Champ Bailey: It feels good to have a great quarterback in Denver

AP

The Broncos are the AFC West champions, just as they were last year. But this year feels a lot different to Denver cornerback Champ Bailey.

Bailey said on 102.3 The Ticket that last season, it didn’t feel realistic to have high hopes of winning the Super Bowl. But this season, thanks to the arrival of Peyton Manning, players really believe there’s a chance they can go all the way.

“I think because the expectations are there,” Bailey said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “When you have expectations to do things that are great, and then you do it, it feels real. Last year, nobody expected us to do anything. And then we started 1-4; we had a quarterback who had limited throwing ability, unconventional offense, whatever it may be. . . . But now you’ve got a great quarterback that’s done a lot of things in this league. It just feels good.”

Bailey didn’t mention Tim Tebow by name, but it’s no secret that the Broncos seriously upgraded the quarterback position when they signed Manning and traded Tebow. Previously in his career, Bailey has played on teams quarterbacked by Brad Johnson, Tony Banks, Patrick Ramsey, Jake Plummer, Jay Cutler, Kyle Orton and Tebow. It’s easy to see why he feels good sharing a locker room with Manning.

53 responses to “Champ Bailey: It feels good to have a great quarterback in Denver

  1. True. But if the Broncos ever beat the Steelers (or anyone for that matter) it won’t be as big a deal as last year was when they Tebowed the Steelers.

    Most epic moment of last season, imo

  2. too bad Denver doesn’t have a shut down corner or at least an aging one who can keep his mouth shut……….

  3. You know what doesn’t feel good? Trading a future HOF CB in Champ Baily and a 2nd round pick to the Broncos for Clinton Portis.

    Thanks a lot Joe Gibbs.

  4. Class act we miss him in DC. One of many personnel blunders by Gibbs during his reunion tour. That trade is still costing us.

  5. For what solution is Manning short-term? Winning a title? So if he does that this year or next it wasn’t worth it because it was a short-term solution? Get real dude. That is what it’s all about. It’s the ultimate goal.

  6. Bathroomben7.. Go ahead and flush it down. Let it go. Tebow is not or was not a
    great quarterback. Great person? Yes.
    Great character? You bet. If he was a great quarterback he’d still be starting somewhere. Time to move on. The Broncos have!

  7. Champ Bailey finally has someone else on the team who can match his level of play. Still a fantastic corner, team leader and a true professional. And what “problem” do the Broncos have at QB? They got Manning for the next 3-4 years and they have Osweiller waiting in the wings. Lots of other teams in the league are in way worse shape and actually do have a problem.

  8. “For what solution is Manning short-term? Winning a title? So if he does that this year or next it wasn’t worth it because it was a short-term solution? Get real dude. That is what it’s all about. It’s the ultimate goal.”

    Manning has only gotten one title his playoff stats from that run? Just three touchdowns and seven interceptions.

    Manning also is a horrible bad weather quarterback, his ball flutters more than a wounded duck. He won’t be the difference in the postseason and I know that because Peyton Manning has never played well enough in the postseason to win it all.

  9. Anybody that thinks Tiny Tim is even close to a good QB in the NFL or that the Bronco’s didn’t make a great decision in getting rid of that hack, is delusional…. What is Tiny Tim up to these days anyway?

  10. Listen Tebow fans. No one is saying you’re out of your mind for thinking it’s a knock on Tebow since he’s the last QB before Manning. But as the article correctly notes if you take what Champ Sports is saying at face value Bailey is knocking all QBs he’s played with who aren’t Manning. And it’s not like saying you’re not as good as a future HOFer is a bad thing. So everyone just take a deep breathe into the Mile High Air and chillax…I mean relax (chillax isn’t a word).

  11. Two points:
    1) This shouldn’t be viewed as a dig against Tebow or any other past DEN QB. Who wouldn’t prefer that a former superbowl winner, league MVP and unquestioned future HOFer lead their offense? No way is Tebow insulted by Champ’s comment – it’s a non-story.

    2) As a lifelong Skins fan, Champ will always be like the beautiful, perfect girlfriend who somehow got away. He was all set to be our next Darrel Green, a classy, community-minded guy who plays at a high level into his late 30’s before representing DC with pride into the HOF. Clinton was no slouch, but man did we get fleeced in that trade. In fact, I think that trade is the single strongest factor behind Shanahan now coaching in DC. Snyder, Gibbs and Cerrato were so horribly bent over and jobbed by Shanny on that trade that Snyder thought “Wow, that guy is in another league. I need to buy him!”.

  12. flash1283 says: Dec 14, 2012 2:42 PM

    Champ Bailey: It feels good to have a great REGULAR SEASON quarterback in Denver
    ————–

    I know several clowns like you. Until Manning plays defense, your never-played-football comments ring hollow.

  13. bro15360 says:
    Dec 14, 2012 2:56 PM
    For what solution is Manning short-term? Winning a title? So if he does that this year or next it wasn’t worth it because it was a short-term solution? Get real dude. That is what it’s all about. It’s the ultimate goal.

    —-

    And if they don’t win a title (and they probably won’t) in 2 years they are back in the same spot , no title no QB.

  14. In the 2006 NFL season, Champ Bailey was targeted a grand total of 24 times the entire season by opposing Quarterbacks.

    10 of them were intercepted. 0 went for TD’s

    If that’s not the definition of a Shutdown Corner, I don’t know what is.

    Deion and Champ are the only 2 corners deemed worthy of that title.

    Not Revis, not Asomugha.

