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Allen: Woodson brings a swagger

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 at 1:17 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • Just Fire Baby

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

    *************************************

    Best O-line in our division

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    DMAC Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 1:21 pm
    3 amigos?
    Where O Dog?
    $$$$$$$$$

    Lol
    Sorry brother, I had some business to take care of.

  • http://microwave_economics 909RaiderLifer

    Welcome back home, C. Wood.

    The secondary is starting to shape up into the strength of the D. Should allow Tarver’s blitzes to be more effective. Having players in the backfield who can stick with, and cover they’re man….

  • Relentless

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:44 pm
    Bergstrom between Veldheer and Wiz, should help him out a lot.

    *************************************

    Best O-line in our division
    —–
    Honestly KC does. We’re second best though.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    What happened to B Albert? Did he get traded?

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Beechraider Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 1:28 pm
    unless your an OSU alum, i never understood the dislike of many for tp6. the guy does all the right things, has confidence, and personally i’m rooting for someone to step up and be our qb of the future. if its him fine, if its flynn fine..but just want someone to be successful
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Buckeyes fans don’t dislike TP. We don’t blame him, and we forgave the vest.

  • DutchRaider77

    94.inonewordraider Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:32 pm
    http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2013/5/22/4356576/oakland-raiders-ota-depth-chart

    _________________________________________________

    Thanks…pretty tough to pick the 53 man roster. Who isn’t going to make it?

  • http://microwave_economics 909RaiderLifer

    The_Judge37 Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:32 pm
    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

    “““““““““““““““““““““““““““`
    I kind of miss seeing the old Brew 102 brewery when I have to go into the downtown L.A. area….

  • Kirk

    Relentless Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:33 pm
    Our D is gonna be good this year, I wish I could say the same about our Offense.
    ……………………………………………….

    Pryor and Reece starting in the read option.

    But our coach is not that smart.

  • Relentless

    Raider O Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:49 pm
    What happened to B Albert? Did he get traded?
    —–
    Nope.

  • Relentless

    909RaiderLifer Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:52 pm
    The_Judge37 Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:32 pm
    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

    “““““““““““““““““““““““““““`
    I kind of miss seeing the old Brew 102 brewery when I have to go into the downtown L.A. area….
    —–
    I know. It’s so sad to have a city landmark beaten batteredand bruised off the freeway.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Sounds like the Passing game is going to be “West Coast” whatever that means anymore.

  • Relentless

    Kirk Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:52 pm
    Relentless Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:33 pm
    Our D is gonna be good this year, I wish I could say the same about our Offense.
    ……………………………………………….

    Pryor and Reece starting in the read option.

    But our coach is not that smart.
    —–
    I would love to see it. Is he gonna pass or run. It could work. But the skeptics won’t believe it until they see it. And it wasn’t fair with the offense they had last year. It would be different this year.

  • mcfadden20.

    why do people still reply to that phag Dr. thompson

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I still think our “base” defense should be 3-4.

    DE: Houston
    NT: Sims
    DE: Walker
    OLB: Carter/ Burris
    ILB: Burnett/ Maiava
    ILB: Roach
    OLB: Moore

  • Just Fire Baby

    Buckeyes fans don’t dislike TP. We don’t blame him, and we forgave the vest.

    **************************

    Ahhh……such a nice bunch you are.

    Do you hug your friends good-bye in the tailgate too?

  • Godeep

    Mcfadden20. Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:57 pm
    why do people still reply to that phag Dr. thompson
    —————————————————————-
    I know, I know I’m sorry. I just couldn’t help my self

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I don’t why a lot of fans assume we are going to be better than SD and KC.
    SD has a better QB, and KC has talent.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 3:01 pm
    Buckeyes fans don’t dislike TP. We don’t blame him, and we forgave the vest.

    **************************

    Ahhh……such a nice bunch you are.

    Do you hug your friends good-bye in the tailgate too?
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Sometimes….lol
    We are nice honest people and we will treat you with respect unless you are from the ghetto state aka Mich then we will show you no mercy.
    Damn You Mich!!!
    Go Buckeyes!

  • dr_robert

    Kirk Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:52 pm
    Relentless Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:33 pm
    Our D is gonna be good this year, I wish I could say the same about our Offense.
    ……………………………………………….

