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1974 Denver Broncos: 7-6-1
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Home record: 3-3-1 (193 points scored, 160 allowed) Road record: 4-3-0 (109 points scored, 134 allowed) Head Coach: John Ralston 302 points scored (7th of 26 teams), 294 points allowed (22nd) NFL Averages: 18.2 points/game (254.5 points/team) Team stats and rankings: ---------------- PASSING ---------------- ----------- RUSHING ---------- --- TOTAL --- Cmp Att Yards (Rank) Yd/Att TD Int Att Yards (Rank) Yd/Att TD Yards (Rank) Turnovers Offense: 184 329 2,328 ( 9) 6.21 18 17 486 2,157 ( 5) 4.4 20 4,485 ( 5) 30 Defense: 237 426 2,583 (24) 5.64 14 22 487 1,808 (13) 3.7 17 4,391 (21) 33


Team roster (starters in bold): # Player Pos GP Hgt Wgt Age Exp College 10 Steve Ramsey QB 7 6'2 210 26 5 North Texas State 12 Charley Johnson QB 14 6'0 200 35 14 New Mexico State 14 John Hufnagel QB 4 6'1 194 23 1 Penn State 15 Jim Turner K 14 6'2 205 33 11 Utah State 20 Charlie Greer DB 11 6'0 205 28 7 Colorado 22 Fran Lynch RB 12 6'1 205 28 8 Hofstra 23 Maurice Tyler DB 14 6'0 188 24 3 Morgan State 23 Larry Steele P 1 5'10 182 24 1 Santa Rosa J.C. 24 Otis Armstrong RB 14 5'10 196 23 2 Purdue 25 Haven Moses WR 13 6'3 208 28 7 San Diego State 26 Calvin Jones DB 14 5'7 170 23 2 Washington 30 Oliver Ross RB 7 6'0 210 25 2 Alabama A&M 32 Jon Keyworth RB 14 6'3 230 23 R Colorado 36 Bill Thompson DB 14 6'1 200 28 6 Maryland Eastern Shore 42 Billy Van Heusen WR 14 6'1 200 28 7 Maryland 43 Lonnie Hepburn DB 14 5'11 180 25 3 Texas Southern 44 Floyd Little RB 14 5'10 196 32 8 Syracuse 45 Bill Laskey LB 14 6'2 230 31 9 Michigan 46 John Rowser DB 11 6'1 190 30 8 Michigan 48 John Pitts DB 14 6'4 218 29 8 Arizona State 50 Bobby Maples C 14 6'3 250 31 10 Baylor 51 Mike Simone LB 14 6'0 210 24 3 Stanford 52 Randy Gradishar LB 14 6'3 233 22 R Ohio State 53 Ken Criter LB 14 5'11 223 27 6 Wisconsin 54 Ralph Cindrich LB 1 6'1 230 25 3 Pittsburgh 55 Pete Duranko DE 14 6'2 250 30 7 Notre Dame 56 Ray May LB 14 6'1 230 29 8 Southern California 57 Tom Jackson LB 13 5'11 220 23 2 Louisville 58 Tom Graham LB 5 6'2 235 24 3 Oregon 59 Joe Rizzo LB 11 6'1 220 23 1 Kings Point 60 Paul Howard OG 14 6'3 260 24 2 Brigham Young 61 Tommy Lyons OG 14 6'2 230 26 4 Georgia 63 John Grant DE 13 6'3 235 24 2 Southern California 64 Mike Schnitker OG 12 6'3 245 27 6 Colorado 65 LeFrancis Arnold OG 2 6'3 245 21 R Oregon 66 Jim O'Malley LB 14 6'1 230 23 2 Notre Dame 68 Larron Jackson OG 14 6'3 260 25 4 Missouri 70 Paul Smith DT 4 6'3 256 29 7 New Mexico 71 Claudie Minor OT 14 6'4 280 23 R San Diego State 72 Bob Kampa DT 4 6'4 245 23 2 California 74 Mike Current OT 14 6'4 270 29 8 Ohio State 75 Ed Smith DE 11 6'5 240 24 2 Colorado College 76 Tom Drougas OT 3 6'4 267 24 3 Oregon 76 Steve Coleman DE 2 6'4 252 24 1 Delaware State 77 Lyle Alzado DE 14 6'3 265 25 4 Yankton 78 Marv Montgomery OT 4 6'6 255 26 4 Southern California 79 Barney Chavous DE 14 6'3 252 23 2 South Carolina State 80 Jerry Simmons WR 14 6'1 190 31 9 Bethune-Cookman 81 Billy Masters TE 13 6'5 240 30 8 Louisiana State 82 Otto Stowe WR 8 6'2 188 25 4 Iowa State 87 Boyd Brown TE 14 6'4 216 22 R Alcorn State 88 Riley Odoms TE 14 6'4 230 24 3 Houston
Per Per Passing Att Cmp Pct Yards Att Cmp TD TD% Int Int% Sack Loss Rating Charley Johnson 244 136 55.7 1,969 8.07 14.5 13 5.3 9 3.7 36 270 84.5 Steve Ramsey 74 41 55.4 580 7.84 14.1 5 6.8 7 9.5 9 55 64.0 John Hufnagel 10 6 60.0 70 7.00 11.7 0 0.0 1 10.0 1 7 41.7 Billy Van Heusen 1 1 100.0 41 41.00 41.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 118.8
Receiving             Rec  Yards    Avg   TD
Riley Odoms            42    639   15.2    6
Otis Armstrong         38    405   10.7    3
Haven Moses            34    559   16.4    2
Floyd Little           29    344   11.9    0
Billy Van Heusen       16    421   26.3    4
Jon Keyworth           12    109    9.1    0
Jerry Simmons          10    161   16.1    2
Otto Stowe              2      9    4.5    1
Oliver Ross             1     13   13.0    0
Rushing               Att  Yards    Avg   TD
Otis Armstrong        263  1,407    5.3    9
Jon Keyworth           81    374    4.6   10
Floyd Little          117    312    2.7    1
Riley Odoms             4     25    6.2    0
John Hufnagel           2     22   11.0    0
Haven Moses             2     16    8.0    0
Oliver Ross             3      8    2.7    0
Otto Stowe              1      1    1.0    0
Billy Van Heusen        1     -1   -1.0    0
Fran Lynch              3     -2   -0.7    0
Steve Ramsey            5     -2   -0.4    0
Charley Johnson         4     -3   -0.8    0
Kickoff Returns       Att  Yards    Avg   TD
Otis Armstrong         16    386   24.1    0
Bill Thompson          13    325   25.0    0
Floyd Little            8    171   21.4    0
Oliver Ross             7    117   16.7    0
Jon Keyworth            4     85   21.2    0
Boyd Brown              3     56   18.7    0
Ken Criter              3     48   16.0    0
Punt Returns          Att  Yards    Avg   FC   TD
Bill Thompson          26    350   13.5    1    0
Charlie Greer          13     90    6.9    5    0
Floyd Little            4     34    8.5    1    0
Punting Punts Yards Avg TB In20 Blk Ret Yards Net Billy Van Heusen 75 3,024 40.3 0 0 1 0 0 39.8 Kicking 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Total PAT Pts Jim Turner 0/1 3/4 6/7 2/8 0/1 11/21 35/38 68 Defense Sacks Ints Yards TD Charlie Greer 1 23 0 Lonnie Hepburn 0 22 0 Tom Jackson 1 39 0 Calvin Jones 5 19 0 Bill Laskey 1 3 0 Ray May 2 40 0 John Pitts 1 2 0 John Rowser 4 56 0 Ed Smith 1 2 0 Bill Thompson 5 105 1 Maurice Tyler 1 0 0
1974 Draft: NFL Rnd Ovr Pos Player Games College 1 14 LB Randy Gradishar 145 Ohio State 2 42 DT Carl Wafer 3 Tennessee State 3 68 OT Claudie Minor 125 San Diego State [pick acquired from CLE] 4 92 DB Ozell Collier Colorado 6 145 WR John Winesberry Stanford 10 248 DB Charlie Johnson Southern 11 276 RB Steve Buchanan Holy Cross 12 301 LB Larry Cameron Alcorn A&M 13 326 DT John Clerkley Fort Valley State 14 354 DB Rich Marks Northern Illinois 15 379 QB Peil Pennington Massachusetts 16 404 OT Darrell Austin 69 South Carolina 17 432 TE Boyd Brown 46 Alcorn State

