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Champ Bailey: Philip Rivers has earned right to talk trash

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Back in 2007, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers earned the ire of Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey after Rivers engaged in trash talk with then-Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler during a Chargers win.

After the game, Bailey called Rivers “classless” and said he didn’t respect the quarterback. A lot of time has passed since then and Bailey revisited the topic in advance of Monday night’s game between the team. The passage of time has changed Bailey’s mind about Rivers speaking his mind.

“Back then, he was talking when he shouldn’t have. I think he hadn’t earned his respect around the league at that point,” Bailey said, via the Associated Press. “But now it’s a different story.”

Rivers has done well against the Broncos in his career. The Chargers swept Denver in each of Rivers’ first two years as a starter and he’s won five of eight in the last four years. Bailey and the Broncos might not like those results, but they have to give at least grudging respect to a guy that’s beaten them eight of the 12 times they’ve faced off.

If the Broncos can’t beat Rivers on Monday, they’ll be two games back in the AFC West so it would certainly behoove them not to let Rivers’ talking get into their heads this time around.

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25 Responses to “Champ Bailey: Philip Rivers has earned right to talk trash”
  1. touchdownroddywhite says: Oct 13, 2012 10:54 AM

    Despite inconsistent play, it still feels like the Chargers own that division.

  2. baloneyjohn says: Oct 13, 2012 10:58 AM

    Throw the ball to Floyd once inside the red zone. HE IS OPEN and I need the points

  3. joetoronto says: Oct 13, 2012 11:05 AM

    The only thing I don’t like about Rivers is the crying.

    If he cut that out, he’d be respected by everybody.

  4. clarkwgrizz says: Oct 13, 2012 11:16 AM

    Chargers’ days of “owning” this division are long gone. The haven’t won it since 2009 and their mediocrity has finally caught up with them. Even if they win Monday, I don’t see them winning the division.

  5. gweetarman says: Oct 13, 2012 11:17 AM

    The only thing I don’t like about the Chargers is everything.

  6. prmpft says: Oct 13, 2012 11:25 AM

    perhaps, but that’s his problem isn’t it? truly elite QBs don’t talk trash…so there’s that.

  7. ambitoos says: Oct 13, 2012 11:31 AM

    I don’t think the Charger fans like the Chargers because they’re not buying tickets.

  8. cooklynn17 says: Oct 13, 2012 11:34 AM

    Based on what…

  9. damnskins703 says: Oct 13, 2012 11:55 AM

    Cutler and Rivers are both soft and cry too much

  10. blue18hutthutt says: Oct 13, 2012 12:05 PM

    Rivers trash talking gets blown way out of proportion – admittedly it LOOKS bad on the cameras, but what people don’t realize is that the trash-talk coming from Rivers mouth is all clean, back yard / little brother sort of stuff (he never curses) and it’s mostly good natured stuff.

    Rivers is actually a really humble, respectful guy – and just for perspective I’m a Colts fan that used to HATE this dude for apparently jawing with the fans at the RCA dome but I’ve come to change my opinion of him after actually hearing the stuff he says

    It’s funny all those years ago when he and Cutler jawed, majority of us thought it was Rivers who was the “bad guy” …how wrong we all were in hindsight. Rivers has never been disrespectful to his team mates, cursed them out or shown them up on TV (Ladainian on the other hand has)

  11. gweetarman says: Oct 13, 2012 12:09 PM

    There are a few teams in the league that get hyped every year and not only do not live up to it, but don’t even come close. Espn and nfl network have the chargers going to the Super Bowl every year. It’s ridiculous. That team is painfully average and they have been for years. Rivers is a good Qb, but he’s not elite and never will be. He’s a flacco….just one level underneath the great ones. They have not had a running game since LT left and the defense is ordinary. That sums it up really….the team is ordinary. I just cannot understand why they are always the sexy pick. Makes no sense to me. Same with the Jets and the cowboys. It’s comical how much press these joker teams get! Thank goodness Denver finally has a QB so they can shut these clowns up. A true changing of the guard will occur on Monday. This division belongs to Denver for the next few years.

