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Woodson Q&A with media

By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 at 1:07 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Free safety Charles Woodson is a man without a jersey number right now. However, he’s always got something insightful to say. So, here’s the transcript of a news conference with Woodson after Tuesday’s practice in Alameda, his first time in a Raiders uniform since the 2005 season.

Q: How does it feel to be back with the Raiders?
A: “I almost feel important sitting up here. It feels good. It really does. It feels good to put the silver and black back on. It’s been a long time. I look good in silver and black, so it feels good to be back.”

Q: Are you more of a leader by example or are you more vocal?
A: “For the most part, I’m a lead-by-example type of guy. I’m always of the mind-set I don’t want to go around any coaches and what they coach, what they do. But when there’s an opportunity to step in and give some input on whatever that may be, then I’ll do that and, like I said, not try to step on anybody’s toes because that’s not my intention, of course, to do that. Wherever there’s a possibility to help a guy, whether he’s young or old, it doesn’t really matter, then absolutely.”

Q: What’s up with the blank jersey?
A: “I can’t find a number, Man. Everything is taken. So, moving forward, we’ll try to get that worked out but right now, I’m just Blank Man.”

Q: Going to negotiate to get your No. 24 back?
A: “Yeah, I guess that’s what I’m going to have to do. It wasn’t waiting for me at my locker, so I’ll have to negotiate that, for sure.”

Q: Did you meet D.J. Hayden last week?
A: “No, I haven’t had that opportunity yet. So, I’m really not sure what’s going on. I look forward to getting a chance to meet him. So, hopefully that situation works itself out, and he can get back here and do what I know he loves to do.”

Q: How can your confidence transfer to your teammates?
A: “Well, for me, it’s all about my approach to the game, the way I play, the way I practice. That will really show itself, the way I prepare. I’ll always prepare as if I’m the best player on the field. Once that’s no longer the case, I’ll see it, I’m sure everybody else will see it too. At that point, it’s up to the next guy to move forward. I’m just going to come in and do what I know how to do, and that’s be a great football player. So, I plan on doing that going forward.”

Q: What can you tell folks about Matt Flynn?
A: “Yeah, Flynn had a chance to work around a great quarterback in Aaron Rodgers a bit, sit behind him, just kind of emulate some of the things that Aaron does without trying to be like Aaron. So, he’ll bring some experience, even though he hasn’t had a chance to lead a team. I know that I’m sure the coaches are excited to have him in here and giving him that opportunity to lead this team. I just look forward to seeing him grow. He’ll have the opportunity to be the guy. At that point, it’s what do you do with it. Hopefully he’ll succeed.”

Q: What feels different about being back here?
A: “Oh, man, really the only difference is the big guy is not here. That’s really it. Knowing that you’re not going to see him coming out on to the field at any point in time this season is really the different feeling to this organization. But I know that the organization is in good hands with Mark taking over and bringing in Reggie to come in here and try to get the Raiders back on the right track. So, in that sense, it feels good and there’s definitely a positive feel to it.”

Q: What did they tell you about their vision that helped you re-sign here?
A: “Well, just talking to Reggie and coach D.A., I was really sold on the fact that they believe on the guys that they have here. Of course, you can always use more and as the years come up, they’ll be able to do some more things. But they really have a lot of faith in the guys that they have on the roster right now. Who knows what this team will be at the end of the season, but I was convinced that this team will compete, this team will be in games, and we look forward to going out there and wearing the silver and black proudly. These guys, I’m looking forward to playing with them and trying to get back to where the Raiders should be.”

Q: Know anything about Tyvon Branch when you were in Green Bay?
Woodson: Yeah, we always watch players around the league. He’s a guy that, he always shows up somewhere. He’s a tough, hard-nosed football player. A lot of speed. Can cover a lot of ground. He’ll come up and stick his nose, stick his face in the play. He’s a guy that I look forward to playing with, and a guy that I think is emerging as one of the leaders on the team, so I’m looking forward to getting more familiar with him and playing alongside of him. I think the sky’s the limit for him.

