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Champ Bailey: Patriots hit us in the mouth, we didn’t hit back

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Before Sunday’s game at New England, Denver cornerback Champ Bailey said the Broncos knew they could beat the Patriots. After the game, Bailey wasn’t feeling so boastful.

The Patriots’ offense came out with a fast-paced, no-huddle attack that resulted in 444 yards of total offense and 35 first downs. Bailey said what was so frustrating about the Broncos’ defensive effort is that the Patriots did all the things the Broncos prepared for them to do all week — it’s just that the Patriots executed better than the Broncos did.

To make it short, we worked on it all week,” Bailey said, via Tom Curran of CSNNE.com. “That lets you know right there. You gotta translate things from the meeting room and practice field to the game. Coaches can’t go out there and play for us. We gotta make sure we put ourselves in position to make plays and get off the field on third down. We worked on everything they did to us. There wasn’t no surprises. They just hit us in the mouth and we didn’t hit back hard enough.”

The Broncos need their defense to start hitting back harder. The AFC West is there for the taking for Denver, but they can’t afford to lose games when Peyton Manning throws for 345 yards and three touchdowns, because their defense can’t get off the field.

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46 Responses to “Champ Bailey: Patriots hit us in the mouth, we didn’t hit back”
  1. yelix says: Oct 8, 2012 3:29 PM

    This defense is as overrated as I thought it was last year. Their defensive prowess in the big winning streak last year was due to their extremely easy schedule, which included great offenses like Caleb Hanie’s Bears, Matt Cassel’s Chiefs, and Mark Sanchez’s Jets.

    I’m sorry, but a defense that lets a run play convert a 3rd & 17 or whatever it was is NOT elite.

  2. bcfalcon says: Oct 8, 2012 3:30 PM

    I think your team accomplished that against the Texans about 2 weeks ago.

  3. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Oct 8, 2012 3:32 PM

    Yep…you can’t play the Raiders every week. The Donkeys will finish 8-8 and no playoffs.

    Then maybe MegaHead will finally go away.

  4. realnflmaster says: Oct 8, 2012 3:33 PM

    Everyone knew it would be a battle of whos defense would be crappier. The Broncos somehow managed to take that honor.

  5. purplengold says: Oct 8, 2012 3:34 PM

    Champ Bailey: “We fell down the stairs. We don’t want to press charges.”

  6. 7swag7 says: Oct 8, 2012 3:38 PM

    All these years later, every time I see or hear Champ Bailey’s name, I still get bitter at Little Danny for trading him away for Clinton Portis.

  7. kingkreg12 says: Oct 8, 2012 3:40 PM

    This Pats team looks to have problems on defense again, only difference is that they are creating turnovers at a pretty high rate. That offense has a different look each and every week and its scary to think that they’re potentially getting better when Hernandez comes back and the O line is healthy.

    Gonna be tough to beat them this year, probably have to score 30 PTs to feel remotely safe.

  8. broncobeta says: Oct 8, 2012 3:42 PM

    Patriots executed to perfection.

    The Broncos are a decent team that needs time to put it together offensively. They are starting too slow.

    The defense on the other hand needs some help. Joe Mays is a schmuck and there isn’t anyone behind him. The defensive line is okay at best and they could use a good big guy in the middle.

  9. hoodheisman says: Oct 8, 2012 3:42 PM

    Winning the AFC West this year is about as impressive as an NFL team winning the Pac-10. If Denver wants to match up with the contenders, they need to stop playing like an AFC West team.

  10. xsherr says: Oct 8, 2012 3:43 PM

    Peyton should be used to that problem.

  11. ampats says: Oct 8, 2012 3:45 PM

    Their defense can’t get off the field because the Patriots have the best offense in the NFL. Load the box and try to stop the run and Brady will light you up, play small like Buffalo and Denver and Ridley & Co will run over you all day long.

    The speed that they ran the no huddle yesterday was something to watch. Wait till Hernandez gets back and on the field at the same time with Gronk.

  12. backindasaddle says: Oct 8, 2012 3:47 PM

    Champ said it right…..the Pats offense was a very well lubricated machine yesterday. But the Pats defense also came up with timely stops when they had to against Mr. Peyton Manning….not too bad. The Pats biggest flaw last year was a weak defense. This year with an influx of young talent and the maturation of 2nd/3rd year guys, the defense is getting better. The D line and linebackers are rock solid. They’re very difficult to run against. The much maligned secondary has some new talented rookies that appear to be keepers. If the Pats defense continues to improve…watch out because that offense is unstoppable.

  13. all4patriots says: Oct 8, 2012 3:47 PM

    Champ has some class.

    At least he didn’t pull out the tired old Jets line of “They didn’t beat us, we just beat ourselves”

  14. rodaday says: Oct 8, 2012 3:49 PM

    This can’t be true. Everyone knows the Denver defense is awesome and the only reason they won any games with Tebow was this defense and of course Matt Prater.

    Manning threw for 300+ and 3 TDs so they had to win. Someone call the NFL and have them change this loss to a Win.

