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Broncos: Hit parade begins with T.J. Ward

Published: March 12, 2014, 1:12 pm, by Paul Klee

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Initial, quick impression of new Broncos safety T.J. Ward (above):

He’s a businessman. But he’s all business, man. The thumping safety doesn’t apologize for the fines leveled his direction for nasty hits on wide receivers and tight ends. He knows why the Broncos gave him $23 million ($14 million guaranteed). His mission, and he’s chosen to accept it, is to add a level of nasty to a Broncos defense that was out-nastied in the Super Bowl.

“Offensive energy is great, touchdowns and getting the fans up,” Ward said a few minutes ago here at Dove Valley. “But there’s something different about imposing your will on the other team.”

Shortly after the Super Bowl, I wrote this column on what the Broncos must do in order to return, and win, the Super Bowl. The punchline: Keep their heads ringin’. To host a parade, the Broncos need a hit parade.

These moves — Ward, Aqib Talib and DeMarcus Ware — appear to be in direct response to the Super Bowl.

I asked Ward if he watched the Super Bowl.

“Yeah.”

And his takeaway from the Super Bowl?

“I think it started bad, to begin with. But I think Seattle was just a little more physical,” Ward told me. “We’re preparing ourselves right now to combat that against every team. I think that’s why me, Talib and Ware were brought in here. We’re three physical players. It’s going to help this defense. It’s going to help this team.”

More on the Broncos free-agent bonanza coming in Thursday’s Gazette.

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