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Champ Bailey: No one stops Calvin Johnson one-on-one

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Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey will spend most of Sunday covering Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, but he won’t do it alone.

Bailey said it’s just not realistic to think any cornerback is going to consistently match up one-on-one with Johnson, and that every team has to be ready to give safety help to the cornerback who draws the Megatron assignment.

“I think one guy could be successful, but it does take a team effort to defend him all day,” Bailey said. “You can’t just match up on him and think it’s going to work all day, if he has a good quarterback throwing the ball. There’s sometimes when he goes up, nobody can get to that height that he reaches. He’s about as tall, strong and unique as they come.”

Johnson has said that Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will audible to a pass to Johnson any time he sees one-on-one coverage, so it’s not exactly a secret that the Lions think Johnson is a mismatch against every quarterback in the league. And that’s how Bailey sees it, too.

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51 Responses to “Champ Bailey: No one stops Calvin Johnson one-on-one”
  1. snarkzilla says: Oct 29, 2011 1:49 PM

    mismatch against every quarterback. Typo’d, should be cornerback

  2. nyhealingpoints says: Oct 29, 2011 1:51 PM

    No, actually Revis Island shut him down pretty clean last year whenever he had him. Hes a great receiver but Revis is on pace to be an all time great. Just look at the game tape…

  3. redbullenergydrink says: Oct 29, 2011 1:53 PM

    … Except Revis. We all know it too.

  4. trbowman says: Oct 29, 2011 1:54 PM

    Everytime I watch Stafford….all he’s doing is just tossing it up to Calvin Johnson. I don’t know how successful he’d be withou him.

    I can’t help but think he’s Daunte Culpepper 2.0

  5. fatcamper says: Oct 29, 2011 1:55 PM

    “the Lions think Johnson is a mismatch against every quarterback in the league”

    I disagree. Tebow has been blessed with the ability to shutdown Calvin Johnson. There is no escaping Tebow Island this week.

  6. salvaje50 says: Oct 29, 2011 2:02 PM

    Champ must still think he’s a good corner from 2002

  7. Soulman45 says: Oct 29, 2011 2:14 PM

    CJ is a match up the keep DC up at night and if he can thou it up and it work why stop if that the D weakness keep doing it till it can be stop.

  8. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Oct 29, 2011 2:16 PM

    @ fatcamper
    I think they prefer to be called the Phillipines

  9. nxsteven says: Oct 29, 2011 2:16 PM

    Revis held him to one catch last season with Stafford in the game. But what Bailey said is correct. At times you HAVE to put someone over the top to change it up.

    I’m a die-head Jets fan, any Jets fan who says Revis NEVER has any help is foolish. The interception vs the Cowboys was the product of Revis playing 1-1 all game long. Romo expected it to be that again and Rex sent in a different call altogether, putting Leonhard over the top. Revis knew that and was able to play under and come up with an INT on an awful throw.

    No elite player like Johnson will ever have single coverage all game long or in crucial situations. He’s just too talented.

  10. hanktheking says: Oct 29, 2011 2:16 PM

    Did anyone notice Albert Pujols Tebowing right when they made the final out last night?!

  11. nyjalleffingday says: Oct 29, 2011 2:24 PM

    Except for Darrelle Revis.

    4 targets, 1 catch for 13 yards.

    #justsaying

  12. ownbay says: Oct 29, 2011 2:28 PM

    Watch the niner game on how to keep Johnson out of the endzone. #blueprint

  13. philyeagles5 says: Oct 29, 2011 2:31 PM

    id understand accidently saying quarterback instead of cornerback, but actually typing it???

  14. eacuna05 says: Oct 29, 2011 2:32 PM

    Except for the rookie Chris Culliver out of San Francisco. Had him very unproductive until the late 3rd quarter and kept him out of the end zone.

  15. upthegut34 says: Oct 29, 2011 2:39 PM

    Revis had issues matching up with Brandon Marshall a couple weeks ago, with Matt Moore at QB.

    Megatron/Stafford is a good bit above that.

  16. rdrs68 says: Oct 29, 2011 2:40 PM

    Is Champ setting expectations so donkey fans won’t be all that disappointed when the Lions have their way?

  17. mh28102 says: Oct 29, 2011 2:45 PM

    Not a Jets Fan but Revis shuts down everyone

  18. kmboyll says: Oct 29, 2011 2:47 PM

    Im not going to say that Revis is not the most elite corner in the league because he is. but please keep in mind that stafford was coming off a long injury and did not have much chemistry with Johnson at that time last year. I am going to say that i would love to see this match up with everyone healthy and everyone together for a couple weeks. I think it would be the real decision maker.