  12. j0esixpack says: Oct 13, 2012 2:12 PM

    Rivers earned my respect when he played a playoff game with a torn ACL. Yes, I know it’s possible but most QBs would close up shop for the year. He’s a gamer.

  13. dannymac17 says: Oct 13, 2012 2:44 PM

    John Gruden now calls Rivers a “Wylie ol’ Veteran”

  14. bluefan204 says: Oct 13, 2012 2:46 PM

    Good riddance. The Giants got the MUCH better end of the deal, as it turns out. Greatest trade ever. Rivers is a stat machine with a big mouth. How can anyone respect that?

  15. steelers4385 says: Oct 13, 2012 2:52 PM

    Chargers good team. Just beacause they dont have a calvin or someone doesnt mean they are not good. I like rivers. Passionate about the game. I hope they win division cause im sick of denvers band wagon fans just cause mannings there.

  16. mannyfresh209 says: Oct 13, 2012 3:07 PM

    I love Champ Bailey… Upmost respect for this man.

  17. finitesd says: Oct 13, 2012 3:09 PM

    Gweetarman….The Chargers defense is ordinary???? Have you even watched them play the past few weeks?? The Chargers D has been amazing with the exception of a few drives this season. Anyone who has watched the Bolts’ D play this year would instantly know they are much better than ordinary. Do some research before you spew your flawed opinions.

  18. ripseau says: Oct 13, 2012 3:25 PM

    Anyone who still talks about the Eli for rivers trade is moronic. Eli stated he wouldn’t sign with SD, he wanted to be in N.Y. no matter what so SD picked him strictly to trade him. SD and ny was MUCH improved from the trade. SD needed more than a qb and ny pretty much needed a qb.

  19. dino2997 says: Oct 13, 2012 4:24 PM

    This is simply a case of a CB due to age and diminishing skills afraid of a QB. The sad part is Rivers doesn’t need to be feared. He’s a loser and always has been.

  20. cizzidy says: Oct 13, 2012 4:46 PM

    I don’t see Aaron Rodgers talking trash. He’s the best qb in the league!

  21. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 13, 2012 6:49 PM

    gweetarman says: Oct 13, 2012 12:09 PM

    There are a few teams in the league that get hyped every year and not only do not live up to it, but don’t even come close. Espn and nfl network have the chargers going to the Super Bowl every year. It’s ridiculous. That team is painfully average and they have been for years. Rivers is a good Qb, but he’s not elite and never will be. He’s a flacco….just one level underneath the great ones. They have not had a running game since LT left and the defense is ordinary. That sums it up really….the team is ordinary. I just cannot understand why they are always the sexy pick. Makes no sense to me. Same with the Jets and the cowboys. It’s comical how much press these joker teams get! Thank goodness Denver finally has a QB so they can shut these clowns up. A true changing of the guard will occur on Monday. This division belongs to Denver for the next few years.
    =——————–

    The Bolts have consistently had a top 10 defense since Norv got there.

  22. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 13, 2012 6:50 PM

    cizzidy says: Oct 13, 2012 4:46 PM

    I don’t see Aaron Rodgers talking trash. He’s the best qb in the league!
    ————

    No he’s not. Eli is. And Eli doesn’t talk trash. However, trash talk is part of sports. Milquetoast suburban kids with no cojones can’t take it, so they cry about guys talking trash.

  23. ripseau says: Oct 14, 2012 12:38 AM

    Lol @ Eli being the best in the league. He’s up there but there’s 3 qb that are hands down the top 3. Brady, Rodgers, and Brees. Eli’s had a great career but Brday might go down as the best ever and this is coming from a pats hater

  24. joetoronto says: Oct 14, 2012 6:07 AM

    The San Diego Super Chokers, choo choo!

  25. natelan69 says: Oct 14, 2012 8:03 PM

    @JoeToronto

    Nice game today, buddy! Raiders are sure going places this year!

    Choo Choo!!!

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