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Allen: Woodson brings a swagger

Got a few minutes with Raiders coach Dennis Allen Wednesday to get his reaction on the signing of Charles Woodson. Here’s a transcription:

Q: What does Charles Woodson bring to your team at this stage of his career?

Allen: I mean, I think there’s a lot of things. But when you really look at it and you get a chance to add a veteran presence in the defensive secondary, I think that’s something that was very exciting for us, very intriguing for us. But I think when you really look at it, here’s a guy that’s got 55 career interceptions. He’s run 11 of them back for touchdowns. The guy takes the ball away, and when he does, he scores points. So I think this is a guy that can come in and get the ball back for our offense and set us up in good position with a chance to score some points.

Q: His ball-stripping and all-around skills were evident during his first go-round with the Raiders, but he seemed to take things to another level in Green Bay in terms of being a leader. How appealing was that?

Allen: It was real appealing. Obviously, you’ve got the player, and you see the talent and the player, but when you combine that with the maturation process that he’s gone through, he’s a real pro. It was exciting for us because it was evident in visiting with him that he wanted to be a Raider. He wanted to be part of what we’re doing here, and bringing a guy in that wants to be here, and he has those attributes, leadership abilities. I thought it was a good fit.

Q: He’s one of the more charismatic guys I’ve covered in terms of giving off a vibe, did you feel that yesterday when he walked in the building?

Allen: Oh, absolutely. He’s a grown man. He has his ideals and his thought process and he’s not afraid to express his opinion and we sat down and had a great conversation together and I’m looking forward to getting a guy in here like that can bring that added dimension to the team.

Q: How comfortable are you with his health and the twice-broken collarbone? That all went past your doctors?

Allen: Yeah, we didn’t have any issue with hit. That was one of the things we wanted ot make sure of when we brought Charles in here. We wanted to make sure everything was fine and he was healthy, and from a medical standpoint we didn’t have any issue with it.

Q: I assume it’s going to be a little more quiet driving out of work today . . .

Allen: (laughs). I would imagine. I’ll tell you what, it was a great scene. That really says a lot about Raider Nation and the type of fan support that we have here and we’re trying to do everything we can do really get back to those winning ways and give these people that love this team, and love this organization, win lose or draw we wanted to give them something to be excited about and happy about, and I think Charles is a great addition in our movement that way.

Q: Would imagine the same thing goes with the team, a realization among the players that, `Wow, we just got Charles Woodson.’’ . . .

Allen: You want to play this game with a swagger, with a little bit of an air of confidence, not a cockiness but an air of confidence that you know you’re good, you’re going to be good. I think Charles, obviously, him individually, he’s got that swagger, but I think he can bring some of that to our football team _ not just defensively, but the whole team in general.

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  • R8ER MIKE

    rediaR Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 1:42 pm
    Dr_ Robert Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 1:40 pm
    Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 1:38 pm
    FIRE REGGIE NOW.
    ***
    Why don’t you do us all a favor and go jump on the Broncos bandwagon.
    —————-
    Elway’s teeth take up all the room.

    **********************
    lol.. with those teeth he can eat an apple through a chain link fence !!!

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    So I guess Charles is practicing today? Exciting. :-)

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Reggie is not done yet. VET PASS RUSHER UP NEXT . WATCH

  • Dr_ robert

    KoolKell Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 1:45 pm
    So I guess Charles is practicing today? Exciting.
    *****
    Yes Kell its wonderful.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    Swagger? thats what Art Shell said we needed =) funny how it goes…

  • The_Judge37

    52.KoolKell Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 1:45 pm
    So I guess Charles is practicing today? Exciting.
    ——

    Won’t practice till tomorrow, last night him and Seabass went bar hopping

  • new improved dr robert now cherry flavored

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 1:46 pm
    Reggie is not done yet. VET PASS RUSHER UP NEXT . WATCH
    *********
    Andre carter.