  19. andyreidisfat says: Oct 29, 2011 2:50 PM

    I have watched revis this season acouple times and then checked the stats and I gotta say that his play is not quite as good as the stats say. He has been beatin pretty bad by the bigger stronger guys this year. I still think he is the best don’t get me wrong, I just think these comer stats arn’t very accurate.

    As far as Johnson goes, the guy has finally put it all together this season as instopable a player as I have ever seen play. Johnson and shady McCoy are the best players in the NFL right now. And as long as he doesn’t fumble AP as well, that’s not counting qbs so don’t spam me Rodgers fan boys

  20. mh28102 says: Oct 29, 2011 2:55 PM

    Revis had issues matching up with Brandon Marshall a couple weeks ago, with Matt Moore at QB.

    Megatron/Stafford is a good bit above that.

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    Revis let Marshall get 2 catches. Rest was Cromartie.

  21. prettytonyt says: Oct 29, 2011 2:57 PM

    Darrelle Revis 1 catch 15 yards I believe.

  22. snarkzilla says: Oct 29, 2011 3:03 PM

    >Revis shuts down everyone

    Mr. Randy Gene Moss respectfully disagrees.

  23. dirtyjersey9er says: Oct 29, 2011 3:10 PM

    @eacuna05

    As a 49ers fan I was pleasantly surprised that Culliver did such a good job on Johnson considering he was thought to be a project and in the past two games he has done a fantastic job in coverage.

    A lot of 49ers fans were screaming when that pick happened because they heard Mel Kiper grade him as a 6th rounder(Kiper was the only one to say so) and just suddenly thought he was a huge reach. The kid is athletic and the team has a really good DB coach.

  24. EJ says: Oct 29, 2011 3:21 PM

    kmboyll says:
    Oct 29, 2011 2:47 PM
    Im not going to say that Revis is not the most elite corner in the league because he is. but please keep in mind that stafford was coming off a long injury and did not have much chemistry with Johnson at that time last year. I am going to say that i would love to see this match up with everyone healthy and everyone together for a couple weeks. I think it would be the real decision maker.

    Yeah, but the thing is Matthew Stafford is never fully healthy. I swear, his body is 25% porcelain. Either that, or the guy has some serious bad luck. Not a bad player at all, just very injury prone.

  25. tdrundmc says: Oct 29, 2011 3:31 PM

    Stop with the revis love fest…I watched him get owned over and over again by brandon marshall a couple weeks ago.

  26. caseyanthonymunoz says: Oct 29, 2011 3:45 PM

    It’s funny how Jet fans know so little about defensive coverage. Revis almost ALWAYS has a safety helping on explosive receivers (Moss, both Johnsons, etc). He’s great, but he isn’t Deion Sanders. Most Jet fans think Sanchez is actually a good QB too, so what does that tell you?

  27. Deb says: Oct 29, 2011 3:57 PM

    Champ Bailey’s right about Calvin Johnson. And logically I know there’s no way the Denver offense can overcome that Lions defense. Even so, second to my Steelers taking on the Pats, Denver/Detroit is the game I’m most anxious to see this weekend. No matter how much your head tells you the Lions are going to walk away with it, you can’t help wondering if Tebow will pull some kind of surprise win out of thin air. That’s what he brings to the table … suspension of disbelief.

  28. ahs2 says: Oct 29, 2011 4:22 PM

    All that half of you can do is cite ONE game against the best corner in football.

    Do your due diligence! Why should Stafford take the CJ-Revis match-up when he can gouge the jets with Burleson who ended 7 for 113 yards and Best adding 40 more? You take the better match-up…if CJ was the only capable WR option, he would have ended up with more than he did. Revis is a manimal but consider the game, people!

  29. zinn22 says: Oct 29, 2011 4:32 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz says: Oct 29, 2011 3:45 PM

    It’s funny how Jet fans know so little about defensive coverage. Revis almost ALWAYS has a safety helping on explosive receivers (Moss, both Johnsons, etc). He’s great, but he isn’t Deion Sanders. Most Jet fans think Sanchez is actually a good QB too, so what does that tell you?

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    Occassionaly the Jets mix it up and give Revis safety help but its rare. Usually Revis is one on one. Which is remarkable as the #1 CB prior to Revis whether its Deion, Blount, Bailey or whomever covers the pother teams number 2 one on one while they double team the number 1. Revis over 70% of the time is one on one with no help on the number one.

