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Champ Bailey sees no reason he should move to safety


As is often the case with aging cornerbacks, Denver’s Champ Bailey has heard the questions about moving to safety. But he doesn’t see any reason he should.

Bailey told the Denver Post that he doesn’t think the Broncos have two young cornerbacks better than him, and so he thinks he should still be one of the two starting cornerbacks.

“Hey, until these young guys start doing something, I’m not taking a back seat to them. Later on, maybe, but right now I still feel like I can play at the level I expect and the level they expect me to at corner. Besides, I’m not even close to 36. I’m 34,” Bailey said.

Bailey said he’s excited about a Broncos team that he believes will be even better than last year’s 13-3 club.

“I feel like we can be better this year,” Bailey said. “That’s what I’m looking forward to this year, and that’s a big difference from some other years. There have been years when I came back to get going and you didn’t feel that way about what we could do. What this team can do remains to be seen, that’s on us. But when you look at who’s here, starting with the quarterback we have, if we stay healthy, we need to be there in the end.”

And Bailey will be where he’s always been throughout his 14-year NFL career, as a starting cornerback.

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58 Responses to “Champ Bailey sees no reason he should move to safety”
  1. bmacwillconn says: Apr 17, 2013 7:01 AM

    Has he watched film from the Ravens game?

  2. razzlejag says: Apr 17, 2013 7:06 AM

    Wasn’t he beaten like a drum in one of the playoff games?

  3. vaphinfan says: Apr 17, 2013 7:07 AM

    He’ll move to safety if Peyton tells him too

  4. barbasol11111111 says: Apr 17, 2013 7:13 AM

    Torrey Smith totally agrees

  5. humbleminded85 says: Apr 17, 2013 7:16 AM

    They should let the man start as long as he wants to.
    Signed, Torrey Smith.

  6. enochmh2 says: Apr 17, 2013 7:22 AM

    He got cooked by torrey smith and calvin johnson but to be fair to him he handled himself fairly well against other receivers

  7. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Apr 17, 2013 7:38 AM

    He had a great season. No reason to move him to safety after one bad game.

  8. signaturewin says: Apr 17, 2013 7:40 AM

    Even if Denver doesn’t have two corners better than Champ, he has reached a point in his career where he can no longer cover the game’s best. Or even Torrey Smith.

  9. cromartiesforgottenchild says: Apr 17, 2013 7:44 AM

    One of my favorite players in the league. Nothing but a class act who brings his lunch pale every day. He did get torched against Baltimore but their whole defensive backfield got torched that day. He’s got another year or two before making the switch.

  10. melkipershero says: Apr 17, 2013 7:46 AM

    I dont see why he would either. Hes aged remarkably well.

  11. canetic says: Apr 17, 2013 7:46 AM

    I’ve got four reasons you should move to safety — S-L-O-W

  12. ravenmuscle says: Apr 17, 2013 7:53 AM

    I guess Champ is the Head Coach and makes all the decisions.

  13. dcapettini says: Apr 17, 2013 7:54 AM

    As long as the receivers you cover aren’t as fast as Jacoby Jones and Torrey Smith, you have a point. Rashim Moore got all the blame, but where were you Champ?

  14. TheWallyChamp says: Apr 17, 2013 7:54 AM

    In theaters this summer: Fantastic Four 3. Starring Champ Bailey as the Human Torch.

  15. patriots420 says: Apr 17, 2013 7:58 AM

    I was going to make comments about him getting burned last time we saw him but he is right, there aren’t 2 better cb’s than him on the roster

  16. scottieplongballs says: Apr 17, 2013 7:59 AM

    At least he didnt say “dream team”

  17. forevermore5220 says: Apr 17, 2013 7:59 AM

    guess he didn’t see the tape from his last game.. perhaps he should consult with torrey smith on whether he should move to safety or not

  18. Mr. Wright 212 says: Apr 17, 2013 8:00 AM

    Someone has yet to watch film from last season, I see. Particularly the playoff game.

