It looked like running back C.J. Anderson might be taking handoffs from Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill in 2016 when on Tuesday, the Broncos matched Miami’s contract offer to Anderson in order keep the 24-year-old rusher in Denver.
“With Brock going to Houston, it did free up a little bit more cash,” John Elway said. “That made this decision pretty easy.”
The Broncos managed to win Super Bowl 50 thanks to the league’s best defense that compensated for a sputtering offense led by a hobbled Peyton Manning in the playoffs, and the inexperiened Brock Osweiler down the stretch in the regular season.
So does it even matter who plays quarterback for the defending champs 2016? Right now the Broncos have only newly-acquired Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian on the roster. Here’s how the very Belichick-ian-sounding Anderson put it on Wednesday on PFT Live:
“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.”
The formula worked for the Broncos last year.
They’ll add another warm body to compete with Sanchez and if those options don’t work out, heck, maybe Gary Kubiak brings back the Wildcat offense.