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    Didn't see this posted yet. Words from Champ

    I find it interesting that all the former player photos were removed. Look forward to your thoughts on this article.


    http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_11980840

    Champ eyes changes on defense
    The cornerback says the new-look Denver "D" must establish its identity to erase 2008's woes.
    By Lindsay H. Jones
    The Denver Post
    Posted: 03/24/2009 12:30:00 AM MDT
    Updated: 03/24/2009 12:32:16 AM MDT


    "We've got to know what we're good at and what we're best at." - Champ Bailey, Broncos cornerback (Denver Post file photo)There's a new, 3-inch scar on Champ Bailey's left elbow.

    Consider it just another reminder, albeit a tangible one, of the painful 2008 season.

    Bailey underwent surgery Jan. 8 to repair the elbow — injured in the season finale against San Diego — and said late last week he is about a month away from being fully recovered.

    He only hopes the defense can be so easily repaired.

    "We've got to know what we're good at and what we're best at," Bailey said. "That's been a distant thing around here the last two or three years."

    Bailey, who turns 31 in June, is coming off the worst statistical season of his career after missing seven games with a torn groin. Bailey said he likes at least some of the changes he has seen so far from the Broncos' new staff, starting with the addition of three proven veterans: safeties Brian Dawkins and Renaldo Hill, and cornerback Andre Goodman.
    "I'll tell you what, we're a pack of veterans," Bailey said. "We've got a lot of experience back there. I think if there's one area where we can definitely look at and say, 'We're going to be good,' it's definitely our defensive backfield."

    It is too soon to tell, Bailey said, how the rest of the defense will perform.

    New head coach Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, who was Bailey's defensive coordinator with the Washington Redskins in 1999, plan to run a 3-4 defensive scheme at least part of the time and have made several personnel moves in the offseason to help make the switch from a 4-3.

    But none of the additions to the defensive line (such as tackle Ronnie Fields) or the linebacker corps (such as ILB Andra Davis) match the impact of the players added to the secondary, and Bailey said he was interested to see how returning players such as Elvis Dumervil and Jarvis Moss handle the switch from defensive end to outside linebacker.

    "We still don't have all the pieces for that, so I don't know how we're going to turn it around," Bailey said about the switch to a 3-4 scheme. "I don't know how we're going to train guys to get up and get their hand off the ground and drop back in coverage a lot, because they've never done that."

    Whatever system the Broncos employ — and Bailey said he expects the team to use a variety of schemes — it will be critical the defensive unit quickly finds its identity.

    That's the main thing that never happened in 2008, in part because of former coach Mike Shanahan's decision to switch to a 3-4 several games into the season.

    "I think one thing going into that year was we tried to establish who we were going to be, and I don't think we ever did that," Bailey said. "We didn't know if we wanted to be a 3-4 or a 4-3, and when you start changing like that in the middle of the season, sometimes it backfires and sometimes it doesn't. But for us, it definitely didn't work."

    Bailey and his brother Boss Bailey, a linebacker who is recovering from knee surgery, are among a handful of Broncos who have spent much of their offseason at the team's Dove Valley headquarters rehabilitating their injuries. Champ Bailey said there is a noticeable change in the atmosphere at the facility since McDaniels arrived in mid-January, starting with the decor.

    Gone are many of the large pictures of Shanahan — obviously. Also, some of the pictures of former Broncos have been replaced by large shots of current players, including Champ Bailey.

    "I saw two of me, so somebody likes me around here," he said.

    Lindsay H. Jones: 303-954-1262 or [email protected]

  • #2
    With a new coach and regime, I think this is Champ Bailey's last season in Denver.

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    • #3
      If Cutler leaves, I could easily see champ following suit. H eis due to have his contract reworked anyways.....he's getting older and wants to win.

      Hopefully that doesnt happen. Because, like Rod Woodson, when champ is done playing cb, he can play 3 more really good years at safety.
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      • #4
        I don´t see Jay Cutler leaving, opening the flood gates for anyone to leave.

        Regarding Champ Bailey, he made what, 13.000.000 $ last year? That will get you whole lot of Snickers, wouldn´t it?
        mooncamping is a new Cleveland Browns fan


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        • #5
          If I´m a fan, the roving kind, once Jay Cutler is gone, what would keep me a Denver Broncos fan?
          I mean they may really surprise us next year. But given what we see now, what´s the selling point?
          Where´s the appeal? Dawkins is a star of the playing kind, but where is the guy we will talk about?
          mooncamping is a new Cleveland Browns fan


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          • #6
            Originally posted by stargazer View Post
            With a new coach and regime, I think this is Champ Bailey's last season in Denver.
            You can't just state things and decide they will happen. Where is your evidence that supports this claim?













