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Woodson still good at telling the truth

Whether Charles Woodson is still an elite safety at age 37 is up for debate. What’s not in question is his ability give blunt, honest assessments rather than applying a thick layer of sugar to a sour effort.

Some highlights from two post-game waves of reporters from Woodson, who it should be noted did not exclude himself from the defensive issues in a 37-27 loss to the New York Jets Sunday at the Meadowlands:

The biggest problem for the defense: That’s as embarrassing a game that I’ve ever been a part of. I think each one of us took turns messing up calls, defense (and) not making plays.”

Why the defense struggled: I don’t want to sit here and make excuses about anything. We’ve played well at times and we haven’t played well and today is as bad as we’ve played this whole season. It’s really embarrassing to be a part of it. We were like the Bad News Bears out there today. In saying that, I do want to give credit to our offense. They just kept fighting today and really gave us a chance to still be in the game. Defensively we went out there and basically peed down our legs.”

On if the Jets did anything unexpected on offense: No. They ran what we thought they would run. It’s really been that way for the past couple of weeks now. Teams have just done their stuff and they’ve won with it. We haven’t come up close with stops that we neede to come up with to stay in games or finish games.

On the perception that a month ago, the defense was the strength of the team:
Not today. Not today. Just bad football. A lot of bad football out there today, but the whole group. Everybody’s included. Nobody’s excluded. We all took turns today dropping the ball, basically. We allowed a team to basically do what they wanted today. It’s very embarrassing to put that kind of effort out there on film. It looks bad on us. It looks bad on the coaches. This is a tough way to lose, coming into a game feeling like this is a game you should win and lose the way we lost.

On the inability to win in the East Coast time zone: Again, we felt like this is a game we should have won. I don’t know about losing on the East Coast and all that, or what it hasn’t gotten done, but we haven’t gotten it done. So we’ll have to try to fix that at some point.

On letting struggling quarterback Geno Smith getting into a rhythm and have big game:
Really just inexcusable. I really can’t make any excuses. I can’t pinpoint why today was the way it was. But we allowed him to be sort of great today. It’s really disappointing.

On the screen pass over his fingertips on a rightside blitz that Bilal Powell turned into a 24-yard gain on third down:

They ended up having a screen play on, and when it looks like you’re right there on a screen, that’s really where they want you to be. They were able to get it to the running back for a big gain. Just throughout the game today, we didn’t play good fundamental football. We didn’t do what we were supposed to do as 11 men, as a unit going out there on the field, and that’s what happens when you go out there when you don’t do it.

On what he wants out of the last three games: I want to win. At this point it’s about winning. I don’t care about how it looks or what the record is. Winning is winning to me and I’d love to win the next three games.

On if he’s surprised at the quality of defense being played at this point of the season: I was very surprised at today. I think we’re better than what we displayed out there today. But what we did today is what it is. I really can’t explain why it just went as bad as it did today. One of those games you don’t really have an answer for. Hey man, we’ve got to take it on the chin _ again _ like we have a few other games. All we can do now is move forward and make sure we end on a positive note.

The secret of making sure the team doesn’t finish poorly: Ain’t no secrets. It’s all focus and working hard, which is what you need when you’ve got a winning record. You’ve just got to focus in on your responsibilities and what you’re supposed to do. There’s really no guard against guys thinking about the offseason and getting home and that sort of thing, but once you step on the field, you’ve got to do your job, bottom line.

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  • Gdog

    If we could roll Pryor and McGloin together into one QB we would have something. The things that Pryor is good at, McGloin stinks at, the things McGloin is good at, Pryor stinks at. Unfortunately for you, McGloin is the better passer, and this is a pass first league.

    They are BOTH career backups though. Stop fooling yourself.

  • DJ Johnny

    IF Mark still owns the team then definitely.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Is that you RR. If so kudos for following through. Seriously.

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    Gdog: 6 playmakers? please allow Reggie 3 more drafts (per Charlie’s request)

  • DJ Johnny

    With the snag in the Coliseum City project recently and Mark signing only a one yr lease, I would suspect Mark will take the first good opportunity he has to move the team.
    Cork said as much as well.

  • SnBG

    Only in the eyes of haters. BTW, who really other than the top people in the org would know what Reg would have done. He drafted Hayden, what’s he suppose to say. I would have taken someone else at 3. That wouldn’t be smart on his part.

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    thanks AW. thanks Plunk. no love from Dakota i guess. pfft!

  • 1960AutumnWind

    What about Reggie. He is the one that left us with this shell of a roster.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Apparantly we can. And this is it.

  • Goldie7

    But don’t you love how Raiders news is flooding PA’s local news? I’m not sure if they talk about the Raiders in your area but they surely talk about the Raiders in my area; as a matter of fact, they talked about the Raiders today during the 12:00 pm news.
    I love hearing about the Raiders on my local news!

  • 1960AutumnWind

    LOL

  • 2romes

    Cool!

