New Saints defensive back Champ Bailey is happy to have a chance to win a Super Bowl with a young team like New Orleans.
“I have a little more to my game, I believe, especially mentally,” Bailey said, via NewOrleansSaints.com. “I can see things a lot easier, a lot of things come up that I’ve had experience with. That only helps your game. I’m using that to my advantage as much as possible because I know how much you’ve got to be mentally ready for this well, as well as physically ready.
“When you have a lot of young, energetic guys that want to prove that they belong in this game and prove that they’re one of the best – you’ve got a young Kenny Vaccaro, how much is Jairus Byrd going to help him? How much can I help them? How much can they help me? I just like the situation I’m going into because I know these guys are going to be hungry and we can all be biting each other’s style as far as what it’s going to take to be great. And I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Bailey is looking forward to trying to win his first Super Bowl with the Saints.
“I’m excited,” Bailey said. “Last year was one of those years that I just couldn’t get over the fact of being hurt and grind my way through that. It was a tough, up-and-down year.
“I played in the Super Bowl, probably was the biggest game of my life, but we came up short and I’m still hungry. I’ve still got that drive to go out there and be the best and that’s why I’m still putting them on, and the Saints gave me an opportunity, I’m going to try to be a part of something special.”
Bailey loved what he saw from head coach Sean Payton and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan during his meeting with them.
“They want to win,” Bailey said. “They’re two coaches that are very competitive. You can see that when you watch them, you can hear it when you talk to them and I want that fire in my coaches because it’s burning inside of me, and I’m sure as well as every player in that locker room. We’re all on the same page and we all have the same goal in mind and that’s to win a championship.
“(The Saints) are very close (to a championship). You look at, Coach Payton took a year off, came back and they got in the playoffs, and won a game. They’re very close. I think any time you have a guy like Drew Brees calling the shots on offense, you’re always going to have a shot.
“Then, you put a good defense in with that and you give yourself a better shot. They’ve got all the pieces, so hopefully I’m another piece to help them get to where we want to go.”
The Saints had a great bounce back season in 2013, but they still have some questions to answer with guys like Darren Sproles now gone.