Kam Chancellor replacement Dion Bailey on the Rams: “I hope they plan to come at me.”

AP

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll ruled out any possibility of starting strong safety Kam Chancellor playing in Sunday’s season opener against the St. Louis Rams as Chancellor’s holdout continues.

In Chancellor’s place, Dion Bailey will make the start for Seattle in the first regular season game of his NFL career.

So instead of getting a three-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time second-team All-Pro, the Rams will get a former undrafted rookie playing in his first real game.

Bailey knows as well as anyone that the Rams will likely come after him Sunday. He hopes they do.

“I hope they plan to come at me,” Bailey said. “It’ll make my coming out party a lot more exciting. The more opportunities to make plays, the more plays I’ll make.”

Bailey made a strong impression in training camp last year after being signed as an undrafted free agent out of USC. However, an injury led to his release before returning on the practice squad. He started this year’s camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, but quickly ascended toward the top of the depth chart once he was able to practice. He started the last three preseason games at strong safety for Seattle.

“Dion Bailey has had a great offseason and camp for us,” Carroll said. “He’s been in that position for quite a while with us. We feel very comfortable that he understands the principles and the fits and all the things he has to do. He’s a playmaker and he’s a very aggressive tackler, so we’re going to count on him to do the things he does well, and hopefully fit him in with this group. We’re moving, we’re ready to go. We’ve had a long time getting ready with him, so we feel comfortable with that.”

Bailey knows he isn’t Chancellor and can’t play the game the same way his absent counterpart can. However, Bailey’s confidence clearly came through in speaking about his hopes for Sunday’s debut.

“For the first time in my life going into a big game, I don’t feel any pressure,” Bailey said. “I’m not here to fill Kam’s shoes. I’m here to be the best Dion Bailey I can, and the best Dion Bailey has done me well so far for the first 23 years of my life, so I like my chances on Sunday.”

34 responses to “Kam Chancellor replacement Dion Bailey on the Rams: “I hope they plan to come at me.”

  1. not only are the Seahawks going to Super Bowl 50 and getting 2 rings in 3 year, but they will blow NFL records away with 7 consecutive Super Bowl appearances. You heard it here first.

  2. I think that’s an outstanding attitude that Bailey has. He may be in his first real game but he is playing with an historically great defense that will have his back. There may even be a few missteps in this game, but if other teams consistently choose to pick on him, by mid-season he will be battle-tested. By the playoffs, he will be an outstanding, full-fledged member of the LOB.

  3. Dion Bailey is gooooood alot of people are going to be surprised.. He’s a starting caliber SS in this league. He’s not Kam doesn’t possess the size and paired athleticism (very few humans do) but he is still a specimen in his own right.

    Pete had the inside track on Bailey being history at USC.. I as a hawks fan am very confident and comfortable with Bailey he’s laid wood all preseason and has been in on a ton of plays. He’s been in the system for over a year so he’s comfortable with his role and verbage. Would not surprise me one single bit if he came out and balled week one vs the Rams.

  4. I was impressed by his comments and confidence. It will be interesting to see.

    Could it be a Wally Pipp, Don Majkowski, or Drew Bledsoe situation — an unexpected changing of the guard?

  5. The kid has heart and some talent. Love that he’s playing with a chip on his shoulder. He’s no kam, but no one can rate him till he’s played half a season.
    I hope he continues to improve and gets chancellor s money later

  6. I hope Dion hits hard, and is successful. Playing around other great players, only helps to elevate his play as well. Kam who?

    If Bailey keeps it up for 3 weeks, I know what my next Seahawks Jersey will be!

  7. If Bailey plays well, Kam Chancellor will lose what little perceived leverage he thinks he has.

    If Baily fails, look for Chancellor to dig in deeper and wait it out.

  8. I’d much rather see Dion Bailey if it means we didn’t hear another report about Kam whining because he’s only going to make $4.667M this year.

  9. I just want him to stop yapping after every tackle, its annoying for a rookie who hasn’t done anything yet to do that. he was jabber jaws in pre season. Don’t be surprised if the Rams try and get him into something, which Jeff Fischer coached teams tend to do.

  10. “dino2997 says:
    I’m sure the Rams won’t even consider going after a slow footed undrafted safety making his first career start. Why would they want to do that?”

    Do you think Chancellor is “slow footed”?
    You’re the same guy that wanted to go after Chancellor in 2011, because he was “ONLY” a 5th round draft pick.

    For the record, Bailey is faster than Chancellor, in the 40.., 3 cone, and 20 yard shuttle.

  11. My thoughts exactly. He might not have the dominating physical presence of Kam, but who does. There are 31 other NFL teams out there without the physical dominating presence of Kam Chancellor on the field, some of them still manage to play some pretty good defense. His speed is definitely not going to be a problem. Maybe his over aggressiveness and the tendency to over run a play might pop up once in a while, but I think as long as he can function within Pete Carroll’s defensive system, Dion Bailey will do fine. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is actually even a little bit better than Kam in pass coverage.

  12. What the **** is he supposed to say?

    “You know what, go throw on Earl Thomas’ side. I’m a little skiddish and I have this issue with biting on double moves”.

    The Rams have Nick Foles. I feel pretty confident, just in that fact, that he gets his first NFL INT this Sunday.

  13. Even Kam wasn’t Kam until he gained experience beneath Carroll on the NFL level. Give the kid a break in his first game experience. Every player needs time between the lines to develop themselves. His college game highlight on the tube looked great. He’s faster than Kam, that’s for sure.

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