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1988 Denver Broncos

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8-8-0, Finished 2nd in AFC West Division  · 1988 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.3, Offense: 0.1, Defense: -3.4, SoS: -1.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 327 points (20.4/g), 15th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 352 points (22.0/g), 20th.
 Differential of -25 points (-1.6/g), 15th.  Expected W-L: 7.3-8.7.

Coach: Dan Reeves (8-8-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Joe Collier
 Other Notable Asst.: Chan Gailey (Quarterbacks) and Mike Nolan (Special Teams/Linebackers)

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 28 5 15 274 for 496, 3,309 yards, 17 td, 19 int, & 54 rushes for 234 yards and 1 td Baltimore Colts / 1st / 1st pick / 1983
RB Tony Dorsett 34 11 13 181 rushes for 703 yards, 5 td, & 16 catches for 122 yards and 0 td Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 2nd pick / 1977
FB Sammy Winder 29 6 12 149 rushes for 543 yards, 4 td, & 17 catches for 103 yards and 1 td Denver Broncos / 5th / 131st pick / 1982
WR Vance Johnson 25 3 13 68 catches for 896 yards, 5 td, & 1 rush for 1 yards and 0 td Denver Broncos / 2nd / 31st pick / 1985
WR Ricky Nattiel 22 1 11 46 catches for 574 yards, 1 td, & 5 rushes for 51 yards and 0 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 27th pick / 1987
TE Clarence Kay 27 4 14 34 catches for 352 yards, 4 td Denver Broncos / 7th / 186th pick / 1984
LT Jim Juriga 24 Rook 15 Denver Broncos / 4th / 104th pick / 1986
LG Keith Bishop 31 8 10 Denver Broncos / 6th / 157th pick / 1980
C Bill Bryan 33 11 16 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 4th / 101st pick / 1977
RG Keith Kartz 25 1 12
RT Ken Lanier 29 7 16 Denver Broncos / 5th / 125th pick / 1981
 Defensive Starters
LDE Walt Bowyer 28 5 11 1.0 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 10th / 254th pick / 1983
NT Greg Kragen 26 3 16 2.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
RDE Andre Townsend 26 4 16 5.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 2nd / 46th pick / 1984
LOLB Simon Fletcher 26 3 16 9.0 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 2nd / 54th pick / 1985
LILB Karl Mecklenburg 28 5 9 1.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 12th / 310th pick / 1983
RILB Rick Dennison 30 6 16 0.5 sacks, 1 interception, 3 fumbles recovered
ROLB Jim Ryan 31 9 14 3.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
LCB Mark Haynes 30 8 15 1.0 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered New York Giants / 1st / 8th pick / 1980
RCB Jeremiah Castille 27 5 15 0.0 sacks, 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1983
SS Dennis Smith 29 7 11 1.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 1st / 15th pick / 1981
FS Mike Harden 29 8 16 0.0 sacks, 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 5th / 131st pick / 1980
 Special Teams Starters
K Rich Karlis 29 6 0 23 of 36 field goals & 36 of 37 extra points
P Mike Horan*+ 29 4 0 65 punts for a 44.0 average, 0 blocked Atlanta Falcons / 9th / 235th pick / 1982
PR Ricky Nattiel 22 1 11 23 punt returns for a 9.7 average and 0 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 27th pick / 1987
KR Ken Bell 24 2 0 36 kick returns for a 21.2 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 24 KR 16 0 190 5-10 Boston Col. 11/16/1964 2 0
54 Keith Bishop 31 LG 16 10 260 6-3 Nebraska,Baylor 3/10/1957 8 6 Denver Broncos / 6th / 157th pick / 1980
65 Walt Bowyer 28 LDE 16 11 254 6-4 Arizona St. 9/8/1960 5 5 Denver Broncos / 10th / 254th pick / 1983
34 Tyrone Braxton 24 16 0 185 5-11 North Dakota St. 12/17/1964 1 2 Denver Broncos / 12th / 334th pick / 1987
56 Michael Brooks 24 lb 16 4 236 6-1 LSU 3/2/1964 1 3 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 86th pick / 1987
64 Bill Bryan 33 C 16 16 251 6-2 Duke 6/21/1955 11 9 Denver Broncos / 4th / 101st pick / 1977
95 Steve Bryan 24 8 0 256 6-2 Oklahoma 5/6/1964 1 1 Chicago Bears / 5th / 120th pick / 1987
28 Jeremiah Castille 27 RCB 16 15 175 5-10 Alabama 1/15/1961 5 6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1983
27 Kevin Clark 24 3 0 185 5-10 San Jose St. 6/8/1964 1 0
55 Rick Dennison 30 RILB 16 16 220 6-3 Colorado St. 6/22/1958 6 8
33 Tony Dorsett 34 RB 16 13 192 5-11 Pittsburgh 4/7/1954 11 6 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 2nd pick / 1977
