clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Horse Tracks: Broncos' winning culture spurs quarterbacks

What helps all three of Denver's QBs is the support of their brothers. Where it's not about the success of one but the team.

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, Broncos Country!

Over the last 12 months, there's been a lot made about the culture of the Denver Broncos' locker room.

How that is a huge reason the team was able to win Super Bowl 50 and get the Lombardi Trophy back to the Mile High City.

There have been stories on how laid back it is. How much fun it is. How it's like a band of brothers.

Heck, even Von Miller has teammates over to his house.

But how does that culture respond to a new guy? Say, for example, Mark Sanchez.

Just as you would hope: with open arms.

A lot of the credit for that has to go to Gary Kubiak. He allows the guys to be who they are. In turn, that makes it fun. It shows the players Kubiak trusts them. Look no further than the Super Bowl week. Through the first few days of being in Santa Clara, Calif., the players didn't have a curfew.

It may seem like a small thing, but it's huge to the success of a team. It adds to the drive to become the best, and remain there.

"These guys are fun to be around and they love football, that's for sure," the new Broncos quarterback told the media on Monday after Phase II of offseason workouts." It's pretty impressive the way they just kind of police it on their own. It's a good veteran team.

"It reminds me a lot of those first couple of years in New York where Coach (Rex Ryan) didn't really have to say much. Coach Kubiak, we've had a few team meetings and stuff, but there is not like a, ‘Don't forget to be on time, lace your shoes this way and do this or do that.' There is not a lot of dialogue that way. It's pretty quick, big-picture stuff. Everybody really knows what to do, so just fall in line and follow the guys around you. That's encouraging."

So when a new guy like Sanchez does come along, it's seamless. He's a brother. He still has to put in the work and prove himself to his new teammates, but he knows he has the support of the guys he plays with.

"It's cost a lot of money for those compliments (laughing)," Sanchez said. "Very receptive. For the guys to come out to California, a few of them I hadn't even met. For them to really put that thing together - sure I led the charge, these guys were calling each other and making sure that they were going to be there holding each other accountable.

"Jeff Heuerman coming off of a knee injury, wants to be out there throwing with his new quarterback. Emmanuel Sanders is calling other guys, ‘Hey, make sure you get there on Sunday. Don't come in late.' That kind of stuff means a lot for a quarterback. It's tough to find guys like that. Now that you're here, you just want to maximize all of this time together and realize our potential."

Whether the starting quarterback is Sanchez, Trevor Siemian or even Paxton Lynch, that makes the grind fun. You want to get better, but you also want your teammates to get better. Each guy wants the job, but each also knows it's in their control. Do the work and you become the starter of the defending Super Bowl champs.

In terms of Siemian, he has the advantage over both Sanchez and Lynch. This is his second year in the Kubiak offense, and he wants to take that next step.

"Absolutely. It was a great opportunity for me last year to learn a lot obviously from Brock (Osweiler) and Peyton (Manning)," Siemian said. "At this point, I'm kind of getting antsy to apply some of those things I picked up from those guys. It's a great opportunity for me and I'm ready to get to it."

What helps all three quarterbacks is the support of your brothers and a locker room that has a culture of winning. Where it's not about the success of one but the team.

"Mark is a great guy," Siemian said. "I have a year of experience in the offense. I'm doing whatever I can to help him out. He's picking it up pretty quick. Like I said, just helping him out when I can."

Added Sanchez: "That's a heckuva knee (kneel-down at Pittsburgh, in his only snap as a rookie) that he took (laughing). We talked about it (Monday) morning actually. It was pretty cool. He's a great guy. He came out to the camp as well. He's been just an impressive, young guy.

"For a young guy going into his second year and not playing as much, he's got a good grip on the system and really helped out in California. He was almost like a player-coach kind of thing in helping me out with reads and footwork and things like that. A lot of the plays I had heard before, but some of the stuff was new to me. He was instrumental in picking that stuff up."

Horse Tracks

Taste of the Broncos tickets now on sale
Enjoy food and drink from more than 30 Colorado restaurants and live music from the Blue Canyon Boys and outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware.

Broncos waive Will Johnson and Ryan Murphy
Johnson was signed to a reserve-future contract in January, while Murphy was on the practice squad last season.

Denver Broncos CB: I've Been Hacked, Too ... Just Like Tunsil |
Another NFL star says his social media account has been HACKED -- with Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. saying someone infiltrated his Instagram…

Denver Broncos: John Elway Sees Franchise Quarterback in Paxton Lynch | Bleacher Report
Denver Broncos news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more.

What we learned from the Denver Broncos’ draft
From the new odds-on starting quarterback in Week 1 to the faith in the holdover linebackers to a wake-up call for a certain special-teamer, here are ...

Elway’s dealing frees up money to re-sign Marshall, Miller, and Sanders | Broncos Wire
Elway's dealing frees up money to re-sign Brandon Marshall, Von Miller, and Emmanuel Sanders.

10,000 Tim Tebow Fans Call on Denver Broncos to Bring Christian QB Back to Lead Team
Tim Tebow fans are calling on the Denver Broncos to include the Heisman trophy winning quarterback on its 2016-'17 roster.

Why The Odds Favor The Oakland Raiders Relocating To Las Vegas - Forbes
The once unthinkable may happen: an NFL team in Las Vegas. Here's why the Oakland Raiders could be that team to move.

Raiders' Washington Could be a Big Addition in a Small Package | NBC Bay Area
Raiders GM McKenzie was impressed by Washington's ability to run through tacklers.

The Chiefs, who brag about their character, draft a man who choked his pregnant girlfriend | The Kansas City Star
We normally make it a policy in this space to hold off on making immediate judgments on draft picks, but here is an exception: The Chiefs drafted Tyreek Hill, a man dismissed fewer than two years ago by Oklahoma State after pleading guilty to choking his pregnant girlfriend.

Chiefs over / under win total and other NFL odds and predictions - Arrowhead Pride
What Las Vegas says about the Chiefs chances next season.

Mike Scifres Says Goodbye | San Diego Chargers
Parting words from the longtime punter, who was officially released on Monday.

First look at 2016 San Diego Chargers' 90-man roster - NFL Nation- ESPN
The Chargers didn't make any trades during this year's draft, adding eight picks and 20 undrafted free agents to increase the roster to 90.

NFL GM Calls Out Buccaneers For ‘The Dumbest Pick’ In NFL Draft History | NFL |
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers threw conventional wisdom out the window at the 2016 NFL Draft. The Bucs traded up in the second round Friday to select Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo with the 59th overall pick.

Collateral Damage: 20 veterans hurt by 2016 NFL Draft -
The draft was the culmination of a life's journey for 253 lucky rookies, but it marked a turning point for many veterans battling for their jobs. Gregg Rosenthal names 20 veterans hurt by the 2016 draft.

Former NFL Star Dana Stubblefield Charged With Raping A Developmentally Disabled Woman
Per the Santa Clara County DA, former NFL Defensive Player Of The Year Dana Stubblefield has been charged with raping a developmentally disabled woman last year in his Morgan Hill home.

Laremy Tunsil of Miami Dolphins won't start career in NFL's substance-abuse program
Miami Dolphins rookie Laremy Tunsil is expected to start with a clean slate and will not begin his NFL career under Stage 1 of the league's substance abuse program, a source told ESPN.

Chargers, Steelers awkwardly sign the same player after NFL Draft -
The biggest mystery in the NFL: Who did Jay Rome sign with after the NFL Draft?