Q: Terms of scheme, what it was like before, man-to-man corners, safeties normal role, four-man role . . . how different is that what looking at now?
Woodson: It’s a lot different. I mean, you just stated it. I mean, we were to be man-to-man corners, and that’s what it was. You went on the outside, the other corner went to the other side and you played man-to-man. You had a single high safety, and that’s pretty much what you did. There wasn’t a whole lot to it. This defense will give you some variations and give you some opportunities to make some plays, give you some different looks, and not just be in a single high safety look. That’ll be fun, and for me, being a guy that I feel like I have a nose for the football, it’ll be a lot of fun to go out there and be a part of this defense and try to make it click.

Q: Flynn 2-0 with Packers, did he make it easy for guys to have confidence in him?
Woodson: Yeah, I mean, we always felt he could do it. But the game of football is the same for everybody. You’ve got to get out there in a game, and you’ve got to get a feel for it. The opportunities that he got, he made the most of ‘em, and he gave people a look at what he could do. That’s the reason why he was picked up in Seattle, even though he wasn’t the guy there, but people seen enough of him, that they brought him here, so I’m sure the staff has a lot of confidence in him that he’ll emerge as the guy, and help lead this franchise.

Q: What about Jason Tarver as a defensive coordinator?
Woodson: Well, I mean, he’s a young coach and he’s just trying to implement his defense. And that’ll take some time. He’s got a lot of new faces, a lot of new guys. The most important thing about trying to implement your defense really is communication. It really won’t matter as far as the talent level is concerned, but if you can communicate and guys know where they’re supposed to be, a lot of the other stuff won’t matter, because you’ll be in position to make plays, make tackles, keep people out of the end zone and that sort of thing. The more and more we work together, I think the defense is a defense where it’s not going to confuse you. Guys should pick it up fairly quickly and we should be able to hit the ground running.

Q: Did you get a chance to talk with Al Davis at any point?
Woodson: Man, I haven’t talked to Al Davis since I left. That’s one of the things I look back on, when I didn’t do when I left, was really have a conversation with him when I left the Raiders. Didn’t get a chance speak with him, and I wish I had.

Q: What kind of effort did Raiders make to keep you when you left here?
Woodson: Yeah, it was pretty much done. I know my agents talked to the organization a few times, but as far as me, there was really no communication. It was kind of, I guess, the writing on the wall that he’s no longer going to be a Raider, and I went my way, and the Raiders of course went their way. It wasn’t much at all.

Q: Did you ever think you’d be back?
Woodson: No, no. No, but I guess that’s the way life works. I never thought I’d go to Green Bay and ended up in Green Bay and had an incredible run there, and free agency came around and I thought I would be somewhere else fairly quickly, and that didn’t happen, and free agency just kind of rolled on, and found myself talking to myself and saying, regardless of where I play, I want to play football. I don’t want to just be done playing the game. That’s when the opportunity arose to come out here and play football, and that’s what happened.

Q: How’s your health?
A: I feel great. Other than having the collarbone and last year and then the Super Bowl year which were setbacks of course. Other than that I don’t have any aches and pains anywhere or anything. My shoulder has healed up well now. I look forward to going out there and playing football the way I always have.

Q: What was it like with fans last week?
A: It was a great feeling. I was here eight years and we had some ups and downs but we had some great years. I know what it’s like to have this fan base behind you. That’s a big deal. There’s a lot of energy here. A lot of these guys don’t know that, they don’t know that feeling to be that type of team here and have the fans behind you. To have the fans here at the facility last week welcoming me back meant a lot and I appreciate Raider Nation for that.

Q: Talk to Mark Davis yet?
A: I have not. I haven’t seen Mark in years. I’m sure since I left in 05-06. It’s been a long time. Haven’t really been around him since that point. There’s only one Al Davis though. I’m sure that it’s probably a lot different in that respect.

Q: Thoughts on tuck rule gone?
A: What were they waiting on? That was a happy day. It was a happy day Finally they got it done. My thing is too bad it couldn’t be retroactive.

