Q&A with Charles Woodson


Following the Nnamdi Asomugha retirement press conference, I stepped into a hallway for a short interview with safety Charles Woodson. The following is a transcription:

Q: You don’t any part of a retirement press conference, do you?

Woodson: Not yet. Not yet.

Q: But does it make you think about it at least?

Woodson: I was just telling (Nnamdi), sitting up there, being up there with him, you know that day is coming. When he said that it was hard for him to say the retirement word, I know I’m going to feel the same way. But for me, mentally I’m not there. If I was mentally ready to go . . .

Q: That’s what Nnamdi was talking about, having some doubts about playing . . .

Woodson: Yeah. Chances are it’s time to sit it down then, but I ain’t there.

Q: You’ve played a ton of snaps, played almost every practice snap and every training camp snap. There was a question coming in whether you would hold up physically at age 37 . . .

Woodson: I think it says that a lot of people don’t know what they’re talking about as far as my health, my legs. I know all the talk was, his legs aren’t going to hold up. He can’t run any more. Of course I had the collarbone, but collarbones heal. I hurt it two times and it was kind of freakish, the way it happened. But as far as me being able to go out there and do everything I’ve normally done, I can do all of those things and that’s really part of the reason why I say I want to come back and play another one because I don’t feel what a lot of people feel at this point in time in their career, I don’t feel that yet. I know I’ll know. But I don’t just yet.

Q: You’ve got one interception, scored a touchdown, but do you feel you’re playing up to a Charles Woodson standard of performance?

Woodson: I play safety, I play free, almost exclusively been in the post. My whole career I’ve been at corner or I’ve been nickel, I’ve been down in the box. So there was a lot of other things I was doing that affects games. But I think if you look at exclusively playing the free safety position, I think kind of the way you measure it is look at the other free safeties in the NFL and just ask yourself if I compare. I think that’s kind of the way you do it. This is my first time ever being exclusively a free safety. Now I do feel like I’ve left some plays out there on the field. I just don’t feel like I’ve made enough plays.

Q: You feel that way every year, don’t you?

Woodson: I think you’d feel like that anyway. Yeah, you know, one interception, a touchdown, that was great, but I feel like I’ve left a lot of plays out there on the field and I think a part of that is me really, really transitioning at being a safety.

Q: So at this point in your career you’re still learning?

Woodson: Still learning. To me, that’s the great part about it. I feel like I’m better than most safeties right now. And I feel I’ll get better before I ever get worse.

Q: Still love playing as much as ever?

Woodson: Forget about it. Know what I’m saying? I love it.

Q: You’ve been pretty clear in your belief that the current regime should stay intact . . .

Woodson: I think looking at circumstances. I think over the past couple of years what they’ve done with the team in trying to get into a position where in the offseason they’ll be able to bring in more pieces, a lot more cap space, and those sort of things. I think you almost think you’d give a guy a chance to bring in some more pieces that he thinks he needs to get it done.

Q: You’ve been on Raider teams before that have faded, is this feeling the same?

Woodson: It is now. It’s like that in the sense that this is the last game of the season and up until three, four weeks ago, we could still win and this could happen and that could happen. Now it’s, this is the last game, the season’s going to be over. There’s no playoffs, that’s out of the question. So there’s almost a natural feeling of, `ahh’ here we go again with this. Especially for the guys that have been here. But that’s natural. You can’t get away from that. There’s a lot of other teams going through that same thing right now.

Q: Do you think the fact that McKenzie and Allen are seeking guys that are serious, that love football, will pay off at some point?

Woodson: I think it is going to pay off. I think just a little bit of success that we had this year. The support from the fans and some of these guys that never played here as a Raider and going out there in that Coliseum. That Sunday night game against San Diego, that was special. IF we can et the team where it needs to be and we can get that all the time with those fans knowing we got a shot at the playoffs, I think those guys understand it’s going to be like no other place you’re going to play.

Q: Have you had discussions with Reggie about coming back?

Woodson: I’ve made mention. I’ve told you guys in the media and brushed up against Reggie and let him know. So we’re just going to see what happens.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • 0ak R8rs

    Sounds like a fairy tale. Especially the Rivera part. He’s shown no propensity to use his TEs, even when he was playing well.

  • the authoritative dr robert

    Upon hearing that Reece made the pro bowl, DA said “Huh? He’s good?”

  • Chino

    Close. Jenkins hamstring , porter hip flexor. Questionable. I don’t think they’re scratched yet

  • 0ak R8rs

    More like, he’s one of 12 fullbacks left in the league. We r lucky it’s still a pro bowl position. And DA doesn’t call offensive plays. And Reece dropped about as many as he caught this year, even excluding last week. Just stop it.

  • Chino

    Any link?

  • You left out use more than 1/2 of the filed…

  • Brazil and the dude from D-II who was kicked out of an SEC school and went undrafted (who is like 6’4 and runs a 4.3) are picking up the slack now after a two months.

  • Kind of shows you how important those WR’s are….

  • 0ak R8rs

    What did that cnt say today? Reggie has shown 0.0 efforts to cover his azz and try and make himself look good so far. None at all.

  • the authoritative dr robert

    U don’t think he’s been underused?

  • He definitely should be getting more carries.
    Not sure why on earth nobody wants to give him more, and yet he spot starts and goes for 100 yards half the time.

  • SnBG

    The Colts O line is the issue that will not allow them to go deep into the playoffs PFF has there pass blocking efficiency as horrid and Luck has been hit and sacked a tremendous amount of time. You want to go to the SB then you need a great O line.Satele at one point was rated 23 by PFF.

