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1971 Denver Broncos

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4-9-1, Finished 4th in AFC West Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.5, Offense: -5.5, Defense: 1.0, SoS: 0.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 203 points (14.5/g), 24th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 275 points (19.6/g), 11th.
 Differential of -72 points (-5.1/g), 18th.  Expected W-L: 4.6-9.4.

Coach: Lou Saban (2-6-1) and Jerry Smith (2-3-0)

Stadium: Mile High Stadium
 Training Camp: Denver Broncos Training Facility (Adams County, Colorado)

Team Info

Majority Owner/Chairman of the Board of Directors Gerald Phipps
Partial Owner/President Allan Phipps
Head Coach/General Manager Lou Saban
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 203 4158 892 4.7 39 12 10 217 175 358 2065 8 27 5.4 105 512 2093 9 4.1 102
Team Defense 275 3819 826 4.6 40 20 25 206 150 356 1985 18 20 5.0 91 426 1834 11 4.3 90
Lg Rank Offense 24 11 15 4 16 15 17 26 21 14 2 10 20 13
Lg Rank Defense 11 10 8 5 5 14 5 21 15 5 7 14 10 19

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 19 boxscore T 0-0-1 Miami Dolphins 10 10 13 261 157 104 1 15 239 121 118 5
2 Sun September 26 boxscore L 0-1-1 @ Green Bay Packers 13 34 19 327 246 81 7 15 303 89 214 4
3 Sun October 3 boxscore L 0-2-1 Kansas City Chiefs 3 16 9 222 160 62 5 11 159 66 93 3
4 Sun October 10 boxscore L 0-3-1 Oakland Raiders 16 27 11 319 220 99 3 20 269 113 156 1
5 Sun October 17 boxscore W 1-3-1 San Diego Chargers 20 16 17 296 71 225 2 15 288 212 76 4
6 Sun October 24 boxscore W 2-3-1 @ Cleveland Browns 27 0 18 365 85 280 6 60 36 24 4
7 Sun October 31 boxscore L 2-4-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 16 17 19 272 102 170 5 9 123 77 46 1
8 Sun November 7 boxscore L 2-5-1 Detroit Lions 20 24 20 360 157 203 2 19 418 190 228 2
9 Sun November 14 boxscore L 2-6-1 Cincinnati Bengals 10 24 10 221 99 122 1 19 473 260 213 1
10 Sun November 21 boxscore L 2-7-1 @ Kansas City Chiefs 10 28 15 319 190 129 3 16 387 255 132 3
11 Sun November 28 boxscore W 3-7-1 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 22 10 14 276 150 126 2 12 225 67 158 3
12 Sun December 5 boxscore W 4-7-1 Chicago Bears 6 3 10 224 54 170 4 9 66 -7 73 4
13 Sun December 12 boxscore L 4-8-1 @ San Diego Chargers 17 45 19 330 163 167 3 24 498 343 155 1
14 Sun December 19 boxscore L 4-9-1 @ Oakland Raiders 13 21 23 366 211 155 1 16 311 163 148 4

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
10 Steve Ramsey 23 qb 9 5 2-3-0 84 178 47.2% 1120 5 2.8 13 7.3 47 6.3 3.6 13.3 124.4 46.6 13 105 5.31 2.77 6.8 0 2
13 Don Horn 26 QB 9 9 2-6-1 89 173 51.4% 1056 3 1.7 14 8.1 74 6.1 2.8 11.9 117.3 42.4 8 67 5.46 2.31 4.4
11 Bobby Anderson 24 FB/KR 13 13 1 3 33.3% 48 0 0.0 0 0.0 48 16.0 16.0 48.0 3.7 81.9 1 6 10.50 10.50 25.0
40 Jack Gehrke 25 WR 14 11 1 2 50.0% 19 0 0.0 0 0.0 19 9.5 9.5 19.0 1.4 83.3 0 0 9.50 9.50 0.0
44 Floyd Little* 29 RB 14 13 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
42 Billy Van Heusen 25 P 14 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Team Total 26.1 14 4-9-1 175 358 48.9% 2243 8 2.2 27 7.5 74 6.3 3.3 12.8 160.2 44.9 22 178 5.43 2.66 5.8 0 2
Opp Total 14 150 356 42.1% 2420 18 5.1 20 5.6 6.8 5.28 16.1 172.9 59.0 44 435 5.0 3.6 11.0