  • DJ Johnny

    By “patient” he might have meant he’d be okay with 9-7 and just eeking into the playoffs this yr.
    He also said “It’s not good enough” midway thru the FIRST YEAR of the “rebuild”.

  • Goldie7

    In my area they talk about the Raiders before they talk about the Eagles and Steelers.

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    i heart the Bidwill’s. i miss Carson Palmer. only 365 more days of this. you guys get ready!

  • HELLSBELLS

    TAMPA 2, HAVE YOU SEEN HOW CRAPPY A ZONE TEAM WE ARE?

  • SnBG

    Thxs J

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    Anybody got the balls to go pull some Reggie Q&A’s from this offseason? let me hear some of those quotes right now, please

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Or their WRs actually everything accept the OL

  • 1960AutumnWind

    or their QB (woops)

  • The_Judge37

    Q: What is the plan for QB after trading Carson Palmer?
    A: *Incoherent Mumbling*

  • 1960AutumnWind

    You look at his stats his performance. Winning and losing is on whole team. Last four games 1 td and 8 ints. There is no other way around it.

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    according to Steve & Jerry, this 2013 campaign went in the toilet the minute we fired Zak Gilbert.

  • Mike_Trail

    65 Million–but there is still no excuse for making Geno Freakin Smith look like Fran Tarkenton…

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Non issue. What does a Press guy have to do with anything.

  • Davy Jones

    “Rushing yards should never be included in QB stats?” Preposterous. I agree with your general point- that a QB should never think run first. But running well is still an asset for a QB and duh, those yards should count as stats.

  • plunkhead

    I cant fault DA or RM. They make millions of dollars because they have proven themselves worthy to be in that position.
    I blame meddlesome for everything. It does not take much in the way of common sense to hire experienced help instead of rookies.
    He did it for a reason, maybe because they came cheap? He is making multi million dollar and more decisions for the first time and he is not cut out for it.
    Hiring rookies is proof.

  • steveopa

    My point is look at the defense and teams Pryor was playing.

  • Raidertalk

    You’re right about the decision making process–we don’t know. But it was a mistake to say that he would have taken him at 3. Just keep it a “guess” to the media-it makes him look less professional, more stubborn

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    that’s why we have to find a transcript. Somebody out there has a Mumbles converter to the English language. Altavista?

  • kenchun24

    Geno? Oh Terelle..nevermind…Geno off the slide now thanks to my Raiders always making $h!t shine when I expect them to do what the gameplay trend is at the time (IE beating the Jets down – Geno and the offense especially).

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Good post you are on point.

  • HELLSBELLS

    What did they say that we stink?

  • plunkhead

    Beat reporters are almost as smart as movie stars and they know everything, just ask Homer

  • 1960AutumnWind

    The NFL version of Henry Kissinger.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    LMFAO

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    You are crazy!

  • 1960AutumnWind

    I think the cap money next year is a mirage with RM. Watch him front load and spend minimum.

  • kenchun24

    The List…

    - Shaun Alexander
    - Doug Martin
    - Nick Foles
    - A slumping, crappy, downtrodden Geno Smith/Jets offensive unit

    …feel free to add to it Nation in case I forgot any other lovely Raider meltdowns.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    No that was the real plan. Mumbling.

  • Gdog

    That first Jones run up the gut was scary. I was like REALLY? The poor little guy ran 100 MPH into brick wall and walked away from it. Amazing.

    We might be ok though with Olson IF we put together the best offensive talent in the NFL next year. He calls every play like he thinks we already have it! He could call plays for that old Dallas offense with the best o-line in the NFL opening up holes for Emmit all day long!!

  • Davy Jones

    I think that DA/RM survive to see next season, guessing their product won’t be viewed as finished until next year after a full complement of draft picks and all the salary cap space.

    That said, I’ve got no problem if either one is fired. Back to back 4-12 (looking like it) tends to get you fired in this league no matter what your extenuating circumstances.

  • 2romes

    According to Dennis Allen’s last interview the defense does not tackle well. Does that mean they are in position to make those tackles? If so the coach has done his job and needs more physical players. That would mean Allen sticks around until the players get here. Different assessment?

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Oh and mumble all the way to the bank for year 3 of his guaranteed contract.

  • Mike_Trail

    At least Jano is making the second most money on the team this year…behind perennial pro-bowl back Darrin McFadden….Lookin good fellas. Glad to see priorities well in place.

  • Gdog

    Well if he is going to get them through the draft, that seems about par.

    He promised us all he would do it through free agency though if we just wait until he gets some money. I am done waiting…

  • 1960AutumnWind

    You forgot Flynn and all the other Dead money stars we have as well.

  • plunkhead

    The least meddlesome can do is hire someone (with actual on the job experience) to run the org

  • Goldie7

    Yep.

  • plunkhead

    Good point but I think Jano should make more then DMAC