            You Fail....
            Originally posted by darth-hideous
            Champ losing a step, just means the rest of the NFL is now only two steps behind.
            Adopted by: CanDB & Peanut

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Bronco-24 View Post
              You can't just state things and decide they will happen. Where is your evidence that supports this claim?

              You Fail....
              he doesn't need proof to make a prediction. Thats the point of making predictions. He doesn't need evidence, he doesn't need signs, he doesn't need an ounce of anything to 'support his claim.'

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Ravage!!! View Post
                he doesn't need proof to make a prediction. Thats the point of making predictions. He doesn't need evidence, he doesn't need signs, he doesn't need an ounce of anything to 'support his claim.'
                What I'm saying is if you are going to make a claim, at least have something to backup what brought you to that conclusion. Not that he HAS to, but out of curiousity of other posters I think we deserve an explanation.
                Originally posted by darth-hideous
                Champ losing a step, just means the rest of the NFL is now only two steps behind.
                Adopted by: CanDB & Peanut

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                • #9
                  I think Goodman will beat out Champ Bailey, because McDaniels prefers someone else at the other slot. He will lose his spot in open competition, and then be cut because of his high salary.
                  mooncamping is a new Cleveland Browns fan


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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mooncamping View Post
                    I think Goodman will beat out Champ Bailey, because McDaniels prefers someone else at the other slot. He will lose his spot in open competition, and then be cut because of his high salary.


                    Wow......Just wow.
                    Originally posted by darth-hideous
                    Champ losing a step, just means the rest of the NFL is now only two steps behind.
                    Adopted by: CanDB & Peanut

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mooncamping View Post
                      If I´m a fan, the roving kind, once Jay Cutler is gone, what would keep me a Denver Broncos fan?
                      I mean they may really surprise us next year. But given what we see now, what´s the selling point?
                      Where´s the appeal? Dawkins is a star of the playing kind, but where is the guy we will talk about?
                      "The roving kind" of fan isn't really a team fan; they are a football fan. You can't count on their support anyway, as it is inherently transitory. True fans of a team--the ones who stick with the team through thick and thin, win or lose, who bleed orange and blue, don't need a "selling point" to stick with the team after a popular player leaves.

                      So it's nice to have anybody around who will root for the Broncos, but a certain group of fans will come and go every year; I'm not sure we, or the team, worry too much when they go.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by mooncamping View Post
                        If I´m a fan, the roving kind, once Jay Cutler is gone, what would keep me a Denver Broncos fan?
                        I mean they may really surprise us next year. But given what we see now, what´s the selling point?
                        Where´s the appeal? Dawkins is a star of the playing kind, but where is the guy we will talk about?
                        Well, if Cutler goes, we'll get a QB in return and that's the guy the team and fans can rally around. And if we got him in exchange for Cutler...that's ALL we'll be talking about around here. Every single pass will see some chucklenut come out here and post that Jay would have thrown it better.

                        Other guys to talk about...how about Marshall, if he's on the field. Eddie Royal. The new and hopefully improved D.

                        Don't get me wrong...I see another missed playoffs ahead and with our schedule, a rough season all the way around.

                        But to say there's nothing to care/talk about because Jay Cutler gets traded is just silly.

                        Jim

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mooncamping View Post
                          I think Goodman will beat out Champ Bailey, because McDaniels prefers someone else at the other slot. He will lose his spot in open competition, and then be cut because of his high salary.
                          Mooncamping, I still can't tell for sure if you're a shtick or if you're serious and your mind just works this way, but I have to say that you make some of the most interesting posts of anybody on this board. I hope that YOU stick around for a long time (even if Cutler leaves the Broncos), because as much as I can disagree with the substance of your posts (like the one above), your unorthodox style definitely makes the community here a richer place.

                          CP to you.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by mooncamping View Post
                            If I´m a fan, the roving kind, once Jay Cutler is gone, what would keep me a Denver Broncos fan?
                            I mean they may really surprise us next year. But given what we see now, what´s the selling point?
                            Where´s the appeal? Dawkins is a star of the playing kind, but where is the guy we will talk about?
                            Roving? Dont you mean fairweather or bandwagon?
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mooncamping View Post
                              I think Goodman will beat out Champ Bailey, because McDaniels prefers someone else at the other slot. He will lose his spot in open competition, and then be cut because of his high salary.
                              You also think boz is cool.

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