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1979 Denver Broncos

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10-6-0, Finished 2nd in AFC West Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.1, Offense: -1.6, Defense: 5.7, SoS: 2.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 289 points (18.1/g), 20th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 262 points (16.4/g), 5th.
 Differential of 27 points (1.7/g), 12th.  Expected W-L: 8.9-7.1.

Coach: Red Miller (10-6-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Joe Collier

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

Starters

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),Hide Non-primary Starters
Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Craig Morton 36 14 10 204 for 370, 2,626 yards, 16 td, 19 int, & 23 rushes for 13 yards and 1 td Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 5th pick / 1965
Oakland Raiders / 10th / 75th pick / 1965
RB Rob Lytle 25 2 12 102 rushes for 371 yards, 4 td, & 13 catches for 93 yards and 0 td Denver Broncos / 2nd / 45th pick / 1977
FB Jon Keyworth 29 5 9 81 rushes for 323 yards, 1 td, & 18 catches for 132 yards and 0 td Washington Redskins / 6th / 144th pick / 1974
WR Haven Moses 33 11 16 54 catches for 943 yards, 6 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 9th pick / 1968
WR Rick Upchurch* 27 4 16 64 catches for 937 yards, 7 td, & 3 rushes for 17 yards and 0 td Denver Broncos / 4th / 95th pick / 1975
TE Riley Odoms 29 7 12 40 catches for 638 yards, 1 td, & 1 rush for -7 yards and 0 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 5th pick / 1972
LT Claudie Minor 28 5 16 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 68th pick / 1974
LG Tom Glassic 25 3 16 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 1st / 15th pick / 1976
C Bill Bryan 24 2 16 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 4th / 101st pick / 1977
RG Paul Howard 29 6 16 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 54th pick / 1973
RT Dave Studdard 24 Rook 16 Baltimore Colts / 9th / 245th pick / 1978
 Defensive Starters
LDE Barney Chavous 28 6 16 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 36th pick / 1973
NT Rubin Carter 27 4 15 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 5th / 121st pick / 1975
RDE Brison Manor 27 2 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Jets / 15th / 380th pick / 1975
LOLB Bob Swenson 26 4 16 3 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered
LILB Joe Rizzo 29 5 12 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 15th / 369th pick / 1973
RILB Randy Gradishar* 27 5 15 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 1st / 14th pick / 1974
ROLB Tom Jackson* 28 6 13 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 4th / 88th pick / 1973
LCB Louis Wright*+ 26 4 16 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 1st / 17th pick / 1975
RCB Steve Foley 26 3 16 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 8th / 199th pick / 1975
SS Bill Thompson 33 10 16 4 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
FS Bernard Jackson 29 7 9 Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 81st pick / 1972
 Special Teams Starters
K Jim Turner 38 15 0 13 of 21 field goals & 32 of 34 extra points Washington Redskins / 19th / 259th pick / 1963
P Luke Prestridge 23 Rook 0 89 punts for a 39.9 average, 0 blocked Denver Broncos / 7th / 188th pick / 1979
PR Rick Upchurch* 27 4 16 30 punt returns for a 10.1 average and 0 td Denver Broncos / 4th / 95th pick / 1975
KR Chris Pane 26 3 0 18 kick returns for a 19.7 average and 0 td