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
44 Floyd Little* 29 RB 14 13 284 1133 6 40 4.0 80.9 20.3 26 255 9.8 0 74 1.9 18.2 1388 6 4
11 Bobby Anderson 24 FB/KR 13 13 139 533 3 36 3.8 41.0 10.7 37 353 9.5 1 31 2.8 27.2 886 4 6
22 Fran Lynch 26 rb 10 1 26 162 0 23 6.2 16.2 2.6 2 42 21.0 1 40 0.2 4.2 204 1 0
23 Dickie Post 26 rb 6 1 18 44 0 16 2.4 7.3 3.0 4 46 11.5 1 15 0.7 7.7 90 1 0
35 Clem Turner 26 14 0 17 43 0 9 2.5 3.1 1.2 7 65 9.3 1 17 0.5 4.6 108 1 1
81 Billy Masters 27 TE 14 12 7 71 0 37 10.1 5.1 0.5 27 382 14.1 1 25 1.9 27.3 453 1 1
13 Don Horn 26 QB 9 9 6 15 0 10 2.5 1.7 0.7 15 0 4
82 Dwight Harrison 23 wr 10 4 5 36 0 16 7.2 3.6 0.5 19 265 13.9 2 43 1.9 26.5 301 2 1
85 John Mosier 23 te 11 1 4 31 0 29 7.8 2.8 0.4 3 36 12.0 0 19 0.3 3.3 67 0 0
10 Steve Ramsey 23 qb 9 5 3 6 0 6 2.0 0.7 0.3 6 0 2
80 Jerry Simmons 29 WR 14 12 1 7 0 7 7.0 0.5 0.1 25 403 16.1 1 47 1.8 28.8 410 1 0
40 Jack Gehrke 25 WR 14 11 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.1 0.1 14 254 18.1 0 48 1.0 18.1 256 0 0
42 Billy Van Heusen 25 P 14 0 1 10 0 10 10.0 0.7 0.1 1 10 10.0 0 10 0.1 0.7 20 0 0
83 Jim Whalen 28 te 3 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 124 17.7 0 35 2.3 41.3 124 0 0
89 Gordon Bowdell 23 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 19 19.0 0 19 0.5 9.5 19 0 0
64 Mike Schnitker 25 RG 13 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 -11 -11.0 0 -11 0.1 -0.8 -11 0 0
56 Dave Washington 23 LLB 14 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.1 0.0 0 0 0
Team Total 26.1 14 512 2093 9 40 4.1 149.5 36.6 175 2243 12.8 8 74 12.5 160.2 4336 17 25
Opp Total 14 426 1834 11 4.3 131.0 30.4 150 1985 13.2 18 10.7 141.8 3819 29 36

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
36 Bill Thompson 25 PR/RCB 14 14 29 274 0 28 9.4 5 105 0 30 21.0 379
20 Charlie Greer 25 SS 13 13 11 46 0 14 4.2 46
11 Bobby Anderson 24 FB/KR 13 13 8 187 0 33 23.4 1073
44 Floyd Little* 29 RB 14 13 7 199 0 48 28.4 1587
53 Ken Criter 24 11 0 5 81 0 28 16.2 81
23 Dickie Post 26 rb 6 1 5 116 0 37 23.2 206
35 Clem Turner 26 14 0 5 100 0 41 20.0 208
21 Randy Montgomery 24 3 0 4 80 0 34 20.0 80
65 Jay Bachman 26 14 0 2 20 0 13 10.0 20
33 Joe Dawkins 23 8 0 2 34 0 18 17.0 34
52 Fred Forsberg 27 MLB 14 14 1 19 0 19 19.0 19
41 Leroy Mitchell 27 LCB 14 14 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
22 Fran Lynch 26 rb 10 1 0 19 0 19 223
Team Total 26.1 14 41 320 0 28 7.8 44 960 0 48 21.8 5616
Opp Total 14 45 468 0 10.4 43 1059 0 24.6

