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Old 01-14-2013, 10:16 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by socalorado View Post
Look, i love Champ Bailey as much as the next guy, but lets face it, hes lost a step and its finally time. He was literally TORCHED on Sat. and no, the pass rush as an excuse just isnt gonna work. Hes been getting lit up more and more, and not just this season.
From Peter King's MMQB this morning:

The Deep End

Each week, thanks to play-by-play game dissection by, I'll look at one important matchup or individual performance metric from one of the weekend games. Reports czar Neil Hornsby on the divisional round:

"The most surprising note of a great weekend of football? Denver cornerback Champ Bailey played his worst game in five years and really hurt the Broncos Saturday in their 38-35 loss to Baltimore. The look on Bailey's face as time and again he was beaten deep by Torrey Smith made the Broncos plan of matching him up, one on one, with the speedy wideout seem like the height of optimism. Clearly it didn't work. What led Denver coaches to believe that this was going to be a viable option?

"On the evidence of a full season of play. Bailey had gone one-on-one with the best receiver of nearly every team Denver had faced. And, until Saturday it had worked every time. Bailey had a superb season. We voted him our 2nd Team All-Pro corner (an honor that was replicated in the AP All-Pro team released on Saturday) because he stood out on tape and this was reflected in the numbers too.

"In terms of giving up first downs/touchdowns per coverage snap he was ranked fourth overall among corners, and of those above him, no one was given the same coverage responsibilities he had. On balls that traveled over 20 yards in the air he allowed only three to be completed all year, with none of these going for touchdowns. Covering the likes of Vincent Jackson, Andre Johnson, A.J. Green, Roddy White and Brandon Lloyd, Bailey gave up only 17 completions of more than 10 yards and a single touchdown all year.

Then there was the small matter of how great a job he did in Week 15 against the same Ravens team; allowing only three passes to be completed on 46 coverage snaps, for 26 yards. In the rematch Saturday, the numbers were brutal enough (five receptions, 128 yards and two touchdowns, with the other three catches also going for first downs) but could have been worse; you could add on another 65 yards and another TD but for Flacco overthrowing Smith with Bailey badly beaten.

"This wasn't a risky gamble. It was made on the back of a whole season of evidence of him performing a similar role and doing it very well. Nothing is ever guaranteed in football."

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In short, he was once again spectacular this season, and you are overreacting over one bad game.
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