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1976 Denver Broncos

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9-5-0, AFC West Division  · 1976 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 6.9, Offense: 2.5, Defense: 4.4, SoS: -0.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 315 points (22.5/g), 7th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 206 points (14.7/g), 6th.
 Differential of 109 points (7.8/g), 8th.  Expected W-L: 10.3-3.7.

Coach: John Ralston (9-5-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Max Coley
 Defensive Coordinator: Joe Collier

Stadium: Mile High Stadium
 Training Camp: Colorado State (Fort Collins, Colorado)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Steve Ramsey 28 6 12 128 for 270, 1,931 yards, 11 td, 13 int, & 13 rushes for 51 yards and 0 td New Orleans Saints / 5th / 126th pick / 1970
RB Otis Armstrong* 26 3 14 247 rushes for 1,008 yards, 5 td, & 39 catches for 457 yards and 1 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 9th pick / 1973
FB Jon Keyworth 26 2 13 122 rushes for 349 yards, 3 td, & 22 catches for 201 yards and 1 td Washington Redskins / 6th / 144th pick / 1974
WR Haven Moses 30 8 14 25 catches for 498 yards, 7 td, & 1 rush for -4 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 9th pick / 1968
WR Rick Upchurch*+ 24 1 9 12 catches for 340 yards, 1 td, & 6 rushes for 71 yards and 1 td Denver Broncos / 4th / 95th pick / 1975
TE Riley Odoms 26 4 14 30 catches for 477 yards, 3 td, & 3 rushes for 36 yards and 2 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 5th pick / 1972
LT Bill Bain 24 1 13 Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 47th pick / 1975
LG Tom Glassic 22 Rook 14 Denver Broncos / 1st / 15th pick / 1976
C Bobby Maples 34 11 10 Houston Oilers / 4th / 26th pick / 1965
Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 41st pick / 1965
RG Tommy Lyons 28 5 14 Denver Broncos / 14th / 350th pick / 1971
RT Claudie Minor 25 2 14 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 68th pick / 1974
 Defensive Starters
LDE Barney Chavous 25 3 14 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 36th pick / 1973
NT Rubin Carter 24 1 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 5th / 121st pick / 1975
RDE Paul Smith 31 8 10 Denver Broncos / 9th / 222nd pick / 1968
LOLB Bob Swenson 23 1 6 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
LILB Joe Rizzo 26 2 12 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 15th / 369th pick / 1973
RILB Randy Gradishar 24 2 14 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 1st / 14th pick / 1974
ROLB Tom Jackson 25 3 14 7 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 4th / 88th pick / 1973
LCB Louis Wright 23 1 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 1st / 17th pick / 1975
RCB Calvin Jones 25 3 8 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 15th / 373rd pick / 1973
SS Bill Thompson 30 7 14 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
FS John Rowser 32 9 14 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 78th pick / 1967
 Special Teams Starters
K Jim Turner 35 12 0 15 of 21 field goals & 36 of 39 extra points Washington Redskins / 19th / 259th pick / 1963
P Norris Weese 25 Rook 0 52 punts for a 35.6 average, 0 blocked Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 99th pick / 1974
PR Rick Upchurch*+ 24 1 9 39 punt returns for a 13.7 average and 4 td Denver Broncos / 4th / 95th pick / 1975
KR Rick Upchurch*+ 24 1 9 22 kick returns for a 23.4 average and 0 td Denver Broncos / 4th / 95th pick / 1975

