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1974 Denver Broncos

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7-6-1, Finished 2nd in AFC West Division  · 1974 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 0.6, Offense: 3.4, Defense: -2.8, SoS: 0.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 302 points (21.6/g), 7th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 294 points (21.0/g), 22nd.
 Differential of 8 points (0.6/g), 13th.  Expected W-L: 7.2-6.8.

Coach: John Ralston (7-6-1)
 Offensive Coordinator: Max Coley
 Defensive Coordinator: Joe Collier

Stadium: Mile High Stadium
 Training Camp: Cal Poly Pomona (Pomona, California)

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Charley Johnson 36 13 12 136 for 244, 1,969 yards, 13 td, 9 int, & 4 rushes for -3 yards and 0 td San Diego Chargers / 8th / 63rd pick / 1961
St. Louis Cardinals / 10th / 109th pick / 1960
RB Floyd Little 32 7 9 117 rushes for 312 yards, 1 td, & 29 catches for 344 yards and 0 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 6th pick / 1967
FB Otis Armstrong*+ 24 1 14 263 rushes for 1,407 yards, 9 td, & 38 catches for 405 yards and 3 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 9th pick / 1973
WR Haven Moses 28 6 13 34 catches for 559 yards, 2 td, & 2 rushes for 16 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 9th pick / 1968
WR Billy Van Heusen 28 6 12 16 catches for 421 yards, 4 td, & 1 rush for -1 yards and 0 td
TE Riley Odoms*+ 24 2 14 42 catches for 639 yards, 6 td, & 4 rushes for 25 yards and 0 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 5th pick / 1972
LT Claudie Minor 23 Rook 14 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 68th pick / 1974
LG Larron Jackson 25 3 9 Houston Oilers / 4th / 81st pick / 1971
C Bobby Maples 32 9 14 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 4th / 26th pick / 1965
Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 41st pick / 1965
RG Tommy Lyons 26 3 14 Denver Broncos / 14th / 350th pick / 1971
RT Mike Current 29 7 14 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 3rd / 58th pick / 1967
 Defensive Starters
LDE Barney Chavous 23 1 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 2nd / 36th pick / 1973
LDT John Grant 24 1 13 Denver Broncos / 7th / 166th pick / 1973
RDT Pete Duranko 31 7 9 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 61st pick / 1966
RDE Lyle Alzado 25 3 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 4th / 79th pick / 1971
LLB Bill Laskey 31 9 10 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered
MLB Ray May 29 7 12 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 89th pick / 1967
RLB Tom Jackson 23 1 12 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 4th / 88th pick / 1973
LCB John Rowser 30 7 10 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 78th pick / 1967
RCB Calvin Jones 23 1 14 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 15th / 373rd pick / 1973
SS Bill Thompson 28 5 14 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
FS Charlie Greer 28 6 10 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 13th / 330th pick / 1968
 Special Teams Starters
K Jim Turner 33 10 0 11 of 21 field goals & 35 of 38 extra points Washington Redskins / 19th / 259th pick / 1963
P Billy Van Heusen 28 6 12 75 punts for a 40.3 average, 1 blocked
PR Bill Thompson 28 5 14 26 punt returns for a 13.5 average and 0 td Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
KR Otis Armstrong*+ 24 1 14 16 kick returns for a 24.1 average and 0 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 9th pick / 1973

