|07-14-2007, 12:27 AM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2006
NFL - Broncos report (preseason secondary)
Comes now the time for the many Denver fans to start up their posts at RedState Sports. I am proud of my team, and proud of my conservatism. I am doubly proud that my favorite NFL team has so many fans at RSSports.
So here goes:
Denver looks incredible going into this season. The draft was great, the free agent pick-ups were great, and we have a lot to look forward to.
The strength of the team's defense is the secondary. I will dare to make the following statement: The top three Denver cornerbacks constitute the most elite cornerback corps in NFL history. Any takers?
More below the fold...
Champ Bailey is one of three or four true "shutdown" corners to ever play the game. Champ is the best corner in the game, and second place is distant (perhaps Hall of the Falcons or Samual of the Pats). Champ is considered by many sportswriters I see on the web and in magazines as either the best or second best defensive player in the game, and as the most, second, or third most dominant player in his position on either side of the ball. He is unanimously considered either the best current and/or best ever at his position.
His stats shouldn't be steller because no one dares throw the ball near him, and yet he leads in interceptions (tied with Amante S.) from last year! On the rare instance a QB challenges Champ the result is an interception and probably a touchdown. He truely takes away half of the opposing team's pass options and half of the field as he also pivots on a dime and flies towards running backs.
Then Denver's dynamic duo in the front office (Coach Shannahan and manager Ted Sundquist) go out and heal the fans tragic loss of murdered Darrent Williams by getting his replacement, ProBowler Dre Bly! Here is one of the top ten corners in the league stuck in a cover two in Detroit that doesn't play to his strengths. Now he'll play man to man instead of short zones, and because of Champ's invulnerabiliy teams will have to throw his way. Imagine, a ProBowl calibre number one CB playing at the number two position.
But that's not all!
Enter now Dominique Foxworth. This poor kid fought with D. Williams for the number two spot tooth and nail. He should be a number two corner. But with the addition to the team of Bly, Foxworth ends up as a number two corner playing at nickle back against other teams' slot receivers! This kid was playing like a pro since his first year, and could have been a trade option to any team needing a good number two corner. But we've kept him, and he's the future of this elite corps when Baily and Bly (both still with several years left) move on.
|07-14-2007, 03:09 AM||#3|
Fan of the home team
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Durango, Colorado
Foxworth is such a win for the Broncos. A cornerback who can play safety in a pinch. A team leader who at cornerback has covered some of the best guys in the league. Having him taking on the number two or three guy should put him in a situation where if he's looking to get some interceptions.