2001 Indianapolis Colts season

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2001 Indianapolis Colts season
OwnerJim Irsay
Head coachJim Mora
General managerBill Polian
Home fieldRCA Dome
Results
Record6–10
Division place4th AFC East
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersWR Marvin Harrison
TE Ken Dilger

The 2001 Indianapolis Colts season was the 49th season for the team in the National Football League and 18th in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Colts finished the National Football League's 2001 season with a record of 6 wins and 10 losses, and finished fourth in the AFC East division. In the process the Colts allowed 486 points in sixteen games, an average of 30 points per match and the franchise worst since the infamous 1981 Colts who allowed 533. At the time only the aforementioned Colts, the 1980 Saints and the notorious 1966 Giants (in a 14-game schedule) had ever allowed more points.[1] This would be the last time the Colts would miss the playoffs until 2011.

Offseason[edit]

Additions Subtractions
CB Thomas Smith (Bears) QB Kelly Holcomb (Browns)
LB Donnel Thompson (Steelers)

NFL Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 30 Reggie Wayne Wide Receiver Miami (FL)
2 37 Idrees Bashir Defensive Back Memphis
3 91 Cory Bird Defensive Back Virginia Tech
4 118 Ryan Diem Guard Northern Illinois
5 152 Raymond Walls Defensive Back Southern Mississippi
6 193 Jason Doering Defensive Back Wisconsin
7 220 Rick DeMulling Guard Idaho

Undrafted free agents[edit]

2001 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Dominic Rhodes Running Back Midwestern State
Nick Harper Cornerback Fort Valley State

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

2001 Indianapolis Colts staff
Front office
  • Owner and Chief Executive Officer – Jim Irsay
  • President – Bill Polian
  • Director of Football Operations – Dom Anile
  • Director of Pro Player Personnel – Clyde Powers
  • Assistant Director of Football Operations – Chris Polian
  • Director of Player Development – Steve Champlin
  • Coordinator of Player Personnel – John Becker
  • Director of College Scouting – Mike Butler

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Jon Torine
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Richard Howell


Roster[edit]

Indianapolis Colts 2001 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

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 September 9 at New York Jets W 45–24 1–0 Giants Stadium
78,606
2 September 23 Buffalo Bills W 42–26 2–0 RCA Dome
56,135
3 September 30 at New England Patriots L 13–44 2–1 Foxboro Stadium
60,292
4 Bye
5 October 14 Oakland Raiders L 18–23 2–2 RCA Dome
56,972
6 October 21 New England Patriots L 17–38 2–3 RCA Dome
56,022
7 October 25 at Kansas City Chiefs W 35–28 3–3 Arrowhead Stadium
74,212
8 November 4 at Buffalo Bills W 30–14 4–3 Ralph Wilson Stadium
63,786
9 November 11 Miami Dolphins L 24–27 4–4 RCA Dome
57,127
10 November 18 at New Orleans Saints L 20–34 4–5 Louisiana Superdome
70,020
11 November 25 San Francisco 49ers L 21–40 4–6 RCA Dome
56,393
12 December 2 at Baltimore Ravens L 27–39 4–7 PSINet Stadium
69,382
13 December 10 at Miami Dolphins L 6–41 4–8 Pro Player Stadium
73,858
14 December 16 Atlanta Falcons W 41–27 5–8 RCA Dome
55,603
15 December 23 New York Jets L 28–29 5–9 RCA Dome
56,302
16 December 30 at St. Louis Rams L 17–42 5–10 Trans World Dome
66,084
17 January 6 Denver Broncos W 29–10 6–10 RCA Dome
56,192

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(2) New England Patriots 11 5 0 .688 371 272 W6
(4) Miami Dolphins 11 5 0 .688 344 290 W2
(6) New York Jets 10 6 0 .625 308 295 W1
Indianapolis Colts 6 10 0 .375 413 486 W1
Buffalo Bills 3 13 0 .188 265 420 L1

Season summary[edit]

The Colts suffered only the second losing season of Peyton Manning's career. After opening with dominant wins over the Jets and Buffalo, the Colts were crushed twice in three games by the Patriots to go with a loss to Oakland. Two more wins followed but the season fell apart with losses in seven of the season's final nine games; a 40–21 rout by the San Francisco 49ers on November 25 set off an infamous postgame press conference rant by coach Jim Mora in which he harped on four Manning interceptions, repeatedly noting one was returned (by the Niners' Zack Bronson) for a touchdown and the others set up San Francisco scores, and a fumble; he angrily scoffed at a reporter's question about the Colts' playoff chances when he barked, "What's that? Ah, playoffs? Don’t talk about — playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game!" Mora was fired after the season.

Manning threw 23 interceptions during the season, the highest number of his career following his rookie season. He was sacked a career-high 29 times.

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