Denver CB Says SB Win Would be Biggest Career Moment

By Amanda Borges
Assistant Digital Editor
Broncos’ cornerback Champ Bailey spoke to media about the big game this weekend. 
 
On if QB Peyton Manning has helped their defense prepare:
“Sometimes. He definitely is more focused on his group, but at times, when he sees stuff, he’s not hesitant to let us know. It definitely helps.”
 
On getting to the Super Bowl after the adversity he’s faced this year:
“Yeah, it’s been tough, but I’m not looking back. I’ve felt good for about a good month, and I continue to feel better, and that’s all I can ask for at this point. I can’t get all those days and weeks back – that’s behind me – but what’s in front of me is big, and I know it. I understand it, I feel good, and I’m ready for it.”
 
On how he has tried to help Denver’s receivers and the team’s offense:
“I feel like my experience could be helpful to a lot of guys on the team, whatever I could tell them. A lot of the guys that I’ve worked with everyday are a lot younger than me, so they haven’t seen a whole lot, but they want to learn everything. So whatever I can do to help, I don’t care what position it is, if I know something, I’m definitely going to let them know.”
 
On if the first part of the week and Media Day met his expectations:
“A little. I guess it’s kind of what I’ve seen on TV the last 15, 20 years or whatever, from Media Day. Not as crazy as I thought it would be as far as the questions, but there were some pretty crazy questions out there, and I just tried to avoid that.”
 
On if a win on Sunday would be the biggest accomplishment of his career:
“Absolutely. Yeah, no doubt about that.”
 
On what the Denver defense learned from last year’s playoff loss:
“We’re a different group of guys collectively, but I think when you go through something like that, it kind of wakes you up and now you’re more focused. You definitely don’t want things like that to happen again, especially in big games like that, but we’re a different team. We’re refocused. A lot of guys that were on that team, we don’t talk about it much. We just keep looking forward and try to get better every week.”
 
On his reaction to the team signing Manning a couple years ago, and if this is what he anticipated from him:
“Absolutely. I mean, that’s the reason you get a guy like that on your team – to give you chances to win games like this. He’s the best to ever do it. I haven’t played against a better quarterback, so I’m just glad he’s part of our organization now because he definitely has a big part of why we’re here, and I love him to death.”
 
On what makes Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch so tough to face:
“Just his competitiveness. He’s a guy that doesn’t think he can be brought down by one person. You don’t see that often in games, and he’s tough. He’s going to be something to deal with Sunday night because all year you see him just taking a pounding, and he just keeps on going. I don’t know how he does it, but it’s impressive.”
 
On if he was surprised to learn that Denver was having a padded practice on Wednesday:
“Not really. It’s what we’ve done all year. From day one, we have maybe a padded practice every week. I mean, we did go a few weeks without it, but I think we’re a better team when we get out there and actually go through game-like situations with our pads on. So it definitely helps us.”
 
On if today they can really begin to focus on the game:
“Yes. We’ve been out (to) dinner, did things, sight-seeing, but we’re here – this is a business trip and we’ve got a job to do. The only reason we got on that plane was to come win a game. That’s what we need to start focusing on now.”
 
On Denver S Mike Adams walking to his home in Paterson, N.J., and if he’s thought about how it’ll feel to win on Sunday:
“Well I can tell you this, I haven’t thought about walking with him, I know that. I’m definitely not doing that. But no, I haven’t. I’m just kind of taking it in stride. I’m not trying to make any plans about what I’m going to do, just let everything come naturally. Natural reaction. I don’t know what it’ll feel like, win or lose. I don’t know.”
SOURCE: NFL Media

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