Q: Where is this team at in the rebuilding process?
A: That’s really hard to say. This is a fairly young team. When I came in we had Tim Brown and guys like that, some veterans that had been around for a while. Hadn’t won a lot of games but then we got a new coach in Jon Gruden at that time and they brought in a new system so things slowly started to come together during those first couple of years. Here this is my first time going out there running around with the guys out there on the field. What I can say is there is a lot of energy out there just from the first initial practice. As far as defensively. The defense is one that guys will gravitate toward fairly quickly and pick it up to the point where when we go out there in games there’s not a lot of indecision. We’ll be able to go out there and play football and have fun doing it. If you’re doing that then you’ll win some games.

Q: Ever talk about going back to GB?
A: The conversation when it happened was fairly quick. It was ‘we thank you for your time here. We feel like it’s time for us to go our way and you go your way.’ That was it. I really didn’t have any thoughts of it. When free agency first started I thought I’d be on a team pretty quickly and wouldn’t even have time to think about it. It really didn’t cross my mind much I guess. I figured it was what it was. You got to move on.

Q: What do you say to those surprised you signed here?
A: I don’t think they understood the fact that I spent more time here than anywhere else. If I got past Denver and didn’t sign there that if I got here it was going to be pretty tough for me to leave being that this is like a second home to me as well. Drafted here, spent eight years here. I had great years here. We had a lot of ups and downs but I loved it here. I still have people I consider family here. It was going to be hard to come here, sit down with Reggie and DA. Just being in this building, seeing the fans at the gate coming in. It was going to be hard to leave I don’t think people understood that.

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  • Raider E

    Agreed, RM will be sorry he released DHB without an offer to restructure.

  • SnBG

    Here’s the issue. Is our coaching staff going to give Pryor the opportunity to develop chemistry with the receivers so they can adjust to Pryor’s style of Play. They seemed to do fairly well when Pryor was rolling out left and right in SD. For those timing patterns and passes they need to develop a working relationship with one another. Will Pryor get that chance. I’m not sure he will but I’m rooting for him.

  • RaiderRetribution

    So what does Porter get for “24″

    Two dozen bottles of wine….?

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    “And Palmer was not fine in the ZBS, he was getting murdered.”

    Are you sure this was not Palmer’s fault?

    It seems to me that everything that happened bad to us last year was somehow Palmer’s fault.

  • SnBG

    RM will not be sorry he let DHB go. Guy was not worthy of his draft position and salary. See ya DHB. Nice guy but not great at football.

  • rediaR

    SnBG Says:
    May 29th, 2013 at 2:32 pm
    The_Judge37 Says:
    May 29th, 2013 at 2:21 pm
    The receivers have to adjust to his ball? To some extent, yes. The more receivers have to adjust though, the more obviously worse your QB is. If an offense is running as smoothly as possible the receivers will run a consistent and accurate route, and the QB will deliver the ball to a place where the receiver doesn’t adjust to anything. Making the receivers have to worry about where all of the wild passes are going to land isn’t a smart way to set up an offense.
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    You’re talking about our receivers running great routes. They’re not that good at doing that so a little improve is needed by our QB. Pryor is better at that than Flynn
    ————————
    I’m talking football in general and was mainly addressing the idea that throwing the ball accurately is some sort of luxury because the receivers will adjust to the errant throws. Even if your receivers are bad it is better to have an accurate QB than an inaccurate one.

  • Raider E

    DHB should have been kept at a reduced rate. Luck thinks he is a player. I will go with his feeling on the matter obviously.

  • Raider E

    Accuracy > Inaccuracy

    Is this supposed to be some kind of new perspective?

  • rediaR

    DHB does some things well. He was just paid way too much and it took him a couple years of dreadful play before he was able to show some positives.

  • Raider E

    Without DHB we no longer have a WR that can take a 5 yard out to the house.

  • rediaR

    Raider E Says:
    May 29th, 2013 at 2:45 pm
    Accuracy > Inaccuracy

    Is this supposed to be some kind of new perspective?
    ————————
    Apparently it is, because I have to say it.

  • http://www.AmyTraskshouldbeonmountrushmore.com Whats a Drexl?

