Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson joined The Afternoon Drive and talked about Denver's Week 11 offensive arrival, but insisted the improvement was more related to the guys up front than the guy under center.
"We just did our job better up front," Anderson said. "It doesn't matter if Brock was under center. It was the same game we played (versus) Green Bay when Peyton was in the pistol. We just executed our job up front, and if we execute we can do in the backfield, up front, at receiver, at tight end, if everybody does their job and not worry about nobody else's, we'll be a tough team to beat."
"We ran the same offense the Green Bay game," Anderson said. "We still ran the ball effectively. We still threw the ball effectively, and we still came out with the win vs. Green Bay playing well on offense.
"It's not like, just because Brock is under center, our offense automatically opens up. Nah, like I said before, we just executed better."
"Any offense in any league. Any sports team in the world. They're better when they execute. When the one individual player focuses on their own individual job and not try to do everybody else's. And that's what we did."
Anderson didn't shy from praising Osweiler for his Week 11 performance; it seemed he was just being careful to not stir up the brewing quarterback controversy with any of his comments.
"There was no difference between his (Brock's) leadership and 18's leadership in the huddle," said Anderson.
"I love Brock. I really do."
I found Anderson's comments interesting, because there certainly is some truth to his claim that the Broncos simply executed better. But I'd wager Osweiler's impact opened a lot of those running lanes as well - whether it was the threat of the deep pass or of the bootleg that was mostly absent with Manning, Denver's offense looked better with Brock.
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