08-13-2006, 09:15 AM
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08-13-2006, 09:41 AM
Clinton Portis is a very good running back, but when Denver traded him away in 2004, they received the better player at his respective position. Champ Bailey has a unique mix of cover skills, a nose for the ball, and tackling abilities. Despite being hampered by a multitude of injuries, Bailey made his sixth Pro Bowl last year. He ranked third in pass deflections, tenth in Stop Rate against the pass (58 percent), and added eight interceptions. Bailey's season was capped off by his third-quarter interception of Tom Brady's (almost) go-ahead touchdown pass in the playoffs. Next time, however, I'll bet he runs full speed the entire length of the field.
The best compliment Domonique Foxworth can have is: who? Playing across from Bailey, the one way to get noticed is to mess up. Foxworth, a rookie last year, performed admirably after Lenny Walls went down with injury (and was ultimately released). We charted 96 passes targeting Foxworth, fifth in the league, yet the rookie maintained a respectable 52 percent Stop Rate (38th in the league). However, he lends little help to against the run.
Darrent Williams, another 2005 rookie, is much better than Foxworth against the run and started over him for part of the year before injuries. This year, the two will battle for the starting slot, and no matter which one starts, the other provides excellent depth. Behind them, Nick Ferguson and hard-hitting John Lynch roam the secondary in their safety positions. The veteran Lynch gets more attention for his leadership role, although Ferguson was slightly better against the pass according to our game charting numbers (a 58 percent Stop Rate, compared to 52 percent for Lynch)." Lynch lacks the speed to excel in coverage, but his on-the-line setup led to four sacks and an impressive 56 percent Stop Rate against the run.