    Pryor and Reece starting in the read option.

    But our coach is not that smart.

    ***********

    u wanna run the wildcat?

    cuz without passing, that’s what it is.

  • The Big Banana

    Still mildly surprised Woodson signed here. Was it the faithful that showed up? Does Woodson believe in what’s being done at Harbor Way? Or a little of both?

    I sit back and am still a little surprised he didn’t go with Dungver. Glad for it, but surprised. A good little jolt sent by Woodson and Reggie to the fan base yesterday. Much appreciated.

  • dr_robert

    Relentless Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:57 pm
    Kirk Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:52 pm
    Relentless Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:33 pm
    Our D is gonna be good this year, I wish I could say the same about our Offense.
    ……………………………………………….

    Pryor and Reece starting in the read option.

    But our coach is not that smart.
    —–
    I would love to see it. Is he gonna pass or run. It could work. But the skeptics won’t believe it until they see it. And it wasn’t fair with the offense they had last year. It would be different this year.
    *********

    lol. “it wasn’t fair”.

    why can’t pryor just perform? why does he need so many excuses?

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    TBB,

    Money was a factor too.

  • dr_robert

    flynn-reece-dmc

    moore-streater-gordon

    those are the starters whether u like it or not.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    3 TDs and 1 TO in his 1st career start.
    Not a bad performance if you ask me.

  • dr_robert

    Raider O Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 3:07 pm
    3 TDs and 1 TO in his 1st career start.
    Not a bad performance if you ask me.

    **************

    horrible throwing, saved by a rainbow td and many missed picks.

    if u were impressed by his passing, then u don’t know what a good pass looks like.

    even he knows this.

  • http://microwave_economics 909RaiderLifer

    Sounds like the Passing game is going to be “West Coast” whatever that means anymore.

    “““““““““““““““““““““““““““

    Google: “dink and dunk”

  • dr_robert

    47% is a bad performance for anyone. and he throws a ridiculously bad pass.

    the td to dhb was thrown into tight coverage and dhb bailed him out.

    don’t u guys want a good qb?

  • The_Judge37

    121.The Big Banana Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 3:05 pm
    Still mildly surprised Woodson signed here. Was it the faithful that showed up? Does Woodson believe in what’s being done at Harbor Way? Or a little of both?

    I sit back and am still a little surprised he didn’t go with Dungver. Glad for it, but surprised. A good little jolt sent by Woodson and Reggie to the fan base yesterday. Much appreciated.
    —–

    After the fan turnout, he couldn’t go back and sign with the Donkey’s, then have to come back here during the season.

    I’d detour on my yearly drive up to Oakland thru Napa just to p!ss in his vinyard if he did that.

  • dr_robert

    wco means heigh percentage, accurate throws with quick reads.

    pryor fits none of that.

    read option is one play. u have to have passing plays.

  • The_Judge37

    In Pryor’s defense, he had a lot of good passes dropped by usually reliable receivers.

  • inonewordraider

    some interesting camp battles:

    flynn v pryor v wilson
    briesel v nix
    barnes v watson
    ausberry v gordon v kasa v rivera
    moore v criner
    streater v butler
    ford v vernon
    jennings v murray
    carter v hunter v bass
    sims v mcgee
    walker v bilukidi
    hayden v jenkins
    king v kluwe

  • Relentless

    dr_robert Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 3:05 pm
    Relentless Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:57 pm
    Kirk Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:52 pm
    Relentless Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 2:33 pm
    Our D is gonna be good this year, I wish I could say the same about our Offense.
    ……………………………………………….

    Pryor and Reece starting in the read option.

    But our coach is not that smart.
    —–
    I would love to see it. Is he gonna pass or run. It could work. But the skeptics won’t believe it until they see it. And it wasn’t fair with the offense they had last year. It would be different this year.
    *********

    lol. “it wasn’t fair”.

    why can’t pryor just perform? why does he need so many excuses?
    —–
    Nobody performed well last year with Knapp. Get over it.

  • inonewordraider

    usually reliable receivers.
    _____________
    ?

    don’t have any of those on the squad

  • Moose

    Crabtree tears achllies ouuchh

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    The_Judge37 Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    In Pryor’s defense, he had a lot of good passes dropped by usually reliable receivers.
    ==============================================

    He also had two or three dropped by San Diego defenders.