  • There is a Talking Heads album called “Stop making sense”

  • I will be there!

  • the authoritative dr robert

    Umm. Umm. I really just can’t explain it.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Not really. He’s gotten his touches and targets. Maybe a little. But he’s been far from ignored. Can’t gameplan everything when you’re more worried about your first year QBs. And regardless, even if you could PROVE he was, it would only be on DA in the sense that he’s the HC. He doesn’t call plays. He doesn’t design plays. And sometimes plays r installed and not used for whatever reason during the game. I blame Pryor for a lot of it. Everyone was underused w him under center.

  • I wonder if Menopause Watson will get some run today

  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    Oh snap!

  • SnBG

    Good morning nation. It’s another great game day.

  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp


  • NYCRaider

    yeah or like flynn would have been 9-7 if we started him this year..lol

  • the authoritative dr robert

    But the HC is responsible for the game plan and telling the OC what he wants.

    And DA chose Pryor.

    Reece should be a major focal point of the offense.

  • the authoritative dr robert

    Laugh it up hyena.

    Flynn is better than Pryor in all passing categories. Fact.

  • IMO if you want to fire DA you should have a viable replacement in mind or primed because Reggie did not do that when he shipped Palmer out of town I hope he learned his lesson.

  • We were dead last in passing (in a passing league) midway through the season until McGloin started playing.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Right. There it is. He’s tacitly to blame. Because of his position. He can’t make Olson call the plays. Besides, maybe if Reece would stop dropping the ball he would get used more? And, he’s a fullback. Only so many plays to go around for a fullback. I think 8-10 touches/targets a game is plenty for Reece. We only get about 60 plays a game.

  • SnBG

    Folks, if Allen gets fired how long do you really think the next HC will last.? We are great at losing. What do we need a HC for.

  • SnBG

    We all know how TP will look today. The issue is no one would be able to keep up with Manning. We will be out of this game by the end of the 1rst qtr.

  • the authoritative dr robert

    The HC is responsible. The OC does as he’s told.

    Mike allstot, Keith byars, and Larry centers would catch 50-70 passes a year. And allstot would rush for 700.

    Reece really isn’t a FB and shouldn’t be used as one.

    Further evidence that DA doesn’t know how to use his players.

  • 0ak R8rs

    They won’t. If they fire him, it’ll be handled all wrong. They will do it in like 10 days, after they’ve “evaluated”. Mark won’t wanna look like he jumped the gun, won’t wanna look like his father. So if DA is fired, it’s fairly likely that Ray Handley or Rich Kotite or Lane Kiffen II Mike White II will be our HC next year. Should be another BANNER year for the Davis family lead Raiders.

  • NYCRaider

    except number of wins..lol..you can criticize everyone all you want but your 9-7 prediction tied to Flynn goes down as dumbest blog comment of year

  • Reggie the great dismantler:

    Took a #5 ranked rushing team to zone blocking and killed the one strength we had.

    The very next year we had the #8th ranked passing game (one bright spot) he ships Palmer out of town midway through this season we were last in passing in the league.

    Question: What are we doing well this year that Reggie will dismantle during the off season?

  • TrevJo

    Well I suppose just a FB in the pro bowl is an upgrade from just a punter in the pro bowl.

  • my opinion

    we were also in the playoff hunt til he started playing.

  • 0ak R8rs

    He’s been split out plenty as WR. Dropped the ball there too. Cable and Hue also had him as a FB. Maybe not cable, not sure if he goes that far back. Don’t feel like looking it up.

  • the authoritative dr robert

    Adams covering Thomas.

    Chekwa covering decker.

    Ross covering Julius Thomas.

    Houston rushing Peyton.

    We got this.

    Then of course, Pryor will be god like on offense with the OL healthy.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    2 years will be fired along with RM

  • TrevJo

    McGloin’s audible was the reason for the 63 yard run to get him over 100 (123 total)

  • TrevJo

    They woke up with a case of Peyton

  • NYCRaider

    Amy Trask spot on interview. The RM/DA narrative has changed in 2 years. time to find the right person not the same person

  • That doesn’t make any sense because until week 10 pretty much everyone is in the playoff race….seriously I had to tell you that?

  • Raider O

    Amy is right. RM and Titty Monkey said they had enough talent in 2012 to compete and try to make the POs, and now they are saying this is a project/ rebuild, etc….
    Fire the Wishy Washy Liar Clueless Monkeys!

  • Raider O

    Great interview. Thx bro.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    DR you know very well that a fullback is typically a secondary read by a QB when you have a QB that does not go thru progressions what do you expect?

  • NYCRaider

    Do you really want RM picking our next HC, Next QB, Top 5 pick, or spending 50 mil?

  • TrevJo

    Yeah their pass blocking is atrocious and their run game is poor even with Donald Brown providing a spark lately.

  • No absolutely NOT I do not want Reggie McKenzie doing any of those things a 70 year old Al Davis is better (Not 80 however)

  • the authoritative dr robert

    I never said that.

    And qbs don’t win games. Teams do.

    Thinking otherwise is idiotic.

    And the top 100 dumbest comments belong to the morons who claimed Pryor was any good.

    Flynn is better than Pryor. That’s what I said.

    He has a 90+ rating. That’s also what I said.

    I predicted 6 or 7 wins with Flynn.

  • SnBG

    I love all of this fire the HC talk. It shows we are consistent.

    At firering people and losing.

    We need a little help from Dr Phil.