    Twocents Says:
    May 29th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    You can’t run a serious practice with a bunch Raider fans in attendance. People yelling “tits” at DA and giving McKenzie the finger.
    You should have to buy a ticket to express your opinion.
    =========================
    lmao

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    JLofty Says:
    I don’t get the feeling Greg Olsen is going to be implementing a bunch of creative offensive schemes. I think he is going to be going heavy on the heavy, power running, a LOT of DMac and Murray. Mixed with some use of Reece.
    ======================================================

    Not sure about Reece. Priest said(post#3),”Reece is the most versatile of them and is a matchup nightmare. Hue Jackson knew how to use him so the defense could gage him and that is why he had soo many big plays.”
    Now, Reeces #’s, almost across the board, doubled or better last year compared to his two years under Huebris, except for TD’s. Knapp’s offense wasn’t TD friendly.
    But, as Priest will tell you, numbers and stats mean nothing compared to how he remembers HueJack using Reece, and Olsen isn’t near the OC that Hue is so Reece probably won’t be much of a factor…Period

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    I hope DHB does well.

  • Raider E

    Exactly Redia,

    Why would we go through the growing pains just to see his development show itself for another team.

    Don’t know if he was offered a restructure, but if he wasn’t, RM made a mistake.

  • Priesttj12

    The_Judge37 Says:
    May 29th, 2013 at 2:13 pm
    65.Priesttj12 Says:
    This is such a misunderstanding in points of view. No one is advocating he just take off and run. He has to run the offense the same way he did vs SD he ran the offense. He can run this offense as well as the other two guys. He can throw it just as well as the other two when he sets his feet and lets it fly. He’s trying too hard to impress is my point. He needs to be himself and let tghe rec’s adjust to his ball and tehy will but if he’s trying to guide the ball to them is when he gets into trouble. The running thing is an addition when things break downhe cna buy time or pick up the 1st down. To NOT run when it’s there makes no sense it helps the offense get another set of downs to ask him NOT to do that makes no sense.
    —-

    Then he has no chance of winning the starting spot. Because on the short throws, he’s not better than the other Two QB’s. He needs to show he can read a coverage and throw better, or else he’s a one trick pony in the minds of the coaches.
    ****************************************
    These coaches see hi everyday all day. They know he can make those throws the reason for preseason games is to see how can move the chains and score points. They may have mastered the checkdown better but that does NOT mean he’s not good at it. He just uses more of the field. To say he can’t make that throw is your opinion because he can. His route tree is just different from there’s in games they want to see who can move the team the best and score points. Who is best at checkdowns will have no baring on who wins that job it’ll be who gives us the best chance to WIN……..period

    You guys buy into what you read a bit too much. Just wait and watch the games that will tell all. Completing checkdowns does not win games it gives you greta completion % but it does NOT win games………period

  • SnBG

    Raider E Says:
    May 29th, 2013 at 2:43 pm
    DHB should have been kept at a reduced rate. Luck thinks he is a player. I will go with his feeling on the matter obviously.
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    I don’t know man. What is Luck going to say. DHB stinks

  • Priesttj12

    Alos to add reading a coverage a just to checkdown is not what a coach wants to see necessarily he wants to see who can make all the throws on the correct reads. You are assuming because he adds his legs to the equation it’s some kind of drawback. As long as he makes correct reads and throws the ball to the man who’s open is what they want to see, not a bunch of checkdowns.

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    “I don’t know man. What is Luck going to say. DHB stinks”

    kind of….by not throwing him very many passes.

    Irasy wanted Wallace didn’t get him so he settled for DHB (high expectations)

  • http://www.AmyTraskshouldbeonmountrushmore.com Whats a Drexl?

    Losing DHB was a bummer, and with Moore disappearing last year, a restructure made sense.

  • Raider E

    Luck didn’t give the politically correct, ” he is doing a good job,” line.

    He used word like great and phenominal.

  • SnBG

    It is an assumption that Olson won’t be as good as Hue was. Hue made some pretty bone head calls. If Hue is so good how come he isn’t a OC now.

  • Priesttj12

    John David Booty Says:
    May 29th, 2013 at 2:33 pm
    INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has been impressed with the addition of former Oakland wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who joined the team through free agency.
    “Darrius had been great, he’s been a great addition,” Luck said after Wednesday’s OTA workouts. “He has great speed, obviously, and he’s got a real knack for football.
    “He’s played a lot of football and he understands situations. He’s a good force in the wide receiver rotation. He’s done a phenomenal job so far.”
    **
    DHB easily goes over 1000 yards this season.
    *************************************
    No he sucks! He aint good enough to play for us we’re too great of a team. he can only play for that playoff team while we feed at the bottom.

