Broncos’ Champ Bailey looks like a fool thanks to Torrey Smith
In just the first-half, Smith has 91 yards on two catches and two touchdowns all while matched up against Champ Bailey.
Let’s also not forget he was wide open for a third potential touchdown that was overthrown by quarterback Joe Flacco.
Recently we celebrated Champ Bailey to become one of only eight players since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to be named to 12 Pro Bowls, but Bailey has looked over-matched.
At 34 years old he is still given the assignment of shadowing an opponent’s top receiver and for 14 years he’s put together a Hall of Fame career, but he can’t keep up with the speed Torrey Smith has and is showing his age.
Denver finished the season ranked second in total defense, which was their highest rank in the 53-year history of the franchise.
The Broncos trust Bailey to be able to handle his responsibilities and usually leave him without safety help which allows the defense to aggressively attack the run and blitz. The lack of pressure has allowed Flacco to look comfortable in the pocket and has led to zero sacks in the first half.