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
24 Otis Armstrong 29 rb 15 1 196 5-10 Purdue 11/15/1950 6 4 Denver Broncos / 1st / 9th pick / 1973
47 George Atkinson 32 6 0 180 6-0 Morris Brown 1/4/1947 11 3 Oakland Raiders / 7th / 190th pick / 1968
55 Ken Brown 25 16 0 245 6-1 New Mexico 4/19/1954 Rook 3
64 Bill Bryan 24 C 16 16 251 6-2 Duke 6/21/1955 2 5 Denver Broncos / 4th / 101st pick / 1977
35 Larry Canada 25 16 0 233 6-2 Wisconsin 12/16/1954 1 1
68 Rubin Carter 27 NT 15 15 256 6-0 Miami (FL) 12/12/1952 4 8 Denver Broncos / 5th / 121st pick / 1975
79 Barney Chavous 28 LDE 16 16 252 6-3 South Carolina St. 3/22/1951 6 7 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 36th pick / 1973
73 Kelvin Clark 23 15 0 260 6-3 Nebraska 1/30/1956 Rook 3 Denver Broncos / 1st / 22nd pick / 1979
31 Zachary Dixon 23 5 0 203 6-0 Temple 3/5/1956 Rook 0 Denver Broncos / 11th / 297th pick / 1979
82 Jack Dolbin 31 4 0 180 5-10 Wake Forest 10/12/1948 4 1
85 Ron Egloff 24 te 15 4 230 6-5 Wisconsin 10/3/1955 2 1
56 Larry Evans 26 lb 16 4 216 6-2 Mississippi Col. 7/11/1953 3 3 Denver Broncos / 14th / 390th pick / 1976
43 Steve Foley 26 RCB 16 16 189 6-2 Tulane 11/11/1953 3 8 Denver Broncos / 8th / 199th pick / 1975
62 Tom Glassic 25 LG 16 16 254 6-3 Virginia 4/17/1954 3 5 Denver Broncos / 1st / 15th pick / 1976
53 Randy Gradishar* 27 RILB 16 15 233 6-3 Ohio St. 3/3/1952 5 11 Denver Broncos / 1st / 14th pick / 1974
63 John Grant 29 16 0 241 6-3 USC 6/28/1950 6 4 Denver Broncos / 7th / 166th pick / 1973
60 Paul Howard 29 RG 16 16 260 6-3 BYU 9/12/1950 6 5 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 54th pick / 1973
65 Glenn Hyde 28 16 0 253 6-3 Pittsburgh 3/14/1951 3 3
29 Bernard Jackson 29 FS 12 9 178 6-0 Washington St. 8/24/1950 7 4 Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 81st pick / 1972
57 Tom Jackson* 28 ROLB 13 13 220 5-11 Louisville 4/4/1951 6 8 Denver Broncos / 4th / 88th pick / 1973
30 Jim Jensen 26 fb 16 7 230 6-3 Iowa 11/28/1953 3 4 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 40th pick / 1976
32 Jon Keyworth 29 FB 16 9 230 6-3 Colorado 12/15/1950 5 3 Washington Redskins / 6th / 144th pick / 1974
84 Vince Kinney 23 15 0 190 6-2 Maryland 3/17/1956 1 0 Denver Broncos / 10th / 277th pick / 1978
75 Kit Lathrop 23 9 0 255 6-5 Arizona St. 8/10/1956 Rook 3
72 Don Latimer 24 nt 15 1 259 6-3 Miami (FL) 3/1/1955 1 2 Denver Broncos / 1st / 27th pick / 1978
41 Rob Lytle 25 RB 15 12 198 6-1 Michigan 11/12/1954 2 3 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 45th pick / 1977
66 Brison Manor 27 RDE 16 16 247 6-4 Arkansas 8/10/1952 2 8 New York Jets / 15th / 380th pick / 1975
71 Claudie Minor 28 LT 16 16 280 6-4 San Diego St. 4/21/1951 5 5 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 68th pick / 1974
7 Craig Morton 36 QB 14 10 214 6-4 California 2/5/1943 14 7 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 5th pick / 1965
Oakland Raiders / 10th / 75th pick / 1965
25 Haven Moses 33 WR 16 16 208 6-2 San Diego St. 7/27/1946 11 8 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 9th pick / 1968
58 Rob Nairne 25 lb 10 4 223 6-4 Oregon St. 3/24/1954 2 2
88 Riley Odoms 29 TE 13 12 230 6-4 Houston 3/1/1950 7 5 Denver Broncos / 1st / 5th pick / 1972
23 Chris Pane 26 KR 16 0 184 5-11 New Mexico,Cal State-Chico 5/19/1953 3 0
12 Craig Penrose 26 2 0 211 6-3 Colorado,San Diego St. 7/25/1953 3 0 Denver Broncos / 4th / 107th pick / 1976
46 Dave Preston 24 rb 10 3 195 5-10 Bowling Green 5/29/1955 1 2 New England Patriots / 12th / 333rd pick / 1977
11 Luke Prestridge 23 P 16 0 235 6-4 Baylor 9/17/1956 Rook 3 Denver Broncos / 7th / 188th pick / 1979
78 Bruce Radford 24 16 0 257 6-5 Grambling St. 10/5/1955 Rook 4 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 77th pick / 1979
59 Joe Rizzo 29 LILB 13 12 220 6-1 Kings Point 12/17/1950 5 6 Buffalo Bills / 15th / 369th pick / 1973
50 Jim Ryan 22 16 0 217 6-1 William & Mary 5/18/1957 Rook 4
19 Fred Steinfort 27 1 0 180 5-11 Boston Col. 11/3/1952 3 0 Oakland Raiders / 5th / 146th pick / 1976
70 Dave Studdard 24 RT 16 16 260 6-4 Texas 11/22/1955 Rook 5 Baltimore Colts / 9th / 245th pick / 1978
51 Bob Swenson 26 LOLB 16 16 225 6-3 California 7/1/1953 4 10
36 Bill Thompson 33 SS 16 16 201 6-1 Md-Eastern Shore 10/10/1946 10 8 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
15 Jim Turner 38 K 16 0 205 6-2 Utah St. 3/28/1941 15 2 Washington Redskins / 19th / 259th pick / 1963
80 Rick Upchurch* 27 PR 16 16 175 5-10 Minnesota 5/20/1952 4 8 Denver Broncos / 4th / 95th pick / 1975
81 Steve Watson 22 16 0 195 6-4 Temple 5/28/1957 Rook 1
14 Norris Weese 28 qb 16 6 195 6-1 Mississippi 8/12/1951 3 3 Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 99th pick / 1974
40 Charlie West 33 fs 16 7 197 6-1 Angelo State (TX),Texas-El Paso 8/31/1946 11 4 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1968
20 Louis Wright*+ 26 LCB 16 16 200 6-2 Arizona St.,San Jose St. 1/31/1953 4 17 Denver Broncos / 1st / 17th pick / 1975
Team Total 27.0 16 221.3 6-1.9 4.0