Hawkscanner wrote:Hey Broncos Fans,
Thanks for a great week of discussions this week so far. I've got a couple of related questions for you this morning ...
1) How has Champ Bailey looked out there during the times he's had to play? Has he still got a lot of the same skills that once made him elite ... or has he clearly lost a step or two?
Champ had a poor season struggling with his injury but has been quite solid in the slot since he got back. He was on limited snaps for the Chargers game, but was full throttle for the Pats game. He has lost a step or two (or maybe three
) but he makes up for it with game savy and technique. We dont want him one on one with a burner WR on a go route, but he can blanket most receivers in the shallow routes
2) If you would be so kind, give Seahawks fans a breakdown of the rest of Denver's secondary as it currently stands. (those we should anticipate seeing this Sunday) -- strengths, weaknesses, matchups you anticipate, and so on.
We play man-coverage and our top CBs are: DRC, Bailey, Carter and Webster.
RCB (left side of offense): DRC is our best Corner and is the closest thing we have to a shutdown CB. He has the physical tools (speed, height, length etc) to match-up with almost any receiver and reads the QB well making him a threat for a pick 6. But he is not so good tackling in open field and his eagerness to jump the route for an INT sometimes ends up leaving his man wide open. I expect him to get Percy on a few occasions and would be interesting to see how that goes. I expect DRC to shut him down in coverage but Percy having the edge if he catches the ball off the line of scrimmage (e.g. on a screen play)
Slot: Bailey plays in the slot in our nickel package, and could probably still play on the outside against a slower WR. He is a very good tackler and good shedding blocks (which helps defend the run in a nickel package) and has a wealth of experience to rely on. He reads routes and diagnoses plays very well.
LCB: Choice of Carter or Webster depends on opposition - Carter is faster but webster is bigger and more physical. Against seahawks I expect to see webster because of beast mode (cos a stiff arm from lynch cld send Carter all the way back to denver). Webster is a rookie, with good physical tools and potential, but his inexperience has led to a few QBs picking on him. Also he broke his thumb in the second chargers game which also limited him a bit. He should be ready to go for Sunday and I dont think Wilson has the experience+weapons to pick on him like some other QBs did in the past
SS: Duke Ihenacho (Nacho) is 6-1, 205lbs and your typical hard hitting enforcer. Has great closing speed and a good tackler but can struggle in pass coverage. Think he has a lot of potential if he can clean up his game and improve his pass coverage. Looking to see how he does against Lynch as I expect him to drop into the box often.
FS: Mike Adams is good but at 32, he is not as fast as one would like. He makes up for it with experience. He has played CB before and reads plays well (see the INT against houston)
In clear passing downs, Omar Bolden would come on for Nacho. Adams would shift to SS while Bolden plays FS. Bolden is ok in my opinion but not starter quality.