One of the stories proving irresistible to Super Bowl media this week is the Seattle Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” secondary.
Much less is being made of the Denver Broncos’ defensive backfield, but they say that’s fine with them.
“Any time you’re a corner and you’ve got guys like (Seattle has), I like it,” Denver cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said Monday.
“They’ve definitely been doing their thing this year, and you’ve got to give credit to them. In a way, they deserve to talk like that. They’ve proved it. I like it.”
Not surprisingly, the center of attention has been Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman.
“He’s a great corner, don’t get me wrong,” veteran Denver cornerback Champ Bailey said. “I think most of you guys notice that now because you hear about how much he talks. That’s the way he is. I enjoy guys with some personality. That’s him. I have no bad words to say about him. He’s a good player.”
Rodgers-Cromartie also had praise for Sherman, while also making clear he believes Denver receivers will up to the task ahead of themSunday in Super Bowl XLVIII.
“I like Sherman, I really do,” he said. “But I know (Denver receiver) Demaryius Thomas) will be prepared to give him a handful. It’s going to be an interesting matchup.”
Denver quarterback Peyton Manning, 37, said he doesn’t plan to retire if he wins the Super Bowl on Sunday. Bailey, 35, has indicated something similar.
Instead, it was 27-year-old cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie who raised the possibility Monday.
“I gave myself a five-year goal: If I could just make it five years, I would be all right,” he said. “Coming from a small school (Tennessee State) and of course playing six, it has been a long journey and I am weighing my options. I am still a young guy and not a Champ Bailey or Peyton Manning who have a legacy of going out on top. … I will see how I feel after the game.”
Rodgers-Cromartie stressed that he hasn’t reached a firm decision and implied it could depend on the kind of contract offer he might attract at this stage of his career.
This Super Bowl visit marks an especially enjoyable turnaround for linebacker Paris Lenon, who in 2008 was on the Detroit Lions team that went 0-16.
“I’ll say this: when you’re in a situation like that, you have a certain amount of guys that pack it in,” Lenon said. “That’s difficult for me because I’m not that type of person. I’m going to compete to the end, so that’s the most difficult part about being in a situation like that. Now, it’s a complete reversal. Thus far, we’ve had a very successful season. We still have one game ahead of us, and we have to put in the work.”
Denver’s Pro-Bowl kicker Matt Prater missed practice last week with the flu, but coach John Fox said he’s fine now. … The Broncos met the media Monday on the 210-foot cruse liner Cornucopia Majesty, docked near the team’s hotel in Jersey City, across the Hudson River from Manhattan. Afterward the team left for its first practice at the New York Jets training facility. “I’ve heard the facility is very good,” coach John Fox said. “Our operations guy tells me that the guys will be complaining that it is so much nicer than ours, so he is not real excited about it. But, we are looking forward to getting out there. We’ve heard nothing but great things.”…On Monday morning, the Broncos will take part in Media Day at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., home of the New Jersey Devils hockey team.