Updated: December 11, 2009 at 12:00 am
ENGLEWOOD – At 35 years old, Ty Law had to learn a new position.
He played an outside cornerback position for almost all his career. But that’s not what the Denver Broncos wanted of him when he signed in early November. Now he is playing inside as Denver’s third, or nickel, cornerback, and figuring it out as he goes. Although it doesn’t sound like a big change moving a few yards inside, the positions are different.
“As a corner, I’m on the outside and it’s one of a couple things – there’s not a lot of adjustments,” Law said. “Playing inside, motion here, motion there, running here, going from zone to man, blitzing or dropping. It’s totally different from what I’ve done.”
He said the biggest difference for him is coming in off the bench for a play here or there instead of getting in a rhythm from being in every play.
“The Hines Wards, the Wes Welkers, the Steve Smiths, they’re saying ‘Come in cold and cover them,’ ” Law said.
Law has played pretty well after being added in midseason, and his role Sunday will be very important against the Colts and quarterback Peyton Manning. Law has nine career interceptions against Manning (four in the regular season and five in the playoffs). This season Law hasn’t had many passes thrown his way, which could change this week. The lack of throws in his direction has perplexed him a bit.
“It’s amazing that people haven’t, even the first game I’m on Hines Ward almost the whole game, you’d think they’d keep on coming,” Law said. “But I had good coverage. It’s a respect thing, but I prepare as well as I can so I won’t be a weak link of the defense.”