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Champ Bailey

Posted by Doug on June 16, 2006

I'm going to postpone further discussion of running back workloads until next week so I can have a bit more time to ponder all your comments.

While perusing the footballguys news blogger, I came across this article on Champ Bailey. This quote caught my eye:

Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey continues to stand out from his peers. Bailey is what every team is looking for, the rare defender who can take an opponents' best player out of a game.

I got curious and checked it out. The #1 wide receivers for Denver's opponents combined for 86 catches, 1253 yards, and 5 TDs last season. Not bad for someone who had been taken out of the game, and that doesn't count Deion Branch's 8-153-0 and Hines Ward's 5-59-1 in the playoffs.


Wk Receiver Rec Yd TD
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1 Chambers 5 40 0
2 McCardell 4 54 0
3 Kennison 8 112 0
4 J. Smith 5 109 1
5 S. Moss 8 116 0
6 Branch 7 87 0
7 Burress 6 84 1
8 Owens 3 154 1
10 R. Moss 6 87 1
11 Coles 6 62 0
12 K. Johnson* 6 54 1
13 Kennison 4 108 0
14 Mason 6 53 0
15 Evans** 2 5 0
16 R. Moss 5 72 0
17 McCardell 6 51 0

* - Glenn had 4-56-0
** - Moulds had 9-110-0

I realize that Bailey isn't always covering the #1 guy and that lots of other factors are in play. And a quick glance at some play-by-play logs (like Owens in week 8 and Kennison in week 3) shows that some of these numbers were in garbage time.

I don't really have a point. But now I'm curious. Fill me in, AFC West fans: is Bailey still the man, or is he coasting on reputation?

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