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1977 Denver Broncos

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12-2-0, AFC West Division  · 1977 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 11.3, Offense: 1.9, Defense: 9.4, SoS: 2.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 274 points (19.6/g), 10th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 148 points (10.6/g), 3rd.
 Differential of 126 points (9.0/g), 3rd.  Expected W-L: 11.4-2.6.

Coach: Red Miller (12-2-0)
 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 Craig Morton 34 12 14 131 for 254, 1,929 yards, 14 td, 8 int, & 31 rushes for 125 yards and 4 td Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 5th pick / 1965
Oakland Raiders / 10th / 75th pick / 1965
RB Otis Armstrong 27 4 10 130 rushes for 489 yards, 4 td, & 18 catches for 128 yards and 0 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 9th pick / 1973
FB Jon Keyworth 27 3 9 83 rushes for 311 yards, 1 td, & 11 catches for 48 yards and 0 td Washington Redskins / 6th / 144th pick / 1974
WR Jack Dolbin 29 2 13 26 catches for 443 yards, 3 td, & 2 rushes for 12 yards and 0 td
WR Haven Moses 31 9 14 27 catches for 539 yards, 4 td, & 5 rushes for -1 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 9th pick / 1968
TE Riley Odoms 27 5 14 37 catches for 429 yards, 3 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 5th pick / 1972
LT Andy Maurer 29 7 13 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 64th pick / 1970
LG Tom Glassic 23 1 14 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 1st / 15th pick / 1976
C Mike Montler 33 8 14 Boston Patriots / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1969
RG Paul Howard 27 4 14 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 3rd / 54th pick / 1973
RT Claudie Minor 26 3 14 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 68th pick / 1974
 Defensive Starters
LDE Barney Chavous 26 4 11 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 36th pick / 1973
NT Rubin Carter 25 2 14 Denver Broncos / 5th / 121st pick / 1975
RDE Lyle Alzado*+ 28 6 14 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 4th / 79th pick / 1971
LOLB Bob Swenson 24 2 14 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered
LILB Joe Rizzo 27 3 12 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 15th / 369th pick / 1973
RILB Randy Gradishar*+ 25 3 14 3 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 1st / 14th pick / 1974
ROLB Tom Jackson*+ 26 4 13 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 4th / 88th pick / 1973
LCB Louis Wright* 24 2 14 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 1st / 17th pick / 1975
RCB Steve Foley 24 1 13 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 8th / 199th pick / 1975
SS Bill Thompson*+ 31 8 14 5 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
FS Bernard Jackson 27 5 13 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 81st pick / 1972
 Special Teams Starters
K Jim Turner 36 13 0 13 of 19 field goals & 31 of 34 extra points Washington Redskins / 19th / 259th pick / 1963
P Bucky Dilts 24 Rook 0 90 punts for a 39.2 average, 0 blocked
PR Rick Upchurch 25 2 1 51 punt returns for a 12.8 average and 1 td Denver Broncos / 4th / 95th pick / 1975
KR Rick Upchurch 25 2 1 20 kick returns for a 22.8 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)
73 Henry Allison 30 3 0 255 6-3 Col. of the Sequoias,San Diego St. 2/11/1947 6 3 Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 50th pick / 1971
77 Lyle Alzado*+ 28 RDE 14 14 255 6-3 Yankton 4/3/1949 6 15 Denver Broncos / 4th / 79th pick / 1971
24 Otis Armstrong 27 RB 10 10 196 5-10 Purdue 11/15/1950 4 7 Denver Broncos / 1st / 9th pick / 1973
54 Rich Baska 25 4 0 225 6-3 UCLA 2/19/1952 1 3
72 Bill Bryan 22 1 0 251 6-2 Duke 6/21/1955 Rook 3 Denver Broncos / 4th / 101st pick / 1977
68 Rubin Carter 25 NT 14 14 256 6-0 Miami (FL) 12/12/1952 2 12 Denver Broncos / 5th / 121st pick / 1975
79 Barney Chavous 26 LDE 13 11 252 6-3 South Carolina St. 3/22/1951 4 6 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 36th pick / 1973
10 Bucky Dilts 24 P 14 0 185 5-9 Georgia 12/6/1953 Rook 3