  • dr_robert

    The Original Beeeeech Diggity Dawg Says:
    May 29th, 2013 at 2:25 pm
    Brahs, we all know totally believe Nob Rat isn’t afraid of the Big Bad Beeeech Dawg, right?

    After all, running to a beat writer to sob about how he’s getting abused by a super party hero on a football blog is an act of confidence and courage

    Don’t worry, Rat. It’s obvious you’re telling the truth.
    *********
    Ok man. I’m afraid of u. Ok? Are u better?

    Yes ur a real partier. Awesome.

    Nice job.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Ghosttoothepost Says:
    If only this place had an ignore button. My bet is everyone would have you on their ignore list.
    ======================================================

    Have who on their ignore list?

  • rediaR

    They don’t have to just throw the ball to the man who is open. They have to throw the ball with the right velocity, timing and accuracy. When Pryor proves he can do that, by all means give him the job.

    QBs being able to run is the luxury, not QBs being able to throw.

  • DutchRaider77

    Yeah, I would love to have Huff, Kelly and DHB on the roster for what OTHER teams are paying them…combined their 2013 salary doesn’t even equal one of their salaries for 2012.

  • SnBG

    When Olson called the plays for the rams in 2006 they had a 4000 yrd QB, 1500 yrd RB and two 1000 yrd WRS & were 10th in the league in scoring!!! And that was with Marc Bulger!!!! Great hire RM & DA!! Powerblocking scheme too!!!

  • Priesttj12

    The_Judge37 Says:
    May 29th, 2013 at 2:28 pm
    86.JLofty Says:
    May 29th, 2013 at 2:23 pm
    Priest I think Judge was talking about pre-season as far as TP6 being on run lock down.
    When they count do whatever you gotta do to score points.

    That’s exactly what i was talking about. Come game time, JUST WIN BABY!
    ************************************
    He has to move the chains….period

    3 and outs don’t win starting jobs in this league.

    Sure everyone knows he has to do it primarily with his arm, I think that point has only been made a couple thousand times.

  • http://www.AmyTraskshouldbeonmountrushmore.com Whats a Drexl?

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    May 29th, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Ghosttoothepost Says:
    If only this place had an ignore button. My bet is everyone would have you on their ignore list.
    ======================================================

    Have who on their ignore list?
    ================================
    I think he was referring to that asshat Dr_agitate

  • http://microwave_economics 909RaiderLifer

    Vic Tafur @VicTafur 34m
    D.J. Hayden has been released from the hospital and is back at home resting comfortably. #Raiders
    View details ·
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    Get well soon, DJ…

  • Raider E

    Huff and Kelly are gone. DHB actually made plays.

  • dr_robert

    Fvcking inmates running wild in here.

    Interesting sociologically what people will do.

  • SnBG

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    May 29th, 2013 at 2:53 pm
    “I don’t know man. What is Luck going to say. DHB stinks”

    kind of….by not throwing him very many passes.

    Irasy wanted Wallace didn’t get him so he settled for DHB (high expectations)
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    Aren’t you taking my comment out of context just to argue with me?

  • Raider E

    DHB was arguably are most productive WR period.

  • The_Judge37

    110.Raider E Says:
    May 29th, 2013 at 2:46 pm
    Without DHB we no longer have a WR that can take a 5 yard out to the house.
    ——-

    Moore and Ford can do that. Our problem now is that we don’t have a qb that can get the ball into a WR’s hands.

  • SnBG

    Raider E Says:
    May 29th, 2013 at 3:01 pm
    DHB was arguably are most productive WR period.
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    That’s not saying a whole lot.

  • dr_robert

    Whats A Drexl? Says:
    May 29th, 2013 at 2:59 pm
    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    May 29th, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Ghosttoothepost Says:
    If only this place had an ignore button. My bet is everyone would have you on their ignore list.
    ======================================================

    Have who on their ignore list?
    ================================
    I think he was referring to that asshat Dr_agitate
    ******
    Hmm. Could be my new handle.

