T.J. Ward says Broncos “can become the best defense of all time”

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The 2015 Broncos defense, which won the Super Bowl despite shaky quarterback play throughout most of the year, was one of the best the league has seen in recent years. Safety T.J. Ward thinks the Denver defense can become one of the best of any year.

“There is no ceiling,” Ward said Monday at his charity golf tournament, via Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post. “We can be as good as we want to be. We can become the best defense of all time. That’s what we’re working toward.”

Part of the challenge in 2016 will be to adjust to the departure of defensive lineman Malik Jackson and linebacker Danny Trevathan via free agency. The good news is that linebacker Von Miller has a new six-year contract.

“Von, he’s up to every challenge,” Ward said. “That’s the caliber of player that we expect him to be from here on now, and that’s why he got paid the way he did. He is a franchise player, and he is the face of this franchise.”

With five total sacks in the two most important games of the year, it’s a title Miller has earned. Whether the Broncos nail down the title of best defense ever will hinge on Miller and the rest of his teammates playing at an even higher level next year.

77 responses to “T.J. Ward says Broncos “can become the best defense of all time”

  1. Every off season there’s a very good D that is on the cusp of being ‘the best defense of all time’ and every year not only are we left with the impossibility of comparing different eras but the certainty that the ’85 Bears send their regards.

    After the ’00 Ravens last year’s Broncos D was among the best of the cap era along with the ’02 Bucs and ’13 Hawks.

  2. All this dude does is bump his gums… The Steelers destroyed that secondary last year… And he acts like it never happened… Didn’t AB have like 16 catches and over 180 yards… Get over yourself… Denver was a fumble from a 3rd string rb away from losing at home to Pittsburgh … YALL ARENT THAT “GREAT”….

  3. You know what really helps a great defense? A great QB.

    You know what the Broncos lack? Hint – it isn’t a great defense.

    Win without Peyton and we can compare you to the Bears, Bucs, and Ravens legendary championship defenses, until then you’re just a great defense and not much else.

  4. bettis3636 says:
    Jul 19, 2016 7:20 PM
    All this dude does is bump his gums… The Steelers destroyed that secondary last year… And he acts like it never happened… Didn’t AB have like 16 catches and over 180 yards… Get over yourself… Denver was a fumble from a 3rd string rb away from losing at home to Pittsburgh … YALL ARENT THAT “GREAT”….
    ——————–
    You act as if that ONE game was your super bowl last year — oh, yeah, that’s right – it WAS. Lol.

  5. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Jul 19, 2016 7:11 PM

    He’s right.

    #NoCheatingRequired #NoFilmNeeded #CellphonesInHand
    ———————

    Lol. Their Super Bowl MVP is a cheater. It doesn’t get any lower than bribing another man for his urine.

  6. So irony is lost among you?
    Ugly state of affairs we are in
    Can’t decide to fight or flight
    Kudos to those that stay in sight

    Many feelings to be had, most are indifferent
    You strive for the strength that failed you

    Counter the inner banter in your mind that derailed you
    Out with those demons
    Cause the same domain of pain is what freed the jail of you
    Keep on truckin in the ocean Johnny, be good.

  7. Seems to me the Seahawks were making the same claim two years ago…. The Broncos won their 1 SB for the next 15 years….time to fade back into obscurity….

  8. TJ, how about this season you lay off of the cheap hits. Your talented enough not to be associated with Talib and Harrison.

  9. cap cheating and chinese roids from guyer/gomer ahoy!!

    how is the investigation coming into the rampant chinese roid use gomer supplied the the cheatos with in recent years, huh goodell?

    we know the audits on the cap cheating take about 5 years, but it should not be hard to see where gomer sent some of his stash late last year when he left the team
    and vanished for 2 weeks.

  10. I wish he’d cut down on the talk.
    Talk doesn’t make you better, only your play matters.
    These guys and their bravado makes for good copy I guess but there record and team stats is the ONLY measuring stick.

  11. tylawspick6 should look at his/her/its own team before saying ANYTHING about cheating.

    People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, ya moron.

  12. justsayin70 says:
    Jul 19, 2016 8:13 PM
    tylawspick6 should look at his/her/its own team before saying ANYTHING about cheating.

    People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, ya moron.

    —————–
    The Broncos have won exactly the same number of SBs as the Bucs this millennium. Talk to us when they win one or two more and prove they are relevant.

