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Raiders safety Charles Woodson says Oakland would be devastated if franchise left town for a second time

Having covered Charles Woodson since he was drafted in 1998 until his career resurrection in Green Bay in 2006 and his return last year, I’ve come to a couple of realizations:

1) Woodson is the most charismatic athlete I’ve ever covered, not only because of his supreme confidence but because of the way he stands and delivers when things don’t go his way.

2) As a card-carrying skeptic, I’m looking for B.S. in any response. Woodson of course would never completely tell you everything what he thinks – you don’t violate the locker room in that way _ but neither will he follow the company line if it’s beyond the bounds of common sense.

In his 17th season, Woodson doesn’t talk to the media every day, nor should he. But Woodson did talk today, and here were some of the highlights:

On the possibility of the Raiders leaving Oakland

“I think it would be devastating. It’s happened once before and a lot of people are still bitter about that. I think this would be doubling down on that bitterness if they were to leave again. I think it’d be tough for the city of Oakland.”

On the Raiders shaky first-team pass defense vs. Matt Cassel and Matt Stafford:

“We’ve started those games slow and allowed teams to go down the field and put up points. As a defense, there’s something to read into it because we’ve got to be ready to play and not allow big plays or let teams march down the field. There’s a tiny bit of concern as far as that goes. But we feel confident about who we are as a team and what we’re going to be this season. We’re not circling the wagons or anything like that. We’re going to be all right.”

On coach Dennis Allen’s contention that you don’t read too much into a few early poor series by the defense in the preseason:

“You’ve got to read into it a little bit. We started those games slow and allowed teams to go down the field and put up points. As a defense, there’s something to read into it as far as that’s concerned because when we come, we’ve got to be ready to play and not allow big plays or allow a team to march down the field. There’s a tiny bit of concern as far as that goes. But we feel confident about who we are as a team and what we’re going to be during the season. We’re not circling the wagons or anything like that. We’re going to be all right.

“We’ve had some early drives when teams have sored, but it’s not like teams are just knocking us around. We’ve made a couple of mistakes that have allowed teams to score points, but we fe

Were still working. We’re still in training camp. When know we have a long way to go, but when we watch film, you know aht they say, its never as bad as yo think it is or never as good as you thini it s. We ve had some drivesd early in games where people have scored, but it’s not like teams are just knocking us around.”

The return of Tyvon Branch to the secondary:

“It’s been good. It’s great to have him back, just from the standpoint of a guy that missed a large part of last year and him being able to get out and play the game that he loves to play. It’s great to have him out there.”

The transition from being a corner to a true safety and the influence of secondary coach Marcus Robertson:

“I’m playing it different just because the position has been coached a great deal differently to me with guys that have come in, with M-Rob coming in. He’s got me to see the game in a whole different perspective. It’s been great for me to see it from a guy that played his position at a high level. It’s helped my game out tremendously. When I make the statement of playing like a corner … Playing on the outside, when the quarterback looks your way and he loads up to throw the ball, you’re breaking. But when you’re playing in the deep middle and the quarterback loads up to throw, he may not throw. That’s not my play to make anyway. I’ve got to wait for him to either look down field, or if he does throw it, I break and I help out whoever is in coverage. I am seeing the game a lot differently.”

Q: As a high draft pick, people see Khalil Mack go a couple of preseason games without doing much and wonder what’s going on. You were the fourth pick of the draft. Do you talk to him about being in that spotlight?

Not yet. I’ll have chances to talk to him, but it’s still early. As I said before, this is still training camp and he has a lot on his plate, not just from the standpoint of him being a high pick and everybody expecting that ‘wow’ factor out of him, but as far as the plays, knowing the positions and different things they have him doing, there is a lot expected of him in that sense too. You just allow him to grow as a player, as far as coming into camp and getting ready for his first pro season and let him go through a few of the growing pains. This guy is going to be OK, and I think the sky is the limit for him. We’ll have chances to talk throughout the season.”

On what Antonio Smith brings to the defense

I love having that guy around. Not only can he play, but just in the locker room, he is a bright spot. He keeps everybody light. He is a funny dude if you’ve ever been around him. I’m sure you guys have talked to him. He is just a great guy to have around. Watching him on film, he is as quick as anybody coming off that ball. He is a tough player. I can’t wait to see his celebration after a sack once the season comes around.”

