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Bill Belichick on Champ Bailey...
Was just doing some searches last night, came across this article, its from October but its an interesting read so I figured I was post it for some who hadn't seen it. Belichick never has anything meaningful to say, so it was interesting seeing him go in depth on Champ. I have thought Champ has been the best most complete corner ever for awhile now. I know Sanders was the better player with the ball in his hands, but I think Champ is the better all around player. It's just a shame he was robbed of 2 defensive player of the year awards.
What's also impressive is that he has done this in a league, currently, that gives all the advantage to the offense.
“To me, he’s one of the few corners in the league that really can match up against anybody. He matches up against the Andre Johnsons of the world, the big, strong, physical, fast guys. Then he’ll match up against quick, real good route running, quick receivers, guys like that, too. [It] doesn’t really make any difference. You can watch him match up against whoever they want to put him on, whether it’s Mike Wallace or whether it’s Calvin Johnson, through the years; I’m not just talking about this year.
"At times, he’s been on tight ends, like when he would be on ( Tony) Gonzalez back in the day and things like that. So, I think he’s really capable of being physical and standing in there and banging with the big guys. He’s got enough quickness and length with the little guys to match their quickness and give them a problem and stay with them, or if he gets his hands on them and jams them, he can destroy the route right off the bat. He’s a very instinctive player, so he has a good sense of what the guy is trying to do and what their tendencies are and things like that. He’s on a lot of routes just because he’s experienced and he’s smart. I think he can cover, I’d say there aren’t too many corners in the league – it would be hard to think of who the next one would be – who like him could match up as well against any type of receiver. Some guys do well against some type of players and have a little trouble with another type of guy. It looks like to me like he does a pretty good job against anybody – on whoever the other team’s best receiver is, if they want to match him up, which sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t. They don’t always match him but at times they will.
"He can match them or not match them or he can take whoever comes out and do a pretty good job with it. Man, zone, he’s a good Cover-2 corner, he’s a good one-on-one corner, he’s a good zone corner, tackles well, he’s a good run-force corner, he’s pretty much a prototype corner in terms of having a full set of skills. Does everything well, plays the ball well, very good hands, but he’s a strong tackler and a good run-force player, too.”
bill belichick quote:
stats are for losers. the final score is for winners.
"This one's for John" Pat Bowlen
Last edited by elway=goat : 01-01-2013 at 06:45 PM.