7 John Elway 28 QB 15 15 215 6-3 Stanford 6/28/1960 5 12 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 1st pick / 1983
73 Simon Fletcher 26 LOLB 16 16 240 6-5 Houston 2/18/1962 3 8 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 54th pick / 1985
90 Freddie Gilbert 26 lde 13 5 275 6-4 Georgia 4/8/1962 2 3 Denver Broncos / 1st / 19th pick / 1984 Supp
83 Sam Graddy 24 7 0 165 5-10 Tennessee 2/10/1964 1 0
37 Kevin Guidry 24 14 0 176 6-0 LSU 5/16/1964 Rook 1 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 79th pick / 1988
31 Mike Harden 29 FS 16 16 192 6-1 Michigan 2/16/1959 8 7 Denver Broncos / 5th / 131st pick / 1980
36 Mark Haynes 30 LCB 15 15 194 5-11 Colorado 11/6/1958 8 6 New York Giants / 1st / 8th pick / 1980
78 Winford Hood 26 3 0 262 6-3 Georgia 3/29/1962 4 0 Denver Broncos / 8th / 207th pick / 1984
2 Mike Horan*+ 29 P 16 0 192 5-11 Long Beach St. 2/1/1959 4 3 Atlanta Falcons / 9th / 235th pick / 1982
79 Stefan Humphries 26 g 1 1 265 6-3 Michigan 1/20/1962 4 1 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 71st pick / 1984
80 Mark Jackson 25 wr 12 4 180 5-9 Purdue 7/23/1963 2 8 Denver Broncos / 6th / 161st pick / 1986
87 Jason Johnson 23 8 0 178 5-10 Illinois St. 11/8/1965 Rook 0
82 Vance Johnson 25 WR 16 13 185 5-11 Arizona 3/13/1963 3 8 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 31st pick / 1985
75 Rulon Jones 30 16 0 260 6-6 Utah St. 3/25/1958 8 1 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1980
66 Jim Juriga 24 LT 16 15 269 6-6 Illinois 9/12/1964 Rook 8 Denver Broncos / 4th / 104th pick / 1986
12 Ken Karcher 25 1 0 205 6-3 Notre Dame,Tulane 7/1/1963 1 0
3 Rich Karlis 29 K 16 0 180 6-0 Cincinnati 5/23/1959 6 1
72 Keith Kartz 25 RG 13 12 270 6-4 California 5/5/1963 1 7
88 Clarence Kay 27 TE 14 14 237 6-2 Georgia 7/30/1961 4 3 Denver Broncos / 7th / 186th pick / 1984
86 Pat Kelly 23 16 0 252 6-6 Syracuse 10/29/1965 Rook 0 Denver Broncos / 7th / 174th pick / 1988
97 Bruce Klosterman 25 lilb 12 5 230 6-4 Iowa,South Dakota St. 4/17/1963 1 3 Denver Broncos / 8th / 217th pick / 1986
99 Shawn Knight 24 14 0 290 6-6 BYU 6/4/1964 1 1 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 11th pick / 1987
71 Greg Kragen 26 NT 16 16 263 6-3 Utah St. 3/4/1962 3 7
8 Gary Kubiak 27 qb 16 1 192 6-0 Texas A&M 8/15/1961 5 2 Denver Broncos / 8th / 197th pick / 1983
76 Ken Lanier 29 RT 16 16 281 6-3 Florida St. 7/8/1959 7 9 Denver Broncos / 5th / 125th pick / 1981
66 Larry Lee 29 4 0 265 6-2 UCLA 9/10/1959 7 0 Detroit Lions / 5th / 129th pick / 1981
59 Tim Lucas 27 16 0 230 6-3 California 4/3/1961 1 1 St. Louis Cardinals / 10th / 269th pick / 1983
85 Rick Massie 28 4 0 190 6-1 Kentucky 1/16/1960 1 0 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 46th pick / 1984 Supp
77 Karl Mecklenburg 28 LILB 9 9 240 6-3 Augustana (SD),Minnesota 9/1/1960 5 4 Denver Broncos / 12th / 310th pick / 1983
89 Orson Mobley 25 TE 16 9 256 6-5 Florida St.,Salem 3/4/1963 2 2 Denver Broncos / 6th / 151st pick / 1986
51 Marc Munford 23 7 0 231 6-2 Nebraska 2/14/1965 1 0 Denver Broncos / 4th / 111th pick / 1987
84 Ricky Nattiel 22 PR 15 11 180 5-9 Florida 1/25/1966 1 6 Denver Broncos / 1st / 27th pick / 1987
60 Gerald Perry 24 lg 16 6 290 6-6 Southern 11/12/1964 Rook 4 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 45th pick / 1988
38 Bruce Plummer 24 8 0 197 6-0 Mississippi St. 9/1/1964 1 1 Denver Broncos / 9th / 250th pick / 1987
48 Randy Robbins 26 ss 16 5 189 6-2 Arizona 9/14/1962 4 4 Denver Broncos / 4th / 89th pick / 1984
57 Mike Ruether 26 14 0 279 6-4 Texas 9/20/1962 2 1 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 17th pick / 1984 Supp
50 Jim Ryan 31 ROLB 16 14 217 6-1 William & Mary 5/18/1957 9 7
30 Steve Sewell 25 rb 16 3 210 6-3 Oklahoma 4/2/1963 3 6 Denver Broncos / 1st / 26th pick / 1985
49 Dennis Smith 29 SS 11 11 200 6-3 USC 2/3/1959 7 5 Denver Broncos / 1st / 15th pick / 1981
70 Dave Studdard 33 t 11 4 260 6-4 Texas 11/22/1955 9 3 Baltimore Colts / 9th / 245th pick / 1978
32 Calvin Thomas 28 2 0 239 5-11 Illinois 1/7/1960 6 0
61 Andre Townsend 26 RDE 16 16 265 6-3 Mississippi 10/8/1962 4 7 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 46th pick / 1984
47 Gerald Willhite 29 rb 11 1 200 5-10 San Jose St. 5/30/1959 6 2 Denver Broncos / 1st / 21st pick / 1982
45 Steve Wilson 31 db 12 2 195 5-10 Howard 8/24/1957 9 2
23 Sammy Winder 29 FB 16 12 203 5-11 Southern Miss 7/15/1959 6 5 Denver Broncos / 5th / 131st pick / 1982
Team Total 26.8 16 224.8 6-1.6 3.9