Traded draft picks: #3 to BAL (Robert Pratt), #5 to MIN (Jim Ferguson), #7 to BAL (Dan Dickel), #8 to BAL (Paul Miles), #9 to PIT (Tommy Reamon)


Transactions:
01-30-1974traded Cleveland's #6 pick and Denver's #9 pick in the 1974 draft to Steelers for John Rowser
02-18-1974traded Denver's #6 and #11 picks in the 1975 draft to Redskins for the rights to Jon Keyworth
08-08-1974traded Mike Kaczmarek to Colts for cash
08-13-1974traded Randy Montgomery to Bears for Chicago's #8 pick in the 1975 draft
08-14-1974placed Gene Washington on injured reserve
08-20-1974traded Jimmie Jones to Lions for Al Barnes
08-23-1974traded Chicago's #8 pick in the 1975 draft to Colts for Tom Drougas
08-29-1974traded Leroy Mitchell to Lions for a #9 pick in the 1975 draft
09-04-1974traded Joe Dawkins to Giants for the Giants' #3 pick in the 1975 draft
09-04-1974traded Larry Cameron to Patriots for cash
09-10-1974placed Bobby Anderson on injured reserve
09-10-1974placed Marv Montgomery on injured reserve
10-21-1974traded Denver's #7 pick in the 1975 draft to Bills for Bob Kampa
10-23-1974traded Tom Drougas and Tom Graham to Chiefs for Kansas City's #4 and #10 picks in the 1975 draft


1974 Regular Season Game Log:   Click on the date to view the game summary.

Date        Opponent                   Result      Record
09/15/74    vs Los Angeles Rams        L 10-17     0-1-0
09/22/74    vs Pittsburgh Steelers     T 35-35     0-1-1
09/30/74    at Washington Redskins     L 3-30      0-2-1
10/06/74    at Kansas City Chiefs      W 17-14     1-2-1
10/13/74    vs New Orleans Saints      W 33-17     2-2-1
10/20/74    vs San Diego Chargers      W 27-7      3-2-1
10/27/74    at Cleveland Browns        L 21-23     3-3-1
11/03/74    vs Oakland Raiders         L 17-28     3-4-1
11/10/74    at Baltimore Colts         W 17-6      4-4-1
11/18/74    vs Kansas City Chiefs      L 34-42     4-5-1
11/24/74    at Oakland Raiders         W 20-17     5-5-1
11/28/74    at Detroit Lions           W 31-27     6-5-1
12/08/74    vs Houston Oilers          W 37-14     7-5-1
12/15/74    at San Diego Chargers      L 0-17      7-6-1

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