T.J. Ward: We need a QB, but defense can make things all right

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The identity of the Broncos’ starting quarterback for the first week of the regular season remains a mystery as does the full list of players who will be under consideration for the role.

Mark Sanchez is the one contender for the job that we do know and it’s not one that appears to have safety T.J. Ward sleeping easily about the direction the team is heading. During a conversation with former NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew for NFL.com, Ward shared his thoughts on the quarterback conundrum.

“Whenever you don’t have a quarterback, it’s going to impact a team,” Ward said. “But defensively, we have one mindset: No one scores. So [if] we continue to do that, continue to prepare and dominate on the defensive side, then we’ll be all right. But we got to find someone back there. Right now I think we have Mark Sanchez signed and he has some experience in this league.”

Ward and Jones-Drew both broke out in laughter after Ward completed that thought, which doesn’t suggest much faith in the former Jets and Eagles quarterback’s ability to get the job done. Given what they got from the quarterback position last season, though, whatever Sanchez brings to the team could be just fine if Ward and his defensive teammates keep on rolling.

26 responses to “T.J. Ward: We need a QB, but defense can make things all right

  1. The Broncos won a SB without much of a contribution from the QB position. Ward is right, in so far as it stands right now, it appears they are preparing to defend that title the same way

  2. He’s acting like they are bringing back all 11 starters and depth from that D. It’s not going to be the same and the results will reflect that. They lead the league in TOs and that always comes back to the league average the following year. I say they will be lucky to be a top 15 defense in 2016.

  3. Who brought up Brett Favre? Let’s leave that behind, please. Let him sail on his river boat in peace.

    Whoever the Broncos start will be more athletic than Manning was.

  4. brazy44 says:
    Mar 23, 2016 2:53 PM
    He’s acting like they are bringing back all 11 starters and depth from that D. It’s not going to be the same and the results will reflect that. They lead the league in TOs and that always comes back to the league average the following year. I say they will be lucky to be a top 15 defense in 2016.

    Exactly. It’s not like they ran away with the AFC. They were 1 lose away from playing that game on the road.

    If Broncos fans think that D will play the exact same way again next season and get all the same bounces they are crazy. At some point you will need good play from the QB

    How many SB did the
    00 Ravens win? 1
    The Bucs teams with all those great Ds from 97 to 02. 1 SB
    85 Bears 1 SB
    Seahawks 1 SB

  5. Maybe if this was 2000 or before. but the nfl is all about offense now. Whose to say Den Defense will still be as good, losing that many pieces in the front 7 is not easy to replace. I think these Denver players under estimate not having a QB. If injury prone Talib gets hurt or Harris goes down. That Backend will be done

  6. Its hard to re-produce the same effort year over year. I told Bills fans that last year, got lots of thumbs down.

    In 2014, the Denver D with the same personnel ranked in the middle of the league, gave up 22 pts a game. Yes, they have a different coach now, but think about it, they lost a few guys and Ware isn’t getting younger, Talib is 30. They could easily slip a bit.

  7. When did they stop teams from scoring last season?

    Heck, the Browns took them to overtime, and it was a high scoring game.

  8. Its hard to re-produce the same effort year over year. I told Bills fans that last year, got lots of thumbs down.

    In 2014, the Denver D with the same personnel ranked in the middle of the league, gave up 22 pts a game. Yes, they have a different coach now, but think about it, they lost a few guys and Ware isn’t getting younger, Talib is 30. They could easily slip a bit.
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    Yeah that 2014 Denver D had to be on the field 75% of the time cause Manning and Co would run hurry up every drive and score in 2 minutes leaving the Defense worn down.

    You may be right about the D regressing, but your logic is a little simplistic.

  9. This being said by the worst player on the defense? Hey Ward, just shut up and be thankful you have a good team around you…

  10. MJD is completely overmatched on NFL Network…his interviewing skills are horrible, he put out a mock draft that the other analysts could barely contain their laughter. Just because you played the game doesn’t mean you will be good on TV….see Emmitt Smith, Ray Lewis, etc.

  11. Browns would take a mid round pick for McCown.

    He actually had good numbers on an awful team.

    All the Bronco’s need is a game manager

  12. Even if Denver returned the entire D and they were not a year older, playing the same playoff opponents they would still require home field as well as Pitt and NE to be far more injury depleted at the points that mattered most than the Broncos were. It is not realistic to expect the defense to perform at that level down the stretch and through the playoffs without more support from the other side of the ball. Elway has shown himself to be nothing if not a realist, they will be improved on offense. That we can’t see how at this point is immaterial, it is only March.

  13. A very good defense may get you 1 Super Bowl victory. But to stay in the SB hunt you need a great QB.

  14. I think it would be fun to see Mark Sanchez start.
    Maybe he has improved, and can be serviceable.
    It’s possible.
    It’s also possible I’ll win the lottery.
    Neither are probable.

  15. We will trade TB12 for Von Miller. Just imagine Von, Jimmy G. with all the weapons in our offense, Belichick coaching defense, we can win the SB.

  16. feckyerlife says:
    Mar 23, 2016 3:06 PM
    Maybe if this was 2000 or before. but the nfl is all about offense now. Whose to say Den Defense will still be as good, losing that many pieces in the front 7 is not easy to replace. I think these Denver players under estimate not having a QB. If injury prone Talib gets hurt or Harris goes down. That Backend will be done

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    In Denver, “injury prone Talib” has only missed 1 game due to injury. Denver also has Roby and Webster as their 3rd and 4th string CBs, both of whom would be starting on any other team (and in the case of Roby, probably in the Pro Bowl). I get it that you hate Denver, but at least hate them using correct information.

  17. doylemcmuffin says:
    Mar 23, 2016 3:27 PM

    Its hard to re-produce the same effort year over year. I told Bills fans that last year, got lots of thumbs down.
    ———————

    Probably because the Bills make being mediocre year after year look easy.

  18. Keep telling yourself that TJ. The Sanchize will have so many three and outs, critical turnovers and missed opportunities that your crew will be on the field twice as long as it was last year. It will be a tired D, you will lose plenty because of it.
    Defensive SB champs dont repeat leaning on D alone. It is a QB driven league. It is true that the Broncos did not get the high end contribution from the QB last year. It is also true that they are far, far worse as it stands today. Oh, and a couple of Denver’s key defensive players are getting paid elsewhere.

  19. Kinda sad for Mark Sanchez, because I always liked him… He does show flashes of good ability to be a leader, in some other games, he let emotions get best of him.. We’ll see if he actually can get better with Bronco team…

    To me, it seems Sanchez have his last chance to win the starting job with Bronco, or he will never have that Starting job again.

    I think TJ just jumped ahead abt Sanchez because I’m pretty sure he hasn’t met Sanchez in person yet, AND haven’t see him in practice yet…

    ~Jets Fan

  20. TJ- as of now, Sanchez is your QB. Maybe you should support him until he gives you a reason not to? I think Sanchez has gotten a bum rap with some mediocre offenses, and is a better QB than some people realize. He was thrust into a starting role as a rookie and probably needed te to learn. He’s had that time now. Give the guy a chance.

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