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
77 Lyle Alzado 27 de 1 1 255 6-3 Yankton 4/3/1949 5 1 Denver Broncos / 4th / 79th pick / 1971
24 Otis Armstrong* 26 RB 14 14 196 5-10 Purdue 11/15/1950 3 15 Denver Broncos / 1st / 9th pick / 1973
75 Bill Bain 24 LT 14 13 279 6-4 Colorado,USC 8/9/1952 1 6 Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 47th pick / 1975
54 Rich Baska 24 14 0 225 6-3 UCLA 2/19/1952 Rook 5
87 Boyd Brown 24 14 0 222 6-4 Alcorn St. 5/24/1952 2 0 Denver Broncos / 17th / 432nd pick / 1974
68 Rubin Carter 24 LDT 14 14 256 6-0 Miami (FL) 12/12/1952 1 8 Denver Broncos / 5th / 121st pick / 1975
79 Barney Chavous 25 LDE 14 14 252 6-3 South Carolina St. 3/22/1951 3 8 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 36th pick / 1973
82 Jack Dolbin 28 wr 14 5 180 5-10 Wake Forest 10/12/1948 1 4
56 Larry Evans 23 14 0 216 6-2 Mississippi Col. 7/11/1953 Rook 5 Denver Broncos / 14th / 390th pick / 1976
43 Steve Foley 23 rcb 14 6 189 6-2 Tulane 11/11/1953 Rook 5 Denver Broncos / 8th / 199th pick / 1975
31 Mike Franckowiak 23 rb 14 1 220 6-3 Central Michigan 3/25/1953 1 1 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 54th pick / 1975
62 Tom Glassic 22 LG 14 14 254 6-3 Virginia 4/17/1954 Rook 7 Denver Broncos / 1st / 15th pick / 1976
64 Harvey Goodman 24 14 0 260 6-4 Colorado 9/16/1952 Rook 4 St. Louis Cardinals / 5th / 124th pick / 1975
53 Randy Gradishar 24 MLB 14 14 233 6-3 Ohio St. 3/3/1952 2 10 Denver Broncos / 1st / 14th pick / 1974
63 John Grant 26 dt 13 10 241 6-3 USC 6/28/1950 3 3 Denver Broncos / 7th / 166th pick / 1973
72 Wayne Hammond 23 5 0 257 6-5 Montana St. 1/30/1953 Rook 3 Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 112th pick / 1975
23 Billy Hardee 22 2 0 184 6-0 Virginia Tech 8/12/1954 Rook 3
65 Glenn Hyde 25 11 0 253 6-3 Pittsburgh 3/14/1951 Rook 3
73 Martin Imhof 27 1 0 255 6-6 San Diego St. 10/9/1949 4 3 St. Louis Cardinals / 4th / 84th pick / 1972
57 Tom Jackson 25 RLB 14 14 220 5-11 Louisville 4/4/1951 3 12 Denver Broncos / 4th / 88th pick / 1973
26 Calvin Jones 25 RCB 10 8 170 5-7 Washington 1/26/1951 3 6 Denver Broncos / 15th / 373rd pick / 1973
32 Jon Keyworth 26 FB 14 13 230 6-3 Colorado 12/15/1950 2 6 Washington Redskins / 6th / 144th pick / 1974
33 Jim Kiick 30 14 0 214 5-11 Wyoming 8/9/1946 8 2 Miami Dolphins / 5th / 118th pick / 1968
61 Tommy Lyons 28 RG 14 14 230 6-2 Georgia 8/7/1948 5 7 Denver Broncos / 14th / 350th pick / 1971
50 Bobby Maples 34 C 14 10 250 6-3 Baylor 12/28/1942 11 5 Houston Oilers / 4th / 26th pick / 1965
Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 41st pick / 1965
71 Claudie Minor 25 RT 14 14 280 6-4 San Diego St. 4/21/1951 2 7 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 68th pick / 1974
78 Marv Montgomery 28 t 3 1 255 6-6 USC 2/8/1948 5 1 Denver Broncos / 1st / 12th pick / 1971
76 Randy Moore 22 RDT 8 0 241 6-2 Arizona St. 4/5/1954 Rook 5 Denver Broncos / 12th / 334th pick / 1976
25 Haven Moses 30 WR 14 14 208 6-2 San Diego St. 7/27/1946 8 6 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 9th pick / 1968
88 Riley Odoms 26 TE 14 14 230 6-4 Houston 3/1/1950 4 6 Denver Broncos / 1st / 5th pick / 1972
58 Phil Olsen 28 dt 13 4 265 6-5 Utah St. 4/26/1948 5 2 Boston Patriots / 1st / 4th pick / 1970
23 Chris Pane 23 4 0 184 5-11 New Mexico,Cal State-Chico 5/19/1953 Rook 3
12 Craig Penrose 23 qb 4 2 211 6-3 Colorado,San Diego St. 7/25/1953 Rook 1 Denver Broncos / 4th / 107th pick / 1976
35 Lonnie Perrin 24 14 0 222 6-1 Illinois 2/3/1952 Rook 1 Denver Broncos / 5th / 139th pick / 1976
21 Randy Poltl 24 12 0 190 6-3 Stanford 3/26/1952 2 5 Minnesota Vikings / 12th / 311th pick / 1974
10 Steve Ramsey 28 QB 12 12 210 6-2 North Texas 4/22/1948 6 9 New Orleans Saints / 5th / 126th pick / 1970
59 Joe Rizzo 26 LILB 12 12 220 6-1 Kings Point 12/17/1950 2 7 Buffalo Bills / 15th / 369th pick / 1973
46 John Rowser 32 FS 14 14 190 6-1 Michigan 4/24/1944 9 10 Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 78th pick / 1967
84 John Schultz 23 14 0 182 5-10 Maryland 6/10/1953 Rook 0
70 Paul Smith 31 RDE 11 10 256 6-3 New Mexico 8/13/1945 8 6 Denver Broncos / 9th / 222nd pick / 1968
51 Bob Swenson 23 LOLB 14 6 225 6-3 California 7/1/1953 1 5
36 Bill Thompson 30 SS 14 14 201 6-1 Md-Eastern Shore 10/10/1946 7 8 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
55 Godwin Turk 26 lb 13 2 230 6-3 California,Southern 10/15/1950 1 3 New York Jets / 3rd / 58th pick / 1974
15 Jim Turner 35 K 14 0 205 6-2 Utah St. 3/28/1941 12 4 Washington Redskins / 19th / 259th pick / 1963
80 Rick Upchurch*+ 24 KR 13 9 175 5-10 Minnesota 5/20/1952 1 9 Denver Broncos / 4th / 95th pick / 1975
42 Billy Van Heusen 30 7 0 200 6-1 Maryland 8/27/1946 8 0
14 Norris Weese 25 P 14 0 195 6-1 Mississippi 8/12/1951 Rook 3 Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 99th pick / 1974
78 Jim White 28 de 7 1 256 6-4 Colorado St. 9/5/1948 4 2 New England Patriots / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1972
20 Louis Wright 23 LCB 14 14 200 6-2 Arizona St.,San Jose St. 1/31/1953 1 8 Denver Broncos / 1st / 17th pick / 1975
Team Total 25.9 14 223.9 6-2.0 2.9