  13. Donkey fans been throwing plenty of stones. Get over yourself, chump.

  14. pretty sure mocking eric mangini is not cheating like cap cheating or roids like denver.

    pats have never cheated unless you consider making fun of mangini “cheating”.

    you little weak trophy grabbing millennials are cute.

    and we know what goodell just did to lie about brady at the behest of certain cheating owner due to jealousy, ego and a que$t for parity.

    millennials are so stupid.

    wake me when the pats source roids for their team or cheat the cap like denver.

    throw stones over here, stupid

  15. You werent that good last year…the Bears pitched 2 shutouts in their playoff games….your lucky int’s & random fumbles ie KC…that dont happen 2 yrs in a row….ask the aforementioned Bears & 2000 Ravens…….D’s better than yours

  16. nhpats says:
    Jul 19, 2016 7:47 PM

    Seems to me the Seahawks were making the same claim two years ago…. The Broncos won their 1 SB for the next 15 years….time to fade back into obscurity….
    __________________________________
    To be fair, the Seahawks have had the #1 defense in points allowed for 4 consecutive seasons. No other NFL team has ever been that consistent for that many straight years. To be an historical defense, you have to do some pretty special stuff. I don’t see any of that from the Broncos D yet.
    Total yards defense- Hawks #2, Broncos #1.
    Points allowed- Hawks #1, Broncos #4.
    Run defense- Hawks #1, Broncos #3.
    Pass defense- Hawks #2, Broncos #1.
    1st downs allowed- Hawks #2, Broncos #5.
    Passing TD’s- Hawks #2, Broncos #5.
    TD’s allowed- Hawks #1, Broncos #4.

  17. justsayin70 says:
    Jul 19, 2016 7:35 PM

    bettis3636 says:
    Jul 19, 2016 7:20 PM
    All this dude does is bump his gums… The Steelers destroyed that secondary last year… And he acts like it never happened… Didn’t AB have like 16 catches and over 180 yards… Get over yourself… Denver was a fumble from a 3rd string rb away from losing at home to Pittsburgh … YALL ARENT THAT “GREAT”….
    ——————–
    You act as if that ONE game was your super bowl last year — oh, yeah, that’s right – it WAS. Lol.

    if it was or if it wasn’t the fact to the matter is that he didn’t do anything but speak the truth. I’m… justsayin.

  18. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Jul 19, 2016 7:11 PM
    He’s right.

    #NoCheatingRequired #NoFilmNeeded #CellphonesInHand
    —————————–
    You must be religious because your name says it for you.

    #Broncos are the biggest cheaters of any team of all time, look it up!

  19. Careful TJ, actions speak louder than words………

    It is universally acknowledged that the Bears 85 D was the best of all time. But hell, they were a one hit wonder. It Denver can put together another year like last (unlikely), they are definately in the conversation.

  20. Shut up stupid. The Chiefs were one fumble away from a season sweep of you girls. They owned your overrated D. With a game manager at QB.

  21. Fascinating what a willingness to ignore facts and data will do for you. You can look at all sorts of stats but the only thing that counts for a defense is did they keep the other team from scoring? Did your team do the most basic thing it gets paid to do–keep the other team out of the end zone?

    In 2015 Seattle led the League for the 4th straight year in defense’s points allowed. That’s never been done before. Denver did pretty well–they came in second.

    In 2014, Seattle was number 1 again. Denver finished tied for 16th.

    In 2013, Seattle was number 1 and Denver finished 22nd.

    So each year Denver has improved. But they still haven’t caught the Seahawks. So let’s talk if they ever get to number 1.

  22. justsayin70 says:
    Jul 19, 2016 8:13 PM
    tylawspick6 should look at his/her/its own team before saying ANYTHING about cheating.

    People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, ya moron.
    ————————
    People who actually believe Deflategate was anything but a NFL parity power trip are the real morons, this is a fact not an opinion.

  23. slick50ks says:
    Jul 19, 2016 8:58 PM

    Shut up stupid. The Chiefs were one fumble away from a season sweep of you girls. They owned your overrated D. With a game manager at QB.
    —————————
    The Chiefs are closing in on 50 years without a meaningful win.

  24. Sorry TJ. But your defensive captain just got paid; large too. Von Miller probably gonna take a couple seasons off.

  25. Broncos D had a historically great season last year. Most of the time the all time great defenses have one really special year. It will be tough to match that this year and even tougher to exceed it. I like that they want to be the best ever. Gotta find new goals after achieving all you set for yourself the year before.

