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1986 Denver Broncos

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11-5-0, Finished 1st in AFC West Division  · 1986 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 5.2, Offense: 3.4, Defense: 1.8, SoS: 2.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 378 points (23.6/g), 6th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 327 points (20.4/g), 15th.
 Differential of 51 points (3.2/g), 9th.  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

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),Hide Non-primary Starters
Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB John Elway* 26 3 16 280 for 504, 3,485 yards, 19 td, 13 int, & 52 rushes for 257 yards and 1 td Baltimore Colts / 1st / 1st pick / 1983
RB Sammy Winder* 27 4 15 240 rushes for 789 yards, 9 td, & 26 catches for 171 yards and 5 td Denver Broncos / 5th / 131st pick / 1982
FB Gerald Willhite 27 4 12 85 rushes for 365 yards, 5 td, & 64 catches for 529 yards and 3 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 21st pick / 1982
WR Vance Johnson 23 1 7 31 catches for 363 yards, 2 td, & 5 rushes for 15 yards and 0 td Denver Broncos / 2nd / 31st pick / 1985
WR Steve Watson 29 7 16 45 catches for 699 yards, 3 td
TE Clarence Kay 25 2 12 15 catches for 195 yards, 1 td Denver Broncos / 7th / 186th pick / 1984
LT Dave Studdard 31 7 15 1 fumble recovered Baltimore Colts / 9th / 245th pick / 1978
LG Keith Bishop* 29 6 14 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 6th / 157th pick / 1980
C Bill Bryan 31 9 16 Denver Broncos / 4th / 101st pick / 1977
RG Paul Howard 36 13 13 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 54th pick / 1973
RT Ken Lanier 27 5 16 Denver Broncos / 5th / 125th pick / 1981
 Defensive Starters
LDE Andre Townsend 24 2 16 2.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 2nd / 46th pick / 1984
NT Greg Kragen 24 1 14 0.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered
RDE Rulon Jones*+ 28 6 16 13.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1980
LOLB Jim Ryan 29 7 14 1.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
LILB Karl Mecklenburg*+ 26 3 16 9.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 12th / 310th pick / 1983
RILB Ricky Hunley 25 2 15 0.5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 7th pick / 1984
ROLB Tom Jackson 35 13 14 0.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 4th / 88th pick / 1973
LCB Louis Wright 33 11 16 0.0 sacks, 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 1st / 17th pick / 1975
RCB Mike Harden 27 6 16 0.0 sacks, 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 5th / 131st pick / 1980
SS Dennis Smith* 27 5 14 1.0 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 1st / 15th pick / 1981
FS Steve Foley 33 10 15 0.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 8th / 199th pick / 1975
 Special Teams Starters
K Rich Karlis 27 4 0 20 of 28 field goals & 44 of 45 extra points
P Jack Weil 24 Rook 0 34 punts for a 39.5 average, 0 blocked
PR Gerald Willhite 27 4 12 42 punt returns for a 11.1 average and 1 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 21st pick / 1982
KR Ken Bell 22 Rook 0 23 kick returns for a 23.1 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)
35 Ken Bell 22 KR 16 0 190 5-10 Boston Col. 11/16/1964 Rook 0
54 Keith Bishop* 29 LG 16 14 260 6-3 Nebraska,Baylor 3/10/1957 6 10 Denver Broncos / 6th / 157th pick / 1980
24 Tony Boddie 26 1 0 195 5-11 Montana St. 11/11/1960 Rook 0
64 Bill Bryan 31 C 16 16 251 6-2 Duke 6/21/1955 9 8 Denver Broncos / 4th / 101st pick / 1977
68 Rubin Carter 34 nt 5 2 256 6-0 Miami (FL) 12/12/1952 11 1 Denver Broncos / 5th / 121st pick / 1975
69 Tony Colorito 22 15 0 260 6-5 USC 9/8/1964 Rook 1 Denver Broncos / 5th / 134th pick / 1986
59 Darren Comeaux 26 16 0 227 6-1 Arizona St. 4/15/1960 4 1
63 Mark Cooper 26 g 8 4 270 6-5 Miami (FL) 2/14/1960 3 2 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 31st pick / 1983
55 Rick Dennison 28 lb 16 2 220 6-3 Colorado St. 6/22/1958 4 2
7 John Elway* 26 QB 16 16 215 6-3 Stanford 6/28/1960 3 14 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 1st pick / 1983