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
77 Lyle Alzado 25 RDE 14 14 255 6-3 Yankton 4/3/1949 3 6 Denver Broncos / 4th / 79th pick / 1971
24 Otis Armstrong*+ 24 FB 14 14 196 5-10 Purdue 11/15/1950 1 22 Denver Broncos / 1st / 9th pick / 1973
65 LeFrancis Arnold 22 2 0 245 6-3 Oregon 11/24/1952 Rook 3
87 Boyd Brown 22 14 0 222 6-4 Alcorn St. 5/24/1952 Rook 0 Denver Broncos / 17th / 432nd pick / 1974
79 Barney Chavous 23 LDE 14 14 252 6-3 South Carolina St. 3/22/1951 1 6 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 36th pick / 1973
54 Ralph Cindrich 25 1 0 228 6-1 Pittsburgh 10/29/1949 2 2 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 119th pick / 1972
76 Steve Coleman 24 2 0 252 6-5 Delaware St. 8/8/1950 Rook 2
53 Ken Criter 27 14 0 225 6-0 Wisconsin 2/17/1947 5 3
74 Mike Current 29 RT 14 14 274 6-5 Ohio St. 9/17/1945 7 7 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 58th pick / 1967
76 Tom Drougas 25 4 0 257 6-4 Oregon 12/25/1949 2 3 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 22nd pick / 1972
55 Pete Duranko 31 RDT 14 9 250 6-2 Notre Dame 12/15/1943 7 4 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 61st pick / 1966
52 Randy Gradishar 22 lb 14 3 233 6-3 Ohio St. 3/3/1952 Rook 2 Denver Broncos / 1st / 14th pick / 1974
58 Tom Graham 24 6 0 235 6-2 Oregon 4/15/1950 2 2 Denver Broncos / 4th / 102nd pick / 1972
63 John Grant 24 LDT 13 13 241 6-3 USC 6/28/1950 1 5 Denver Broncos / 7th / 166th pick / 1973
20 Charlie Greer 28 FS 11 10 205 6-0 Colorado 4/4/1946 6 5 Denver Broncos / 13th / 330th pick / 1968
43 Lonnie Hepburn 25 db 14 4 180 5-11 Texas Southern 5/12/1949 3 2 Miami Dolphins / 13th / 333rd pick / 1971
60 Paul Howard 24 rg 14 5 260 6-3 BYU 9/12/1950 1 3 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 54th pick / 1973
16 John Hufnagel 23 4 0 194 6-1 Penn St. 9/13/1951 Rook 1 Denver Broncos / 14th / 348th pick / 1973
68 Larron Jackson 25 LG 14 9 270 6-3 Missouri 8/26/1949 3 4 Houston Oilers / 4th / 81st pick / 1971
57 Tom Jackson 23 LLB 13 12 220 5-11 Louisville 4/4/1951 1 5 Denver Broncos / 4th / 88th pick / 1973
12 Charley Johnson 36 QB 14 12 200 6-1 Schreiner College,New Mexico St. 11/22/1938 13 11 San Diego Chargers / 8th / 63rd pick / 1961
St. Louis Cardinals / 10th / 109th pick / 1960
26 Calvin Jones 23 RCB 14 14 170 5-7 Washington 1/26/1951 1 7 Denver Broncos / 15th / 373rd pick / 1973
72 Bob Kampa 23 dt 4 1 252 6-4 California 4/26/1951 1 1 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 77th pick / 1973
32 Jon Keyworth 24 fb 14 5 230 6-3 Colorado 12/15/1950 Rook 6 Washington Redskins / 6th / 144th pick / 1974
45 Bill Laskey 31 LLB 14 10 235 6-3 Michigan 2/10/1943 9 5
44 Floyd Little 32 RB 14 9 196 5-10 Syracuse 7/4/1942 7 8 Denver Broncos / 1st / 6th pick / 1967
22 Fran Lynch 29 12 0 205 6-1 Hofstra 12/3/1945 7 0 Denver Broncos / 5th / 110th pick / 1967
61 Tommy Lyons 26 LG 14 14 230 6-2 Georgia 8/7/1948 3 7 Denver Broncos / 14th / 350th pick / 1971
50 Bobby Maples 32 C 14 14 250 6-3 Baylor 12/28/1942 9 7 Houston Oilers / 4th / 26th pick / 1965
Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 41st pick / 1965
81 Billy Masters 30 te 13 1 240 6-5 LSU 3/15/1944 7 0 Kansas City Chiefs / 3rd / 77th pick / 1967
56 Ray May 29 MLB 14 12 230 6-1 USC 6/4/1945 7 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 89th pick / 1967
71 Claudie Minor 23 LT 14 14 280 6-4 San Diego St. 4/21/1951 Rook 7 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 68th pick / 1974
78 Marv Montgomery 26 4 0 255 6-6 USC 2/8/1948 3 3 Denver Broncos / 1st / 12th pick / 1971
25 Haven Moses 28 WR 13 13 208 6-2 San Diego St. 7/27/1946 6 8 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 9th pick / 1968
66 Jim O'Malley 23 rlb 14 5 229 6-1 Notre Dame 7/24/1951 1 2 Denver Broncos / 12th / 296th pick / 1973
88 Riley Odoms*+ 24 TE 14 14 230 6-4 Houston 3/1/1950 2 10 Denver Broncos / 1st / 5th pick / 1972
48 John Pitts 29 db 14 4 218 6-4 Arizona St. 2/28/1945 7 2 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 22nd pick / 1967
10 Steve Ramsey 26 qb 7 2 210 6-2 North Texas 4/22/1948 4 3 New Orleans Saints / 5th / 126th pick / 1970
59 Joe Rizzo 24 11 0 220 6-1 Kings Point 12/17/1950 Rook 3 Buffalo Bills / 15th / 369th pick / 1973
30 Oliver Ross 25 7 0 210 6-0 Alabama A&M 9/18/1949 1 0 Denver Broncos / 16th / 398th pick / 1973
46 John Rowser 30 LCB 11 10 190 6-1 Michigan 4/24/1944 7 5 Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 78th pick / 1967
64 Mike Schnitker 28 12 0 245 6-3 Colorado 12/30/1946 5 3 Denver Broncos / 4th / 84th pick / 1969
80 Jerry Simmons 32 wr 14 2 190 6-0 Bethune-Cookman 11/14/1942 9 2
51 Mike Simone 24 14 0 210 6-0 Stanford 5/20/1950 2 3
75 Ed Smith 24 de 13 3 241 6-5 Colorado Col. 10/23/1950 1 2 Denver Broncos / 13th / 319th pick / 1973
70 Paul Smith 29 dt 4 2 256 6-3 New Mexico 8/13/1945 6 1 Denver Broncos / 9th / 222nd pick / 1968
17 Larry Steele 24 1 0 182 5-10 Santa Rosa JC 1/5/1950 Rook 0
82 Otto Stowe 25 8 0 188 6-2 Iowa St. 2/25/1949 3 0 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 47th pick / 1971
36 Bill Thompson 28 PR 14 14 201 6-1 Md-Eastern Shore 10/10/1946 5 8 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
15 Jim Turner 33 K 14 0 205 6-2 Utah St. 3/28/1941 10 2 Washington Redskins / 19th / 259th pick / 1963
23 Maurice Tyler 24 14 0 188 6-0 Morgan St. 7/19/1950 2 3 Buffalo Bills / 10th / 235th pick / 1972
42 Billy Van Heusen 28 P 14 12 200 6-1 Maryland 8/27/1946 6 9
Team Total 26.3 14 224.8 6-1.9 3.6