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    Bailey Opens Up

    http://www.vaildaily.com/article/200...904139963/1063

    DENVER, Colorado — Here’s change you might find hard to believe in when it comes to Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey.

    Bailey is entering his 11th NFL season. The eight-time Pro Bowler will be playing for his sixth coach and eighth defensive coordinator.

    Actually, it’s nine defensive coordinators if you count Mike Nolan.

    Nolan was named the Broncos’ defensive coordinator shortly after Josh McDaniels was hired as coach in January. He was Bailey’s first defensive coordinator in 1999, when both were with the Washington Redskins.

    “I tell you what man, I have thought about that,” Bailey told me. “Guys talk about it all the time. Think about some guys that have been here four or five years like D.J. Williams. He’s been here five years with the same head coach. He’s had a couple of different defensive coordinators, but he’s had that stability at the top.

    “And I’m like man, you just don’t know how good you’ve got it. I had four or five (coaches) when I was in Washington.”

    In case you need names with the numbers, Bailey’s coaches in Washington were Norv Turner, Terry Robiskie (interim), Marty Schottenheimer and Steve Spurrier. He was traded after Joe Gibbs was named coach in 2004.

    Bailey’s defensive coordinators at Washington were Nolan, Ray Rhodes, Kurt Schottenheimer, Marvin Lewis and George Edwards.

    The Broncos have had three defensive coordinators since Bailey’s arrival –- Larry Coyer, Jim Bates and Bob Slowik -– under Mike Shanahan.

    Six coaches and eight men coaching defense. How many Hall of

    Fame-caliber football players have endured this much coaching turnover? With so much change, you might expect a volcanic explosion from a high-profile veteran such as Bailey.

    But he maintains his cool and rolls with the flow of change while fighting the hunger pangs for wins. The Broncos have been to the playoffs twice since Bailey arrived in a trade for running back Clinton Portis. For his career, Bailey has been to the postseason three times.

    Denver’s appearance in the 2005 season AFC Championship Game is as close as he has come to a Super Bowl. If the result of changes equals more wins, Bailey’s willing to accept more of them.

    “I wished we could have worked it out with Mike (Shanahan), but obviously it didn’t,” Bailey said. “If (Pat Bowlen) thinks it’s necessary, I’m all for it. I’ve been through it and I know how to adjust.

    “Don’t get me wrong, I’m frustrated because I want to win. I’m on the back end of my career. I don’t feel like I’m going to play 10 more years. I hope I do, but … there’s no telling when this thing is going to be over.

    “I’ve been ready to win since I got into the league. It’s been 11 years now.”

    You’re not going to get Bailey’s attention with promises. He’s not a guy who needs the front office to dangle visions of hope in front of his eyes. With Bailey, it’s that old saying, “Action speaks louder than words.”

    “My thing is, I like to see results,” he said. “You can talk all you want, but unless I see this thing coming together physically … It all looks good in the classroom, but when we get out there on the field, it’s about doing the right things -– putting pressure on the quarterbacks, covering the heck out of people.

    “I don’t get caught up in what you say about how things are going to be. Everybody predicts pretty weather. If it gets bad, we’ve got to get out of it. We’ll figure it out as we go, but right now, it’s just wait-and-see.”

    Bailey turns 31 in June. In two weeks, his new coach turns 33. With McDaniels, Bailey is looking at the Gatorade cooler as half-full instead of half-empty.

    “I’ll let you give me reasons not to believe in you,” Bailey said. “I know one thing -– you can’t win if you don’t believe in the head coach. Automatically, I’m going to try to buy into his system.

    “He hasn’t given me any reason not to up to this point. He comes in, demands respect, discipline and he’s always real sharp about everything he talks about. He gets into the meeting room and demands that attention. Guys can really understand where he’s coming from.

    “I have no reason to doubt that he can win here. It’s all about getting it done now.”

    That’s not to say McDaniels didn’t catch Bailey’s attention during the soap opera that led to the Broncos trading quarterback Jay Cutler to the Chicago Bears.

    “That’s how the league is,” Bailey said. “He tutored Matt Cassel from the ground up, pretty much. They won 11 games last year, so I can understand where he’s coming from. At the same time, you do have a Pro Bowl quarterback, a great talent, one of the best in the league.

    “But this league is all about guys getting their guys. When you get a new head coach, they don’t keep the same (assistant) head coaches around. They get their own guys.

    “The same goes for players. It’s a business and it’s like that. I mean, I can compare Jay Cutler’s situation to when I got traded. He’s coming off one Pro Bowl season. I came off four, and I got traded. Really, when I look at it, I could have gotten mad about it. But I never was (Redskins owner) Dan Snyder’s guy. He didn’t draft me -– Charley Casserly drafted me.

    “So, I know how this thing goes and I wish people would understand that it’s a business. You can’t get your ego caught up in this thing.”

    There’s one thing that catches you about being around Bailey, and that is he’s not a guy with an ego. He’s the cover cornerback supreme who, at a shade above 190 pounds, will come up and drop the hammer on a 240-pound running back if necessary. It’s not about ego for Bailey.