73 Simon Fletcher 24 lb 16 2 240 6-5 Houston 2/18/1962 1 2 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 54th pick / 1985
43 Steve Foley 33 FS 16 15 189 6-2 Tulane 11/11/1953 10 6 Denver Broncos / 8th / 199th pick / 1975
62 Mike Freeman 25 4 0 256 6-3 Arizona 10/13/1961 2 0
90 Freddie Gilbert 24 15 0 275 6-4 Georgia 4/8/1962 Rook 1 Denver Broncos / 1st / 19th pick / 1984 Supp
85 Joey Hackett 28 te 16 4 267 6-5 Elon 9/29/1958 Rook 0
31 Mike Harden 27 RCB 16 16 192 6-1 Michigan 2/16/1959 6 8 Denver Broncos / 5th / 131st pick / 1980
36 Mark Haynes 28 11 0 194 5-11 Colorado 11/6/1958 6 1 New York Giants / 1st / 8th pick / 1980
78 Winford Hood 24 g 9 2 262 6-3 Georgia 3/29/1962 2 2 Denver Broncos / 8th / 207th pick / 1984
2 Mike Horan 27 4 0 192 5-11 Long Beach St. 2/1/1959 2 1 Atlanta Falcons / 9th / 235th pick / 1982
60 Paul Howard 36 RG 15 13 260 6-3 BYU 9/12/1950 13 7 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 54th pick / 1973
98 Ricky Hunley 25 RILB 16 15 242 6-2 Arizona 11/11/1961 2 6 Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 7th pick / 1984
25 Daniel Hunter 24 10 0 178 5-11 Henderson St. 9/1/1962 1 1
80 Mark Jackson 23 wr 16 1 180 5-9 Purdue 7/23/1963 Rook 7 Denver Broncos / 6th / 161st pick / 1986
57 Tom Jackson 35 ROLB 16 14 220 5-11 Louisville 4/4/1951 13 5 Denver Broncos / 4th / 88th pick / 1973
82 Vance Johnson 23 WR 12 7 185 5-11 Arizona 3/13/1963 1 4 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 31st pick / 1985
75 Rulon Jones*+ 28 RDE 16 16 260 6-6 Utah St. 3/25/1958 6 14 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1980
3 Rich Karlis 27 K 16 0 180 6-0 Cincinnati 5/23/1959 4 4
88 Clarence Kay 25 TE 13 12 237 6-2 Georgia 7/30/1961 2 2 Denver Broncos / 7th / 186th pick / 1984
71 Greg Kragen 24 NT 16 14 263 6-3 Utah St. 3/4/1962 1 6
8 Gary Kubiak 25 16 0 192 6-0 Texas A&M 8/15/1961 3 1 Denver Broncos / 8th / 197th pick / 1983
33 Gene Lang 24 rb 15 2 196 5-10 LSU 3/15/1962 2 2 Denver Broncos / 11th / 298th pick / 1984
76 Ken Lanier 27 RT 16 16 281 6-3 Florida St. 7/8/1959 5 8 Denver Broncos / 5th / 125th pick / 1981
22 Tony Lilly 24 db 16 1 199 6-0 Florida 2/16/1962 2 2 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 78th pick / 1984
77 Karl Mecklenburg*+ 26 LILB 16 16 240 6-3 Augustana (SD),Minnesota 9/1/1960 3 13 Denver Broncos / 12th / 310th pick / 1983
87 Bobby Micho 24 5 0 236 6-3 Texas 3/7/1962 2 0 Denver Broncos / 10th / 272nd pick / 1984
89 Orson Mobley 23 te 14 3 256 6-5 Florida St.,Salem 3/4/1963 Rook 3 Denver Broncos / 6th / 151st pick / 1986
4 Chris Norman 24 6 0 198 6-2 South Carolina 5/25/1962 2 0
74 Dan Remsberg 24 t 16 1 275 6-6 Abilene Christian 4/7/1962 Rook 2 San Diego Chargers / 9th / 252nd pick / 1985
48 Randy Robbins 24 db 16 2 189 6-2 Arizona 9/14/1962 2 2 Denver Broncos / 4th / 89th pick / 1984
50 Jim Ryan 29 LOLB 16 14 217 6-1 William & Mary 5/18/1957 7 5
84 Clint Sampson 25 wr 15 5 183 5-11 San Diego St. 1/4/1961 3 3 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 60th pick / 1983
30 Steve Sewell 23 rb 11 2 210 6-3 Oklahoma 4/2/1963 1 4 Denver Broncos / 1st / 26th pick / 1985
49 Dennis Smith* 27 SS 14 14 200 6-3 USC 2/3/1959 5 7 Denver Broncos / 1st / 15th pick / 1981
70 Dave Studdard 31 LT 15 15 260 6-4 Texas 11/22/1955 7 8 Baltimore Colts / 9th / 245th pick / 1978
61 Andre Townsend 24 LDE 16 16 265 6-3 Mississippi 10/8/1962 2 7 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 46th pick / 1984
81 Steve Watson 29 WR 16 16 195 6-4 Temple 5/28/1957 7 7
13 Jack Weil 24 P 6 0 175 5-11 Wyoming 3/16/1962 Rook 1
47 Gerald Willhite 27 FB 16 12 200 5-10 San Jose St. 5/30/1959 4 9 Denver Broncos / 1st / 21st pick / 1982
45 Steve Wilson 29 16 0 195 5-10 Howard 8/24/1957 7 2
23 Sammy Winder* 27 RB 16 15 203 5-11 Southern Miss 7/15/1959 4 6 Denver Broncos / 5th / 131st pick / 1982
52 Ken Woodard 26 lb 16 1 218 6-1 Tuskegee 1/22/1960 4 2 Denver Broncos / 10th / 274th pick / 1982
20 Louis Wright 33 LCB 16 16 200 6-2 Arizona St.,San Jose St. 1/31/1953 11 6 Denver Broncos / 1st / 17th pick / 1975
Team Total 26.5 16 223.1 6-1.7 3.8