1989 Denver Broncos season
|1989 Denver Broncos season|
|Head coach||Dan Reeves|
|General manager||John Beake|
|Home field||Mile High Stadium|
|Division place||1st AFC West|
|Playoff finish||Won Divisional Playoff (Steelers) 24–23
Won AFC Championship (Browns) 37–21
Lost Super Bowl XXIV (49ers) 10–55
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 draft|
|1||20||Steve Atwater *||Safety||Arkansas|
|Pro Bowl during careerMade roster Made at least one|
|1989 Denver Broncos staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|1989 Denver Broncos roster|
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.
|1||September 10, 1989||Kansas City Chiefs||W 34–20||
|2||September 18, 1989||at Buffalo Bills||W 28–14||
|3||September 24, 1989||Los Angeles Raiders||W 31–21||
|4||October 1, 1989||at Cleveland Browns||L 16–13||
|5||October 8, 1989||San Diego Chargers||W 16–10||
|6||October 15, 1989||Indianapolis Colts||W 14–3||
|7||October 22, 1989||at Seattle Seahawks||W 24–21||
|8||October 29, 1989||Philadelphia Eagles||L 28–24||
|9||November 5, 1989||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 34–7||
|10||November 12, 1989||at Kansas City Chiefs||W 16–13||
|11||November 20, 1989||at Washington Redskins||W 14–10||
|12||November 26, 1989||Seattle Seahawks||W 41–14||
|13||December 3, 1989||at Los Angeles Raiders||L 16–13||
|14||December 10, 1989||New York Giants||L 14–7||
|15||December 16, 1989||at Phoenix Cardinals||W 37–0||
|16||December 24, 1989||at San Diego Chargers||L 19–16||
|Divisional||January 7, 1990||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 24–23||
|Conference Championship||January 14, 1990||Cleveland Browns||W 37–21||
|Super Bowl||January 28, 1990||N San Francisco 49ers||L 10-55||
|Kansas City Chiefs||8||7||1||.531||3–5||6–7–1||318||286||W1|
|Los Angeles Raiders||8||8||0||.500||3–5||6–6||315||297||L2|
|San Diego Chargers||6||10||0||.375||4–4||4–8||266||290||W2|
- "1989 Denver Broncos draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
- "1989 Denver Broncos starters and roster". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Jun-26.
- NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 292