    But Bailey realizes there are whispers growing louder that he’s no longer the best cornerback in the NFL. He’s coming off a season in which he missed seven games because of a severe groin injury. He suffered an elbow injury in the regular-season finale.

    All that, and Father Time is running a fly pattern in his direction.

    “You can’t help but hear it all the time,” Bailey said. “It’s really about how I evaluate myself. I know I can be the best out there.

    “I think about Deion Sanders when he came to Washington. Going into his 11th season (1999), people were questioning him. He got released after his 11th season and wound up in Washington (in 2000). That’s when I made my first Pro Bowl. It was weird, not hearing his name mentioned among the best. In his 10th season, he was great. In his 11th season, he was just OK. He retired after his 12th season.

    “My thing is, I have a lot of pride. But I don’t have so much that I’m not going to accept change in my game and my body. If I lose a step physically, I’m going to enhance my game mentally. I’ll figure out a way to make up for losing that step, one way or another.

    “But I’m not worried about it. It’s one of those things that’s going to happen. The greatest of the greatest go down and try to keep playing. They’re not the same, but they’re still effective. Whether it’s my 13th, 14th or 20th season, I’m going to keep on fighting.”

    The Broncos are a long ways from being set, roster-wise, for the start of training camp. The draft is later this month. The possibilities still are open for major trades and free-agent signings. In other words, there still is more change ahead for Bailey to ponder before the start of the regular season in September.

    “I’m ready to get this bitter taste out of my mouth,” Bailey said. “I hated the way the season ended last year.”

    CanDB's comments:

    Can't wait for the season to start!!!!

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    I'm sure he comes back in full form... Still the best...




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    [I]He hasnít given me any reason not to up to this point.

    Other than trade away one of the best QBs in the league and sign a bunch of scrub free agents.......
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    Because of his never quit mentality, I have confidence in Champ that he will prove everyone wrong and reclaim his title as the best corner in the game.

    Last edited by Bronco-24; 04-14-2009 at 06:32 AM.
    Quote Originally Posted by darth-hideous View Post
    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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    Man. Reading that made me really appreciate what kind of player and person that we have in Champ. I think everyone takes guys like him, Rod Smith, Brian Dawkins, etc. granted for whatever reason. Mainly because we think they're going to stick around forever, but they're not. So support and respect the players that you truly love now, because you never know when they can step down from the game that we love.

    Champ has earned our respect, he's awesome.

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    Great read, thanks for sharing it Can.

    I always have admired Champ. And it's his attitude combined with his play that demands the respect he get's.

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    Man i cant wait to have champ back. To anyone who thinks that champ isnt still the best, take a look a the new england game last season. In the first half with him in the game randy moss caught maybe one pass for like 10 yards and we were very much in the game. He got injured in that game and as soon as he left randy moss scored a touchdown or two and the game turned into a blowout. Watch it, he is our defense and there is nobody better. Nobody else can shut down the elite WRs like champ.
    "If you are going through hell...keep going." Winston Churchill

    "If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you'll be fired with enthusiasm." Vince Lombardi

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    Now that's how a professional should act and talk.

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    Champ is everything a football player should be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CanDB View Post
    “So, I know how this thing goes and I wish people would understand that it’s a business. You can’t get your ego caught up in this thing.”

    its good to finally see Champ say something... :salute!:

    Champ obviously just wants to win... players can and will be traded, no matter the value or worth... its a business and we will all see what we got and are partially getting for the trade come draft day... :salute!:

    here's to a healty and great year Champ.. :salute!:
    Last edited by saltybuggah; 04-14-2009 at 11:29 AM.


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    Quote Originally Posted by broncobuss View Post
    [I]He hasnít given me any reason not to up to this point.

    Other than trade away one of the best QBs in the league and sign a bunch of scrub free agents.......
    Haters will always find a way...

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    Man I tell you I've been a fan of Champ since his Washington days. Some guys you wish wouldn't age and could play forever just because you like them as a person. Im hoping with the chip on his shoulder he bounces back and has a great season with the help of our 10 other guys out there. Champ could walk away now and have nothing to be ashamed of. As much as I hate Peyton Manning I put him in the same category. These are guys that represent what football is all about classy, respectable, students of the game. Here's to a great year Champ and hopefully a Superbowl.

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    Bailey has always been a class act.
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    Quote Originally Posted by saltybuggah View Post
    Quote: Originally Posted by CanDB View Post
    ďSo, I know how this thing goes and I wish people would understand that itís a business. You canít get your ego caught up in this thing.Ē
    its good to finally see Champ say something...

    Champ obviously just wants to win... players can and will be traded, no matter the value or worth... its a business and we will all see what we got are partially getting for the trade come draft day...

    here's to a healty and great year Champ..
    A big +1.

    I'm done calling Jay names, it was just un****ing-professional what he did...

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    And somebody said Cutler was the most talented player and the face of the franchise..........please.

    This IS Champ's team IMO.

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