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1978 Denver Broncos

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10-6-0, AFC West Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 5.0, Offense: -1.9, Defense: 6.9, SoS: -0.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 282 points (17.6/g), 15th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 198 points (12.4/g), 2nd.
 Differential of 84 points (5.2/g), 4th.  Expected W-L: 11.2-4.8.

Coach: Red Miller (10-6-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Joe Collier
 Other Notable Asst.: Bill Belichick (Assistant Special Teams/Defensive Assistant)

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 35 13 13 146 for 267, 1,802 yards, 11 td, 8 int, & 17 rushes for 71 yards and 0 td Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 5th pick / 1965
Oakland Raiders / 10th / 75th pick / 1965
RB Otis Armstrong 28 5 9 112 rushes for 381 yards, 1 td, & 12 catches for 98 yards and 1 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 9th pick / 1973
FB Jon Keyworth 28 4 16 112 rushes for 444 yards, 3 td, & 21 catches for 166 yards and 1 td Washington Redskins / 6th / 144th pick / 1974
WR Jack Dolbin 30 3 14 24 catches for 284 yards, 0 td
WR Haven Moses 32 10 16 37 catches for 744 yards, 5 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 9th pick / 1968
TE Riley Odoms* 28 6 16 54 catches for 829 yards, 6 td, & 2 rushes for 5 yards and 0 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 5th pick / 1972
LT Claudie Minor 27 4 16 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 68th pick / 1974
LG Tom Glassic 24 2 10 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 1st / 15th pick / 1976
C Bill Bryan 23 1 12 Denver Broncos / 4th / 101st pick / 1977
RG Paul Howard 28 5 13 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 54th pick / 1973
RT Tom Neville 35 13 15 Boston Patriots / 7th / 55th pick / 1965
Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 115th pick / 1965
 Defensive Starters
LDE Barney Chavous 27 5 16 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 36th pick / 1973
NT Rubin Carter 26 3 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 5th / 121st pick / 1975
RDE Lyle Alzado* 29 7 16 Denver Broncos / 4th / 79th pick / 1971
LOLB Bob Swenson 25 3 15 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered
LILB Joe Rizzo 28 4 14 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 15th / 369th pick / 1973
RILB Randy Gradishar*+ 26 4 16 4 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 1st / 14th pick / 1974
ROLB Tom Jackson* 27 5 16 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 4th / 88th pick / 1973
LCB Louis Wright*+ 25 3 16 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 1st / 17th pick / 1975
RCB Steve Foley 25 2 16 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 8th / 199th pick / 1975
SS Bill Thompson* 32 9 16 4 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
FS Bernard Jackson 28 6 16 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 81st pick / 1972
 Special Teams Starters
K Jim Turner 37 14 0 11 of 22 field goals & 31 of 35 extra points Washington Redskins / 19th / 259th pick / 1963
P Bucky Dilts 25 1 0 96 punts for a 36.4 average, 0 blocked
PR Rick Upchurch*+ 26 3 0 36 punt returns for a 13.7 average and 1 td Denver Broncos / 4th / 95th pick / 1975
KR Lonnie Perrin 26 2 0 12 kick returns for a 21.3 average and 0 td Denver Broncos / 5th / 139th pick / 1976