  26. Hard to remember a recent Super Bowl winner more headed for a .500
    season than these donkeys. Trent Dilfer (playing as he is today) might be an upgrade at QB. That great D from last year, minus Jackson and Trevathian and Miller, Talib and Wolf always close to their next drug or gun suspension. The standard for shut down defenses in the Post-Steeler food teams, the’85 Bears and 2000 Ravens, were big let-downs the following years. TJ should drink less and watch film more.

  27. bettis3636 says:
    Jul 19, 2016 7:20 PM
    All this dude does is bump his gums… The Steelers destroyed that secondary last year… And he acts like it never happened… Didn’t AB have like 16 catches and over 180 yards… Get over yourself… Denver was a fumble from a 3rd string rb away from losing at home to Pittsburgh … YALL ARENT THAT “GREAT”….
    ====================

    Yeah the Steelers put up a lot of numbers in that game except for the ones that matter, they only scored 16. And maybe if AB plays the game is different and maybe if NE had one starting o-lineman playing his correct position they might have slowed that pass rush down enough to overcome what was a game essentially decided by a missed PAT. But injuries and home cooking are an essential part of the game. That Denver D earned them home field and held Pitt to 16 and NE to 18 even though there own offense kept putting them back out there against 2 of the most dangerous QBs in the game. After which, as an earlier poster mentioned, they embarrassed the MVP at a neutral site. No one can say they didn’t face a murderers row of post season QB’s and anyone that saw that SB can deny they won the game. I am a Pats fan and I have no issue giving the devil his due but then maybe if I were a fanboy instead I might see it differently.

  28. No Peyton no team. They are done. Miller is a great talent, but Manning was the leader of the team, even when Brock was in there.

    It’s over now. They are garbage again and likely will lose the division to Oakland. They could actually finish 4th.

  29. 5 straight AFC West titles.
    More Super Bowl appearances than losing seasons since the Bowlen family bought the team.
    Oh and current Super Bowl Champions.

    If that is the obscurity the Broncos will fade back into, I’m sure they’ll take it.

  30. Broncos would have beaten the Hacks in that Superbowl except 5 defensive starters were injured and couldn’t play.

    They proved that by winning it all last year.

  31. The NFL should praise Denver. Without the Broncos the Patriots would just win every year. Only the Giants and the Broncos seem to know how to beat them in the playoffs.

    Brady turns into Jan Brady when he plays the might Denver Broncos.

    All hail the Broncos and the greatest man in the NFL of of all time, John Elway!

  32. raiderapologist says:
    Jul 19, 2016 9:12 PM
    slick50ks says:
    Jul 19, 2016 8:58 PM

    Shut up stupid. The Chiefs were one fumble away from a season sweep of you girls. They owned your overrated D. With a game manager at QB.
    —————————
    The Chiefs are closing in on 50 years without a meaningful win.

    ——————————

    It may be longer than that before the fade make it over .500. 14 years and counting? That’s contraction worthy suckiness. I don’t look for that to end this season either. I do look forward to the two automatic wins again though. Look! Another Carr pick 6! Easy money.

  33. broncosrchamps says:
    Jul 20, 2016 12:40 AM
    The NFL should praise Denver. Without the Broncos the Patriots would just win every year. Only the Giants and the Broncos seem to know how to beat them in the playoffs…

    31 teams/NFL owners know how to defeat, or at least weaken, the New England Patriots.

    Just collude with the NFL Executive Committee and ESPN to lie and ultimately cheat the Patriots out of draft picks and get Tom Brady, the Greatest NFL Player of All-Time, suspended for being generally aware of the fact that he, the Patriots equipment staff, and the Patriots organization are guilty of nothing other than detesting Roger Goodell, Troy Vincent, Mike Kensil and Jeff Pash.

    Although collude is probably not the correct verb since there is nothing secretive about the way the NFL executive committee has been cheating the New England Patriots organization for the better part of the last ten years.

  34. slick50ks says:
    Jul 20, 2016 6:22 AM
    raiderapologist says:
    Jul 19, 2016 9:12 PM
    slick50ks says:
    Jul 19, 2016 8:58 PM

    Shut up stupid. The Chiefs were one fumble away from a season sweep of you girls. They owned your overrated D. With a game manager at QB.
    —————————
    The Chiefs are closing in on 50 years without a meaningful win.

    ——————————

    It may be longer than that before the fade make it over .500. 14 years and counting? That’s contraction worthy suckiness. I don’t look for that to end this season either. I do look forward to the two automatic wins again though. Look! Another Carr pick 6! Easy money

    1970!!!!!!! Chefs reign supreme!!!!!!!!

