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C.J. Anderson says Broncos don’t need a “hero” at quarterback

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After five days of uncertainty, running back C.J. Anderson knows he’ll be playing for the Broncos. Much more time may pass before he knows who will be handing him the football.

So does that uncertainty create anxiety for Anderson?

“Not at all you,” he said on Wednesday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio. “There was times during the season it was Peyton [Manning] or Brock [Osweiler} and we didn’t know who it was gonna be at that point. It doesn’t matter and at the end of the day whoever is lining up behind center, they don’t have to be a hero. All they have to do is do their job accordingly. We have to do our job accordingly to make it easy on them and we’ll make it easy as much as possible. We’re gonna ride or die like we did for Peyton, like we did for Brock. We’re gonna ride or die for whoever under center and we’re gonna make sure we make plays to make their job easier. Protect the ball and just play football the way we know how.”

Anderson doesn’t specifically know why Osweiler left, but Anderson offered up a theory.

“Brock wanted a fresh start,” Osweiler said. “It’s tough. I don’t know why he left, can’t explain those reasons but I just know the pressure playing behind Peyton, that’s always tough. Probably the pressure playing behind John Elway that makes it even worse. You’ve got two amazing quarterbacks for one organization and for you to fill that role it could be tough but he had the playmakers behind him [in Denver]. No disrespect to Houston over there but he had the playmakers behind him over here.”

I then floated a semi-hot take to Anderson, the idea that having Manning and Osweiler exit reduces the pressure on the Broncos to repeat. Does Anderson agree with that?

“Oh no, not at all,” Anderson said. “Us as an offense, expectations would be better as an offense. A lot of us are going to have a second year in that system. We want to flow and flourish in [coach Gary] Kubiak’s system like we have seen it when he was in Houston, when he was in Baltimore. We want to flourish and have some big plays, big runs, big catches.

“People act like we lost our best defensive player. We lost two guys and we’re gonna get Von [Miller’s] deal done. We got DeMarcus [Ware] still there, we still got in the back end Darian Stewart and T.J. Ward, [Bradley] Roby, [Aqib] Talib, Chris [Harris Jr.], Brandon Marshall. I mean we’re still stout, so we’ll definitely have that target on our back and if you didn’t wanna be a part of that target on our back that says something about your character.”

Some would say Anderson just called out the guys who left. If that’s what it takes to rally the remaining troops and prepare for a second straight run at a Super Bowl win, so be it.

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  1. xavier179 says: Mar 16, 2016 12:37 PM

    Tell me if that holds true around Thanksgiving time. Your GM has gotten the whole team in a pickle and his ego won’t admit it.

  2. DrSteveBrule says: Mar 16, 2016 12:41 PM

    Says my accidentally auto-drafted first pick in the 2015 fantasy draft. The entire season was an uphill battle from there. Taking Peyton with my 3rd pick only made the hill even muddier.

  3. tvguy22 says: Mar 16, 2016 12:42 PM

    Great. Now I have that Tina Turner song in my head.

  4. raidernationbaby says: Mar 16, 2016 12:45 PM

    They don’t need a buttfumbler either.

  5. td30 says: Mar 16, 2016 12:45 PM

    Tell me if that holds true around Thanksgiving time. Your GM has gotten the whole team in a pickle and his ego won’t admit it.

    ———————-

    Did it hold true the last time people said KC and Oakland would take over the AFC west and the broncos wouldnt even make the playoffs before last season started?

    I love how people are so sure they know the future, despite repeatedly being wrong

  6. skinsdiehard says: Mar 16, 2016 12:50 PM

    Please. Every team needs a “hero” at QB. When you’re down in the 4th qtr you need a QB that can bring you back. Dude doesn’t understand importance of QB apparently.

  7. bronco6745 says: Mar 16, 2016 12:50 PM

    Love that he’s back in Denver. Great all around back and a perfect fit in this offense. Good to see he’s amped to defend the title

  8. jjackwagon says: Mar 16, 2016 12:50 PM

    “Brock wanted a fresh start,” Osweiler said. “It’s tough. I don’t know why he left, can’t explain those reasons…

    So Osweiler is now speaking in the third person? “Jimmy likes Elaine” “Jimmy thinks Elaine should go out with him.”

