Broncos Week 12 Horse Whisperings

Running back Willis McGahee has been a big reason for the Denver Broncos successful Running game in 2011. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos released their weekly media guide for Week 12 and included measures, ranks and achievements on the Offense, Defense and Special Teams Units. I thought they would be of interest to the members and so I gathered them all in one spot because I know you just can't get a big enough Bronco fix when it isn't game day.

 OFFENSE 

  • Mike McCoy is in his third season as Denver’s Offensive Coordinator after spending the previous nine seasons with Head Coach John Fox in Carolina.
  • QB Tim Tebow, who was named Denver’s starting Quarterback on October 11, is tied for 2nd in the NFL with six games registering both a passing and rushing touchdown since 2010. Tebow in Week 9 against Oakland became just the 16th Quarterback in NFL history since 1950 to rush for 100 yards (118); he is just the sixth Quarterback ever to rush for 100 yards and pass for at least two touchdowns in a single game.
  • WR Eric Decker is tied for 4th in the NFL with seven receiving touchdowns in 2011. Decker is one of only eight players in the NFL who has registered multiple games with 2+ touchdown receptions.
  • RB Willis McGahee leads the Broncos with 658 rushing yards, including a season-high 163 yards at Oakland that led the league in Week 9. McGahee owns the 4th-most rushing touchdowns (58) in the NFL since his first season with Buffalo in 2004. McGahee and Tebow became just the 5th Running Back-Quarterback pairing in NFL history to each rush for 100 yards in a single game when they recorded 163 and 118 yards, respectively, in Week 9 against Oakland.
  • Denver’s 1,202 rushing yards over its last six games represents the 2nd-highest total in team history for a six-game stretch. Denver leads the NFL with 18 individual 100-yard rushers since 1995, totaling an NFL-best 135.0 rushing yards per game during that stretch.
  • LT Ryan Clady, who is one of 22 offensive linemen in NFL history to start all 16 games during each of his first three seasons, has started 58 consecutive games to begin his career as one of just five players from his 2008 draft class to accomplish that feat.
  • Center J.D. Walton, who played all but one snap for Denver in 2010, became the 12th rookie in the 16-game era (since 1978) to start every game for his team at center and just the 4th player drafted after the 2nd round to accomplish that feat.
  • LG Zane Beadles played all 16 games in 2010, starting eight contests at Right Guard and six at Right Tackle, to become the first rookie since Andre Gurode (Dal., 2002) to start at least six games at two of the three different positions along the offensive line (C, G, T).
  • WR Eddie Royal in 2010 became the 5th player in franchise history to post at least 1,000 combined yards in each of his first three NFL seasons.


DEFENSE 


  • Dennis Allen is in his first season as Denver’s Defensive Coordinator after serving as New Orleans’ secondary coach the past three seasons. 
  • CB Champ Bailey was named to his 10th Pro Bowl in 2010 to set an NFL record for the Cornerback position, passing Hall of Famer Mike Haynes. Bailey’s 32 interceptions rank 5th in the NFL since he joined the Broncos in 2004. His 50 career Interceptions rank first among all active NFL Cornerbacks and are 3rd among all players since entering the league in 1999.  
  • S Brian Dawkins, who joined the Broncos as an Unrestricted Free Agent on Feb. 28, 2009 after playing his first 13 seasons with Philadelphia, is in his 16th NFL season playing the Safety position—tied for most in league annals. 
  • DE Elvis Dumervil, who led the NFL in sacks (17) in 2009, returns to the Broncos defense after missing the entire 2010 campaign with a pectoral injury suffered during training camp. Dumervil ranks 7th in the NFL in Sacks per game (.67) and is tied for the 3rd-most 2+ Sack games (13) in the league since his rookie season in 2006. 
  • LB Von Miller leads all NFL rookies and ranks 5th overall in the NFL with 9.5 Sacks (63 yds.) through 10 games this season.
  • WLB D.J. Williams, who was the only player in the NFL in 2010 to lead his team in both Tackles (119) and Sacks (5.5), is one of eight players in the NFL with at least 700 Tackles and 15 Sacks since his rookie season in 2004.


SPECIAL TEAMS 


  • Jeff Rodgers is in his first season as Denver’s Special Teams Coordinator after serving in that capacity under Head Coach John Fox in Carolina in 2010.
  • K Matt Prater has converted 22-of-23 career Field Goals in the 4th quarter or overtime. Prater has the 3rd-best Field Goal percentage from 50+ yards (.714 /10-of-14) in NFL history among players who started their career after 1970.
  • P Britton Colquitt ranks 3rd in the NFL in net punting average (41.5) and is on pace to set the franchise single-season mark in that category, which is currently held by P Mike Horan (38.9; 1990). 
  • WR Eric Decker recorded a 90-yard punt return for a touchdown against Oakland (9/12) that represented the 3rd-longest such play in franchise history and the 29th punt return touchdown overall.
  • WR Eddie Royal returned a punt 85 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in Denver’s 38-24 come-from-behind win at Oakland in Week 9, representing the 6th-longest punt return for a touchdown in team history and the 30th overall.
  • LS Lonie Paxton has played 132 consecutive games (regular season and playoffs) and has participated in 127 overall wins during his career.



Things are definitely trending upward.

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