  35. Preach on, Boss Ward.

    What his bravado really means is that the defense is focused and isn’t resting on their accomplishments from last season due to the lack of respect they have received around the league. For Bronco fans, that is nothing but a good thing. One way the Broncos could separate themselves from the ’85 Bears, the 2000 Ravens, the ’02 Bucs and the ’13 Seahawks would be to repeat, something the others could not do.

    The defense should in fact be improved. We lost two games last season (Oak/Pitt) that were directly traced to the secondary, specifically the safety position, where Ward, D Stewart, and D Bruton were all out. We literally had a street free agent in Shiloh Keo get beaten for the game winning TD vs Oakland after getting signed on Wednesday. The Broncos shored that up by drafting two safeties that should improve our depth tremendously. The Broncos are also in year two of Wade’s system now, so the players should actually be more comfortable now. Our pass rush should be better with Shane Ray and Shaq Barrett in year two, and we have the easiest schedule we’ve had since the Tebow year. Jacksonville? Tennessee? Tampa Bay? We’ll take it, thanks and we look forward to punching your team dead in the mouth. Go Broncos!

  36. JOhn Elway has tainted SBs with cap cheating and he’s the worst SB QB in NFL history, making a fool out of himself and insulting horses everywhere.

  37. “Tom Brady, the Greatest NFL Player of All-Time”

    There are a number of players that were in the NFL before Tom was born that were better players than him. Sorry, Tom although a great player, isn’t even the best QB ever.

  38. broncosrchamps says:
    Jul 20, 2016 12:39 AM

    Broncos would have beaten the Hacks in that Superbowl except 5 defensive starters were injured and couldn’t play.
    ———————–

    Excuses.

    In order to have won, you would have had to score some points, and that wasn’t happening, no matter what your defense was doing.

    You did watch that game didn’t you? The Donkeys nearly got shut out.

  39. 1976 Steelers – 5 Shutouts that year.

    Probably would have won the Super Bowl if not for injuries to Harris & Bleier, who did not play in the AFCCG.

  40. Sorry Hawks fans but you got a layup Denver was decimated by injuries period. Clady Miller Chris Harris Jr Trevathan yeah it matters these are some of the best players at their position in the league.

    Not sure if any defense got less help from an offense than last year. No running game, horrible QB play, constant turnovers in there own zoneit was ugly. And it lasted all year long. All those other defenses had offensive support that was adequate to really good. Denver defense was on the field the whole game and are 90% responsible for that team winning.

  41. Smh I knew this thread would be full of hate.. They hate us cause they ain’t us.

    – Go Broncos!, SUPER BOWL 50 CHAMPS!!

  42. The dirtiest defense in the league will be medicore the next several years for a host of reasons.

    A. The Donks won’t be able to sign any quality free agents for years because of the ridiculous contract of Von Miller
    B. The Donks defense will be missing a third of their starters because we all know that it’s just a matter of time that Miller, Talib, Ward and god knows who else will all be suspended at some point in time one at least for the whole season.
    C. No matter how good you think your defense is they can’t play all but 10 minutes of the game because your offense only averages 1.5 yards per play.
    D. Denver will more than likely loose draft picks in the future because the league and other owners will finally put their foot down and demand they be punished for their constant cheating strategy

  43. We love all the hate in the Mile High City. People have short memories as they were supposed to get beat against the Pats and thumped by the Panthers in the big dance. Seachicken fans cannot remember that Von Miller and Chris Harris Jr. did not even suit up in their Super Bowl win. Funny how many of these posers cannot recall their last plate-o-crow that was dished out following SB50. Luck was scheduling Dr. appointments after facing Denver D, Brady was hit 24 times, and Cam gave up and would not even dive on the ground for a fumble. These guys thrive on being doubted so keep it up!

  44. I am not even sure the bronco’s will have the best defense this year in the NFL…..but to say all time is funny…..maybe TJ Ward ought to just try to improve, and be one of the better safeties in the league.

  45. chargerdillon says:
    Jul 19, 2016 7:28 PM
    You know what really helps a great defense? A great QB.

    You know what the Broncos lack? Hint – it isn’t a great defense.

    Win without Peyton and we can compare you to the Bears, Bucs, and Ravens legendary championship defenses, until then you’re just a great defense and not much else
    ————————————-
    Clearly, you didn’t see much of last season. Manning was everything but great last year.

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