  19. classyjacklambert says: Apr 17, 2013 8:03 AM

    He doesn’t remember getting repeatedly bombed on by a mediocre one-trick pony quarterback in the Broncos playoff game then?

  20. 2ringraven says: Apr 17, 2013 8:04 AM

    Champ- Torrey Smith is a good reason to move to safety.

  21. NoobTubeTV says: Apr 17, 2013 8:06 AM

    Do you expect anything less from the second most populated ‘Diva’ position?

  22. musicman495 says: Apr 17, 2013 8:09 AM

    Perhaps Mr. Bailey should watch the game films of last year’s playoff game vs. the Ravens when he was beaten like a drum. He was easily as big a goat in that game as Manning or Raheem Moore, but Bailey has been a media darling his whole career, so he was let off the hook for it.

    On the other hand, maybe he really is one of the two best corners they have.

  23. joetoronto says: Apr 17, 2013 8:10 AM

    It’s a sad looking secondary when the Chump is the best CB on the roster.

  24. jtm12180 says: Apr 17, 2013 8:14 AM

    Champ Bailey is still a very solid CB! But if Denver can get their hands on a potential sleeper, they should consider it (I am assigned Denver in a Steelers message board mock draft and snagged Leon McFadden in the end of the 5th round). Champ Bailey could extend his career probably 2 more years if he accepted a switch…

  25. jamaltimore says: Apr 17, 2013 8:17 AM

    Maybe he should go back and watch the playoff game where Torrey Smith and the Superbowl MVP made him look old and slow. He was destroyed that day and looked like a man who should think about retiring!

  26. burds358 says: Apr 17, 2013 8:18 AM

    Torrey Smith disagrees.

  27. jlv3gem says: Apr 17, 2013 8:22 AM

    Torrey Smith & Joe Flacco suggest otherwise. On the other hand , stay at CB so you can be burned by them again.

  28. nfl4days says: Apr 17, 2013 8:26 AM

    Torrey Smith agrees

  29. cocheese000 says: Apr 17, 2013 8:35 AM

    Maybe all of those concussions has caused him to forget the beat down Torrey smith put on him in the afc divisional round.

  30. randyschwimmer7 says: Apr 17, 2013 8:47 AM

    All of the half whit people posting bad against Champ have no clue what they are talking about. Every DB gets beat…there is no question about it. Every player in the NFL has a bad game, it’s inevitable. To say that Champ is not an elite corner still is absolutely incorrect. He had a bad HALF, not even a bad game. He locked Torrey Smith down the rest of the game after he made adjustments.

    Plus, tell me another corner that gave up only ONE touchdown ALL REGULAR SEASON????? Don’t say Revis, and you can’t say Sherman.

  31. bartlettruss says: Apr 17, 2013 8:51 AM

    The problem is that the Broncos haven’t given him safety help down field believing he’s a shutdown corner. They need to rethink that now. He can stay at CB and do well, but they need to start playing cover 2.

  32. steelerdynasty2010 says: Apr 17, 2013 8:55 AM

    you should move to safety just so Rahim Moore cant end your season like he did this year….

  33. shootscuz says: Apr 17, 2013 9:06 AM

    Champ had a great season and in every game was matched against the teams number one receiver. Sure the Ravens game was bad but at the same time out of 17 games he was solid as a rock in about 15 of them. People who say otherwise didn’t watch all the games. He is not the Champ of 5 years ago but still better than 90% of the guys out there.

  34. nananatman says: Apr 17, 2013 9:14 AM

    I’m 36, I run past people all the time, especially gym kids, I guess spending 19 years laboring, paying for my own education just made me harder than the spongy monsters from spin class, as soon as you all face something with life rage you crack and fail.

  35. blogatron2000 says: Apr 17, 2013 9:14 AM

    Seems to me that if all anyone can come up with is the one Torrey Smith example, you’ve all proven Champ’s point here…

  36. rolloxd says: Apr 17, 2013 9:17 AM

    To all you haters…

    Champ has been the most consistent CB in the NFL for more than a decade. He’s only 34, and if anyone watched the BAL game, they know Champ simply couldn’t keep up with TS.