  15. rc33 says: Oct 8, 2012 3:50 PM

    I dunno, stopping Woodhead from running for 19 yards on a 3rd-and-17 would’ve helped.

  16. dawsonleery says: Oct 8, 2012 3:52 PM

    Denver Broncos now 0-3 vs good teams.

  17. CKL says: Oct 8, 2012 3:53 PM

    As a Pats fan I actually love hearing that they executed their plan so well that even though the other team knew what they were going to do, they couldn’t stop it often enough. Execution has been an issue. They still need some work on their 4 minute offense though. As does the defense need work on closing games out. This is a very young team and it looks promising that they will get better as the year goes on.

  18. yousuxxors says: Oct 8, 2012 3:56 PM

    thats what the packers say

  19. weepingjebus says: Oct 8, 2012 3:57 PM

    The game was still a nailbiter until the last few minutes, and I say that as a Pats fan. I kept trying to sell myself on the idea that Peyton Manning is a creaky old hasbeen whose neck sounds like gravel going down a garbage disposal, but he looked great out there. God damn it.

  20. trollhammer20 says: Oct 8, 2012 3:58 PM

    Very interesting matchup in Seattle this weekend with the Pats coming to town. Can the no-huddle work in one of the loudest stadiums in football?

    While the Seattle offense is the weakest link in the game, it’s not advisable to come out to C-Link and try to punch that team in the mouth. They’ll punch back. Hard.

  21. deathonwings410 says: Oct 8, 2012 4:02 PM

    Don’t blame the defense, they did ENOUGH to at least tie that game in the fourth quarter. This loss should be pinned on Willis the Choke Artist McGahee. I can remember plenty of times when the Ravens narrowly won or loss games because of a critical turnovers by McGahee. He runs hard, but over the years he’s had some huge drops and untimely fumbles.

  22. deathonwings410 says: Oct 8, 2012 4:03 PM

    PS. I’m not sold on that Pats’ defense. Balanced offenses will give them trouble.

  23. cletusvandam says: Oct 8, 2012 4:07 PM

    I remember when everyone was raving about how great the Bronco’s D was, where are they now? It’s Von Miller and nothing else.

  24. andrewproughcfe says: Oct 8, 2012 4:08 PM

    Broncos still could have won this one – with Tebow.

  25. cletusvandam says: Oct 8, 2012 4:08 PM

    I bet Manning wishes he’d have chosen SF right about now…

  26. mannyfresh209 says: Oct 8, 2012 4:11 PM

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why Champ Bailey is a boss. No excuses, no reasoning behind it. Just flat-out got outplayed. It happens. Learn from it and try to improve on it.

    I feel for Peyton with that loss, however. McGahee, for all the good things he’s been doing lately, blew a couple golden opportunities late.

  27. yousuxxors says: Oct 8, 2012 4:30 PM

    thats what the baby packers use they never lose games

  28. shootscuz says: Oct 8, 2012 4:31 PM

    The crazy thing is that even with the horrid defense the Broncos at the end had a chance to make it a 3 point game if Willis doesn’t fumble. Not many teams will beat the Pats when they lose the turnover battle. Only bright spot on Denver’s D is Von Miller. Broncos need to get more good players on D because Von is an absolute force that teams have to plan for.

  29. caseyanthonymunoz says: Oct 8, 2012 4:35 PM

    Do you wonder why you lost? Ummm, you have Peyton Manning….they have Tom Brady. Different year, different team, same story.

  30. CKL says: Oct 8, 2012 4:37 PM

    deathonwings410 says:
    Oct 8, 2012 4:03 PM
    PS. I’m not sold on that Pats’ defense. Balanced offenses will give them trouble.
    __________________________________
    Not saying I’m “sold” on the Pats D either yet but balanced offenses give all defenses trouble. That’s why I like that the Pats finally HAVE one. Their being one dimensional on offense has cost them 2 SBs.

  31. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 8, 2012 4:39 PM

    i thought Broncos fans said they are super bowl contendars since they “won” the peyton sweepstakes?? well in that case why didnt my colts win the sb every year that peyton was there? great regular season qb, but when cold weather and playoffs roll around , its a different story

  32. pftcensorssuck says: Oct 8, 2012 4:43 PM

    On the bright side, Peyton Manning proved he is far from washed-up.

  33. bobhk says: Oct 8, 2012 4:48 PM

    hoodheisman says:
    Oct 8, 2012 3:42 PM
    Winning the AFC West this year is about as impressive as an NFL team winning the Pac-10. If Denver wants to match up with the contenders, they need to stop playing like an AFC West team.

    ———
    Not that the pats are not a good team but this statement applies more to them in AFC east than Denver in west. San Diego is better than bills, jets or dolphins. What a cake walk. Real test comes up against Houston and SF. Even Seattle will give them fits.

  34. nodindenver says: Oct 8, 2012 5:04 PM

    Other than Bailey and Miller that D has ZERO play makers. All tackles that are made have the ball carrier falling forward for a few extra yards. They definitely do not swarm to the ball and bowl over anybody. In fact, every ball carrier usually breaks several tackles on their way to a nice gain +2. We actually have people in the Denver media that picked this group to go 12-4 and 11-5 this season!

