Chris Harris says T.J. Ward’s departure has scarred Broncos

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Halfway through the season, Broncos cornerback Chris Harris finds it just as hard to play without veteran safety T.J. Ward as he did in the season opener. The Broncos have lost four in a row and five of their past six.

Harris was asked Tuesday if the release of Ward had affected the Broncos, who still rank second in total defense but are tied for 25th in points allowed.

“I think it has [affected us],” Harris said, via Denver’s 104.3 The Fan. “You can see it in our play.”

The Broncos moved on from Ward and his $4.5 million salary after the preseason, and Ward’s former teammates made it known they weren’t happy about the move. Ward, who signed with the Buccaneers, wasn’t either.

30 responses to “Chris Harris says T.J. Ward’s departure has scarred Broncos

  1. Wow, Is that why the O-line can’t block? T.J. was doing more than we know. He must have been the reason the Browns fell apart after he left too. I’m just glad he was there early on to make sure that Peyton Manning understands who is hot route is, and the inherent weakness in a defense when blitzing a Cornerback on third and short! THANK YOU FOR HOLDING US TOGETHER TJ!

  2. Points Allowed/Game > Total Defense

    Total Defense is biased against Bend But Don’t Break schemes.
    Points Allowed has no bias in comparison.

  3. Everyone has lost players and had to move on. Heck the patriots and texans have lost extremely valuable players to injury and you don’t hear them making excuses. Suck it up buttercup.

  4. Hmmm Second in total defense but 25th in point allowed….sounds like youre giving the ball up on a short field. Or being penalized a ton the offense isnt having to do much to score.

  5. I’m a life-long Bronco fan and this is just stupid. Ward was a liability in coverage. He should have been a hybrid linebacker so he can blitz, help with the run and be better than the poor LB’s they have now in coverage. Simmons is a tremendous upgrade. That said when you have Von Miller drop back and a CB blitzing that is a coordinator problem. When the top 2 CB in ratings going into the season are consistently getting beat or committing penalties on 3rd down that is a “U” problem, not a “ward is gone” problem. SMH

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    norsejuggernaut says:
    November 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm
    Hmmm Second in total defense but 25th in point allowed….sounds like youre giving the ball up on a short field. Or being penalized a ton the offense isnt having to do much to score.
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    You hit the nail on the head.

  7. The defense is fine. The offense turning the ball over several times in their own territory each game is the reason for the discrepancy in points allowed vs. total defense. This is still a top 3 defensive unit in the game.

  8. TJ is a system guy who thrived in the Bronco’s system, he’s not a star who can go to any system and make it work. there is a lot of guys out there who are just system guys that go on to another team and epicly fail. I am a Ravens fans and 90% of the players who leave us for big money contracts completely fail elsewhere because they are system guys and not the star players like some would believe.

    Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says:
    November 7, 2017 at 3:51 pm
    To be fair, T.J. Ward is currently a part-time player on a terrible Bucs defense. Not sure getting rid of him hurt nearly as much as getting rid of Wade Philips and changing schemes.

  9. norsejuggernaut says:
    November 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm
    Hmmm Second in total defense but 25th in point allowed….sounds like youre giving the ball up on a short field. Or being penalized a ton the offense isnt having to do much to score.
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    That is only part of the equation. The Broncos are dead last in opponent’s average starting field position (33.94) yet since they are 1st in avg yards allowed per drive (21.70)they are still much better off in the equation than KC who is 1st in opponent’s average starting field position (24.47) but 30th in avg yards allowed per drive (36.42). Which is one more glaring example of the old Belichick axiom “Stats are for losers. The only numbers that matter are the big ones on the scoreboard at the end of the game.”

    Second in total defense but 25th in points allowed.

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    All the donkeys fans were patting Horseteeth on the back and saying what a great GM he is. What happened fanboys? Reality sucks for donkeys fans,huh?
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    This is a poor post. Elway got Manning, who delivered 4 successful years in Denver, with one Super Bowl win. While it’s not Patriots-level of success (and who besides them can claim that), they have been a very successful organization since he took the job.

    I agree with sentiment of “questionable draft picks,” but claiming Elway is a mess is simply not true.

    Lets see if he can turn this around next season before we start making snap judgments.

  11. Donkeys being exposed for the frauds they always were
    Elways a proven cheat that only found success because hgh manning decided to go to that loser team and cheat their way to another tainted trophy
    Teams like the donkeys and patriots is the biggest driver for the ratings drop. The fix is in and it’s obvious. People are sick of goodell cheats and tainted rewards

  12. “he Broncos, who still rank second in total defense but are tied for 25th in points allowed.”

    Two stats matter when evaluating a defense. The most important is POINTS ALLOWED.

    The other important, but far less important stat that matters is average yards per play (given up).

    If you’re giving up the fewest (or 2nd fewest) yards in the league but you’re 25th in points given up, you’re around the 25 “best” defense in the league.

  13. You sure it was that or the fact that you got rid of Wade Phillips, cause I lean on the latter more then saying Tj Ward leaving scarred you guys, especially seeing he is playing on arguable one of the worst Ds this year alone

  14. Defensive scheme and the players are fine. The problem is they are always on the field. The offense is terrible and leaves them with a short field to defend all to often.

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