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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 Penalties
PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD Pen Yds 1stPy
Team Stats 203 4158 892 4.7 39 12 217 175 358 2065 8 27 5.4 105 512 2093 9 4.1 102 67 781 10
Opp. Stats 275 3819 826 4.6 40 20 206 150 356 1985 18 20 5.0 91 426 1834 11 4.3 90 78 771 25
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

Score Offense Defense
Week 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. 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 Yds 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. 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. 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 21.0 394
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 1077
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 5640
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. 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. Age Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk 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 36 16 22

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM 2PA XPM XPA FGM FGA Sfty Pts Pts/G
15 Jim Turner 30 K 14 0 18 18 25 38 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 18 25 38 1 205
Opp Total 14 11 18 2 1 32 32 17 35 275

Touchdown Log

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