    But seriously, get back to us CJ when you are carrying the ball 75 times a game because the butt-fumbler keeps throwing interceptions.

  9. milehighcityboss says: Mar 16, 2016 12:51 PM

    CJ is so right… I hope the Broncos QB is not Sanchez but if it is, that would be an improvement. People forget that for most of the year the Broncos couldn’t even complete a pass longer than 10 yards with Manning. So if Sanchez can even throw down the field and give us a semblance of a passing game, its an upgrade. The Broncos defensive core is still intact. I like their chances to repeat…

  10. bert1913 says: Mar 16, 2016 12:51 PM

    in other words, we won the Super Bowl with an over paid worn out qb

  11. dstreibigsdose says: Mar 16, 2016 12:52 PM

    They didn’t have one last year and won it all. So, he’s at least somewhat right.

  12. xilikemenx says: Mar 16, 2016 12:53 PM

    Dear Elway Haters:

    He has a Stanford economics degree, a 16-season Hall of Fame career, his years in private business as a successful automobile dealer (sold multiple dealerships for $80 plus Million) and restaurateur, six years as co-owner and CEO of an Arena Football League team and five seasons as the boss of the Broncos’ football operations. Under Elway, the Broncos own a 55-22 record and five consecutive AFC West titles (including the Tim Tebowmania season). They’ve won six of 10 postseason games and two AFC Conference championships, and Super Bowl 50. The Patriots and the Packers have better regular-season records during that five-year span, but only the Broncos, the Patriots and the Seahawks have been in two Super Bowls. All three were 1-1.

    Under Elway, twenty-one of the Broncos’ 22 starters in the Super Bowl were acquired as draft choices, veteran free agents or undrafted college free agents. Demaryius Thomas was the only holdover (first-round pick in 2011) from the previous regime. Sixteen of the Broncos who played had been drafted by the Broncos. Five other draft picks on the roster were declared inactive for the game. Three others were on the injured reserve list.
    Seven players in the Super Bowl signed with the Broncos as college free agents during the Elway reign. Five unrestricted free agents who joined the Broncos in the past two years started the Super Bowl, and three more starters — Manning, DeMarcus Ware and Ryan Harris — had been released by their previous teams.

    In the last 5 years, no NFL GM has done a better job. You may go now!

  13. steamingpilerex says: Mar 16, 2016 12:56 PM

    Good… I’m glad CJ thinks your quarterback doesn’t need to be a hero…best of luck to Ego Elway & Company with Mark Sanchez under center…we’ll see at the end of the season if you REALLY had hoped Denver would blink on the Miami deal.

  14. flash1287 says: Mar 16, 2016 12:57 PM

    milehighcityboss says:
    Mar 16, 2016 12:51 PM
    CJ is so right… I hope the Broncos QB is not Sanchez but if it is, that would be an improvement. People forget that for most of the year the Broncos couldn’t even complete a pass longer than 10 yards with Manning. So if Sanchez can even throw down the field and give us a semblance of a passing game, its an upgrade. The Broncos defensive core is still intact. I like their chances to repeat…

    Please, you like there chances to repeat?

    Said the …

    85 bears
    0oRavens
    02 Bucs
    14 Seahawks

    If Broncos fans think that D will play the exact same way and get the same breaks they did last season you’re crazy.

    You need a good QB. It’s not like Denver Ran away with the AFC. They were 1 lose away from playing that game on the road.

  15. getadealdonealready says: Mar 16, 2016 12:59 PM

    I love Elway but to use his auto dealership prowess as an example of why he is great is absurd. Do you think the name Elway in Co may have helped sell a couple cars therefore making the dealerships a little more valuable?

  16. oddte says: Mar 16, 2016 1:00 PM

    tvguy22 says:
    Mar 16, 2016 12:42 PM

    Great. Now I have that Tina Turner song in my head.
    ______________________

    Do you mean Bonnie Tyler?

