2001 Denver Broncos season

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2001 Denver Broncos season
Denver Broncos wordmark.svg
Owner Pat Bowlen
President Pat Bowlen
Head coach Mike Shanahan
Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak
Defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes
Home field Invesco Field at Mile High
Results
Record8–8
Division place3rd AFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify

The 2001 Denver Broncos season was the franchise's 32nd season in the National Football League and the 42nd overall. This was the Broncos' first year at the new Invesco Field at Mile High, replacing the old Mile High Stadium. The Broncos were aiming to head back to the Super Bowl for the first time in 3 years, and to win their third title in the Shanahan era.

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The 2001 Broncos failed to make the playoffs, making the 2001 Broncos season a failure.

It was also Terrell Davis' final season before various knee ailments forced him to retire in the 2002 preseason.

Offseason

NFL Draft

2001 Denver Broncos draft
RoundPickPlayerPositionCollegeNotes
124 Willie Middlebrooks   Cornerback Minnesota
251 Paul Toviessi   Defensive End Marshall from Tampa Bay via Buffalo [R2 - 1]
387 Reggie Hayward   Defensive End Iowa State
4113 Ben Hamilton   Guard Minnesota from Green Bay   [R4 - 1]
4120 Nick Harris   Punter California
6190 Kevin Kasper   Wide Receiver Iowa
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Draft notes

    1. #51: multiple trades:
      #51: Tampa Bay → Buffalo (D). see #14: Buffalo → Tampa Bay
      #51: Buffalo → Denver (D). Buffalo traded this pick to Denver for second-round (#58) and fourth-round (#110) selections.
    1. #113: Green Bay → Denver (PD). Green Bay traded this selection to Denver in August 2000 in exchange for linebacker Nate Wayne. [1]

    Staff

    2001 Denver Broncos staff
    Front office

    Head coaches

    Offensive coaches

    Defensive coaches

    Special teams coaches

    Strength and conditioning

    Roster

    2001 Denver Broncos final roster
    Quarterbacks

    Running backs

    Wide receivers

    Tight ends

    Offensive linemen

    Defensive linemen

    Linebackers

    Defensive backs

    Special teams

    Reserve lists


    Practice squad


    Rookies in italics

    Regular season

    The Broncos opened the 2001 NFL season with a Monday Night Football win over the New York Giants on September 10, 2001 in their new stadium, Invesco Field at Mile High. Wide receiver Ed McCaffrey suffered a season-ending injury with a broken leg. The late game and location would serve a role in sparing at least two lives the following day during the September 11th attacks. [2]

    Schedule

    WeekDateOpponentResultNetworkTV Time (MT)Attendance
    1September 10, 2001 New York Giants W 31–20 ABC 7:00 p.m.
    75,735
    2September 23, 2001at Arizona Cardinals W 38–17 ESPN 6:30 p.m.
    50,913
    3September 30, 2001 Baltimore Ravens L 20–13 CBS 2:15 p.m.
    75,082
    4October 7, 2001 Kansas City Chiefs W 20–6 CBS 2:05 p.m.
    75,037
    5October 14, 2001at Seattle Seahawks L 34–21 CBS 2:15 p.m.
    61,837
    6October 21, 2001at San Diego Chargers L 27–10 CBS 2:05 p.m.
    67,521
    7October 28, 2001 New England Patriots W 31–20 CBS 2:15 p.m.
    74,750
    8November 5, 2001at Oakland Raiders L 38–28 ABC 7:00 p.m.
    62,637
    9November 11, 2001 San Diego Chargers W 26–16 CBS 2:05 p.m.
    74,951
    10November 18, 2001 Washington Redskins L 17–10 Fox 2:15 p.m.
    74,622
    11 November 22, 2001at Dallas Cowboys W 26–24 CBS 2:00 p.m.
    64,104
    12December 2, 2001at Miami Dolphins L 21–10 CBS 11:00 a.m.
    73,938
    13December 9, 2001 Seattle Seahawks W 20–7 ESPN 6:30 p.m.
    74,524
    14December 16, 2001at Kansas City Chiefs L 26–23 (OT) CBS 11:00 a.m.
    77,778
    15Bye
    16December 30, 2001 Oakland Raiders W 23–17 CBS 2:15 p.m.
    75,582
    17January 6, 2002at Indianapolis Colts L 29–10 CBS 11:00 a.m.
    56,192

    Standings

    AFC West
    WLTPCTPFPASTK
    (3) Oakland Raiders 1060.625399327L3
    Seattle Seahawks 970.563301324W2
    Denver Broncos 880.500340339L1
    Kansas City Chiefs 6100.375320344L1
    San Diego Chargers 5110.313332321L9

    Postseason

    The Broncos failed to make the playoffs with their 8–8 record in 2001.

    Awards and records

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