1970 Denver Broncos season

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1970 Denver Broncos season
Head coachLou Saban
General managerLou Saban
OwnerGerald Phipps
Home fieldMile High Stadium
Results
Record5–8–1
Division place4th AFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify

The 1970 Denver Broncos season was the team's 11th season in professional football and first in the National Football League (NFL) after the merger. Led by fourth-year head coach and general manager Lou Saban, the Broncos posted a record of five wins, eight losses, and one tie, the same as the the previous season, and were last in the new four-team AFC West division.

Denver won four of its first five games,[1] but then had only one win and one tie in the final nine games. Running back Floyd Little became the first player to lead his conference in rushing for a last place team.[2]

Offseason[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

1970 Denver Broncos draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 11 Bobby Anderson  RB Colorado
2 37 Alden Roche  DE Southern
3 63 John Kohler  OT South Dakota
4 89 Jerry Hendren  WR Idaho
5 115 Bill McKoy  LB Purdue
6 141 John Mosier  TE Kansas
7 167 Randy Montgomery  CB Weber State
8 208 Louis Porter  RB Southern
9 219 Dave Washington *  LB Alcorn State
10 245 Maurice Fullerton  DT Tuskegee
11 271 Cleve Bryant  QB Ohio
12 297 Greg Jones  RB Wisconsin-Whitewater
13 323 Jim McKoy  DB Parsons
14 349 Jeff Slipp  LB BYU
15 375 Maher Barakat  K South Dakota Tech
16 401 Bob Stewart  QB Northern Arizona
17 427 Frank Kalfoss  K Montana State
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1970 Denver Broncos staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches



Roster[edit]

1970 Denver Broncos roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics

Source:

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site Attendance
1 September 20 at Buffalo Bills W 25–10 1–0 War Memorial Stadium
34,882
2 September 27 Pittsburgh Steelers W 16–13 2–0 Mile High Stadium
50,705
3 October 4 Kansas City Chiefs W 26–13 3–0 Mile High Stadium
50,705
4 October 11 at Oakland Raiders L 23–35 3–1 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
54,436
5 October 18 Atlanta Falcons W 24–10 4–1 Mile High Stadium
50,705
6 October 25 at San Francisco 49ers L 14–19 4–2 Kezar Stadium
39,515
7 November 1 Washington Redskins L 3–19 4–3 Mile High Stadium
50,705
8 November 8 at San Diego Chargers L 21–24 4–4 San Diego Stadium
48,327
9 November 15 Oakland Raiders L 19–24 4–5 Mile High Stadium
50,959
10 November 22 at New Orleans Saints W 31–6 5–5 Tulane Stadium
66,837
11 November 29 at Houston Oilers L 21–31 5–6 Astrodome
35,733
12 December 6 at Kansas City Chiefs L 0–16 5–7 Municipal Stadium
50,454
13 December 13 San Diego Chargers T 17–17 5–7–1 Mile High Stadium
50,959
14 December 20 Cleveland Browns L 13–27 5–8–1 Mile High Stadium
51,001

Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Oakland Raiders 8 4 2 .667 4–0–2 7–2–2 300 293 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 7 5 2 .583 2–3–1 7–3–1 272 244 L2
San Diego Chargers 5 6 3 .455 2–2–2 4–4–3 282 278 W1
Denver Broncos 5 8 1 .385 1–4–1 3–6–1 253 264 L1

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Floyd Little, AFC Rushing champion

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Broncs kick Falcons by 24 to 10". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. October 19, 1970. p. 29.
  2. ^ Sports Illustrated, July 26, 2010, The Unexpected Hero by Gary Smith, p.60, Published by Time Inc.

External links[edit]