    Also, Chris Harris, Denver’s NB, is probably the best nickel back in the league. Sure tackler, great in man, and has a nose for the .

    We added DRC for the other side, Champ on the left. I’m excited for our secondary, they’ll prove many wrong.

  37. monkeyredandsmiley says: Apr 17, 2013 9:19 AM

    How about you move because you are old and broken?

  38. johanvil says: Apr 17, 2013 9:31 AM

    Baltimore Ravens like this.

  39. themagicman1223 says: Apr 17, 2013 9:34 AM

    Most of the people saying he should be moved to safety only watched the game against the Ravens. He was very good all season long.

  40. cynicalbengalsfan says: Apr 17, 2013 9:38 AM

    Bottom line is Champ is not as athletic as he once was and needs to switch his style if he wants to continue to play CB in this league. Time to stop gambling so much and just be more of a technique guy because he has lost some speed.

  41. baltimoresnativeson says: Apr 17, 2013 9:42 AM

    Champ Bailey isn’t slow, Torrey Smith is just very fast (and younger). And Flaccos arm is very very strong.

    Champ is still a good corner and I would still happily take him as 1 of my 2 starting corners.

  42. greenmtnboy31 says: Apr 17, 2013 9:44 AM

    Chump Bailey needs to remember football is a team game and his me-first attitude won’t help his team advance. He got burned bad last year when the team needed him most and was relying on him to do his job; he failed.

    The bottom line is that his team can’t rely on him at CB and his narcissistic personality disorder, while not unexpected in his profession, is preventing him from being a team player. Guy’s who are about team first do what it takes to help the team win; guy’s like Chump worry about themselves first.

  43. bronco6745 says: Apr 17, 2013 10:10 AM

    Anyone else got a torrey smith comment or did the other 20 cover that? Yeah he was bad that game, but no one talks about him being the fourth best corner last year in terms of yards given up per snap (pro football focus). The three above him have less than half the # of snaps that champ had too so those numbers may have champ #1 if the other db’s had the same amount of snaps. Hate all you want but he’s still great, the numbers prove it. Oh and their nickel back, chris harris, 9th on this list. But yeah denver’s corners aren’t good, makes a lot of sense…..

  44. eeerockski says: Apr 17, 2013 10:17 AM

    Champ doesnt have a me first attitude. Hes a future hall of famer that knows it, thats it. Theres a difference between arrogant and confident. The fact that hes an “old” corner says more about his declining speed than his overall package. In fact, he was rated as a top ten corner last season, as usual. Lets do the smart thing and give him a little safety help against them faster, younger guys and let him take the others one on one and im sure he’ll be a top ten corner again this year, barring injury. This guy has always been a class act. Thanks again Shanny, i was sad to see Portis go when we traded for Champ, but it didnt take me long to see we got the better end of the deal there.

  45. listenup823 says: Apr 17, 2013 10:29 AM

    People forget that Champ held T. Smith to just one catch and 17 yards a few weeks before the playoff loss to the Ravens.. Everyone has a bad game now and then..

  46. slickster35 says: Apr 17, 2013 10:39 AM

    The fact that he’s the best CB on the team doesn’t bode well for the donkeys.

    That soft schedule last season compared to this year doesn’t bode well for them either.

    10 wins max.

  47. jiggy3198 says: Apr 17, 2013 10:44 AM

    No reason……as long as he’s not playing the ravens. Go ravens!!!!!

