So the Broncos are 1-0. A thrilling win over the Bills. However, lost in the jubilation is one glaring problem. No, its not Jay Cutler's gunslinger mentality that almost cost the Broncos the win on the final drive. No, its not Jason Elam's two missed field goals. The major problem I have with last Sunday's game is Champ Bailey on the field for special teams.
YES, THAT CHAMP BAILEY!
Champ is arguably the Broncos best player. A future hall of famer. A guy that has plenty of pro bowl seasons left in him. So why risk injury by putting him out on kick coverage? To his credit (and the Broncos fortune) Champ did make a touchdown saving tackle covering a kick. However, Roscoe Parrish did take a punt back for a touchdown in the game. But he could have done that with Champ sitting on the sideline too.
Football is a dangerous game. Bills tight end Kevin Everett was carted off the field with possible paralysis after he was hit on a special teams play. Please don't put Champ Bailey in the same situation. He is too valuable.
Memo to Mike Shanahan. Special players don't belong on Special Teams. That's why you keep Cecil Sapp and Jeff Shoate on the roster. Let them be the wedge busters on kick coverage and leave Champ Bailey to do what he does best.
Until next time, keep living the dream!
Jesse Kurtz, Sports Anchor/Reporter, KKTV