1963 Denver Broncos season

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1963 Denver Broncos season
Head coach Jack Faulkner
General manager Jack Faulkner
Home field Bears Stadium
University of Denver Stadium (1st game)
Results
Record 2–11–1
Division place 4th AFL Western
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1963 Denver Broncos season was the fourth season for the team in the American Football League (AFL). They finished with a record of two wins, eleven losses, and one tie, and finished fourth in the AFL's Western Division, and also the worst record in the league. The Broncos went winless in their final 10 games of the season.

The Broncos had the fewest passing yards in the AFL in 1963, throwing for only 2,487 yards, or 177.6 yards per game. For comparison, the league's top passing team — the Houston Oilers — threw for 229.2 yards per game. Curiously, Broncos wide receiver Lionel Taylor led the league with 78 receptions.[1]

The Broncos allowed 473 points in 1963, the most in the history of the AFL, and second most all time for a 14-game season.[2] The Broncos' 40 passing touchdowns allowed in 1963 were the most in the history of pro football until the New Orleans Saints broke the record in 2015.

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1963 Denver Broncos staff
Front office
  • Chairman of the Board – Gerald Phipps
  • President – Calvin W. Kunz, Jr.
  • Vice President – Earl R. Howsam
  • Director of Player Personnel – Ray Malavasi

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches



Regular season[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record Attendance
1 September 7 Kansas City Chiefs L,   7–59 University of Denver Stadium 0–1–0
21,115
2 September 14 at Houston Oilers L, 14–20 Jeppesen Stadium 0–2–0
23,147
3 September 22
Bye week
4 September 29 Boston Patriots W, 14–10 Bears Stadium 1–2–0
18,636
5 October 6 San Diego Chargers W, 50–34 Bears Stadium 2–2–0
18,428
6 October 13 Houston Oilers L, 24–33 Bears Stadium 2–3–0
24,087
7 October 18 at Boston Patriots L, 21–40 Fenway Park 2–4–0
25,418
8 October 26 at New York Jets T, 35–35 Polo Grounds 2–4–1
20,377
9 November 3 Buffalo Bills L, 28–30 Bears Stadium 2–5–1
19,424
10 November 9 at Buffalo Bills L, 17–27 War Memorial Stadium 2–6–1
30,989
11 November 17 New York Jets L,   9–14 Bears Stadium 2–7–1
14,247
November 24
Scheduled AFL games postponed to December 22
12 November 28 Oakland Raiders L, 10–26 Bears Stadium 2–8–1
14,763
13 December 7 at Kansas City Chiefs L, 21–52 Municipal Stadium 2–9–1
17,443
14 December 15 at Oakland Raiders L, 31–35 Frank Youell Field 2–10–1
15,223
15 December 22 at San Diego Chargers L, 20–58 Balboa Stadium 2–11–1
31,312

Standings[edit]

AFL Western Division
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
San Diego Chargers 11 3 0 .786 3–3 399 255 W2
Oakland Raiders 10 4 0 .714 6–0 363 282 W8
Kansas City Chiefs 5 7 2 .417 2–4 347 263 W3
Denver Broncos 2 11 1 .154 1–5 301 473 L7

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

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