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Woodson doing a number on Father Time

OAKLAND – There’s a belief by some that Raiders owner Mark Davis signed safety Charles Woodson just to sell more tickets to home games and jerseys with Woodson’s name on them.
That’s true, in part. Yet, it’s also a fact that Woodson isn’t your ordinary 36-year old, and he brings more to the equation than selling power.
“The scary thing about it is, I watch him on film and in practice every day and the guy’s still got it,” Raiders veteran offensive tackle Khalif Barnes said a short time after the Raiders beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 19-9 at the Coliseum in Woodson’s first regular-season home game since he signed with the Raiders in the offseason..
“It’s not like he’s old and can’t move. The dude can still play. It’s crazy actually. He’s a machine. I don’t know how he does it after 17 years.”
Plenty of thirtysomethings still can play, but how many of them can fly through the air, literally, with the greatest of ease and make perhaps the play of the day?
Woodson showed doubters about his ability to play at a high level just how much he has left Sunday, when he left his feet and launched himself shoulder height toward Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew in the second quarter.
Woodson scored a direct hit, just as Jones-Drew pointed himself toward the Raiders goal line, and dragged down Jones-Drew at the 3-yard line. The Jaguars settled for a field goal two plays later.
“It don’t matter, man,” Woodson said of his heroics. “I’m just flying over a building in a single bound.”
Raiders coach Dennis Allen called the play “huge” and said it helped the Raiders shift momentum.
“Any time you see a guy like Charles Woodson who has played as long as he has and the way he can play at the level that he’s played,” Allen said, “for him to make an effort play like that really gives the whole team and the defense in particular a lot of momentum. It was a great play.”
Woodson’s also making a huge impression on his teammates, especially the younger ones.
Rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden didn’t see Woodson’s high-flying acrobatics. Just the same, he said, he draws inspiration from a player the Raiders selected in the first round of the 1998 NFL draft.
“It’s motivation,” Hayden said of Woodson’s play. “If he can do it, anyone of us can do it. … Hopefully a little bit of him rubs off on me.”
Through two games so far, the Raiders defense allowed only 30 points, or slightly more than what the Raiders allowed per game last season, when Woodson was wrapping up his Green Bay Packers career.
Call it the Woodson Effect? Call it whatever you want, Woodson said, but there’s a feeling that the Raiders are on to something meaningful defensively.
“We’re onto playing good, hard football,” Woodson said, “and that’s all we can really ask of everybody. (Sunday), for the most part, we did our job as a team collectively. We beat a team I felt like we were supposed to beat and that’s a step in the right direction.”
Of course, Barnes would say in a lighter moment, Woodson might need a cane to take that step.
“He could play another two or three years if he wants to,” Barnes said. “He’s the true definition of a guy that does it because he loves to, because he really doesn’t have to. It’s plays like that, man, there’s not a lot of guys in this room that would put their body through that.”

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  • Demon Raider

    Could Browns S TJ Ward be Eric Turner 2.0 if we sign him in FA next year?

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    MistaBrown Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 10:20 pm
    Seymour Bush, do you even watch football?
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    Fans are laughing at you Jamista Clown. Try the WNBA. Seriously.

  • Kirk

    We need to blitz Manning.

    No need to change who we are.

  • Raider Riff

    Shutdown Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 10:18 pm
    re: Amy Trask

    Trask’s job the last few years has been to bargain with the city of Oakland, get something going with corporate sponsorships for a new stadium, things of that nature.

    That either she decided to quit or that Mark D. let her know her services were no longer needed has to be about that more than anything else. If she decided to quit it’s because she saw nothing on the horizon in the way of a new stadium that made her feel the situation was any different than it has been in the past, which means unpromising. If Mark gave her some indication he wouldn’t mind her leaving, it’s because he felt she wasn’t the one to get the new deal.

    Who, then, is the go-to person in the Raider org for a new stadium deal?

    ————

    That’s why Mark is looking into hiring a President for the business side of things.

    Amy is/was a war time general. She’s good for fighting. It’s what Al created. Fiercely loyal and stubborn.

    But we dont need war right now. We need diplomacy.

    Do I wish she was still with us? Ya. I think her ego got the best of her. She may have been right about some things. She may not have wanted to be put on the shelf for a lil while. But she should still be a Raider.

