As far as Champ Bailey is concerned, this year is more than just his best shot at a Super Bowl — it’s his only shot.
“I hope everybody in that locker room feels the same way, because nothing’s guaranteed in this league,” Bailey said. “We could all be in different places next year.”
But the 12-time Pro Bowler knows how much work lies ahead of the club to turn those expectations into more than just talk.
With that in mind, he’s looking forward to getting training camp kicked off Thursday morning.
“I don’t think anybody loves the grind of it, but we love to compete,” he said. “We love to be out here with a bunch of guys we like playing with, so I’m looking forward to it. I get more excited about it now because I don’t have a lot of these left. More of mine are behind me, so I try not to take it for granted.”
Bailey said the club’s OTAs went as smoothly as he’s ever experienced in his career, which he noted is a testament to the continuity on the defensive coaching staff.
He expects more of the same in training camp.
“It’s going to be competitive tomorrow,” he said. “I love that about our offense now because we’ve got somebody back there to really put pressure on us, and that’s only going to make us better.”