    Which is not only a 1st but amazing that he is so successful. Deion is great but Revis is better. He has the physicallity of Willie Brown and the cover skills of Deion.

  30. paulitik74 says: Oct 29, 2011 4:47 PM

    Brent “Optimus” Grimes did a pretty good job one on one with him last week. He’s 5’9. Megatron is overrated. It was when Grimes wasn’t on him that he had the big gains.

  31. jetsarestacked says: Oct 29, 2011 5:16 PM

    revis did it last year. made it look easy too.

  32. jetsarestacked says: Oct 29, 2011 5:20 PM

    http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2011/10/29/stories-of-the-season-the-revis-10/

    for you revis haters…

    “To this point, Revis has been thrown at 33 times. He has allowed 10 receptions. He has yet to give up a touchdown, though he has scored one of his own. Opposing quarterbacks are just as likely to have the ball picked (four times) or batted down (another six times) as they are to have it caught by their intended receiver when they challenge Revis’ coverage. Picking on Revis this season is yielding a QB rating of just 2.9. Yes, 2.9. The next best mark among starting corners is the 39.4 of the Panthers’ Chris Gamble and there are only three players under 50.”

  33. jaypot23 says: Oct 29, 2011 5:22 PM

    The fact that this story has basically nothing to do with Darrelle Revis yet he’s mentioned in almosts every comment shows how good he is.

    Click thumbs down all you want but the Jets have the best corner in the game.

  34. isphet71 says: Oct 29, 2011 5:25 PM

    Stafford to Johnson is way better than Moore to Marshall, or Hill to Johnson (what the Jets got last year). And Moore to Marshall did some damage against Revis.

    That said, Revis also did some damage in return. More than enough to make it not worth going his way.

    It would be an interesting matchup to see Stafford-Johnson against Revis this year. My take is that they would do pretty well, but Revis would also certainly get his in the process. Hard to say if it would be worth going that way too many times.

  35. lostsok says: Oct 29, 2011 5:45 PM

    nxsteven says: Oct 29, 2011 2:16 PM

    Revis held him to one catch last season with Stafford in the game. But what Bailey said is correct. At times you HAVE to put someone over the top to change it up.

    ________________________________

    Holy crap. An intelligent, well-reasoned post by a Jets fan. Just when you thought you’d see everything.

    I’m printing that post and keeping it with my Polaroid of a UFO and Big Foot’s autograph.

  36. kmboyll says: Oct 29, 2011 6:36 PM

    kmboyll says:
    Oct 29, 2011 2:47 PM
    Im not going to say that Revis is not the most elite corner in the league because he is. but please keep in mind that stafford was coming off a long injury and did not have much chemistry with Johnson at that time last year. I am going to say that i would love to see this match up with everyone healthy and everyone together for a couple weeks. I think it would be the real decision maker.

    Yeah, but the thing is Matthew Stafford is never fully healthy. I swear, his body is 25% porcelain. Either that, or the guy has some serious bad luck. Not a bad player at all, just very injury prone.

    Its very hard to argue with you on that one! the guy really needs to learn how to drink his milk! but my point remains the same. get everyone healthy and i would love to see the match up.

  37. bkostela says: Oct 29, 2011 6:43 PM

    Occassionaly the Jets mix it up and give Revis safety help but its rare. Usually Revis is one on one. Which is remarkable as the #1 CB prior to Revis whether its Deion, Blount, Bailey or whomever covers the pother teams number 2 one on one while they double team the number 1. Revis over 70% of the time is one on one with no help on the number one.

    Which is not only a 1st but amazing that he is so successful. Deion is great but Revis is better. He has the physicallity of Willie Brown and the cover skills of Deion.

    ———————————————————-

    so i guess all the video clips of deion covering jerry rice and michael irvin are just CGI? revis is the best in the game NOW. cant you just leave it at that without having to go so far trying to prove your point that you just sound dumb?

  38. mslegndary says: Oct 29, 2011 6:52 PM

    He might want to check in with Optimus Grimes because he would beg to differ. He frustrated Johnson all day and we he finally broke out for a TD its because Grimes didn’t cover him. Grimes has the ability to look 6’9 with his jumps.

  39. time2speakup says: Oct 29, 2011 6:55 PM

    OK – I give up. Is Champ trying to kiss up to this Johnson guy, blow smoke up everyones yahoo, or seeking some kinda advanced symphony when he is unable to do what our Niner “Rookie” did to Johnson – shut his butt down and out big time. A rookie. So who is Champ “gaming on” with this.
    Check out ‘eacuna05′, ‘ownbay’ and especially ‘dirtyjersey9er’ again. They ain’t crackin’ – they are naturally factin’ (whatever that means – saw it someplace back in the day).