Looking forward to playing Green Bay

“I don’t know if I am looking forward to playing against ‘A-Rod’ [Packers QB Aaron Rodgers], but it’ll be fun to go back in that stadium. It’s been awhile since I’ve been on the visitor side going back there. There are still a lot of great friends of mine back in that area. So, it’ll be great to go in and line up out there in front of the Green Bay fans.”

The test the defense will face vs. Aaron Rodgers

“It’s the ultimate test. ‘A-Rod’ is the best quarterback in the league, in my eyes. Their offense has been explosive. I’ve seen it first hand for many years. It’ll be as tough as it gets, so it will be a great test for us going in there.

Thoughts on rookie cornerback TJ Carrie

“I like him. He’s a tough kid. He’s a smart kid. He’s going through the same learning curve as Mack is going through, but he’s a guy that we look at on film and he always seems to be in the right positions. He still has a lot to learn about the game, but as far as where he’s at right now, in my eyes and I’m assuming the coaches’ as well, he’s come along really good.”

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  • Return

    two in arow

  • Howard Benner

    Trending. . .@ midnight on a Monday?! In the pre season?!

    Some claim to fame. . .

  • Howard Benner

    I think someone should administer the ice bucket challenge to all the mediots that cover the Raiders. . .then they could do the same to the whiner mediots. . .

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Worst response ever by Allen, same old bs. OK perhaps “players were flying around out there” is all-time worst….

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    “There were some really good plays and there were some plays that weren’t quite as good. We’re going to continue to work, we’re going to continue to get better. Matt Schaub’s our starting quarterback and I think he’s doing a god job for us and I think he will do a good job for us.”

  • Guest123

    Good Morning Nation!

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea, well, tell the city of Oakland to step up and do something about it, Charles.

  • Myopinion

    I really think if Shaub excels for us it, it will be with his brain. I’m interested to see him with a real game plan. I’m not expecting manning, but putting us in the perfect play is half the battle.

  • Guest123

    Dennis Allen seems to think the secondary isn’t a big deal, despite giving up a 143 passing rating to the first 2 QB’s of the preseason. I don’t know what tape he’s seeing, but the scheme, execution, coverage and tackling all of it are substandard. They can’t keep spotting early two score leads and expect to climb out of the pit every week.

  • Guest123

    Schaub’s not getting enough time to do anything with the ball. A couple times he had to chuck the ball just to avoid the sack, and still he landed on his back. The playcalling has been awful and too much reliance on the dink and dunk and screen game. I hope this isn’t what our offense is going to look like. When Schaub had some time, he was able to get the ball on the money to the receiver. But it didn’t have a lot of zip. His balls tend to float. You can see a big difference from Carr. But FWIW, I think Schaub wasn’t all that bad. He’d have at least had a chance to prove himself if the line could have held up the pass rush.

  • Myopinion

    What a crappy news day for us raider fans. Reece hurts foot, and find out Chimdi may not be back until season opener. If Reece is out for a while(hope not). Between him and aus we lost what I thought would be two of our best weapons.

  • Guest123

    I’m not hating on McGloin, but he had multiple shots at being the hero against the 3rd string scrubs, and his passes looked flat on most attempts. The last TD pass he got a wide open Butler and acted like he was MJ shooting down the Utah Jazz. Fiery Irishman thinks very highly of his own abilities. Schaub is better and it’s not close. So is Carr. Thanks for the win though McGloin.

  • Myopinion

    Looked to me like we just couldn’t pick up the blitz. And they were blitzing nearly every play.
    Whose fault is that? Shaub, wiz?

  • Myopinion

    Or just lack of game planning?

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation!!!
    Ok, tell me how does SF not score a point at home in their innaugral game?

  • Guest123

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24663350/derek-carr-suffers-concussion-rib-injury-late-friday-night
    Really pissed they put Jack Cornell out there to protect Carr’s backside and expose him to that blindside hit that concussed him. Carr is somebody we need to protect with our best. Cornell is a scrub, should cut him already. No excuse for amateur hour with our QB of the future.

  • rifflicks

    yeah McGloin sucks……consistently moving the chains and scoring with the scrubs…..how pathetic

  • Guest123

    Blame Gabbert. That’s who I’d blame. LOL

  • rifflicks

    Minnesota scored 30 on Arizona’s Defense

  • Guest123

    exactly, let’s see him doing it against the ones.

