1976 Denver Broncos season

The 1976 Denver Broncos season was the team's 17th year in professional football and its seventh with the National Football League (NFL). The team finished the season with a winning record for the third time in the last four seasons. It was John Ralston's final season as the team's head coach. The team was looking to improve on its 6–8 record from 1975. They did just that, as they finished 9–5, but despite the winning record, the team missed the playoffs.

1976 Denver Broncos season
Head coachJohn Ralston
General managerJohn Ralston
Home fieldMile High Stadium
Results
Record9–5
Division place2nd AFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify

Personnel

Staff

1976 Denver Broncos staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

NFL Draft

1976 Denver Broncos draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 15 Tom Glassic  G Virginia
2 43 Kurt Knoff  S Kansas
4 107 Craig Penrose  QB San Diego State
5 139 Lonnie Perrin  RB Illinois
8 224 James Betterson  RB North Carolina
9 252 Jim Czirr  C Michigan
9 260 Jim Lisko  LB Arkansas State
10 278 Art Gilliam  DE Grambling State
11 306 Greg Pittman  LB Iowa State
12 334 Randy Moore  DT Arizona State
13 362 Donnie McGraw  DB Houston
14 390 Larry Evans  LB Mississippi College
15 418 Wilbur Summers  P Louisville
16 446 John Huddleston  LB Utah
17 474 Randy Cozens  DE Pittsburgh
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Roster

1976 Denver Broncos roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

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Rookies in italics

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record Attendance
1 September 12 at Cincinnati Bengals L 7–17 Riverfront Stadium 0–1
53,464
2 September 19 New York Jets W 46–3 Mile High Stadium 1–1
62,669
3 September 26 Cleveland Browns W 44–13 Mile High Stadium 2–1
62,975
4 October 3 San Diego Chargers W 26–0 Mile High Stadium 3–1
63,369
5 October 10 at Houston Oilers L 3–17 Astrodome 3–2
45,298
6 October 17 Oakland Raiders L 10–17 Mile High Stadium 3–3
63,431
7 October 24 at Kansas City Chiefs W 35–26 Arrowhead Stadium 4–3
57,961
8 October 31 at Oakland Raiders L 6–19 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum 4–4
52,169
9 November 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 48–13 Mile High Stadium 5–4
62,703
10 November 14 at San Diego Chargers W 17–0 San Diego Stadium 6–4
32,017
11 November 21 New York Giants W 14–13 Mile High Stadium 7–4
63,151
12 November 28 at New England Patriots L 14–38 Schaefer Stadium 7–5
61,128
13 December 5 Kansas City Chiefs W 17–16 Mile High Stadium 8–5
58,170
14 December 12 at Chicago Bears W 28–14 Soldier Field 9–5
44,459

Standings

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Oakland Raiders(1) 13 1 0 .929 7–0 10–1 350 237 W10
Denver Broncos 9 5 0 .643 5–2 7–5 315 206 W2
San Diego Chargers 6 8 0 .429 2–5 4–8 248 285 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 5 9 0 .357 2–5 4–8 290 376 W1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0 14 0 .000 0–4 0–13 125 412 L14

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