Former Colts coach McCormack dies

Hall of Fame right tackle was 83

November 16, 2013|Sun staff and news services

Pro Football Hall of Fame right tackle Mike McCormack, who coached the Baltimore Colts in 1980 and 1981, died Friday at age 83, the Carolina Panthers confirmed.

McCormack was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984 after helping the Cleveland Browns win two NFL championships as an offensive lineman and middle guard. He was named to the NFL's 75th anniversary all-time team.

McCormack was head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles from 1973 to 1975, then was an assistant for the Cincinnati Bengals before being named Colts head coach, replacing Ted Marchibroda.

His teams went 7-9 in 1980 and 2-14 in 1981 before he was succeeded by Frank Kush. McCormack later was president, general manager and interim coach of the Seattle Seahawks.

McCormack served as a consultant to Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, a former Colt, through the expansion process that brought Carolina into the NFL and was later named the team's first president.

McCormack earned a starting role as a rookie with the New York Yanks in 1951 before his NFL career was interrupted by military service. His rights were transferred to the Colts who, in 1953, dealt him to the Browns as part of a 15-player blockbuster trade that sent Hall of Fame coach Don Shula and others to Baltimore.

Martin, lawyer meet: Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin met Friday with lawyer Ted Wells, who was hired by the NFL to investigate the team's bullying scandal.

Martin emerged from the meeting late in the afternoon and spoke briefly with reporters.

"I do not intend to discuss this matter publicly," Martin said. "This is the right way to handle the situation."

Martin said he described his experiences with the Dolphins and that he planned to meet with team owner Stephen Ross and other team officials at an appropriate time.

"Beyond that, I look forward to working through this and resuming my career in the National Football League," Martin said.

Wells is gathering information about Martin's complaints of harassment from guard Richie Incognito and other teammates.

Manning probable: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning increased his workload again and was listed as probable for Sunday night's showdown with the Chiefs.

Manning, who returned to limited practice Thursday after missing Wednesday's session, has been dealing with a sore ankle.

Manning suffered an ankle sprain in the Broncos' win over the Chargers on Sunday.

Kubiak up top: Gary Kubiak is back as the Texans' coach, but he might work from the press box instead of the sideline Sunday when the team faces the Raiders, the Houston Chronicle reported. Kubiak suffered a mini-stroke Nov. 3.

If Kubiak calls offensive plays from the press box, offensive coordinator Rick Dennison will move to the sideline. Wade Phillips, who was interim coach in Kubiak's absence, would throw the challenge flag if the team wants a call reviewed.

Extra points: Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor missed practice with a knee injury and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Texans. It appears likely that rookie Matt McGloin will be the starter. ... WR Percy Harvin took part in practice and is on track to make his debut with the Seahawks on Sunday against the Vikings, his former team. ... Lions WR Calvin Johnson returned to practice after missing Wednesday and Thursday with a knee injury.

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