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List of Denver Broncos head coaches

The Denver Broncos are a professional American football franchise based in Denver, Colorado. They are members of the West Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The team began playing in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL), and joined the NFL as part of the AFL-NFL merger. The team has played their home games at Sports Authority Field at Mile High since 2001.[1] The Broncos are currently owned by Pat Bowlen.[2]

There have been 13 head coaches for the Broncos franchise. The franchise's first head coach was Frank Filchock, who coached until 1961.[3] Mike Shanahan is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular season games coached (208), the most regular season game wins (130), and the most playoff game wins (8).[4] Shanahan and Dan Reeves, are tied for the most playoffs games coached (13).[4][5] Shanahan is also the only Broncos head coach to win a Super Bowl, with two.[4] Jack Faulkner, John Ralston, Red Miller, and Reeves have been named the United Press International (UPI) NFL Coach of the Year, at least once with the Broncos.[6] Filchock, Faulkner, Mac Speedie, Jerry Smith, Ralston, and Miller spent their entire coaching careers with the Broncos.[3][7][8][9][10][11] Speedie, Ray Malavasi, Miller, and Shanahan have been assistant coaches with the Broncos before they became head coaches with the Broncos.[12] Josh McDaniels was the Broncos head coach in 2009 and most of 2010 before being relieved of his duties by Broncos owner Pat Bowlen. Eric Studesville replaced McDaniels as interim coach for the rest of 2010.


# Number of coaches[a]
GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
Win% Winning percentage
* Spent entire NFL head coaching career with the Broncos
* Served as an interim head coach
* Served as an interim head coach and spent entire NFL head coaching career with the Broncos

Head Coaches

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2012 NFL season.

# Name Term[b] Regular season Playoffs Achievements Reference
GC W L T Win% GC W L
1 Frank Filchock* 19601961 28 7 20 1 .259 [3]
2 Jack Faulkner* 19621964 32 9 22 1 .290 1962 UPI AFL Coach of the Year[6]
3 Mac Speedie* 19641966 26 6 19 1 .240 [8]
4 Ray Malavasi 1966 12 4 8 0 .333 [13]
5 Lou Saban 19671971 65 20 42 3 .323 [14]
6 Jerry Smith* 1971 5 2 3 0 .400 [9]
7 John Ralston* 19721976 70 34 33 3 .507 1973 UPI AFC NFL Coach of the Year[6]
8 Red Miller* 19771980 62 40 22 0 .645 5 2 3 1 AFC championship (1977)[15]
1977 AP NFL Coach of the Year[6]
1977 Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year[16]
1977 Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of the Year[17]
1977 UPI AFC NFL Coach of the Year[6]
9 Dan Reeves 19811992 184 110 73 1 .601 13 7 6 3 AFC championships (1986, 1987, 1989)[15]
1984 Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of the Year[17]
1989 UPI AFC NFL Coach of the Year[6]
1991 UPI AFC NFL Coach of the Year[6]
10 Wade Phillips 19931994 32 16 16 0 .500 1 0 1 [18]
11 Mike Shanahan 19952008 224 138 86 0 .616 13 8 5 2 Super Bowl championships (1998, 1999)[15] [4]
12 Josh McDaniels* 20092010 28 11 17 0 .393 [19]
13 Eric Studesville* 2010 4 1 3 0 .250 [20]
14 John Fox 2011 32 21 11 0 .656 3 1 2 [21]


  • a A running total of the number of coaches of the Broncos. Thus, any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is only counted once.
  • b Each year is linked to an article about that particular NFL season.


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