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1999 Denver Broncos season

1999 Denver Broncos season
Head coach Mike Shanahan
Home field Mile High Stadium
Record 6–10
Division place 5th AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
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The 1999 Denver Broncos season was the team's 40th year in professional football and its 30th with the National Football League. After winning their second consecutive Super Bowl with a win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami, the team suffered the retirement of Super Bowl XXXIII MVP quarterback John Elway during the off-season. Elway had spent his entire career with the Denver Broncos, and much of the focus in the weeks leading up to the season centered on the void left by Elway's departure. Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced that third-round 1998 draft pick Brian Griese, son of Miami Dolphins Quarterback Bob Griese, would take the reins of the offense, passing over veteran and credible back-up QB Bubby Brister.

In the preseason, the Broncos played in the first and so far only NFL game held in Australia. On August 7, 1999, before a crowd of 73,811 spectators at Stadium Australia in Sydney, the Broncos defeated the San Diego Chargers 20-17.[1]

Although no one expected a serious defense of their title, the Broncos would stumble out the gate this season, losing the first four regular season games. Many of the games would be decided in the final two minutes of play, but the Broncos found themselves on the losing end at 6–10. It was their first losing season since 1994, the worst season since 1990 and the worst record of the five-team AFC West. It was speculated by the media that this season was the worst-ever season for a team defending their Super Bowl title,[2] although there is no known statistic kept for such a dubious honor.

Statistics site Football Outsiders calculates that the Broncos went from the league's 28th (third-easiest) schedule in 1998, to the hardest schedule in 1999.:[3]

Before 2011, the worst one-year increase in strength of schedule belonged to the 1999 Broncos. Denver had ridden the third-easiest schedule (in a 30-team league) to a Lombardi Trophy in 1998, only to fall apart the next season under the weight of John Elway's retirement, Terrell Davis'[s] Week 4 injury, and -- oh, by the way -- the toughest schedule in the league.

This was the largest single-season change in Football Outsiders' rankings until the 2011 St. Louis Rams.



1999 Denver Broncos staff

Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches


Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Rich Tuten
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Ricky Porter
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Greg Saporta



Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 13, 1999 Miami Dolphins L 38–21
2 September 19, 1999 at Kansas City Chiefs L 26–10
3 September 26, 1999 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 13–10
4 October 3, 1999 New York Jets L 21–13
5 October 10, 1999 at Oakland Raiders W 16–13
6 October 17, 1999 Green Bay Packers W 31–10
7 October 24, 1999 at New England Patriots L 24–23
8 October 31, 1999 Minnesota Vikings L 23–20
9 November 7, 1999 at San Diego Chargers W 33–17
10 November 14, 1999 at Seattle Seahawks L 20–17
11 November 22, 1999 Oakland Raiders W 27–21
12 Bye
13 December 5, 1999 Kansas City Chiefs L 16–10
14 December 13, 1999 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 27–24
15 December 19, 1999 Seattle Seahawks W 36–30
16 December 25, 1999 at Detroit Lions W 17–7
17 January 2, 2000 San Diego Chargers L 12–6


AFC West
Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 .563 338 298 L-1
Kansas City Chiefs 9 7 0 .563 390 322 L-2
San Diego Chargers 8 8 0 .500 269 316 W-2
Oakland Raiders 8 8 0 .500 390 329 W-1
Denver Broncos 6 10 0 .375 314 318 L-1


  • Broncos on Pro Football Reference
  • Broncos Schedule on

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