  • The_Judge37

    134.inonewordraider Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 3:15 pm
    usually reliable receivers.
    _____________
    ?

    don’t have any of those on the squad
    ——

    Moore is “Usually” reliable at catching the ball, I remember Reese dropped two pryor passes.

  • http://microwave_economics 909RaiderLifer

    I know. It’s so sad to have a city landmark beaten batteredand bruised off the freeway.
    “““““““““““““““““““““““““““`
    Got to admit it was an eyesore. But, it had “character”

    Nastiest tasting beer, ever….period…

  • The_Judge37

    Seymour Bush Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 3:17 pm
    The_Judge37 Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    In Pryor’s defense, he had a lot of good passes dropped by usually reliable receivers.
    ==============================================

    He also had two or three dropped by San Diego defenders
    ——

    That’s because they couldn’t handle the Zip on it.

  • Raider Riff

    131…..

    “Usually reliable wr’s ” …????????

    Wtf, which receivers on this team were reliable last year?

    NONE

    They dropped the same balls at the same alarming rate for TP6 thatthey did for CP3.

    Dr Robert only brings up the stupid stats like 47% in hopes that those reading didn’t watch the game to see that 25% of his throws were actually dropped. TP’s completion % should have been 65-75% had his receivers done their jobs and we easily win the game on top of it.

    Usually reliable ….smh …….. Tim brown and Jerry rice were reliable. We have nobody even close to that on this team.

  • Relentless

    909RaiderLifer Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 3:17 pm
    I know. It’s so sad to have a city landmark beaten batteredand bruised off the freeway.
    “““““““““““““““““““““““““““`
    Got to admit it was an eyesore. But, it had “character”

    Nastiest tasting beer, ever….period…
    —–
    True. But it should be fixed up and the company that buys it can change the flavor.

  • Football Coach

    If they play Houston at 4-3 DE all year, I will be pissed!

  • inonewordraider

    in my opinion

    pryor played well v sd, commanded the huddle, was patient in the pocket, didn’t make the big mistake, got us in the endzone

    cp was tough, said all the right things, helped the youngsters along, was accurate, could make all the throws but he did throw crucial picks

    i know crazy, i’m supposed to hate one of them right?

  • Football Coach

    But welcome back C Wood!

    Raiders should run a 3-4 or 3-3-5 base. 4-3 makes no sense with their weak DL. Their DBs and LBs are much better. Get your best 11 on the field on D!

  • The_Judge37

    Reese us a reliable receiver. So is Moore.

  • inonewordraider

    Football Coach Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 3:23 pm
    But welcome back C Wood!

    Raiders should run a 3-4 or 3-3-5 base. 4-3 makes no sense with their weak DL. Their DBs and LBs are much better. Get your best 11 on the field on D!
    _____________
    good point, another case of square peg round hole? zbs part II?

  • The Big Banana

    Raider O Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 3:06 pm
    TBB,

    Money was a factor too.

    —–

    How much diff? If it was the 600-700k I read earlier, that’s not a big diff for him at this stage.

  • The_Judge37

    144.Football Coach Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 3:23 pm
    But welcome back C Wood!

    Raiders should run a 3-4 or 3-3-5 base. 4-3 makes no sense with their weak DL. Their DBs and LBs are much better. Get your best 11 on the field on D!

    That would require some adaptation and creativity. Dennis Allen only knows how to teach what he barely knows

  • SnBG

    Football Coach Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 3:23 pm
    But welcome back C Wood!

    Raiders should run a 3-4 or 3-3-5 base. 4-3 makes no sense with their weak DL. Their DBs and LBs are much better. Get your best 11 on the field on D!
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    I agree, just don’t understand it. We’ll see what they do. I do think they will run a lot 34 though.

  • The_Judge37

    146.inonewordraider Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 3:26 pm
    Football Coach Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 3:23 pm
    But welcome back C Wood!

    Raiders should run a 3-4 or 3-3-5 base. 4-3 makes no sense with their weak DL. Their DBs and LBs are much better. Get your best 11 on the field on D!
    _____________
    good point, another case of square peg round hole? zbs part II?

    Agreed, but there’s no choice. Put them in a 3-4, and you got most of the guys who only have 4-3 experience. It’ll be a case of round peg, square hole.