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.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Jojo

    NFL Rules he has to blow the wad

  • Raidertalk

    We need patience gentlemen. Its only been 11 years since we made the playoffs. Dennis Allen needs just 3 more years to get us to the level of the great “Cable guy” and “Hubris Jackson”. I’ll bet Allen hasn’t even bought a local Pedicure yet.

  • Dakota

    Congrats Rockstar! I knew you would man up!


    I hope you´re right in the “patient” concept.


    The Vikings and Browns screwed up our draft day ascention.

  • gerry559

    FIRE RMcSlob and take “his guy” with his pathetic dumbazz!

  • 1960AutumnWind

    On a serious note that is what I am seeing. I saw this over and over again against Dallas. Whitten dead to rights but jukes a safety and LB and gets first down on 3rd down. A few plays later a RB is surrounded by 3 raiders then breaks something like 7 tackles and gets 20 yards. The players were put in the right places but can not close the deal.

  • Dakota

    Well, I hoped you would….

  • RaidingTexas
  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    “We’re trying to compete now. How does that result will depend on the players’ performance on the field, but we’re trying to add players that can help this team win, help this team compete. We’re going into this season to win ball games. Now, you can call it expansion, it’s a lot of different faces, I agree with that but to say that we’re just gonna take our lumps and play ball, that’s not the goal here. The goal here is to compete each and every week and win games.” – Reggie (April 2013)


    ahh umm ohh football players ahh unn ohh

  • 1960AutumnWind

    For me its a package deal. No DA then no RM. I seriously doubt RM will turn it around with new coach then you are just staring over again.

  • Gdog

    The list of players that Reggie inherited he chose to reward with a contract extension, or restructure so far (am I missing anyone?):


    I think thats the list. (POUNDS HEAD ON DESK)


    There are too many that are all “mixed” in my mind and can´t separate them to add any in special.

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    good call, Texas!

  • Dakota

    Yes they did….those a-holes!

  • Gdog

    Fitz TWICE.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    If DA loses out he will be fired. RM will need to do this to save face.

  • Gdog

    Maybe Reggie thinks he gets to keep it for himself??

  • SR Raider

    Two things stood out to me on D: 1) a soft left corner which allowed several easy completions for first downs, and 2) overpursuit on the right side of the line, allowing for big screens and QB scrambles. Jets worked Jenkins and Houston over, and Tarver did nothing to adapt

  • 1960AutumnWind

    RM may be on a budget. Very few multiyear deals made this year. We will know if RM front loads and spends league minimum next year.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    89% is what I hear and he can frontload contracts to get there faster.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    More likely Mark.

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    “When you get guys that play together for a while, that’s how you not only develop a core, but you develop that chemistry at each and every position. And that’s how you win games in the fourth quarter, you overcome adversity. That’s how you become a champion. In doing that, you have to draft well. When you add certain players, they’ve got to mesh. So, yes, you want to build a team that way.” – Reggie (April 2013)

  • 1960AutumnWind

    But is he cheap?

  • Gdog

    Thats good stuff. That safety blitz by CWood, you could tell they had seen it before on 3rd down and had the perfect screen for it.

    The league has both Olson and Tarver figured out completely, IMO. They need to start upgrading their play calls (4 weeks too late)

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    So when you do have all this cap space next year, you won’t go on a spending spree?

    “I’m not going to Macy’s. We’ll be selective and we’ll try to continue to draft well and keep the players. That’s the key. When you’ve got the cap space and all of that to resign your good players, that’s what you want to do. We don’t want to let our good players from this year get out of the building.”

    Veldheer & Houston have Brinks trucks at their front doors. Cutler & Nicks? keep dreaming !!

  • docta1232

    “The Bears fired Smith on December 31, 2012 when the team failed to reach the playoffs after achieving a 7-1 record at the season’s halfway point.” One Super Bowl his first year from a team he inherited? WTF? What is this obsession people have with old, largely unsuccessful coaches?

