|2019 Indianapolis Colts season|
|Head coach||Frank Reich|
|General manager||Chris Ballard|
|Home field||Lucas Oil Stadium|
|Division place||3rd AFC South|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
|Pro Bowlers||OLB Darius Leonard|
G Quenton Nelson
C Ryan Kelly
TE Jack Doyle
|AP All-Pros||G Quenton Nelson (1st team)|
LB Darius Leonard (2nd team)
The 2019 season was the Indianapolis Colts' 67th in the National Football League (NFL) and their 36th in Indianapolis. It was also their second season under head coach Frank Reich and third under the leadership of general manager Chris Ballard.
For the first time since 2011, quarterback Andrew Luck was not on the roster, as he announced his retirement on August 24, 2019. A four-time Pro Bowler and the top pick in the 2012 Draft, Luck led the Colts to four playoff appearances (2012-2014, 2018), an appearance in the AFC Championship Game in the 2014 season (the franchise's only time doing so in the post-Peyton Manning era), and won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award in 2018. A four-year cycle of injuries and rehab that dated back to 2015 had "taken his joy of this game away," which led to his decision of retiring. This would also mark kicker Adam Vinatieri's last season in the NFL, after playing 24 years in the league, as he would spend the entire 2020 season in free agency before retiring on May 26, 2021. A four-time Super Bowl champion with the Colts and New England Patriots, Vinatieri is considered one of the greatest kickers of all time and made memorable game-winning plays with the Patriots in games such as the Tuck Rule Game and Super Bowls XXXVI and XXXVIII. Vinatieri was also the last remaining active player whose career began in the 1990s.
Despite a strong 5-2 start, the Colts would go on to lose 7 of their next 9 games, being eliminated from playoff contention after a Week 15 loss to the New Orleans Saints. This late-season collapse was partially a result of injuries to key skill players such as QB Jacoby Brissett, WR T. Y. Hilton, RB Marlon Mack and TE Eric Ebron. They also failed to improve or match their 10-6 record from the previous season.
Despite the disappointing season, the Colts managed to defeat the eventual Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs and limit the Chiefs offense to only 13 points, which at the time was the least points allowed to the Chiefs since Patrick Mahomes became the starter.
|2||34||Rock Ya-Sin||CB||Temple||From New York Jets|
|49||Ben Banogu||LB||TCU||From Cleveland Browns|
|59||Parris Campbell||WR||Ohio State|
|5||144||Marvell Tell||S||USC||From Cleveland Browns|
|164||E. J. Speed||LB||Tarleton State|
|6||199||Gerri Green||DE||Mississippi State|
|246||Javon Patterson||C||Ole Miss|
The team was rocked by the decision August 24 by starting quarterback Andrew Luck that he would immediately retire from professional football due to chronic injury problems and the emotional and mental strain they had extracted. Luck, the 2018 NFL Comeback Player of the Year, had been battling a mysterious and slow-healing leg injury, described by the team variously as a "calf strain" and a "high ankle issue."
Luck, a 7-year professional with four appearances in the NFL Pro Bowl, indicated that he had been contemplating leaving the game for a week-and-a-half or two weeks prior to his announcement; he had been speaking with team officials about the matter all week. In a news conference Luck indicated that his recurring injuries had "taken my joy of this game away.... After 2016, I played in pain and was unable to practice, I said I wouldn't go through that again."
|1||at Buffalo Bills||L 16-24||0-1||New Era Field||Recap|
|2||Cleveland Browns||L 18-21||0-2||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|3||Chicago Bears||L 17-27||0-3||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|4||at Cincinnati Bengals||W 13-6||1-3||Paul Brown Stadium||Recap|
|1||September 8||at Los Angeles Chargers||L 24-30 (OT)||0-1||Dignity Health Sports Park||Recap|
|2||September 15||at Tennessee Titans||W 19-17||1-1||Nissan Stadium||Recap|
|3||September 22||Atlanta Falcons||W 27-24||2-1||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|4||September 29||Oakland Raiders||L 24-31||2-2||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|5||October 6||at Kansas City Chiefs||W 19-13||3-2||Arrowhead Stadium||Recap|
|7||October 20||Houston Texans||W 30-23||4-2||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|8||October 27||Denver Broncos||W 15-13||5-2||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|9||November 3||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 24-26||5-3||Heinz Field||Recap|
|10||November 10||Miami Dolphins||L 12-16||5-4||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|11||November 17||Jacksonville Jaguars||W 33-13||6-4||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|12||at Houston Texans||L 17-20||6-5||NRG Stadium||Recap|
|13||December 1||Tennessee Titans||L 17-31||6-6||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|14||December 8||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||L 35-38||6-7||Raymond James Stadium||Recap|
|15||at New Orleans Saints||L 7-34||6-8||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|16||December 22||Carolina Panthers||W 38-6||7-8||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|17||December 29||at Jacksonville Jaguars||L 20-38||7-9||TIAA Bank Field||Recap|
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
The Colts would defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars for the team's 300th win in the Indianapolis era with a record of 300-267.
|(4) Houston Texans||10||6||0||.625||4-2||8-4||378||385||L1|
|(6) Tennessee Titans||9||7||0||.563||3-3||7-5||402||331||W1|
|2[a]||Kansas City Chiefs||West||12||4||0||.750||6-0||9-3||.510||.477||W6|
|3[a]||New England Patriots||East||12||4||0||.750||5-1||8-4||.469||.411||L1|
|Did not qualify for the postseason|
|11[b][d]||New York Jets||East||7||9||0||.438||2-4||4-8||.473||.402||W2|
|14[g]||Los Angeles Chargers||West||5||11||0||.313||0-6||3-9||.514||.488||L3|