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
42 Billy Van Heusen 25 P 14 0 76 3176 62 1 41.8
15 Jim Turner 30 K 14 0 9 8 5 3 11 8 12 6 1 38 25 65.8%% 18 18 100.0%%
Team Total 26.1 14 9 8 5 3 11 8 12 6 1 38 25 65.8%% 18 18 100.0%% 76 3176 62 1 41.8
Opp Total 14 35 17 48.6%% 32 32 100.0%% 67 3062 45.7

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
36 Bill Thompson 25 PR/RCB 14 14 5 83 0 42 0 0 5 2 15 0
11 Bobby Anderson 24 FB/KR 13 13 0 6 4 4 0
54 Chip Myrtle 26 RLB 14 14 3 64 0 30 0 0 0 5 0 0
13 Don Horn 26 QB 9 9 0 4 2 -4 0
44 Floyd Little* 29 RB 14 13 0 4 2 0 0
41 Leroy Mitchell 27 LCB 14 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
63 Dave Costa 30 LDT 14 14 0 0 3 0 0
52 Fred Forsberg 27 MLB 14 14 3 75 1 40 0
20 Charlie Greer 25 SS 13 13 3 32 0 30 0
74 Mike Current 26 RT 14 14 0 0 2 1 0
40 Jack Gehrke 25 WR 14 11 0 0 2 0 0
28 Cornell Gordon 30 14 1 2 21 0 21 0
82 Dwight Harrison 23 wr 10 4 0 1 1 0 0
81 Billy Masters 27 TE 14 12 0 1 1 0 0
10 Steve Ramsey 23 qb 9 5 0 2 0 0 0
56 Dave Washington 23 LLB 14 10 1 8 0 8 0 0 0 1 1 0
76 Tom Domres 25 dt 5 5 0 0 1 0 0
62 Jerry Inman 31 dt 14 3 0 0 1 0 0
87 Rich Jackson 30 LDE 7 7 0 0 1 0 0
23 Dickie Post 26 rb 6 1 0 0 1 0 0
26 George Saimes 30 FS 13 13 0 0 1 7 0
64 Mike Schnitker 25 RG 13 13 0 0 1 0 0
70 Paul Smith 26 RDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
35 Clem Turner 26 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
50 Olen Underwood 29 lb 14 4 1 5 0 5 0
Team Total 26.1 14 20 288 1 42 0 0 25 33 24 0 1
Opp Total 14 22 36 16

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
15 Jim Turner 30 K 14 0 18 25 93
44 Floyd Little* 29 RB 14 13 6 6 36
11 Bobby Anderson 24 FB/KR 13 13 3 1 4 24
82 Dwight Harrison 23 wr 10 4 2 2 12
22 Fran Lynch 26 rb 10 1 1 1 1 8
52 Fred Forsberg 27 MLB 14 14 1 1 6
81 Billy Masters 27 TE 14 12 1 1 6
23 Dickie Post 26 rb 6 1 1 1 6
80 Jerry Simmons 29 WR 14 12 1 1 6
35 Clem Turner 26 14 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.1 14 9 8 1 18 18 25 1 203
Opp Total 14 11 18 2 32 17 275

