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After perceived slight at Cutler, Bailey responds to Rivers' actions

As an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, Denver Broncos cornerback
Champ Bailey has lined up and locked down plenty of guys around the
league.

But Bailey says there was no defense for Chargers quarterback
Philip Rivers' sideline taunting of Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler in
the fourth quarter of Monday night's 23-3 Broncos loss in San Diego.


The video has made the rounds of the highlight shows near and far,
but after an incomplete pass on fourth down in the fourth quarter,
Rivers -- as well as linebackers Shaun Phillips and Matt Wilhelm --
clearly can be seen jawing at Cutler from the San Diego sideline.


But it was the Chargers quarterback who drew the Broncos' ire.


"And I don't really care for the guy, first of all," Bailey said
of Rivers on Wednesday. "He's not a respectable guy right now because
you talk too much trash and do this and that, but you're really not a
great player in this league right now.


"You're surrounded by great players, but you're not a great
player. I think he needs to understand where he stands in this league
-- where he stands on his team first and foremost."


The incident was a topic of discussion among Broncos players as
they gathered after the holiday to begin their workweek leading to
Sunday's season finale against the Minnesota Vikings.


Teammates said Cutler certainly was not happy with what was
perceived as a breach of etiquette, but publicly he was measured in
his response.


"We've talked about it a little bit," Cutler said. "I'm not
going to get into it. It's an unfortunate situation. They talk a lot
of stuff, it got heated between the two teams. Personally, I don't
think the teams like each other, which is fine. It's just going to add
to it later next year and the year after that. It should be
exciting."


Asked if he had ever done that to another quarterback, Cutler shook
his head and said "No."


Rivers said he used no profanity and was only reacting to his
defense's play.


"We get a fourth-down stop, Wilhelm and Shaun Phillips, those guys
been jawing the whole game with them," Rivers told The San Diego
Union-Tribune. "We get a good stop. They are jawing. I'm not anywhere
involved. I come out to congratulate them on the stop. I come out to
congratulate them, and while I'm out there, yeah, there is some eye
contact, but I'm saying 'atta baby' to Matt Wilhelm and Shaun
Phillips. Sure, there is eye contact. Maybe there is a smirk. But I am
speaking to my guys. That's all that was said.


"I don't think I have to defend myself. I used no profanity, I
said nothing personal to anybody on that field. I was out there
playing football. We're not in a tennis match. I understand some of
the frustration is they've lost four in a row to this team. People
don't like losing four in a row."


Rivers also said he was surprised by Bailey's reaction, saying:
"He's one guy I've always said we respect him. He's one of the top
corners in the league. Out there in the game, I say very little to
Champ other than if we do complete one on him -- and you don't go
after the guy -- he'll look at me, I'll grin at him like, 'Hey, we got
you.' It's always been a very respectful communication between me and
him. That surprises me."


Broncos tight end Tony Scheffler said the incident would come up
again when the Broncos face the Chargers next season and veteran
cornerback Dre Bly added Rivers had not yet "earned the right to do
that."


"They've got a lot of classy guys on that team," Bailey said.
"He kind of represents the classless guy on that team. He's
definitely lost my respect."