After four years with the Browns, safety T.J. Ward signed as a free agent with the Broncos this offseason. He has already noticed a difference in the attitude.
Ward says that when you go from a team like the Browns (who went either 4-12 or 5-11 in every one of Ward’s four seasons) to a team like the Broncos, you immediately get a different feel for how they go about their business.
“Nothing against Cleveland but this is a winning culture,” Ward said. “They’re used to winning and you treat all things the same way, period: with a preparation to win. That’s how the coaches treat you and that’s how the players treat each other. You expect everybody to know their job, do their job and do it the right way.”
After so much losing in Cleveland, it’s hard to change the expectations. But in Denver, everyone expects to succeed.
“We’re just expecting to win,” Ward said. “That’s it. That’s the only expectation.”
That’s not the expectation in Cleveland.