  17. helldog33 says: Mar 16, 2016 1:06 PM

    That’s great he’s so upbeat, since Boy ButtFumble isn’t close to being a hero QB.

  18. igotgamenj says: Mar 16, 2016 1:07 PM

    Please you go from Peyton Manning to Mark Sanchez … blahhhhhh

  19. filthymcnasty3 says: Mar 16, 2016 1:14 PM

    C.J. Anderson says Broncos don’t need a “hero” at quarterback.

    *********************************************

    Mission accomplished.

  20. tylawspick6 says: Mar 16, 2016 1:16 PM

    Hilarious Elway thinks he can win with Sanchez.

    Denver’s cap cheating can’t happen every year, so you do need a legit QB in this league.

    Gomer Manning handing it off 30 times in a SB might work once in a blue moon, but it’s not that the norm of the league.

  21. randomguy9999 says: Mar 16, 2016 1:23 PM

    they don’t need a hero at QB?

    if that was the case, Tannehill would have went to the playoffs all of his 4 years…

    a ‘hero’ is required at QB… you need an exceptional guy that can lead the team and has exceptional passing presence to win a championship… period

    right now, there are maybe 6 hero QBs in the NFL that can change the outcome of a game by overcoming turnovers, making big time plays happen, and most importantly outplaying other hero QBs to get to a superbowl… to win the SB you MUST be able to outshoot Brady, end of story… how many non-hero QBs can average 3+ TDs in every game…. not many and those teams don’t make it.

    don’t need a hero? whatever…

  22. doggeatdogg says: Mar 16, 2016 1:25 PM

    Why do they feel like such experts right after they sign their big contracts. It never fails. He’s saying this from a team that almost cut him loose.

  23. stealthjunk says: Mar 16, 2016 1:33 PM

    Reading all the hatred of the Broncos in these comments is pleasurable. It’s great to be King!

  24. cmj0121 says: Mar 16, 2016 1:34 PM

    DON’T WORRY CJ, THIS YEAR, YOU’LL HAVE A ‘ZERO’ AT QUARTERBACK

  25. tindeaux says: Mar 16, 2016 1:36 PM

    yeah if a RB has high IQs, he’d be playing at a different position. enough said!

  26. gusturd says: Mar 16, 2016 1:36 PM

    He’s not that good. They should’ve kept Roy Hillman.

  27. hrmlss says: Mar 16, 2016 1:41 PM

    Kap is perfect then, he’s more of a villain type.

  28. noteamforlosangeles says: Mar 16, 2016 1:42 PM

    With that defense, I guess you could win with a zero at quarterback…The NFL needs to start letting players wear jersey number “0” because that’s what you have at QB right now.

  29. kcchefs58 says: Mar 16, 2016 1:43 PM

    Elway’s ego is NOT writing checks his team can’t cash.

  30. JaminJake says: Mar 16, 2016 1:45 PM

    Gotta love these butt fumble comments. If only commenters were on the national stage for their careers, I wonder what we would see.

  31. cantonbound13 says: Mar 16, 2016 1:47 PM

    Trade for Tannehill!

  32. jimmylikesthat says: Mar 16, 2016 1:48 PM

    In that case eliminate the qb position and put an extra lineman or an extra running back in there like Wildcat

  33. denver1983 says: Mar 16, 2016 1:54 PM

    Funny how all you Bronco haters really thought Brock was that good. Houston was stupid to pay him that much.

    This was just a weak QB market and Houston had no choice after Brian Hoyer was a disaster last year. #100

  34. broncoscountry33 says: Mar 16, 2016 1:55 PM

    He could be a great running back. I’ve been pissed last few seasons with them splitting carries with Hillman. Look forward to seeing him get bulk of carries. He has great balance and vision.

  35. uknepatsfan says: Mar 16, 2016 2:01 PM

    You can get by with mediocrity at QB, as the Broncos did last season, if you have a defense playing lights out football.

    They had that last season but all it takes is one injury to a key defensive player for that all to go completely belly-up.

    If your QB is throwing picks every other drive it really doesn’t matter how good your D is, it will catch up with you.

    Hard to repeat in this league and even harder with complete crap at QB, I’m afraid.