    Funny how a bunch of loud hyenas can create an atmosphere.

    Mob mentality.

    Good things u idiots are in an imaginary room where u can’t hurt anyone.

  • SnBG

    The_Judge37 Says:
    May 29th, 2013 at 3:02 pm
    110.Raider E Says:
    May 29th, 2013 at 2:46 pm
    Without DHB we no longer have a WR that can take a 5 yard out to the house.
    ——-

    Moore and Ford can do that. Our problem now is that we don’t have a qb that can get the ball into a WR’s hands.
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    Pryor ca do that just fine thank you. Even Flynn can do that.

  • The_Judge37

    I think he was referring to that asshat Dr_agitate
    ******
    Hmm. Could be my new handle.
    ——

    Asshat?

  • mcthompso

    Lord a mercy guys. It is silly to crown any of our QBs the best of the bunch. All speculation. We can go 1 start v. 2 starts v. hope…but game film will not tell us a lot about any of the three. What we know is that it is Flynn’s job to lose, as that has basically been stated–although the competition should be fair during camp and preseason. Enough of this putting one player over the rest of the 89! Especially when he has to earn it just like everyone else. I hope he’s good…I like him…I don’t hope he wins it b/c I am not rooting for one Raider player over another…I’m rooting for them all the same-they’re all Raiders. Why can’t we just quit with the singular player fandom?

    The arguments are intriguing on both sides. All of the posters have decent points about their favorite player, I do respect and enjoy seeing them, as they provide hope (not even insight, none of us have that) and what to look for in a player…but quit making it out as anything is fact with our QBs. Let’s allow the best man win and get behind that guy, instead of just waiting for them to fail so our favorite players can get some run.

    Your predictions are not more important than the team if you are a true fan. This goes for Pryor lovers and haters. Root for all three (or four if you wanna count McGloin). They’re our guys.

  • Raider E

    The next time Moore or Ford break the tackle of a DB and race 50 yards for a td after a 5 yrd completion will be their first.

  • Twocents

    Drexl, at least someone gets my weird humor.
    Fans never change. If the QB throws an errant pass they are yelling for the next guy or the coaches head.

  • The Original Beeeeech Diggity Dawg

    KoolKell Says:
    May 29th, 2013 at 2:49 pm
    I hope DHB does well.

    ——-

    That’s because you’re an idiot

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has been impressed with the addition of former Oakland wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who joined the team through free agency.
    “Darrius had been great, he’s been a great addition,” Luck said after Wednesday’s OTA workouts. “He has great speed, obviously, and he’s got a real knack for football.
    “He’s played a lot of football and he understands situations. He’s a good force in the wide receiver rotation. He’s done a phenomenal job so far.”

    Absolutely agree. Especially since he stopped short of calling him a great receiver or having great hands.
    I’d like to have him at his current salary. Good guy, works hard, and does understand the situation on the field.

  • The_Judge37

    142.Raider E Says:
    May 29th, 2013 at 3:05 pm
    The next time Moore or Ford break the tackle of a DB and race 50 yards for a td after a 5 yrd completion will be their first.
    —–

    Well it was DHB’s first and only.

  • dr_robert

    Lol.

    Right now cretins like missdick, beeech, and the like, are feeling validated cuz their handles and MR have “ganged up” on me.

    And a few mental weaklings don’t have the mental facilities to see things clearly.

    Funny how a sane person can be perceived among the mentally disturbed.

    Gotta love the blog.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    What did DHB sign for in Indy?

  • The_Judge37

    Reggie should’ve taken DHB to IHOP with him, load him full of pancakes every day and we’d have our starting TE who can block and Body catch.

  • rediaR

    And when did checkdowns become cancer? Coaches absolutely want QBs to throw checkdowns when it is necessary. They have players run those routes for a reason. When the deeper routes aren’t developing and the situation doesn’t warrant taking the risk of throwing the ball into coverage, a checkdown is a logical next step. They are the last reads on a QB’s progression and are the options just before taking off and running (even for Pryor), throwing the ball away and taking a sack. Checkdowns are useful tools that can extend drives and result in bigger plays. A QB willing to throw a checkdown could be the difference between 3rd & 16 and 3rd & 2.