    Mark is doing a good job. Credit needs to be given when it is due. Reggie is looking more and more like a great hire. Mark was the guy who pushed for TP2. And Mark is trying desperately to keep the team in LA. Things could be much worse.

  • Try Some Reality

    It’s only two games but u would think there would have to be some eyebrows raised already as to this defense.

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    Had we pulled out a win last week, folks would have taken notice. As it stands, we lost to the Colts and won against the Jags. Not going to make any headlines no matter what the stats say.

    Next week, we slow down Peyton? Now you’re talking. But that’s obvious…and getting a little ahead of ourselves. Going to enjoy victory here because next week will be a dog.

  • alex7

    RR, 386 is an excellent post.

    Eventually Manning’s going to get you, so you have to put up points when you have a chance.

    I don’t see us having that type of passing offense to do that.

    Last year he overcame a 20+ point deficit to beat Rivers. It’s like you just have to get lucky to beat him.

  • Gdog

    I REALLY like them blitzing on 3rd and ten with a lead.. etc. I know for a fact its been an agonizing ten years since we have seen much of this.

    Now if we can tweak DA into going for a few more 4th and shorts on offense… sometimes you have to show your team you trust them to convert short yardages… even if it doesn’t work.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Kirk Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 10:24 pm
    We need to blitz Manning.

    No need to change who we are.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    He is at his best against the blitz.

  • r8ter4evr

    DJ Al loved other teams rejects he must be smiling down on this Defense RIP AL they are hungry and out to prove themselves worthy

  • Stringer Bell

    This team is exactly what we thought they were. A team rebuilding. I don’t understand some on here wanting to dump Pryor after 2 games. Let the season play out and see if he shows steady improvement. His threat to run helps keep the offense moving rather than a 3 and out fest. The team is clearly better than last year, especially on D, with players running to the ball. You can tell they are hungry. I’ll take ugly win over pretty loss any day.

  • DJ Johnny

    It seemed we kind of hit a wall when we get into or close to the redzone.

    Can’t play it safe all yr and settle for fg’s.

    Gotta figure a way to punch it into the endzone more often.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    MistaBrown Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 10:16 pm
    The Oakland Raiders need to blitz Manning.
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    Peyton Manning had a 149.3 rating and 3 TDs vs the Ravens blitz last week.

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 10:19 pm
    Peyton Manning has played for like 15 years and has never been knocked out of a game before.

    To think that is some type of gameplan is nonsense, and the talk of 15 year old Madden players.

    lol, love it when the simple-minded get it thrown in their face:

    MistaBrown Says:
    BS, you blitz his gooseneck immobile arse.

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    Jamista you’re idiotic takes are getting skewered in here. Maybe you can go to the pizza delivery guy forum.

  • alex7

    watching Vikings vs Bears highlights.

    Vikings 3rd and goal from the 6, and they hand it off. I don’t want Raiders to turn into that. Vikings are 0-2 despite AP. Gotta wing it around nowadays.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Denver defense leads the league with 6 interceptions; we must not have more than 1 turnover vs Denver and we need to win turnover battle by 2.

  • Tumbleweed

    DJ Johnny Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 10:04 pm
    Don’t worry about the Jags. They’ll bounce back at Seattle next week no problem.

    >>>>>>>>>>wow. Two west coast trips to gets your balls served to you on a platter. They should just stay on the west or better yet, just not show up.

  • Gdog

    Kirk Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    We need to blitz Manning.

    No need to change who we are.

    >>>>

    Blitz or zone blitz (back off).

    I don’t want to see us suddenly go straight up vs him… he will pick us apart that way too. All the great QBs can beat the blitz. That doesn’t mean you don’t do it. Its suicide.

  • Demon Raider

    Pryor isn’t very good in the red zone. He’s decent between the 20′s, but struggles in the red zone.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Raiders 26 – Denver 13

  • beach

    410. and 411. You are both right, and that’s what we will be expecting from Pryor as time goes on, scoring TDs instead of FGs. This defense is hungry. I am so happy we got rid of those lazy, fat slobs Seymour and Kelly!