82 Jack Dolbin 29 WR 14 13 180 5-10 Wake Forest 10/12/1948 2 7
85 Ron Egloff 22 13 0 230 6-5 Wisconsin 10/3/1955 Rook 0
56 Larry Evans 24 14 0 216 6-2 Mississippi Col. 7/11/1953 1 5 Denver Broncos / 14th / 390th pick / 1976
43 Steve Foley 24 RCB 13 13 189 6-2 Tulane 11/11/1953 1 7 Denver Broncos / 8th / 199th pick / 1975
62 Tom Glassic 23 LG 14 14 254 6-3 Virginia 4/17/1954 1 7 Denver Broncos / 1st / 15th pick / 1976
53 Randy Gradishar*+ 25 RILB 14 14 233 6-3 Ohio St. 3/3/1952 3 16 Denver Broncos / 1st / 14th pick / 1974
63 John Grant 27 14 0 241 6-3 USC 6/28/1950 4 5 Denver Broncos / 7th / 166th pick / 1973
60 Paul Howard 27 RG 14 14 260 6-3 BYU 9/12/1950 4 7 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 54th pick / 1973
65 Glenn Hyde 26 14 0 253 6-3 Pittsburgh 3/14/1951 1 4
29 Bernard Jackson 27 FS 14 13 178 6-0 Washington St. 8/24/1950 5 7 Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 81st pick / 1972
57 Tom Jackson*+ 26 ROLB 13 13 220 5-11 Louisville 4/4/1951 4 15 Denver Broncos / 4th / 88th pick / 1973
30 Jim Jensen 24 11 0 230 6-3 Iowa 11/28/1953 1 2 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 40th pick / 1976
32 Jon Keyworth 27 FB 11 9 230 6-3 Colorado 12/15/1950 3 4 Washington Redskins / 6th / 144th pick / 1974
33 Jim Kiick 31 3 0 214 5-11 Wyoming 8/9/1946 9 0 Miami Dolphins / 5th / 118th pick / 1968
41 Rob Lytle 23 rb 14 4 198 6-1 Michigan 11/12/1954 Rook 7 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 45th pick / 1977
66 Brison Manor 25 de 13 1 247 6-4 Arkansas 8/10/1952 Rook 2 New York Jets / 15th / 380th pick / 1975
50 Bobby Maples 35 14 0 250 6-3 Baylor 12/28/1942 12 4 Houston Oilers / 4th / 26th pick / 1965
Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 41st pick / 1965
74 Andy Maurer 29 LT 13 13 265 6-3 Oregon 9/30/1948 7 6 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 64th pick / 1970
71 Claudie Minor 26 RT 14 14 280 6-4 San Diego St. 4/21/1951 3 7 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 68th pick / 1974
52 Mike Montler 33 C 14 14 254 6-5 Colorado 1/10/1944 8 7 Boston Patriots / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1969
7 Craig Morton 34 QB 14 14 214 6-4 California 2/5/1943 12 12 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 5th pick / 1965
Oakland Raiders / 10th / 75th pick / 1965
25 Haven Moses 31 WR 14 14 208 6-2 San Diego St. 7/27/1946 9 8 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 9th pick / 1968
58 Rob Nairne 23 13 0 223 6-4 Oregon St. 3/24/1954 Rook 4
88 Riley Odoms 27 TE 14 14 230 6-4 Houston 3/1/1950 5 6 Denver Broncos / 1st / 5th pick / 1972
23 Chris Pane 24 db 11 1 184 5-11 New Mexico,Cal State-Chico 5/19/1953 1 1
12 Craig Penrose 24 8 0 211 6-3 Colorado,San Diego St. 7/25/1953 1 1 Denver Broncos / 4th / 107th pick / 1976
35 Lonnie Perrin 25 fb 14 5 222 6-1 Illinois 2/3/1952 1 6 Denver Broncos / 5th / 139th pick / 1976
21 Randy Poltl 25 db 14 1 190 6-3 Stanford 3/26/1952 3 2 Minnesota Vikings / 12th / 311th pick / 1974
26 Larry Riley 23 5 0 192 5-10 Salem 11/21/1954 Rook 3
59 Joe Rizzo 27 LILB 13 12 220 6-1 Kings Point 12/17/1950 3 8 Buffalo Bills / 15th / 369th pick / 1973
67 Steve Schindler 23 g 14 1 256 6-3 Boston Col. 7/24/1954 Rook 2 Denver Broncos / 1st / 18th pick / 1977
86 John Schultz 24 14 0 182 5-10 Maryland 6/10/1953 1 0
70 Paul Smith 32 dt 12 2 256 6-3 New Mexico 8/13/1945 9 3 Denver Broncos / 9th / 222nd pick / 1968
51 Bob Swenson 24 LOLB 14 14 225 6-3 California 7/1/1953 2 8
36 Bill Thompson*+ 31 SS 14 14 201 6-1 Md-Eastern Shore 10/10/1946 8 16 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
55 Godwin Turk 27 lb 13 3 230 6-3 California,Southern 10/15/1950 2 3 New York Jets / 3rd / 58th pick / 1974
15 Jim Turner 36 K 14 0 205 6-2 Utah St. 3/28/1941 13 4 Washington Redskins / 19th / 259th pick / 1963
80 Rick Upchurch 25 KR 14 1 175 5-10 Minnesota 5/20/1952 2 5 Denver Broncos / 4th / 95th pick / 1975
14 Norris Weese 26 14 0 195 6-1 Mississippi 8/12/1951 1 1 Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 99th pick / 1974
20 Louis Wright* 24 LCB 14 14 200 6-2 Arizona St.,San Jose St. 1/31/1953 2 12 Denver Broncos / 1st / 17th pick / 1975
Team Total 26.5 14 222.3 6-1.8 3.4