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 MIA T, 10-10 3 31 pass Dwight Harrison 31 yard pass from Don Horn (Jim Turner kick)
2 1971-09-26 @ GNB L, 13-34 4 6 pass Jerry Simmons 6 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
3 1971-10-10 OAK L, 16-27 4 13 pass Dickie Post 13 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
4 1971-10-17 SDG W, 20-16 1 1 rush Bobby Anderson 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
5 1971-10-17 SDG W, 20-16 2 2 rush Floyd Little 2 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
6 1971-10-24 @ CLE W, 27-0 1 7 pass Billy Masters 7 yard pass from Don Horn (Jim Turner kick)
7 1971-10-24 @ CLE W, 27-0 2 6 rush Bobby Anderson 6 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
8 1971-10-24 @ CLE W, 27-0 2 40 interception Fred Forsberg 40 yard interception return (Jim Turner kick)
9 1971-10-31 @ PHI L, 16-17 2 1 rush Floyd Little 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
10 1971-11-07 DET L, 20-24 1 12 pass Bobby Anderson 12 yard pass from Don Horn (Jim Turner kick)
11 1971-11-07 DET L, 20-24 4 5 rush Bobby Anderson 5 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
12 1971-11-14 CIN L, 10-24 4 43 pass Dwight Harrison 43 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
13 1971-11-21 @ KAN L, 10-28 4 26 rush Floyd Little 26 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
14 1971-11-28 @ PIT W, 22-10 2 3 rush Floyd Little 3 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
15 1971-11-28 @ PIT W, 22-10 4 16 rush Floyd Little 16 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
16 1971-12-12 @ SDG L, 17-45 3 12 rush Floyd Little 12 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
17 1971-12-12 @ SDG L, 17-45 4 40 pass Fran Lynch 40 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
18 1971-12-19 @ OAK L, 13-21 4 7 pass Clem Turner 7 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 MIA T, 10-10 4 31 pass Paul Warfield 31 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
2 1971-09-26 @ GNB W, 34-13 1 5 rush Donny Anderson 5 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
3 1971-09-26 @ GNB W, 34-13 2 52 rush John Brockington 52 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
4 1971-09-26 @ GNB W, 34-13 3 4 rush Scott Hunter 4 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
5 1971-09-26 @ GNB W, 34-13 3 4 rush Dave Hampton 4 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
6 1971-10-03 KAN W, 16-3 2 68 interception Aaron Brown 68 yard interception return (Jan Stenerud kick)
7 1971-10-10 OAK W, 27-16 3 2 rush Ken Stabler 2 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
8 1971-10-10 OAK W, 27-16 3 9 pass Raymond Chester 9 yard pass from Ken Stabler (George Blanda kick)
9 1971-10-10 OAK W, 27-16 4 55 interception Jimmy Warren 55 yard interception return (George Blanda kick)
10 1971-10-17 SDG L, 16-20 3 21 pass Gary Garrison 21 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
11 1971-10-31 @ PHI W, 17-16 2 18 pass Ben Hawkins 18 yard pass from Rick Arrington (Happy Feller kick)
12 1971-10-31 @ PHI W, 17-16 2 6 blocked punt Bill Hobbs 6 yard blocked punt return (Happy Feller kick)
13 1971-11-07 DET W, 24-20 3 36 rush Altie Taylor 36 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
14 1971-11-07 DET W, 24-20 3 76 pass Earl McCullouch 76 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
15 1971-11-07 DET W, 24-20 4 5 pass Charlie Sanders 5 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
16 1971-11-14 CIN W, 24-10 1 71 pass Bruce Coslet 71 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Horst Muhlmann kick)
17 1971-11-14 CIN W, 24-10 2 3 rush Fred Willis 3 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
18 1971-11-14 CIN W, 24-10 4 67 pass Essex Johnson 67 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Horst Muhlmann kick)
19 1971-11-21 @ KAN W, 28-10 1 39 pass Morris Stroud 39 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
20 1971-11-21 @ KAN W, 28-10 1 69 pass Elmo Wright 69 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
21 1971-11-21 @ KAN W, 28-10 2 17 rush Ed Podolak 17 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
22 1971-11-21 @ KAN W, 28-10 3 12 pass Jim Otis 12 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
23 1971-11-28 @ PIT L, 10-22 3 8 pass Preston Pearson 8 yard pass from Terry Hanratty (Roy Gerela kick)
24 1971-12-12 @ SDG W, 45-17 1 9 pass Jeff Queen 9 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
25 1971-12-12 @ SDG W, 45-17 2 13 pass Chuck Dicus 13 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
26 1971-12-12 @ SDG W, 45-17 3 77 pass Gary Garrison 77 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
27 1971-12-12 @ SDG W, 45-17 3 2 pass Jeff Queen 2 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
28 1971-12-12 @ SDG W, 45-17 4 1 rush Mike Garrett 1 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
29 1971-12-12 @ SDG W, 45-17 4 25 pass Walker Gillette 25 yard pass from Marty Domres (Dennis Partee kick)
30 1971-12-19 @ OAK W, 21-13 1 67 pass Raymond Chester 67 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
31 1971-12-19 @ OAK W, 21-13 2 1 rush Charlie Smith 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
32 1971-12-19 @ OAK W, 21-13 4 2 rush Pete Banaszak 2 yard rush (George Blanda kick)