  • trogPOUNDA

    that loss to rgknee looks terrible now

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    “you’re looking for guys who can get to the passer.” – Reggie
    Guys like Hunter, Crawford, Sanford and UDFA Robinson?

  • 2romes

    I see that as well. When the defense has teams pinned back, example, 2nd and 15 yards. The Raiders gives up to many stoppable yards on 2nd down that make 3rd down manageable for other teams. The defense has to make other team earn every yard. That is what good defense make you do. Earn it.

  • trogPOUNDA

    this assessment is spot on i feel exactly the same way.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    You really do not get this do you. 1 td and 8 ints is not acceptable. He actually had garbage time in Denver and Eagles game and their defenses are not even that good. Colts pass defense is not good either.

    For the Record McGloin wins Giants game and maybe even Colts game but was probably not ready at that point.

  • R8RNAZ

    When Pryor plays we avg 19 points a game when mcgloin plays we avg 23.5 points a game. We’re losing games because our defense is peeing down its leg. In the end we have to look for better draft picks again. Sucks. I don’t care how they fix it. I just want it fixed.

  • Gdog

    The buzz is Houston is as good as gone. Veldy will get a good contract. Who else from this year that is a FA would Reggie consider “good?”

    I have no idea… for all I know he might make Ford our premier retainee…

  • trogPOUNDA

    and passing on a guy like star…

  • JOn Wooah

    It really doesnt matter who is the GM/ or HC anymore.. man.. seriously.. far away from 8-8 again.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    He pretty much had to do CP to field a team last year. Jano, Condo, Brisel not his finest hour so to speak. I think he did Seymour for same reason and then was able to void him later which is actually one of his better moves.

  • DutchRaid

    Walker, Burnett, Porter, Jenkins and Simms?

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    Darren McFadden contract extension. 2 years $10 million

  • RaidingTexas

    No, he meant “ICU patient”, because the franchise is on life support.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Brett Favre (MNF)
    Jerry Rice (MNF)
    SD week 17, 2011 with playoffs on the line

  • the authoritative dr robert

    That is really funny. At least he kept his word.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    and drafting a QB in the 4th when pass rushing DEs fell to you and passing on Abraham when you have the means to sign him to multi year deal. This is what pushes me over the edge with Reggie as well as save a dime on a punter type moves.

  • eastoaklandraider

    people keep saying that da and rm will get 1 more year, the question is how much better do you expect the team to be next year with the qb situation, in all likelihood mcgloin or a rookie will be starting next year. with the pieces they add around whatever qb we have will it be enough to make this team playoff bound? i say no. with a new young qb coming in most likely thats a built in excuse, gotta give a young qb 3 years right? so that could possibly mean 3 more years for da and rm. im not saying thats certain or even a high possibility but it is a built in excuse.

  • Alex7

    RM knows he needs to draft a QB unless Cutler is available.

  • Alex7

    Rookie QBs (RGIII, Luck, Wilson, Dalton, Ryan) can make the playoffs, so it’s not an automatic rebuild year with a rookie QB the way it was in the 1980s.

  • NewEra S&B

    Passed on Star because RM obviously believed Lamar Houston was going to be the JJ Watt of Oakland.. So instead of picking up a pass rusher with that much upside he goes for the risky pick at CB than the sure shot. You take young playmakers in the draft and build depth in the free agency.. Hope you don’t make the same mistake. This offseason is huge for us.

  • eastoaklandraider

    so how much time will it buy this regime?

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Secret decoder:

    “I can’t go to Macy’s Mark took my credit card. I have to depend on the draft. If I do sign a FA I will front load the contract to use up our cap money as fast as possible to get to the league minimum and use as little real money as possible. I want to assure you that I will resign our own only if it is a bargain for us. Bye Houston. Grateful Velhdeer got hurt and will sign for so little.”