The Chiefs could be headed toward another AFL championship.
The first thing Denver Coach Jack Faulkner had to do to keep the Broncos from being the worst team in the league again was to persuade General Manager Jack Faulkner to find a quarterback someplace. So the Broncos made offers to nearly everybody in the country who can throw a spiral and even appealed to AFL Commissioner Joe Foss to urge some of the richer teams to shake loose a good man. The result was that Denver got the very man Faulkner wanted—Jacky Lee from Houston—on a two-year lend-lease. Faulkner and several other AFL coaches think Lee has the best arm in the league. Before getting Lee, the Broncos would have been lucky to win a game. With Lee, Denver can present a creditable and troublesome offense that could pull the Broncos off the bottom.
Lee will have a superb target in Lionel Taylor, who has averaged 87 pass receptions per season in his four AFL years. Fullback Billy Joe, 248-pounder who was Rookie of the Year last season, has improved his pass-blocking, Halfback Charlie Mitchell has fine breakaway speed, and Gene Mingo is an excellent field-goal kicker. Defensively, Denver will suffer a bit from giving up Tackle Bud McFadin in the Lee deal, but Faulkner has made mass trades that should help—including getting Corner Back Willie West to assist Austin Gonsoulin in pass coverage. The Broncos, however, went two years without signing an important draft choice and are not a solid club.
Lee will save the Broncos from disaster, but success is far away.