  15. Geniusfan, are you a Brady worshiper or what? Only 28 different QBs have ever won a SB. There have been, dare I say, 1000 or more, other starting QBs in the league who have never played in one, much less were victorious. Manning is one of those 28. It’s elite company.

    There were many doubters of Elway too after 3 SB losses even though he was a 1-man wrecking crew.

    To the point of the article, I’m glad Denver has one of the best QBs ever to play the game taking snaps this season. They now have a realistic shot at a championship.

  16. P8N 18 will receive his 2nd Super Bowl ring, his 5th MVP Award, and Comeback Player of the Year Award this year!!!

  17. willowy2k says: Dec 14, 2012 4:06 PM

    Champ Bailey: The Best to Ever Play the Position hands down…
    ————

    Love Champ, but he’s barely Top 5. What are you, 19?

    Mel Blount is the best cornerback ever. Anyone who began watching the NFL before ohhhhh 2001… knows that.

  18. Peyton is a bit like the Atlanta Braves of the 90’s. Incredible to watch but fell a bit short of expectations in the post season.

    Still, I’d rather have the Braves level of team than the Rockies and I’d rather have Manning over any of the Denver QB’s of recent memory…

  19. bathroomben7 says:
    Dec 14, 2012 2:16 PM
    They had a great quarterback last year. Younger and for a lot less money too.

    Great QB? If tebow was great, why is he not starting? Here a saying for you: you can buy a cheap Suzuki with low miles and it’ll get you from point a to point b but it will take you longer to get there. Or you could go all out and get a older Ferrari with all the bells and whistles that’ll get you there faster.

  20. just 1 more reason for me to hope they are 1 and done come playoff time.. nobody said Tebow was the greatest qb ever but he is the one that turned that team around last year and won the division and a playoff game for them. does not matter how he did it or how he looked doing it the fact is he took over a team that was 1-5 and with the same players on offense and defense won. stop making excuses and just accept the fact it happened. nobody is saying he is better than manning but stop acting like Tebow was the worst player ever and did nothing to help the the franchise.

  21. Two things:
    1) The QB they had last year won the first playoff game they’ve had in many years.

    2) Brad Johnson has as the same amount of Super Bowl rings as Peyton Manning… FYI….

  22. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Dec 14, 2012 3:38 PM
    flash1283 says: Dec 14, 2012 2:42 PM

    Champ Bailey: It feels good to have a great REGULAR SEASON quarterback in Denver
    ————–

    I know several clowns like you. Until Manning plays defense, your never-played-football comments ring hollow.

    —-
    He doesn’t have to play defense, Clown!!!

    He wasn’t playing defense when he threw the pick in the SB that caused his team to lose. Oh but I guess it was the WR fault.

    I’m so sick of that argument ” Payton doesn’t play defense.
    It’s a fact the he has been sub par in the postseason compared to his regular season performances.
    It’s a Fact not opinion that he does not perform well in cold weather.

  23. Brad Johnson and Trent Dilfer have one more superbowl win than Dan Marino. Feel stupid yet? You should for posting such a worthless argument. TEAMS win games

  24. All of you clowns keep stating how brad Johnson has the same amount of rings as Peyton, so what!! By your logic that would make both of them better than Marino, since he doesn’t have a ring.  Brad Johnson and Trent Dilfer both had great defenses when they won the super bowl, something Peyton has never had before. 

    If the broncos win this week in Baltimore, they should have a serious win streak heading into the playoffs. With the way the defense is playing they are going to be a very dangerous team in the playoffs. 

  25. We weren’t the ones who listed Brad Johnson as one of Chump Bailey’s former deficient QB’s. As a matter of fact, Shaun King has the same amount of rings as bobble head Manning. Possession is nine tenths of the law after all.

  26. Big Ben will own this team come January. Cold weather and outdoors will have manning crying like a lil schoolgirl. He’s used to a dome and I don’t mean his forehead. Although that is quite a dome!!!

  27. I am the biggest Bronco fan on earth, and I have been since watching “The Drive” on a 12 inch black & white TV as a boy. I know that being not only a Bronco fan, but a football fan in general, we tend to have a short memory. Perfect example is the fact that alot of people have forgotten what Tebow did for the Denver Broncos last season. Say what you will about his talent level, or his throwing motion, or any of that crap, but what he did was truly remarkable, & he gave every ounce of heart he had to turn the team around after a horrendous start. Clearly, Manning is the better QB, and I feel great about Denver’s chances in the post season this year. My only worry is the running game. If knowshow can be the back he was drafted to be, Ive got a feeling the Broncos could very well be in New Orleans in FEB… but I agree with a few other posters, give the dogging Tebow a rest!! He created magic in Mile High last year, talent or no talent.

  28. Does anyone really trust him though? Denver played 3 good teams this year and laid an egg every time (Houston, Patriots and Atlanta). They won’t see no KC, SD or OAK in the playoffs

  29. “a quarterback who had limited throwing ability”

    In the NFL, that’s the equivalent of a running back who can’t run or a wide receiver with only one hand.

    “Hey this guy is a great NASCAR driver. Sure, he’s blind, but he’s got great intangibles.”

    Without the relentless publicists and the religious right, Tebow would be selling peanuts in the stands.

  30. Maybe this guy can learn about class from Manning. I love Peyton and hope he wins another super bowl. But is there any other player people think its ok to attack.

    Taking over that team at 1-4 and putting them in the playoffs. Td to int ratio of 17-9 after about 1 season of play. So what if he cant throw a spiral.
    And never a bad word to say even about his critics?

    Trent Dilfer never even got this disrespect.

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