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
77 Lyle Alzado* 29 RDE 16 16 255 6-3 Yankton 4/3/1949 7 11 Denver Broncos / 4th / 79th pick / 1971
24 Otis Armstrong 28 RB 16 9 196 5-10 Purdue 11/15/1950 5 4 Denver Broncos / 1st / 9th pick / 1973
75 Bill Bain 26 t 1 1 279 6-4 Colorado,USC 8/9/1952 3 1 Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 47th pick / 1975
64 Bill Bryan 23 C 13 12 251 6-2 Duke 6/21/1955 1 6 Denver Broncos / 4th / 101st pick / 1977
35 Larry Canada 24 16 0 233 6-2 Wisconsin 12/16/1954 Rook 3
68 Rubin Carter 26 NT 16 16 256 6-0 Miami (FL) 12/12/1952 3 7 Denver Broncos / 5th / 121st pick / 1975
79 Barney Chavous 27 LDE 16 16 252 6-3 South Carolina St. 3/22/1951 5 7 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 36th pick / 1973
10 Bucky Dilts 25 P 16 0 185 5-9 Georgia 12/6/1953 1 1
82 Jack Dolbin 30 WR 16 14 180 5-10 Wake Forest 10/12/1948 3 3
85 Ron Egloff 23 8 0 230 6-5 Wisconsin 10/3/1955 1 0
56 Larry Evans 25 16 0 216 6-2 Mississippi Col. 7/11/1953 2 4 Denver Broncos / 14th / 390th pick / 1976
43 Steve Foley 25 RCB 16 16 189 6-2 Tulane 11/11/1953 2 7 Denver Broncos / 8th / 199th pick / 1975
62 Tom Glassic 24 LG 11 10 254 6-3 Virginia 4/17/1954 2 5 Denver Broncos / 1st / 15th pick / 1976
53 Randy Gradishar*+ 26 RILB 16 16 233 6-3 Ohio St. 3/3/1952 4 14 Denver Broncos / 1st / 14th pick / 1974
63 John Grant 28 16 0 241 6-3 USC 6/28/1950 5 4 Denver Broncos / 7th / 166th pick / 1973
27 Maurice Harvey 22 16 0 190 5-10 Ball St. 1/14/1956 Rook 3 Oakland Raiders / 4th / 86th pick / 1978
60 Paul Howard 28 RG 13 13 260 6-3 BYU 9/12/1950 5 6 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 54th pick / 1973
65 Glenn Hyde 27 rt 15 5 253 6-3 Pittsburgh 3/14/1951 2 3
29 Bernard Jackson 28 FS 16 16 178 6-0 Washington St. 8/24/1950 6 7 Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 81st pick / 1972
57 Tom Jackson* 27 ROLB 16 16 220 5-11 Louisville 4/4/1951 5 11 Denver Broncos / 4th / 88th pick / 1973
32 Jon Keyworth 28 FB 16 16 230 6-3 Colorado 12/15/1950 4 5 Washington Redskins / 6th / 144th pick / 1974
84 Vince Kinney 22 8 0 190 6-2 Maryland 3/17/1956 Rook 0 Denver Broncos / 10th / 277th pick / 1978
72 Don Latimer 23 14 0 259 6-3 Miami (FL) 3/1/1955 Rook 4 Denver Broncos / 1st / 27th pick / 1978
41 Rob Lytle 24 rb 13 7 198 6-1 Michigan 11/12/1954 1 3 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 45th pick / 1977
66 Brison Manor 26 16 0 247 6-4 Arkansas 8/10/1952 1 4 New York Jets / 15th / 380th pick / 1975
50 Bobby Maples 36 c 16 5 250 6-3 Baylor 12/28/1942 13 3 Houston Oilers / 4th / 26th pick / 1965
Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 41st pick / 1965
71 Claudie Minor 27 LT 16 16 280 6-4 San Diego St. 4/21/1951 4 7 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 68th pick / 1974
87 Bob Moore 29 te 8 2 220 6-3 Stanford 2/12/1949 7 0 Oakland Raiders / 5th / 123rd pick / 1971
7 Craig Morton 35 QB 14 13 214 6-4 California 2/5/1943 13 7 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 5th pick / 1965
Oakland Raiders / 10th / 75th pick / 1965
25 Haven Moses 32 WR 16 16 208 6-2 San Diego St. 7/27/1946 10 8 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 9th pick / 1968
58 Rob Nairne 24 lb 16 1 223 6-4 Oregon St. 3/24/1954 1 2
76 Tom Neville 35 RT 16 15 260 6-4 Mississippi St. 8/12/1943 13 7 Boston Patriots / 7th / 55th pick / 1965
Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 115th pick / 1965
88 Riley Odoms* 28 TE 16 16 230 6-4 Houston 3/1/1950 6 8 Denver Broncos / 1st / 5th pick / 1972
23 Chris Pane 25 5 0 184 5-11 New Mexico,Cal State-Chico 5/19/1953 2 2
12 Craig Penrose 25 qb 4 2 211 6-3 Colorado,San Diego St. 7/25/1953 2 1 Denver Broncos / 4th / 107th pick / 1976
33 Lonnie Perrin 26 KR 16 0 222 6-1 Illinois 2/3/1952 2 4 Denver Broncos / 5th / 139th pick / 1976
46 Dave Preston 23 16 0 195 5-10 Bowling Green 5/29/1955 Rook 4 New England Patriots / 12th / 333rd pick / 1977
59 Joe Rizzo 28 LILB 14 14 220 6-1 Kings Point 12/17/1950 4 7 Buffalo Bills / 15th / 369th pick / 1973
67 Steve Schindler 24 g 14 3 256 6-3 Boston Col. 7/24/1954 1 2 Denver Broncos / 1st / 18th pick / 1977
86 John Schultz 25 4 0 182 5-10 Maryland 6/10/1953 2 0
70 Paul Smith 33 11 0 256 6-3 New Mexico 8/13/1945 10 4 Denver Broncos / 9th / 222nd pick / 1968
51 Bob Swenson 25 LOLB 16 15 225 6-3 California 7/1/1953 3 7
36 Bill Thompson* 32 SS 16 16 201 6-1 Md-Eastern Shore 10/10/1946 9 9 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
55 Godwin Turk 28 lb 16 2 230 6-3 California,Southern 10/15/1950 3 2 New York Jets / 3rd / 58th pick / 1974
15 Jim Turner 37 K 16 0 205 6-2 Utah St. 3/28/1941 14 2 Washington Redskins / 19th / 259th pick / 1963
80 Rick Upchurch*+ 26 PR 12 0 175 5-10 Minnesota 5/20/1952 3 3 Denver Broncos / 4th / 95th pick / 1975
14 Norris Weese 27 qb 13 1 195 6-1 Mississippi 8/12/1951 2 3 Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 99th pick / 1974
40 Charlie West 32 16 0 197 6-1 Angelo State (TX),Texas-El Paso 8/31/1946 10 3 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1968
20 Louis Wright*+ 25 LCB 16 16 200 6-2 Arizona St.,San Jose St. 1/31/1953 3 14 Denver Broncos / 1st / 17th pick / 1975
Team Total 27.2 16 222.7 6-1.8 4.2