Broncos Head Coach John Fox is just the fourth head coach since the 1970 NFL merger to inherit a team with four or fewer wins the previous season and win at least one playoff game in his first year. He joins Sean Payton (N.O., 2006) and Bobby Ross (S.D., 1992) with that distinction. Fox was on Ross’ coaching staff as the secondary coach during that season.
Denver’s five-win improvement (including postseason) from its 2010 record tied for the second-best mark in the NFL this year.
The Broncos won six games in 2011 when trailing (4) or tied (2) entering the fourth quarter. That figure tied an NFL record.
Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas led the team in receiving yards in each of the final seven games of the season (including postseason). During that span, he averaged 106.4 receiving yards per gamed.
Denver’s 2011 rookie class featured nine players who saw playing time during the season, including a combined 56 starts that ranked second in the NFL.
The Broncos totaled 41 sacks during the 2011 season, representing an 18-sack improvement from last year and the most by the club since totaling 44 sacks in 2000.
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