  36. psubeerman21 says: Mar 16, 2016 2:18 PM

    Didn’t he try to sign a deal with Miami? Nevermind brock, why did he want to leave?

  37. steves11 says: Mar 16, 2016 2:21 PM

    “When you’re down in the 4th qtr you need a QB that can bring you back”

    What’s clear is that Mark Sanchez isn’t that guy.

  38. nouhoh64 says: Mar 16, 2016 2:28 PM

    “Some would say Anderson just called out the guys who left. If that’s what it takes to rally the remaining troops and prepare for a second straight run at a Super Bowl win, so be it.”
    ——————————————————————————–
    Some would say Anderson would be telling the city of Miami how proud he is to be a Dolphin if Elway hadn’t matched their offer sheet.

  39. jmc8888 says: Mar 16, 2016 2:30 PM

    Last year, is not necessarily next year CJ.

    …don’t worry though, Mark Sanchez will never be mistaken for one.

    Or in the next tier.

    Or the tier after that.

    Or even the one after that…

    The one after that… maybe… but probably not.

    Is that enough CJ? Without some core pieces of that defense? With 16 games plus playoffs where more can get injured and the ball can bounce a different way? With refs possibly making bonehead calls?

    Yeah… exactly.

  40. edelmanfanclub says: Mar 16, 2016 2:37 PM

    Denver doesnt really need a elite qb to be successful, they had one of the best defenses ever. The thing that helped was they had the #1 seed, I truly don’t believe they win that game in Foxboro. While the defense is still elite despite losing Jackson and Trevethan, there will be games when they are trailing late and have to throw the ball. As great as the D is they cant hold every team to 10 points every game and when they do slip up it would be nice to have a QB who can bail them out.

  41. shadywarrior says: Mar 16, 2016 2:43 PM

    I’m happy to hear that you feel that way, CJ! In that case, I have wonderful news: Mark Sanchez is going to be your team’s QB!

  42. mmack66 says: Mar 16, 2016 2:45 PM

    I thought Manning was supposed to be a hero at quarterback?

    Isn’t that why they benched Osweiler?

  43. smithdp says: Mar 16, 2016 2:46 PM

    Oh, C.J., enjoy that first year or two of your contract. Pretty soon Big John will come knocking with a request for you to take a pay cut. Don’t worry though, you will be able to earn it back through “incentives”. It it happened to Peyton and Demarcus Ware, don’t think it won’t happen to you, or any other Bronco.

  44. jimmylikesthat says: Mar 16, 2016 2:47 PM

    Brady better hope the Pats don’t know about this

  45. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Mar 16, 2016 2:51 PM

    skinsdiehard says:
    Mar 16, 2016 12:50 PM

    Please. Every team needs a “hero” at QB. When you’re down in the 4th qtr you need a QB that can bring you back. Dude doesn’t understand importance of QB apparently.

    —————————————-

    Couldn’t agree more!

    -Sincerely, 2000 Ravens, 2002 Bucs

  46. darkneptune73 says: Mar 16, 2016 3:00 PM

    I think this is a shot at Mike Wallace’s comment about needing a better QB. CJ Anderson is going to be happy no matter who’s his QB. Mike Wallace will forever be one picky little punk.

  47. mrwalterisgod says: Mar 16, 2016 3:03 PM

    In the last 5 years, no NFL GM has done a better job. You may go now!
    ================================

    John Schneider laughs.

  48. wallabear says: Mar 16, 2016 3:38 PM

    He’s right. When you’ve got a doped-up Von Miller, then pass-rushing life is just a breeze lol

  49. mmack66 says: Mar 16, 2016 4:03 PM

    myopinionisrighterthanyours says:
    Mar 16, 2016 2:51 PM

    Couldn’t agree more!

    -Sincerely, 2000 Ravens, 2002 Bucs
    ———————-

    So do we!

    Sincerely, 2001 Ravens, 2003 Bucs

  50. drcap says: Mar 16, 2016 4:29 PM

    You don’t need a hero at QB unless you need to play past the Patriots every year. How did Sanchez do with that?

