Friday, October 28, 2011
Bailey preparing to face Megatron
By Bill Williamson
One of the more intriguing matchups of the Broncos’ home game against Detroit on Sunday will be between star Denver cornerback Champ Bailey and Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson.
Johnson, nicknamed “Megatron,” is a matchup nightmare because he is 6-foot-5, 236 pounds. He is having a marvelous season. He has 41 catches, is averaging 16.6 yards per catch and he has 10 touchdowns catches. Bailey is still one of the better cornerbacks in the NFL. While Denver will likely double-team Johnson a fair amount, Johnson and Bailey will likely have their share of individual battles.
Bailey considers this is his first real test against Johnson. The last time these two teams played was in 2007, Johnson’s rookie season. He had three catches for 37 yards in a blowout Detroit home win. But Bailey said he barely faced Johnson. Bailey expects a stiff test Sunday.
“I see a lot of guys struggling against him,” Bailey told reporters in Denver Thursday. “I think with his size, speed and strength he’s going to be tough for anybody.”
Still, when asked if he felt up to covering Johnson throughout the field, all game, the future hall of famer didn’t hesitate, but he knows that won’t be the case.
“I think one guy could be successful, but it does take a team effort to defend him all day,” Bailey said. “You can’t just matchup on him and think it’s going to work all day if he has a good quarterback throwing him the ball. There are some times when he goes up and nobody can get to the height that he reaches, so you have to be smart about it.”