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1985 Denver Broncos

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11-5-0, Finished 2nd in AFC West Division  · 1985 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 3.6, Offense: 1.8, Defense: 1.9, SoS: 0.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 380 points (23.8/g), 8th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 329 points (20.6/g), 13th.
 Differential of 51 points (3.2/g), 8th.  Expected W-L: 9.4-6.6.

Coach: Dan Reeves (11-5-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Mike Shanahan
 Defensive Coordinator: Joe Collier
 Other Notable Asst.: Chan Gailey (Special Teams/Tight Ends)

Stadium: Mile High Stadium
 Training Camp: University of Northern Colorado (Greeley, Colorado)

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 John Elway 25 2 16 327 for 605, 3,891 yards, 22 td, 23 int, & 51 rushes for 253 yards and 0 td Baltimore Colts / 1st / 1st pick / 1983
RB Sammy Winder 26 3 12 199 rushes for 714 yards, 8 td, & 31 catches for 197 yards and 0 td Denver Broncos / 5th / 131st pick / 1982
WR Butch Johnson 31 9 8 19 catches for 380 yards, 3 td Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 87th pick / 1976
WR Steve Watson 28 6 15 61 catches for 915 yards, 5 td
TE Clarence Kay 24 1 16 29 catches for 339 yards, 3 td Denver Broncos / 7th / 186th pick / 1984
TE James Wright 29 7 12 28 catches for 246 yards, 1 td Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 179th pick / 1978
LT Dave Studdard 30 6 15 2 fumbles recovered Baltimore Colts / 9th / 245th pick / 1978
LG Keith Bishop 28 5 14 Denver Broncos / 6th / 157th pick / 1980
C Bill Bryan 30 8 16 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 4th / 101st pick / 1977
RG Paul Howard 35 12 15 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 54th pick / 1973
RT Ken Lanier 26 4 16 Denver Broncos / 5th / 125th pick / 1981
 Defensive Starters
LDE Barney Chavous 34 12 15 6.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 2nd / 36th pick / 1973
NT Rubin Carter 33 10 16 1.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 5th / 121st pick / 1975
RDE Rulon Jones* 27 5 16 10.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1980
LOLB Jim Ryan 28 6 14 1.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
LILB Karl Mecklenburg*+ 25 2 9 13.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 12th / 310th pick / 1983
RILB Steve Busick 27 4 16 0.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 7th / 181st pick / 1981
ROLB Ken Woodard 25 3 9 3.0 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 10th / 274th pick / 1982
LCB Louis Wright* 32 10 15 0.0 sacks, 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 1st / 17th pick / 1975
RCB Mike Harden 26 5 16 1.0 sacks, 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 5th / 131st pick / 1980
SS Dennis Smith* 26 4 12 4.0 sacks, 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 1st / 15th pick / 1981
FS Steve Foley 32 9 11 0.0 sacks, 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 8th / 199th pick / 1975
 Special Teams Starters
K Rich Karlis 26 3 0 23 of 38 field goals & 41 of 44 extra points
P Chris Norman 23 1 0 92 punts for a 40.9 average, 2 blocked
PR Vance Johnson 22 Rook 7 30 punt returns for a 8.7 average and 0 td Denver Broncos / 2nd / 31st pick / 1985
KR Vance Johnson 22 Rook 7 30 kick returns for a 24.7 average and 0 td Denver Broncos / 2nd / 31st pick / 1985