  40. dirtyjerseysports says: Oct 29, 2011 7:12 PM

    1 rec 13 yds last yr vs Jets n Detroit……

    Yes yet another victim of Revis Island.

  41. greendreams6 says: Oct 29, 2011 7:33 PM

    andyreidisfat says:
    Oct 29, 2011 2:50 PM
    I have watched revis this season acouple times and then checked the stats and I gotta say that his play is not quite as good as the stats say. He has been beatin pretty bad by the bigger stronger guys this year. I still think he is the best don’t get me wrong, I just think these comer stats arn’t very accurate.

    __________________

    Say what!? Revis is having an awesome season! Qbs have a 2.9 rating when throwing to Revis this season alone. The next closest corner has a rating of 30. He also has only given up 10 catches. Revis shuts down everyone.

  42. dmm123 says: Oct 29, 2011 8:30 PM

    You Stafford Chiadoll commenters are goofy. Let some 310lb guy slam you into the ground and then come down on top of you and see if you break or not. I don’t believe he was ever healed last but is such a gutzy guy he tried to play anyway

  43. snarkzilla says: Oct 29, 2011 9:02 PM

    >the Jets have the best corner in the game

    Thinking about that and tossing more logs on the fire (can you still do that in northern New Jersey?) will keep you at least somewhat comforted next January and February.

  44. achamarro1 says: Oct 29, 2011 9:51 PM

    The miners shut down Calvin..over a hundred yards..only reason why revis gets to play so tight to his assignments cuz he normally has help from a safety. So if Calvin doesn’t score a TD he is shut down like whoa…your football IQ has to be negative 100 if you think CJ is over rated..and the falcons player has a 44 plus inches vertical and CJ had a TD and over a hundred yards…..

  45. joeyballgame4 says: Oct 30, 2011 12:33 AM

    i love all this derelle revis talk. jets fans forget CJ had a back up quarterback throwing to him, or should i say, not throwing anywhere near him…

  46. dynaco says: Oct 30, 2011 12:42 AM

    Anyone got stats for the worst Revis day without over the top help??? I bet it doesn’t amount to much at all!!!

  47. klunge says: Oct 30, 2011 1:29 AM

    Who cares about throwing at Revis? When it’s so easy to run on the Jets why bother passing.

  48. orakpophobia says: Oct 30, 2011 1:51 AM

    MEGATRON!!!

  49. goldgiant says: Oct 30, 2011 2:41 AM

    ask about are 2011 3rd pick corner c.culliver future star only team to keep minitron out the endzone 7 catches 113 yds no TD! go 9errrrs 6-1!

  50. actionjackson90210 says: Oct 30, 2011 9:51 PM

    Revis did not shut down Calvin last year. Stafford just stopped throwing to him. Calvin doesn’t need too much space, but Stafford is afraid to throw to him sometimes. Regardless, Calvin caught a TD that was negated on a holding play in the game but Calvin clearly beat Revis. If Stafford had thrown to Calvin more, Calvin would have had a big game, he did have a step on him several times. Despite all of that, Calvin is clearly better this year than he was last year and if they played again no one seriously believes Revis can stop him one on one.

  51. mrsportsnation24 says: Jan 5, 2012 1:47 AM

    Cmon guys let’s be serious here there is no body in THE WORLD who can stop Calvin Johnson one on one. Like darell but first point I’ll make is that Calvin Johnson isn’t a selfish player he could easily have the attitude of a CHAD O or TO or a Braylon Edwards but he doesn’t. Stafford went in and out of the season with no consistency he and Calvin had no chemistry I’m such little time. Another point is he could have forced stafford to throw him the ball if he were other guys but he understands the concept of team. He will run route knowing the ball isnt coming to him a hundred times if it will get his teammates open. The only man who gets double and triple team I’m the NFL trust revision didn’t do it alone and some games cj is just more passive u see what happens once he got a good QB and a decent O line. Ppl forget he had been playing on the worst team in the NFL the last couple of years and still manage to get over decently good numbers. And as for stafford being a one trick pony. No he’s a smart guy. You use what u have and with out Detroit having a running game. Everyone knows they are gonna pass and still can’t. If I recall Pettigrew had 80+ and think burleson had 60 or 70 + catches also. Saints probably will win but don’t sleep on Detroit with Calvin and Matt the Stat if their secondary even gets close to deciding they want to show up sat. It’ll be a match for the ages

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