Denver Broncos Countdown to Kickoff: 81 Days

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Happy Father's day everyone! I hope everyone has a fantastic day spending time with and honoring the great men our lives. Speaking of great men, 81 brings us the first season of the Dan Reeves era. Dan Reeves is one of the winning-est coaches in NFL history and his time here in Denver brought our franchise to new heights.

During his tenure here as coach, Reeves' Broncos won 6 division championships and 3 AFC Championships representing the AFC in the Super Bowl thrice. Though the Broncos and Reeves never got the job done, they effectively established the winning standard that Broncos fans have come to expect out of our beloved franchise. Here's Coach Reeves records season by season:

Reg Season

G

W

L

T

%

Result

Playoffs Y/N

1981

16

10

6

0

.625

1st AFC West

No

1982

9

2

7

0

.222

Last AFC West

No

1983

16

9

7

0

.563

2nd AFC West

Yes

1984

16

13

3

0

.814

1st AFC West

Yes

1985

16

11

5

0

.688

2nd AFC West

No

1986

16

11

5

0

.688

AFC Champs

Yes

1987

15

10

4

1

.714

AFC Champs

Yes

1988

16

8

8

0

.500

2nd AFC West

No

1989

16

11

5

0

.688

AFC Champs

Yes

1990

16

5

11

0

.313

Last AFC West

No

1991

16

12

4

0

.750

1st AFC West

Yes

1992

16

8

8

0

.500

3rd AFC West

No

Totals

184

110

73

1

.601

---

6/12 seasons

Playoffs

G

W

L

%

---

---

---

1983

2

1

1

.500

---

---

---

1984

1

0

1

.000

---

---

---

1986

3

2

1

.667

---

---

---

1987

3

2

1

.667

---

---

---

1989

3

2

1

.667

---

---

---

1991

2

1

1

.500

---

---

---

Totals

14

8

6

.571

---

---

---

Overall

G

W

L

T

%

---

---

12 seasons

196

118

79

1

.602

---

---

- The Broncos managed a winning season under Dan Reeves 8 times in 12 seasons

- They won 10 or more games 7 times in 12 seasons

To put his era into context about with another great, the Broncos under head coach Mike Shanahan had 138 wins over 14 seasons (.616). and went 8-5 in the playoffs including two superbowl championships. The Broncos were AFC West Champions three times in Mike's tenure.

Dan Reeves is usually dogged because he never got it done. In 23 seasons as an NFL head coach, Dan Reeves' teams made the super bowl 4 times and lost each meeting.

Back in 98 when Mike Shanahan's Broncos faced off against Reeves' Falcons in SB 33, an old wound was ripped open when the three engaged each other about the past and more specifically the ousting of Reeves as coach here in Denver and the strained relationship he had with John Elway. I've heard nothing but good things about Reeves as a person, and it's nice to go back to a time when at least publicly both were on good terms--enjoy this clip from "The Dan Reeves Show!"


Cool 81 Factoid:

As a coach and player, Dan Reeves has made the super bowl more than any other person in history. As a Player, he played in two (SB V, VI -- won SB VI, both with the Cowboys), as an assistant coach in three (SB X, XII, XIII, won SB XII, all with Cowboys) and as a head coach in four (SB XXI, XXII, XIV, XXXII, first three with the Broncos, final one with the Falcons). His overall record in the superbowl however is 2-7.

Notable Broncos to wear #81:

Steve Watson 1979-1987

Shannon Sharpe 1990-1991

Current Bronco wearing #81:

Joel Dreessen

Read More: Denver Broncos by the Numbers: #81 (Kaptain Kirk)

Read More: Denver Broncos Countdown to Kickoff: 82 Days


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