Bailey brushes off age, talk of moving to safety
Bailey concedes the 59-yard TD was entirely his fault but argues he was in position on the 32-yarder. So, in his eyes, that bad afternoon doesn’t foreshadow an abrupt drop in his game. ‘‘Just recognizing what he was doing faster. A guy like that you can’t be a half-step behind,’’ Bailey said. ‘‘He got me on that play. The second TD he just made a great play, caught me slipping. But on that long touchdown play early in the first half, he got away from me. The guy’s fast. You can’t lose a half-step. It’s my responsibility. When that guy runs down field, I’ve got to be on top of it. Error on my part, and they took advantage of it.’‘
Bailey’s transgressions were largely overlooked in the immediate aftermath of that game because safety Rahim Moore allowed Jacoby Jones to score on a 70-yard touchdown pass in the waning seconds of regulation. Bailey will try to help the third-year safety overcome that Bill Buckner-like ball-through-the-legs moment and he said Moore has the right frame of mind to get over it.’‘'Let’s go try again,’ that’s pretty much his mentality,’’ Bailey said. ‘‘I don’t think it affected him as much as people think. Because he got so much better last year. I can’t wait to see him improve this year. People want to talk about one play ... even with myself, you can’t define somebody off one play.’‘
It's good to know that Rahim Moore is getting on with this business, since most (reasonable) Broncos fans didn't expect him to cry himself into a puddle of blue and orange goo.
As a wiser feller than myself once said: "Sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes, well, he eats you."
As a side note, notice that Bailey confirms our thinking on the first touchdown to Torrey Smith: Rahim Moore wasn't even supposed to be in the same zip code.