ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Entering the 2011 postseason, the Broncos had just 14 players with playoff experience.
This year, that number has more than doubled. Thirty-six Broncos have a combined 140 playoff games under their belt.
“We definitely know what to expect,” linebacker
“Last year, playing two games in the playoffs will definitely help out a lot with the experience,” he said. “I know I can just go out and play my game. It’s not a big difference from regular season other than teams are a little bit more desperate just because it’s win or go home.”
Harris tied for third on the team with five tackles in Denver’s Wild Card win against Pittsburgh and ranked second with eight stops in the team’s Divisional matchup at New England. He said the experience of going against top competition in the playoffs will help this year.
“That experience last year, going against (Steelers quarterback) Big Ben (Roethlisberger) and (Patriots quarterback) Tom Brady, you can’t get any better experience as a rookie,” Harris said. “That definitely helped me out.”
A total of 22 Broncos played in their first career postseasons a year ago, while the Broncos signed free agents
In fact, eight of the 10 Broncos with the most playoff experience were signed by Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway in 2012. Those eight players account for more than half of the roster’s career playoff games.
Having been there before can only help the Broncos as they begin their postseason run on Saturday against the Ravens.
"I think there’s no substitute for experience," Fox said. "I think you draw from it and what you do with it’s critical and so time will tell.”