At this time last year, we were unsure of the future of the Denver Broncos and Champ Bailey.
I think many would agree that we assumed Bailey who was at the end of his contract, would pack his bags and ship off to an immediate Super Bowl contender.
Bailey is in his 13th year in the NFL, and after being selected to many Pro Bowls, his only goal is to win a Super Bowl.
Bailey is the guy that the media goes to first and foremost. Consider Tim Tebow the milk, cookies, and soft pillow of interviews. Bailey is more the hard liquor, cigar, and dive bar type of interview. He speaks his mind and doesn’t let up off the gas. o
“It’s disappointing,” Bailey said after the Broncos final loss of the season to the Patriots. “People think we should walk around here with a smile on our face because we made the playoffs and won a game. We came up short again.”
Then there’s the young guys who look to the ‘long’ future ahead of them.
“I’m excited because this is a stepping stone in the right direction for our future,” Eric Decker said.
You can decipher age simply by the words coming out of the Broncos mouths.
“For me personally, I don’t have a whole lot of time here,” Bailey said. “I don’t know how much longer I’ll play. It’s one of those things every year, you miss it, you don’t win it, here we go again. You’ve got to start all over again.”
Bailey thankfully signed a 4-year $40 million contract with the Broncos last February when he could have been wined and dined all around the country as the league’s premier free agent.
He’s a man true to his roots dating back to 2004 when he came to Denver via trade.
Bailey allowed just one touchdown reception in 2011 which more than secured his roster spot in Hawaii.
However, Bailey’s mind is still reeling over the 45-10 loss to the New England Patriots. While Bailey is seeing the glass half empty, he admits that this season was a 180-degress turn from last season.
“It’s definitely a better feeling in this locker room after this season than last year,” Bailey said. “Just because we know we’re headed in the right direction. Now we’ve just got to build off that. We’ve got a lot of work to do. Obviously yesterday, we showed we’re not near to be one of the top teams in the league right now. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
You can bet that Bailey will resume work faster than any other Bronco. Time, age, and success weight heavily on his seasoned mind.