There's virtually no debate that the Denver Broncos fielded the best defense in 2015. Whether or not they can separate themselves from the pack of other all-time great NFL defenses and emerge a cut above the best is another matter altogether.
Safety T.J. Ward, a crucial member of Denver's historic defense, had some thoughts on the subject.
"There is no ceiling," Ward told Cameron Wolfe of The Denver Post during his celebrity golf tournament on Monday. "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."
Ward also commented on the retaining of the defense's best player, Von Miller, who undoubtedly keeps the Broncos in the all-time conversation.
"Von, he's up to every challenge. 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," Ward added. "He is a franchise player, and he is the face of the franchise."
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1681565-5-reasons-you-should-go-p...If the Broncos want to distinguish themselves from the historic singular-entity defenses like the 1985 Chicago Bears or the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, they'll have to string together multiple seasons at the top of the rankings and, most importantly, repeat as champions.
Much of the credit for even being in this position is due to GM John Elway. When Elway joined the front office in 2011, he inherited the a defense that ranked dead last in yards allowed. Five years later, after drafting and signing players like Miller, Derek Wolfe, Chris Harris, Aqib Talib and DeMarcus Ware, among others, the Elway's Broncos ranked first.
Furthermore, Elway has created a long-term plan and an infrastructure meant to keep the defense elite. Beyond locking up Miller, Harris, Wolfe, and Brandon Marshall into the next decade, the front office has drafted young players like Shane Ray, Bradley Roby, Justin Simmons and William Parks to eventually take over when Ware, Talib, Ward and Darian Stewart move on from the team. Aggressive moves win championships, but foresight builds dynasties.
Ward's claims may come across as boastful bravado, but thanks to some strong vision from the higher-ups at Dove Valley, the Broncos defense may very well be in position to challenge for the all-time distinction.
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Will Keys is an Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.