  48. broncosnative says: Apr 17, 2013 10:59 AM

    You guys sound so stupid on here, one bad game by bailey and you’re holding it against him over the many great games he had in his career. Torre smith was no faster the first meeting than the second and yours truly bailey shut him down. Everybody has a bad game rather its the wrong time or the right time. Wacko flacco was horrible the first meeting, broncos defense made him look good the second. Brady played great against the texans, horrible against the raven. A real fan doesn’t label a guy on one game, bailey has done greatness for the broncos and I believe him if he says that he still can play corner at a high level. The only thing I disagree on he said is that I feel Harris had just of good year as he did and I think he’ll be even better next season, bailey 2.0

  49. ruffry99 says: Apr 17, 2013 11:02 AM

    its comical the comments i read here about Champ… a whole bunch of people that saw him play once out of 17 weeks making comments about one or 2 plays in the year. Look at his body of work, look at the whole year, he surrendered one or 2 tds the whole season, and shuts down teams top wr every game. If you play fantasy football, you should know that. STOP listening to the media, and look at the film, make your own judgement base on every game, not just one where he underestimated torrey smith’s speed by not playing on top of him. He is still, in my opinion, the best cb in the league.

  50. obmig says: Apr 17, 2013 11:26 AM

    Champ can still play corner. He’s still a solid #1 despite his age. They need safeties. Corners usually can’t cover guys as fast as Torrey Smith with no help.

  51. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Apr 17, 2013 11:35 AM

    Chump Bailey…synonymous with burnt toast.

  52. majormeatcurtains says: Apr 17, 2013 12:22 PM

    I have to love all the ravens parrots. Same post over and over. Not a single self thinker in the bunch. I bet you all have Iphones too so you can be exactly like each other to show off your individuality and rebel nature. If Champ signed with any one of your teams it would be OOOOH, best F.O. in the league. One bad game happens to everyone and the timing isn’t always great but Champ would be a upgrade to 90% of the teams out there. I can’t wait until this season when close the eyes Flacco start huckin’ jump balls and nobody’s there to bail him out. All the rvenators, and ravenmuscles, and raventhis, and raventhats will be silent, weeping into a soggy hot pocket as they resume their past daily regime of world of warcraft and Cheetos in mommies basement.

  53. jkrc717 says: Apr 17, 2013 1:00 PM

    Wow, people are tough on this guy.

    In his prime, Revis and Sherman can’t touch Champ Bailey.

    I doubt either will be able to play as well as him for as long as he has.

    He is still playing at a high level.

    He is a big reason why the Bronco’s defense is very good. They’re able to leave him on an island while the safties are free to do other things.

    He was overly confident against Torry Smith. Watch the 2nd TD pass. It was all him.

    He did shut him out in the 2nd half.

    The Bronco’s still should have won that game with all the uncharacteristic mistakes made not just by him, but so many other guys including Manning.

    Bailey is still one of the best.

  54. deathonwings410 says: Apr 17, 2013 2:02 PM

    randyschwimmer7 says:
    Apr 17, 2013 8:47 AM
    All of the half whit people posting bad against Champ have no clue what they are talking about. Every DB gets beat…there is no question about it. Every player in the NFL has a bad game, it’s inevitable. To say that Champ is not an elite corner still is absolutely incorrect. He had a bad HALF, not even a bad game. He locked Torrey Smith down the rest of the game after he made adjustments.

    Plus, tell me another corner that gave up only ONE touchdown ALL REGULAR SEASON????? Don’t say Revis, and you can’t say Sherman.


    LaDarius Webb hasn’t given up a TD since 2009. Look it up.

  55. deathonwings410 says: Apr 17, 2013 2:04 PM

    People forget that Champ held T. Smith to just one catch and 17 yards a few weeks before the playoff loss to the Ravens.. Everyone has a bad game now and then..


    Torrey only played one half of that game, he had a concussion in the second half. Plus, our OLine was a mess, so Flacco never had time to torch the old, slow Bailey.

  56. listenup823 says: Apr 17, 2013 3:53 PM

    @deathonwings410…. You’re talking about old players? Haha! Peel back the purple and black on the helmets and you still got turd Browns…

  57. greysolon says: Apr 17, 2013 4:10 PM

    Please do NOT move to safety, Champ.

    Every other AFC West team’s WRs

  58. rarelyclever says: Apr 17, 2013 4:31 PM

    Sure, he may be slowing down a little, but can you believe the Redskins let this guy go for Clinton Portis? Champ’s a future hall of famer.

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