  35. tfrommer says: Oct 8, 2012 5:06 PM

    The Broncos are an average team and have been for years (last winning record? ’06’s 9-7).

    The defense has to be last in the league on third down efficiency. The front 7 is pathetic, save Von Miller who looks even better than last year. By contrast, Dumervil must be injured or has left the building as he has looked pathetic.

    The schedule-makers dealt Denver 4 playoff teams in the first 7 weeks but if yesterday was a “measurement” game, they didn’t measure up.

  36. dontcensormebiatches says: Oct 8, 2012 5:06 PM

    Gotta laugh at McGahee checking himself out of the game at a critical point. What a loser.

  37. patsfiend says: Oct 8, 2012 5:10 PM

    The Donks were closer to winning that game than the final score would leave you to believe. Manning looked great, there were a couple fumbles, a couple somewhat lucky 3rd down conversions by the Pats, and Broncos were moving the ball up and down the field pretty well when they weren’t killing their own drives with drops and fumbles.

    Champ is right, though, the Patriots offense punked the Denver D. That is the quickest to the line / snapping the ball I’ve EVER seen that Pats, even in those old games against the Colts.

    Final score could have been 38-35… lots of O.

  38. grpatriot says: Oct 8, 2012 5:25 PM

    Not that the pats are not a good team but this statement applies more to them in AFC east than Denver in west. San Diego is better than bills, jets or dolphins. What a cake walk. Real test comes up against Houston and SF. Even Seattle will give them fits.

    ——————————————————–
    I hope you’re kidding, if not??? Only the best winning percentage in the League!

  39. patriotinvasion says: Oct 8, 2012 5:26 PM

    I like Champ, but I saw him say on the pregame show that he was angry with the last two meetings between these teams because last year’s Pats “weren’t that much better than them.” (that would be the 8-8 Tebow lead Broncos)

    Ummm….41-23 and 45-10 twice in a month and half kind of says it all.

    Add in one of the greatest QB’s of all time in Peyton Manning, and you still got beat 31-21 (score was 31-7 late 3rd qtr).

    117-54 in the last three.

  40. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 8, 2012 5:34 PM

    I haven’t read all the comments so I apologize if this has been said but….

    Will Skip Bayless say that Tebow is a better QB than Manning if the Broncos finish 8-8 or worse and don’t make the playoffs.

  41. davidcl77 says: Oct 8, 2012 6:27 PM

    Exactly why the fool had no business saying they knew they could beat the Patriots. Cause thru can’t! Nuff said! Just play and keep your mouth shut, Baily!

  42. bobhk says: Oct 8, 2012 6:27 PM

    grpatriot says:
    Oct 8, 2012 5:25 PM
    Not that the pats are not a good team but this statement applies more to them in AFC east than Denver in west. San Diego is better than bills, jets or dolphins. What a cake walk. Real test comes up against Houston and SF. Even Seattle will give them fits.

    ——————————————————–
    I hope you’re kidding, if not??? Only the best winning percentage in the League!
    —————–
    Not clear what you mean best winning % in the league? If you mean Pats this year, it’s not, at 3-2.
    The previous guy said : “Winning the AFC West this year is about as impressive as an NFL team winning the Pac-10.”
    I said that AFC East is easier … with 6 games against Bills, Jets, and Dolphins, it is easier. I did not say Pats were bad. But it’s easier to play in AFC east. As a matter of fact, Pats dropped two games against tough defenses (I know that the AZ offense is missing).

  43. broncosnative says: Oct 8, 2012 7:10 PM

    @yssupasigninnamnotyep

    You are as clueless as your blog name, name me any team in the west that would have a better record with the broncos same starting schedule. Yeah the broncos are 2-3down but remember, manning was shaking off rust for the first three weeks, look what the other 3 afc west QBs, theyre not playing so hot neither in fact, manning is the best in the west.

  44. bubba99m says: Oct 8, 2012 9:30 PM

    I think what he meant by best winning perentage was that it appears the AFC East is NOT weaker than the AFC West. West Division is 7-12 and East is 9-10 at this point in the season. That was my take.

  45. murf17 says: Oct 9, 2012 9:49 AM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Oct 8, 2012 4:35 PM
    Do you wonder why you lost? Ummm, you have Peyton Manning….they have Tom Brady. Different year, different team, same story.

    The same Peyton Manning that outplayed Brady in that game (more yards and TD’s). Brady did not run the ball for 19 yards on a 3rd and 17. Brady did not fumble at the end of a long drive that would have put the Broncos within 3 with a score. Brady did not drop an easily catchable 4th and 1 pass. Get off Brady’s jock and be thankful that Denver’s D and Willis played like crap.

  46. jolink653 says: Oct 9, 2012 2:35 PM

    I don’t know what Chandler Jones has to do to draw a holding call at this point, but he was wearing the Broncos tackle’s arm around his neck like it was a necklace at least 5 or 6 times during the game…He converts a couple of those sacks and the game gets put away and the score probably gets worse for the Broncos

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