1989 Denver Broncos season

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.

1989 Denver Broncos season
Head coachDan Reeves
General managerJohn Beake
OwnerPat Bowlen
Home fieldMile High Stadium
Results
Record11–5
Division place1st AFC West
Playoff finishWon AFC Divisional Playoff (Steelers) 24–23
Won AFC Championship Game (Browns) 37–21
Lost Super Bowl XXIV (vs. 49ers) 10–55

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

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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

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Rookies in italics

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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 Attendance
1 September 10, 1989 Kansas City Chiefs W 34–20
74,284
2 September 18, 1989 at Buffalo Bills W 28–14
78,176
3 September 24, 1989 Los Angeles Raiders W 31–21
75,754
4 October 1, 1989 at Cleveland Browns L 16–13
78,637
5 October 8, 1989 San Diego Chargers W 16–10
75,222
6 October 15, 1989 Indianapolis Colts W 14–3
74,680
7 October 22, 1989 at Seattle Seahawks W 24–21
62,353
8 October 29, 1989 Philadelphia Eagles L 28–24
75,065
9 November 5, 1989 Pittsburgh Steelers W 34–7
74,739
10 November 12, 1989 at Kansas City Chiefs W 16–13
76,245
11 November 20, 1989 at Washington Redskins W 14–10
52,975
12 November 26, 1989 Seattle Seahawks W 41–14
75,117
13 December 3, 1989 at Los Angeles Raiders L 16–13
87,560
14 December 10, 1989 New York Giants L 14–7
63,283
15 December 16, 1989 at Phoenix Cardinals W 37–0
56,071
16 December 24, 1989 at San Diego Chargers L 19–16
50,524

Game summaries

Week 2

1 234Total
• Broncos 5 1337 28
Bills 0 077 14

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Week 3

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

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Playoffs

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional January 7, 1990 Pittsburgh Steelers W 24–23
75,868
Conference Championship January 14, 1990 Cleveland Browns W 37–21
76,005
Super Bowl January 28, 1990 N San Francisco 49ers L 10-55
72,919

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

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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

List of AFC champions

The American Football Conference (AFC) is one of two conferences within the National Football League, the National Football Conference (NFC) being the other. The AFC has its roots in the American Football League (AFL), which began to play in 1960. In 1970, the AFL merged with the NFL. As part of the merger, the former AFL teams, plus three former NFL teams (the Baltimore Colts, the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers), were placed into the AFC. The remaining former NFL teams were placed in the NFC.

Scoring summary
Q1DENMueller tackled by Brooks in end zoneDEN 2–0
Q1DENTreadwell 22 yard field goalDEN 5–0
Q2DENTreadwell 33 yard field goalDEN 8–0
Q2DENJohnson 19 yard pass from Elway (Treadwell kick)DEN 15–0
Q2DENTreadwell 46 yard field goalDEN 18–0
Q3DENTreadwell 24 yard field goalDEN 21–0
Q3BUFKinnebrew 1 yard run (Norwood kick)DEN 21–7
Q4BUFHarmon 20 yard pass from Kelly (Norwood kick)DEN 21–14
Q4DENHumphrey 5 yard run (Treadwell kick)DEN 28–14
Scoring summary
1DENJohn Elway 29 yard run (David Treadwell kick)Broncos 7–0
1DENJeff Alexander 1 yard run (David Treadwell kick)Broncos 14–0
1DENMark Jackson 46 yard pass from John Elway (David Treadwell kick)Broncos 21–0
2DENMark Jackson 11 yard pass from John Elway (David Treadwell kick)Broncos 28–0
3LALionel Washington 22 yard interception return (Jeff Jaeger kick)Broncos 28–7
4LAMervyn Fernandez 75 yard pass from Jay Schroeder (Jeff Jaeger kick)Broncos 28–14
4LALinden King 15 yard fumble return (Jeff Jaeger kick)Broncos 28–21
4DENDavid Treadwell 38 yard field goalBroncos 31–21
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