  • Dan78

    DJ… The key to get a TD instead of FG is to catch the ball… To many dropped passes in the red zone…

  • RaiderRetribution

    Demon Raider Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 10:29 pm
    Pryor isn’t very good in the red zone. He’s decent between the 20’s, but struggles in the red zone.

    ++++++++++++++++++

    very true

  • lefty12

    In todays NFL if you don’t put pressure on a QB he is going to pick you apart,whether it is Manning,Drew B,or even a guy like Ponder.As Davis said ‘the QB must go down,and he must go down hard”.If you have to blitz ,you have to blitz.The key is when and how but you have to disrupt the QB.

  • r8ter4evr

    So let Peyton have time he still beats you bring it to him remember this defense is no longer 4 man rush man to man DA and Tarver are on to something win or lose dont play scared

  • beach

    And Lefty, Tarver has found a way to do it 2 weeks in a row. When is the last time we saw that? 2002?

  • Demon Raider

    Pryor is best when he has a long field to work with. Anyone else notice his play drop off when the field gets shorter and shorter? I’d like to see more screen passes or slants.

  • Demon Raider

    We have, what, 10 sacks in 2 games now after having virtually no pass rush in the pre-season?

  • Gdog

    Raider O Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Kirk Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 10:24 pm
    We need to blitz Manning.

    No need to change who we are.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    He is at his best against the blitz.

    >>>

    He’s at his best in a rhythm. We will lose by 50 points if Tarver suddenly changes this swagger and attacking defense.

    I am not saying we need to blitz him every play, but the key is to keep him guessing.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNoi_wwzbtQ Zymurge

    You guys are right, Pryor is God. Not only did he execute flawlessly at his own position, but apparently he also:

    - Called a great game and made Olsen look good
    - Ran up and opened up those great holes and then made it look like the pulling guards actually did the blocking
    - Was incredible as both a blitzer putting pressure on Henne while also great in coverage
    - Forced the Jags to jump offsides on the punt block buying the Raiders new life

    Or maybe it’s because the Raiders defense held the Jags to 9 points, with 2/3rds of those in garbage time. How many times did the Raiders hold their opponents in single digits last season? Yet all the win or loss credit goes to the QB?

    No, the Raiders as a team played very well against a poor opponent. They won where they should’ve. The defense was the star in this game followed closely by the OL. Neither of those units are the same set of personnel that we saw choking in preseason when results for both sides of the ball were artificially pinned on Flynn. Instead this was a game where the QB played mediocre at best and in this case that was good enough.

    So jump off of Pryor’s jock and give the credit where it is most due: other parts of the team that overall executed better than the QB and a well designed gameplan with solid preparation by the coaching staff.

  • Gdog

    RaiderRetribution Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Demon Raider Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 10:29 pm
    Pryor isn’t very good in the red zone. He’s decent between the 20’s, but struggles in the red zone.

    ++++++++++++++++++

    very true

    >>>>

    I have to rewatch the game, but I don’t like the red zone play calling so far this year… they seem to be playing away from Pryors strengths. Myself I’d rather see him rolling out and making plays.

    That said, I think they knew Jax wasn’t scoring much and got even MORE conservative. If they try this vs Den we lose badly.

  • spiff

    couldn’t go to the game, watched it had a family situation. I watched the game. are the receivers not getting open. kudo’s to streater he is our best receiver, rivera nice too. I saw a few passes where pryor late on throws, and getting the receivers getting cracked hard. ( not good ). but it seems like he seeing the progressions late.

  • Demon Raider

    Denarius Moore has been dropping passes left and right so far. Pryor has threw a good amount of bad passes too. He missed several wide open players cuz he overthrew the ball or threw it too far behind.

  • 0ak r8rs

    MistaBrown Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 8:25 am
    If Perch didn’t miss that FG we win. If this, if that! If Burnet makes the sack we win…..blah blah blah
    ______

    SnBG Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 8:24 am

    As far as beating Indy, that was because we have a rookie QB. If Pryor had more experience we would have beaten them. Wait til Pryor gets a bunch of games under his belt.

    @@@@@@@@@

    You could list about 10 reasons why we didn’t win least week. Let it go. It was te definition of a team loss. Kinda like yesterday was the definition of a team win, particularly on defense.