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
85 Mike Barber 32 te 10 1 235 6-3 Louisiana Tech 6/4/1953 9 0 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 48th pick / 1976
54 Keith Bishop 28 LG 14 14 260 6-3 Nebraska,Baylor 3/10/1957 5 7 Denver Broncos / 6th / 157th pick / 1980
64 Bill Bryan 30 C 16 16 251 6-2 Duke 6/21/1955 8 8 Denver Broncos / 4th / 101st pick / 1977
58 Steve Busick 27 RILB 16 16 227 6-4 USC 12/10/1958 4 7 Denver Broncos / 7th / 181st pick / 1981
68 Rubin Carter 33 NT 16 16 256 6-0 Miami (FL) 12/12/1952 10 7 Denver Broncos / 5th / 121st pick / 1975
79 Barney Chavous 34 LDE 16 15 252 6-3 South Carolina St. 3/22/1951 12 7 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 36th pick / 1973
59 Darren Comeaux 25 11 0 227 6-1 Arizona St. 4/15/1960 3 1
63 Mark Cooper 25 g 15 2 270 6-5 Miami (FL) 2/14/1960 2 2 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 31st pick / 1983
55 Rick Dennison 27 lilb 15 7 220 6-3 Colorado St. 6/22/1958 3 4
7 John Elway 25 QB 16 16 215 6-3 Stanford 6/28/1960 2 13 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 1st pick / 1983
73 Simon Fletcher 23 lb 16 1 240 6-5 Houston 2/18/1962 Rook 2 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 54th pick / 1985
43 Steve Foley 32 FS 12 11 189 6-2 Tulane 11/11/1953 9 5 Denver Broncos / 8th / 199th pick / 1975
31 Mike Harden 26 RCB 16 16 192 6-1 Michigan 2/16/1959 5 8 Denver Broncos / 5th / 131st pick / 1980
74 Winford Hood 23 g 16 3 262 6-3 Georgia 3/29/1962 1 3 Denver Broncos / 8th / 207th pick / 1984
60 Paul Howard 35 RG 16 15 260 6-3 BYU 9/12/1950 12 8 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 54th pick / 1973
98 Ricky Hunley 24 lb 16 2 242 6-2 Arizona 11/11/1961 1 2 Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 7th pick / 1984
25 Daniel Hunter 23 16 0 178 5-11 Henderson St. 9/1/1962 Rook 1
65 Glenn Hyde 34 11 0 253 6-3 Pittsburgh 3/14/1951 9 1
28 Roger Jackson 26 9 0 186 6-0 Bethune-Cookman 2/28/1959 3 1
57 Tom Jackson 34 rolb 12 5 220 5-11 Louisville 4/4/1951 12 3 Denver Broncos / 4th / 88th pick / 1973
86 Butch Johnson 31 WR 16 8 187 6-1 California-Riverside 5/28/1954 9 3 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 87th pick / 1976
82 Vance Johnson 22 KR 16 7 185 5-11 Arizona 3/13/1963 Rook 6 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 31st pick / 1985
75 Rulon Jones* 27 RDE 16 16 260 6-6 Utah St. 3/25/1958 5 14 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1980
3 Rich Karlis 26 K 16 0 180 6-0 Cincinnati 5/23/1959 3 1
88 Clarence Kay 24 TE 16 16 237 6-2 Georgia 7/30/1961 1 3 Denver Broncos / 7th / 186th pick / 1984
71 Greg Kragen 23 nt 16 1 263 6-3 Utah St. 3/4/1962 Rook 2
8 Gary Kubiak 24 16 0 192 6-0 Texas A&M 8/15/1961 2 0 Denver Broncos / 8th / 197th pick / 1983
33 Gene Lang 23 rb 12 2 196 5-10 LSU 3/15/1962 1 4 Denver Broncos / 11th / 298th pick / 1984
76 Ken Lanier 26 RT 16 16 281 6-3 Florida St. 7/8/1959 4 8 Denver Broncos / 5th / 125th pick / 1981
22 Tony Lilly 23 fs 16 5 199 6-0 Florida 2/16/1962 1 3 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 78th pick / 1984
89 Keli McGregor 22 2 0 250 6-6 Colorado St. 1/23/1963 Rook 0 Denver Broncos / 4th / 110th pick / 1985
77 Karl Mecklenburg*+ 25 LILB 16 9 240 6-3 Augustana (SD),Minnesota 9/1/1960 2 13 Denver Broncos / 12th / 310th pick / 1983
67 Dean Miraldi 27 10 0 266 6-5 Long Beach St.,Utah 4/8/1958 3 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 55th pick / 1981
1 Chris Norman 23 P 16 0 198 6-2 South Carolina 5/25/1962 1 1
34 Nathan Poole 29 3 0 210 5-9 Louisville 12/17/1956 6 0 Cincinnati Bengals / 10th / 250th pick / 1979
48 Randy Robbins 23 db 10 1 189 6-2 Arizona 9/14/1962 1 1 Denver Broncos / 4th / 89th pick / 1984
50 Jim Ryan 28 LOLB 16 14 217 6-1 William & Mary 5/18/1957 6 6
84 Clint Sampson 24 16 0 183 5-11 San Diego St. 1/4/1961 2 4 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 60th pick / 1983
30 Steve Sewell 22 rb 16 2 210 6-3 Oklahoma 4/2/1963 Rook 4 Denver Broncos / 1st / 26th pick / 1985
49 Dennis Smith* 26 SS 13 12 200 6-3 USC 2/3/1959 4 7 Denver Broncos / 1st / 15th pick / 1981
70 Dave Studdard 30 LT 16 15 260 6-4 Texas 11/22/1955 6 8 Baltimore Colts / 9th / 245th pick / 1978
85 Don Summers 24 2 0 230 6-4 Oregon Tech,Boise St. 2/22/1961 1 0
61 Andre Townsend 23 de 16 1 265 6-3 Mississippi 10/8/1962 1 2 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 46th pick / 1984
81 Steve Watson 28 WR 16 15 195 6-4 Temple 5/28/1957 6 8
47 Gerald Willhite 26 rb 15 4 200 5-10 San Jose St. 5/30/1959 3 4 Denver Broncos / 1st / 21st pick / 1982
45 Steve Wilson 28 db 14 4 195 5-10 Howard 8/24/1957 6 3
23 Sammy Winder 26 RB 14 12 203 5-11 Southern Miss 7/15/1959 3 6 Denver Broncos / 5th / 131st pick / 1982
52 Ken Woodard 25 ROLB 16 9 218 6-1 Tuskegee 1/22/1960 3 5 Denver Broncos / 10th / 274th pick / 1982
87 James Wright 29 TE 16 12 240 6-3 TCU 9/1/1956 7 2 Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 179th pick / 1978
20 Louis Wright* 32 LCB 15 15 200 6-2 Arizona St.,San Jose St. 1/31/1953 10 10 Denver Broncos / 1st / 17th pick / 1975
Team Total 26.7 16 223.7 6-1.9 4.1