|09-15-2007, 06:04 AM||#1|
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Broncos' cornerback duo looks to duplicate domination
By FRANK SCHWAB
ENGLEWOOD - When Champ Bailey got on the bus after the Denver Broncos’ win Sunday, he grabbed a statistics sheet.
Bailey knew he and fellow cornerback Dre Bly played well, but he was surprised to see the final numbers. Lee Evans and Peerless Price, Buffalo’s top two receivers, combined for three catches and 3 yards.
Even for a couple of former Pro Bowl cornerbacks, that kind of day is almost impossible in the NFL.
“It’s pretty unheard of for that to happen,” Bailey said. “But we can duplicate it. Why not?”
Once Bly was acquired in a trade with Detroit, Bailey proclaimed them the most talented tandem in the NFL. With a great performance, their confidence somehow got higher.
“That’s what we expect every week, to kill them,” Bailey said. “We know we’re capable of doing it. We can shut down anybody in this league.”
The duo will try to top their first-week feat Sunday against Oakland.
“I’m not going to say it’s going to be like that every week, but we’re planning on making plays and making it tough on the opposition,” Bly said.
Air Force pride
Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist, who played for Air Force from 1980-83, attended the Falcons overtime upset win over Texas Christian on Thursday. He was thrilled at Air Force’s 3-0 start and impressed with coach Troy Calhoun, who was an assistant with the Broncos from 2003-05.
“Troy has handled the transition with tremendous respect and class,” Sundquist said. “He understands how much Fisher (DeBerry) meant to that school, yet has still quickly moved forward and put his own mark on the program.”
Sundquist said against TCU he could see a blend of traditional Air Force football with some new touches.
“I could see his imprint all over the team,” Sundquist said.
Cornerback Domonique Foxworth, who has a sprained ankle, returned to practice Friday. Shanahan said he will be a game-time decision.
Defensive end Tim Crowder, who missed last week’s game with a sprained ankle, has improved and could be ready to play.