • Tight Ends/Quality Control – Tom Batta
  • Offensive Line – Ron Blackledge
  • Assistant to the Offensive Line – Charlie Davis
  • Offensive Assistant/Assistant Quarterbacks – Buddy Geis
Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Tom Zupancic

Roster

1997 Indianapolis Colts final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 August 31, 1997 at Miami Dolphins L 10–16 0–1 Pro Player Stadium
70,813
2 September 7, 1997 New England Patriots L 6–31 0–2 RCA Dome
53,632
3 September 14, 1997 Seattle Seahawks L 3–31 0–3 RCA Dome
49,194
4 September 21, 1997 at Buffalo Bills L 35–37 0–4 Rich Stadium
55,340
5 Bye
6 October 5, 1997 New York Jets L 12–16 0–5 RCA Dome
48,295
7 October 12, 1997 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 22–24 0–6 Three Rivers Stadium
57,925
8 October 20, 1997 Buffalo Bills L 6–9 0–7 RCA Dome
61,139
9 October 26, 1997 at San Diego Chargers L 19–35 0–8 Jack Murphy Stadium
63,177
10 November 2, 1997 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 28–31 0–9 RCA Dome
58,512
11 November 9, 1997 Cincinnati Bengals L 13–28 0–10 RCA Dome
58,473
12 November 16, 1997 Green Bay Packers W 41–38 1–10 RCA Dome
60,928
13 November 23, 1997 at Detroit Lions L 10–32 1–11 Pontiac Silverdome
62,803
14 November 30, 1997 at New England Patriots L 17–20 1–12 Foxboro Stadium
58,507
15 December 7, 1997 at New York Jets W 22–14 2–12 The Meadowlands
61,168
16 December 14, 1997 Miami Dolphins W 41–0 3–12 RCA Dome
61,282
17 December 21, 1997 at Minnesota Vikings L 28–39 3–13 Metrodome
54,107

Standings

AFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(3) New England Patriots 10 6 0 .625 369 289 W1
(6) Miami Dolphins 9 7 0 .563 339 327 L2
New York Jets 9 7 0 .563 348 287 L1
Buffalo Bills 6 10 0 .375 255 367 L3
Indianapolis Colts 3 13 0 .188 313 401 L1

References

  1. ^ Last Winless NFL Team

See also

Franchise
Stadiums
Culture
Lore
Rivalries
Division championships (16)
Conference championships (7)
League championships (5)
Retired numbers
Media
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Seasons (67)

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