    Meanwhile, Colin Kaepernick went into Gillette and beat Brady 41-34. Just sayin’

  51. gem says: Mar 16, 2016 4:35 PM

    Sanchez played for Rex “{quarterback killer}” Ryan, on THE team where quarterbacks go to die. Easiason, Brunell, Testaverde, Favre, Michael Vick and Tim Tebow

    A QB shadow 45 years long, reminds us that Broadway Joe Namath is the only QB the jets will ever need.

    From the mess in NY… to the Philly flying circus fiasco Sanchez still out played Foles, ..then outplayed Bradford but remained on the bench.

    A high school phenom, from a football family, the best prep sports coaching became a college superstar and top 5 pick in the 1st round.

    Mark is probably one of the few quarterbacks playing,… suited for West Coast offence. A true athlete loves playing under center and running the bootleg. Good arm. Already an upgrade over Brock. If he wasn’t broken, Denver may have a Derek Carr instead of a David Carr.

  52. shlort says: Mar 16, 2016 4:42 PM

    Some teams win with defense and a strictly scripted ball control offense. Denver did it last year, Seattle did it to Denver not long ago and the 49ers almost did it to the Ravens a couple years ago. The Ravens did it, the Buccaneers did it, the Bears might have been the first to do it n 1985. A team can win riding it’s defense.

    It is easy t give quarterbacks credit for winning. It is the case most of the time. Once in awhile it is a quarterback who is tasked with not losing games. That is why I laugh at all the Kaepernick fans. They think he is great, yet don’t see what happened to him when the defense got mediocre. Wilson will start looking average soon as well.

  53. djvh2 says: Mar 16, 2016 5:06 PM

    Usually you need good QB play to get to and win the Super Bowl, and/or you also need luck to be on your side. Last season was an exception to the first rule, but the Pittsburgh fumble cost the Steelers a playoff win. Nobody would be talking about the Broncos if the fumble didn’t occur. Denver did deserve to win, but usually it’s that close.

  54. 1nationraidernation says: Mar 16, 2016 5:23 PM

    no but I wonder if CJ Anderson feels he needed Evan Mathis who just signed with AZ in order to run the ball.
    Elway losing all his core players.

  55. jmethane says: Mar 16, 2016 6:33 PM

    Man Broncos fans can only hope at this point. Going to be interesting to see what actually happens.

    At least they won it all last year cuz this may be a very brutal year

  56. BroncosCheatedTheSalaryCap says: Mar 16, 2016 6:44 PM

    For their first two SBs they needed a QB who took a deal under the table to circumvent the salary cap. For their final SB, they needed a QB who admitted to receiving HGH.

    Sorry, those are the facts, kids.

  57. jonmannbaby says: Mar 16, 2016 7:57 PM

    gem says:
    Mar 16, 2016 4:35 PM

    From the mess in NY… to the Philly flying circus fiasco Sanchez still out played Foles, ..then outplayed Bradford but remained on the bench.
    ———————————————————————
    I must have missed the games where Sanchez “outplayed” Bradford…He had 2 & 1/2 chances…and he was flat out awful…If he was just mediocre…who knows what would have happened…But he wasn’t….Everybody dwells on the past…Guess what…I was the best speller in the 3rd grade…

  58. southpackalacky says: Mar 16, 2016 9:42 PM

    Sounds like Teddy Bustwater would fit right in.

  59. blackbeard43 says: Mar 16, 2016 11:59 PM

    Wow, interesting theory there: If both QBs leave, Denver (and by extension Elway himself) won’t have the pressure to repeat.

    Built-in excuse: Our QBs left😦 and had to start all over from scratch.

    ’16 – 8-8 and miss the playoffs.

  60. ckradio1079 says: Mar 17, 2016 8:12 AM

    getadealdonealready says:
    Mar 16, 2016 12:59 PM
    I love Elway but to use his auto dealership prowess as an example of why he is great is absurd. Do you think the name Elway in Co may have helped sell a couple cars therefore making the dealerships a little more valuable?

    ———-

    Yeah, the same way it makes the Broncos more attractive to free agents.

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