Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson said he is excited to play in new head coach Gary Kubiak's offense. Anderson, who started the season as the team's third-string running back, was named to the Pro Bowl on Monday to replace injured Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell.
Anderson said he is looking forward to playing in Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme. Kubiak previously spent 11 seasons as the Broncos' offensive coordinator, with a Denver runner topping 1,000 yards 10 times -- including five different backs.
“I have known about his system for a while and what he accomplished,” Anderson said of Kubiak. “One cut downhill and go get it. It fits me and the offense well. It’s always been successful. He knows the team we have and what we can do. I can’t wait to get started working with him.”
Anderson, an undrafted free agent from California, had just seven carries for 38 yards as a rookie in 2013. But after injuries took out Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman, Anderson stepped in and rushed for 849 yards and eight touchdowns while catching 34 passes for another 324 yards and two scores.
Over the final eight games of the season, Anderson had 767 yards and eight rushing touchdowns, including back-to-back games in November of 167 yards against the Miami Dolphins and 168 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Kubiak was hired as head coach this week after spending the 2014 season with the Ravens as offensive coordinator. Before joining Baltimore, he compiled a 61-64 record in eight seasons as head coach of the Houston Texans.
- Phil Watson