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1989 Denver Broncos season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

1989 Denver Broncos season
OwnerPat Bowlen
Head coachDan Reeves
General managerJohn Beake
Home fieldMile High Stadium
Results
Record11–5
Division place1st AFC West
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (vs. Steelers) 24–23
Won AFC Championship (vs. Browns) 37–21
Lost Super Bowl XXIV (vs. 49ers) 10–55
Pro BowlersQB John Elway
DT Greg Kragen
LB Karl Mecklenburg
S Dennis Smith
K David Treadwell

The 1989 Denver Broncos season was the team's 30th year in professional football and its 20th with the National Football League (NFL). The head coach was Dan Reeves while Chan Gailey was the offensive coordinator and Wade Phillips was the defensive coordinator.

Offseason

NFL draft

1989 Denver Broncos draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 20 Steve Atwater *   S Arkansas
1 Supp Bobby Humphrey  RB Alabama
2 41 Doug Widell  G Boston College
2 47 Warren Powers  DE Maryland
3 69 Darrell Hamilton  T North Carolina
4 97 Richard McCullough  DE Clemson
5 134 Darren Carrington  S Northern Arizona
6 152 Anthony Stafford  WR Oklahoma
7 180 Melvin Bratton  RB Miami (FL)
8 208 Paul Green  TE USC
9 236 Monte Smith  G North Dakota State
9 241 Wayne Williams  RB Florida
10 264 Anthony Butts  DE Mississippi State
11 292 Richard Shelton  DB Liberty
12 320 John Javis  WR Howard
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

[1]

Personnel

Staff

1989 Denver Broncos staff
Front office
  • President and Chief Executive Officer – Pat Bowlen
  • General Manager – John Beake
  • Director of Football Operations – Lide Huggins
  • Director of Player Personnel – Reed Johnson

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers – Mike Nolan
  • Special Teams – Harold Richardson

Strength and conditioning

Roster

1989 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

[2]

Regular season

One of Denver's new major additions was rookie running back Bobby Humphrey, who rushed for 1,151 yards, caught 22 passes for 156 yards, and scored 8 touchdowns. Humphrey gave the Broncos a powerful running attack that they lacked in their previous Super Bowl seasons. The defense had a new weapon as well: rookie free safety Steve Atwater. Together with veteran defensive backs Dennis Smith, Wymon Henderson and Tyrone Braxton, the Broncos secondary combined for 14 interceptions. Braxton lead the team with 6, which he returned for 103 yards and a touchdown, while also recovering 2 fumbles. Another new addition was defensive end Ron Holmes, who recorded 9 sacks. Holmes, along with veteran linebackers Karl Mecklenburg (7.5 sacks and 4 fumble recoveries) and Simon Fletcher (12 sacks) gave Denver one of the top defensive lines in the AFC.

Veteran receiver Vance Johnson had the best season of his career, catching 76 passes for 1,095 yards and 7 touchdowns, while also returning 12 punts for 118 yards. However, quarterback John Elway played inconsistently during the regular season, throwing just as many interceptions as touchdowns (18) and recording only a 73.7 passer rating.

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Recap
1 September 10 Kansas City Chiefs W 34–20 1–0 Mile High Stadium 74,284 Recap
2 September 18 at Buffalo Bills W 28–14 2–0 Rich Stadium 78,176 Recap
3 September 24 Los Angeles Raiders W 31–21 3–0 Mile High Stadium 75,754 Recap
4 October 1 at Cleveland Browns L 13–16 3–1 Cleveland Municipal Stadium 78,637 Recap
5 October 8 San Diego Chargers W 16–10 4–1 Mile High Stadium 75,222 Recap
6 October 15 Indianapolis Colts W 14–3 5–1 Mile High Stadium 74,680 Recap
7 October 22 at Seattle Seahawks W 24–21 6–1 Kingdome 62,353 Recap
8 October 29 Philadelphia Eagles L 28–24 6–2 Mile High Stadium 75,065 Recap
9 November 5 Pittsburgh Steelers W 34–7 7–2 Mile High Stadium 74,739 Recap
10 November 12 at Kansas City Chiefs W 16–13 8–2 Arrowhead Stadium 76,245 Recap
11 November 20 at Washington Redskins W 14–10 9–2 RFK Stadium 52,975 Recap
12 November 26 Seattle Seahawks W 41–14 10–2 Mile High Stadium 75,117 Recap
13 December 3 at Los Angeles Raiders L 13–16 10–3 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 87,560 Recap
14 December 10 New York Giants L 7–14 10–4 Mile High Stadium 63,283 Recap
15 December 16 at Phoenix Cardinals W 37–0 11–4 Sun Devil Stadium 56,071 Recap
16 December 24 at San Diego Chargers L 16–19 11–5 Jack Murphy Stadium 50,524 Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 2

1 234Total
• Broncos 5 1337 28
Bills 0 077 14
  • Date: September 18
  • Location: Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, New York
  • Game start: 9:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 78,176
  • Game weather: 57°F; wind 5
  • Referee: Bob McElwee
  • TV announcers (ABC): Al Michaels, Frank Gifford, and Dan Dierdorf

[3]

Week 3

1 234Total
Raiders 0 0714 21
• Broncos 21 703 31

[4]

Playoffs

Round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Venue Attendance Recap
Divisional January 7, 1990 Pittsburgh Steelers (5) W 24–23 1–0 Mile High Stadium 75,868 Recap
AFC Championship January 14, 1990 Cleveland Browns (2) W 37–21 2–0 Mile High Stadium 76,005 Recap
Super Bowl XXIV January 28, 1990 San Francisco 49ers (N1) L 10–55 2–1 Louisiana Superdome 72,919 Recap

Standings

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Denver Broncos(1) 11 5 0 .688 6–2 9–3 362 226 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 8 7 1 .531 3–5 6–7–1 307 286 W1
Los Angeles Raiders 8 8 0 .500 3–5 6–6 315 297 L2
Seattle Seahawks 7 9 0 .438 4–4 7–5 241 327 L1
San Diego Chargers 6 10 0 .375 4–4 4–8 266 290 W2

[5]

References

  1. ^ "1989 Denver Broncos draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  2. ^ "1989 Denver Broncos starters and roster". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  3. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Jun-26.
  4. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  5. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 292

External links

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