  • rifflicks

    give him the chance

  • Guest123

    he sucks, I thought we already been thru this?

  • rifflicks

    you’re always pissed….have you had a vagina, since one had you?
    Highly Doubtable

  • J Hill

    Who should have been playing LT with Carr in the game?

  • rifflicks

    you’re the one with calloused lips

  • J Hill

    Missing weapons?

  • Guest123

    the entire offensive line. Granted the Detroit front 4 is very very good. And Olson countered the pressure by using quick screens and dinks and dunks to attempt to defeat it. I did not like that the Detroit defense dictated to us instead of us dictating to them.

  • Guest123

    I dunno, just not some stiff who wails his arms around running behind the man who just beat him without touching him. Carr was rolling away from the pressure, and he’s going to get hit sometimes, but he shouldn’t be seeing an unimpeded rush from the backside. At least got to take some of the defensive lineman’s momentum.

  • hwnrdr

    I don’t know… I didn’t watch that play again…but at first, it looked like he wasn’t aware of that dude coming behind him…at least the x-ray on his ribs were negative.

  • hwnrdr

    Could be, but wow! Opening of a new stadium and come out flat!

  • SlvrnBlck478

    Mcgloin is young and looks like he is improving. He would of had two TD’s if it wasn’t for that illegal hit. If Carr can’t play in the next game we will get to see what Mcgloin can do with 2′s.

  • Myopinion

    I don’t put it so much on the whole line. 5guys can only block 5guys at most. They were sending 6/7/ guys almost every play.

  • Guest123

    When I first saw that play, he got smothered from behind with the ball under him. I saw him pointing at his ribs and thinking, he must have broken one or maybe got the wind knocked out of him. Didn’t see his head bounce off the turf from the TV angle, but I suppose it must have happened. I never would have guessed he was concussed. He seemed upset but lucid on the sidelines before heading to the locker room.

  • SlvrnBlck478

    Carr should get some blame too. He held on to the ball to long.

  • J Hill

    What do you see our record being with those 2 leading the way offensively?

  • Guest123

    Damned if you do, damned either way really. If he throws the ball away or doinks it to the RB underneath, he gets criticized for being a checkdown charlie. No one criticized McGloin for holding the ball too long at the end of the game.

  • SlvrnBlck478

    Or the coaching staff is being misleading on his injury. They havn’t done that before.

  • J Hill

    Cornell is the backup.

    So unless you are suggesting that Penn play 3 qtrs, then Cornell is the guy.

  • Elliot

    Cornell couldn’t block a stationary dummy….I agree with you Carr was smacked down so damn hard…Cornell should have been pulled immediately

  • SlvrnBlck478

    He took a sack. The smart play would of been to check down and try to get some positive yardage.

  • J Hill

    How many sacks did Cornell give up?

  • Myopinion

    16-0
    I guess that came out wrong. I don’t mean each will have a 1000 yds or anything, just meant weapons as in their versatility brings mismatches.
    If we’re this running team, it’d be nice to have these two bringing hose mismatches in run formations.

  • Guest123

    Where’s the flag? Helmet to Helmet?
    @nfl @nflcommish you should protect all your players not just your stars! Typical pic.twitter.com/qq1XvA6U3D
    *************
    And what about the no call helmet to helmet on that short almost TD grab by Carr to Simonsen? Total BS, after watching the other flags drop if a corner even breathes on a receiver after 5 yards. Compare that coverage for instance to Stafford’s 2nd TD where we got called for a hold. Awful.

  • J Hill

    He SCRAMBLED and then took the sack.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    FIRE REGGIE NOW.

  • Elliot

    As far as I know 1 blatantly bad one

  • J Hill

    Rivera seems to be more of a play maker than Ausberry.

    Reece needs to stop dropping balls.

  • Elliot

    Wait until the season is over…and maybe for levity sake at least come up with a new line

  • Guest123

    Liked what I saw of Kory Sheets. Gets low and squirts thru the scrum, maximizes his leverage. Think he’s a keeper.

  • J Hill

    Would you rather throw a screen pass to Sheets or Reece?

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    who do you cut?

    they only keep 3.