|09-04-2005, 11:20 AM||#1|
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CBS Champ Article
Toughest corner: Start with Champ, but don't forget Chris
Sep. 2, 2005
By Pete Prisco
CBS SportsLine.com Senior Writer
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In the modern NFL, where passing is up and spread formations are the wave, the value of a good corner has risen, despite what some might think.
There was a perception last year that the new rules limiting contact in the secondary had lowered the value of a good cover corner. Think again.
Deion Sanders is still assigned to top wide receivers like Terrell Owens. (Getty Images)
"That's not true at all," Broncos corner Champ Bailey said. "The value has risen. Think about it. If you can't mug a guy down the field, isn't it more valuable to have the speed and coverage skills to stay with him?"
In the old NFL, you built your defense to be sound in the middle. You wanted dominant tackles, a dominant middle linebacker and a hard-hitting safety. Now the value comes from the speed rushers and the cover corners, in large part because the game has changed to a spread style.
So who's the best corner? We solicited the help of some of the game's best receivers to find out. Not surprisingly, Bailey was mentioned a bunch. In our mind, he's the best. But Baltimore's Chris McAlister received a lot of support from the players as well.
Michael Clayton, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: "Champ Bailey. He's strong and quick and everywhere he goes he tries to stick on you. He brings it to another level when he competes."
Drew Bennett, Tennessee Titans: "Champ Bailey. He has it all. He's fast. He's quick. He can do it all. He's definitely the best I've faced so far. He's a lockdown guy. He's the guy their coach can say, 'You take him. I don't want to see him catch any balls.' I only caught two balls against him last year; it was a good challenge. There were some routes he covered me on that I hadn't been covered on the previous weeks. It was a challenge. Playing him makes me want to play better."
Andre Johnson Houston Texans: "Champ Bailey. Right now Champ's the only guy who can still go out and play the No. 1 receiver man to man. That makes him special. I haven't played against a lot of corners since this is my third year, but he's the best. Another one to watch is Jacksonville's Rashean Mathis. We've had some good battles"
Which type of player would you rather have?
A supreme cover cornerback
A game breaking wide receiver
Brian Finneran, Atlanta Falcons: "Chris McAlister is probably the toughest defensive back for a wide receiver. It's a combination of his size and strength. He's the whole package. Troy Vincent, Champ Bailey and Charles Woodson are up there, too, but McAlister is the whole package."
Rod Smith, Denver Broncos: "There are a lot of guys who might be the best, but I'd have to say Chris McAlister. I've played against him a few times and honestly he gets better each time I face him. He just seems to keep maturing in their system, and he's a talented guy. He's a guy who was voted to the Pro Bowl about one or two years later than he deserved to be because he's someone who they can put on the other team's best receiver and just expect him to hold that guy in check."
Jimmy Smith, Jacksonville Jaguars: "Deion Sanders. He's the fastest of the fastest. He's the greatest of the greatest. When guys get a chance to go against him, just the fact that they see No. 21 across from them -- now No. 37, he's already won half the battle. When guys face Deion Sanders at the line of scrimmage they already consider that a loss."
Anquan Boldin, Arizona Cardinals: "Chris McAlister. He's the most technically sound guy in the league. His technique is always perfect and it's tough to get any advantage on him."alwa
|09-04-2005, 11:22 AM||#2|
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Yeah this was posted before but it still is a good read for anyone that didn't see it the first time.
|09-04-2005, 07:17 PM||#5|
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Thank you! This is what I've been saying all offseason in response to total morons' claims that "the rules made the corner back possition useless." The rules INCREASE corners' value and decrease receivers' value.
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