  • The_Judge37

    57.new improved dr robert now cherry flavored Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 1:48 pm
    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 1:46 pm
    Reggie is not done yet. VET PASS RUSHER UP NEXT . WATCH
    *********
    Andre carter.

    Trace Armstrong

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Reggie is not done yet. VET PASS RUSHER UP NEXT . WATCH
    *********
    Andre carter.

    ——————-

    NOPE.. DA said after the draft that Vet Pass Rusher is something that they would adress Carter was already on the team

  • inonewordraider

    good we have a good secondary, they’re gonna have to cover a long time with houston playin rde

  • SR Raider

    This story just makes me feel good. Welcome back Charles!

  • 8RaiderReign8

    What up DMAC?

    Isn’t it nice to have quality free agents want to come to Oakland again?

  • new improved dr robert now cherry flavored

    I think they asked him about the pass rush and he said “we are still working on that.”
    And I think that was during the draft.

  • The_Judge37

    63.new improved dr robert now cherry flavored Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 1:52 pm
    I think they asked him about the pass rush and he said “we are still working on that.”
    And I think that was during the draft.
    —-

    The 2012 draft.

  • new improved dr robert now cherry flavored

    We have five DEs. I suppose they could bring in another.

  • SnBG

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 1:51 pm
    Reggie is not done yet. VET PASS RUSHER UP NEXT . WATCH
    *********
    Andre carter.

    ——————-

    NOPE.. DA said after the draft that Vet Pass Rusher is something that they would adress Carter was already on the team
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    Isreal Idoniji DE DT would be nice. Plays both.

  • willy91137

    I sure am glad we didn’t draft Gino Smith he hired some rapper in New York

    for an agent I think if I was him and had to play in New York I would keep a very low profile

    between the NFL network and the news media in New York they will eat you up

    Mark Sanchez is in the news all the time

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Woodson, as he was being driven out of the facility by director football operations Joey Clinkscales, even stopped and got out of the SUV to sign some autographs.
    ======================================================

    Always wondered what Joey actually did!

  • Dr_ robert

    new improved dr robert now cherry flavored Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 1:54 pm
    We have five DEs. I suppose they could bring in another.
    *****
    Has it been announced that Houston will be playing UT. Another great quote from the blog villager.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    The_Judge37 Says:

    So I guess Charles is practicing today? Exciting.
    ——

    Won’t practice till tomorrow, last night him and Seabass went bar hopping
    =====================================================

    With Joey Clinkscales driving.

  • Dr_ robert

    willy91137 Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 1:56 pm
    I sure am glad we didn’t draft Gino Smith he hired some rapper in New York

    for an agent I think if I was him and had to play in New York I would keep a very low profile

    between the NFL network and the news media in New York they will eat you up

    Mark Sanchez is in the news all the time
    ****
    Great take Willy have you ever thought of becoming a Philosopher???

  • willy91137

    Director of football operations I guess that means you are a gofor

    I am director of football operations good’ now go get me a couple coffee

  • freezetag168

    Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    FIRE REGGIE NOW.
    **************************************

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9zJHvCsmOI

  • SnBG

    Bon Jour Purvi

  • The_Judge37

    70.Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 1:58 pm
    The_Judge37 Says:

    So I guess Charles is practicing today? Exciting.
    ——

    Won’t practice till tomorrow, last night him and Seabass went bar hopping
    =====================================================

    With Joey Clinkscales driving.
    ——

    Sucks for him, we know what happened the last time when Condo drove.

  • willy91137

    NO Dr. Roberts I have not but have you ever thought about getting a life

  • freezetag168

    Truth be told had anyone told me Huff was going to be replaced by C Wood when Huffy was released, I’d wonder how much you were smokin.

  • Dr_ robert

    willy91137 Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:02 pm
    NO Dr. Roberts I have not but have you ever thought about getting a life
    ***
    I do have a life, a wife and two kids. Plus two vwry awesomw Golden Retrievers who occasionally schit the carpet. But it happens.

