Former Browns Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward hasn’t been gone from Cleveland for long but it’s taken him only a few months to notice something different in his new locale of Denver.
"Nothing against Cleveland but this is a winning culture," Ward said following the team’s OTAs in a story on DenverBroncos.com. "They’re used to winning and you treat all things the same way, period: with a preparation to win. That’s how the coaches treat you and that’s how the players treat each other. You expect everybody to know their job, do their job and do it the right way."
Subtle dig at the Browns or just speaking the truth?
In Ward’s four seasons in Cleveland, the Browns won just 18 of 64 games. Denver, on the other hand, has made the playoffs each of the past three seasons, reaching the Super Bowl last season.
Ward played under three different head coaches (Eric Mangini, Pat Shurmur and Rob Chudzinski) with the Browns and didn’t stick around for a fourth (Mike Pettine), signing a four-year, $22.5 million deal with the Broncos this offseason.
The Broncos hope Ward will bring ferocity to a defense that was ripped apart by the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Ward was quick to make news in Denver since his arrival, charged with assault and disturbing the peace in relation to an incident at a nightclub in May.