  • willy91137

    I wonder if Woodson will bring his wife and family out here

    we might have to go hunting for Woodson and Sea bass on game day

    they might still be partying

  • Dr_ robert

    very awesome…

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Who else said we need C Woods swag?

    Oh ya that was me, who else would have said it? Not you fkn meatballs, eating my dust for 3+ years.
    ______

    MistaBrown Says:
    May 20th, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I dont care if Wood only has year left in him we need his swag on the field, badly!

  • inonewordraider

    MistaBrown Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:09 pm
    Who else said we need C Woods swag?

    Oh ya that was me, who else would have said it? Not you fkn meatballs, eating my dust for 3+ years.
    ______

    MistaBrown Says:
    May 20th, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I dont care if Wood only has year left in him we need his swag on the field, badly
    ________
    you and DA are in lockstep

  • new improved dr robert now cherry flavored

    Dr_ Robert Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:06 pm
    willy91137 Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:02 pm
    NO Dr. Roberts I have not but have you ever thought about getting a life
    ***
    I do have a life, a wife and two kids. Plus two vwry awesomw Golden Retrievers who occasionally schit the carpet. But it happens.
    ********
    I do?

  • Dr_ robert

    new improved dr robert now cherry flavored Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:11 pm
    Dr_ Robert Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:06 pm
    willy91137 Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:02 pm
    NO Dr. Roberts I have not but have you ever thought about getting a life
    ***
    I do have a life, a wife and two kids. Plus two vwry awesomw Golden Retrievers who occasionally schit the carpet. But it happens.
    ********
    I do?
    ***
    Yes I do. Hows the hip Bud?

  • new improved dr robert now cherry flavored

    Dr_ Robert Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:06 pm
    willy91137 Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:02 pm
    NO Dr. Roberts I have not but have you ever thought about getting a life
    ***
    I do have a life, a wife and two kids. Plus two vwry awesomw Golden Retrievers who occasionally schit the carpet. But it happens.
    ********
    Interesting. Where do u get ur info?

  • willy91137

    Dr. Roberts yes and I’m driving and the Indianapolis 500 Sunday

  • Moose

    Immortality is there..its your`s…….take it!!!

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Woodson has a winery around here?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Woodson has a winery around here?

    ***

    @Kell

    you would know!

  • realtruraider

    No Kell, its in wine country, Napa valley, no where near around here smh

  • new improved dr robert now cherry flavored

    Where do they grow the grapes for mad dog?

  • HGDaddy

    Levi Damien ‏@LeviDamien

    McGloin impresses #Raiders, Padron waived http://sbn.to/Z0AStg

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    MistaBrown Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Who else said we need C Woods swag?

    Oh ya that was me, who else would have said it? Not you fkn meatballs, eating my dust for 3+ years
    =========================================

    You mean the way you were right about the election and the Romney landslide? Or when you predicted your Cleveland Browns were going to win their division, or when you thought Luke Walton was our fullback, or…..

  • inonewordraider
  • The_Judge37

    91.new improved dr robert now cherry flavored Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:23 pm
    Where do they grow the grapes for mad dog?
    ——-

    Inglewood

  • Relentless

    Our D is gonna be good this year, I wish I could say the same about our Offense.

  • inonewordraider

    bass is the hope at rde

    interesing that sio starting while burris rehabbing so one of them will start burnett or maiava at the other side

    bilikudi playing ut, mcgee nt

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Bergstrom between Veldheer and Wiz, should help him out a lot.

  • Godeep

    Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    FIRE REGGIE NOW.
    ——————————————————————–
    Oh shut up Dr Hunter!!! Reggie is doing what it takes to rebuild a team!!! Quit complaining!!! It is getting so OLD!!!

  • The_Judge37

    How will Tarver use Woodson this year, Traditional FS or Rover like in GB?

    My guess, Taver will somehow use him Improperly.