The Oakland Raiders have been a team devoid of much talent, and in turn success, for a few years now. They finished 4-12 last year, and looked to be rebuilding for the future. They have a new quarterback in Matt Flynn, and are hoping to get something going this year.
Well, veteran defensive back Charles Woodson seems optimistic in their ability to do that — at least in the secondary. The 36 year old Pro Bowler told Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times that:
“It’s been good. We have some players back there. Bringing in Mike Jenkins, bringing in Tracy Porter, having Tyvon who has been here a few years, we have guys that have won games in this league, have been good players in this league. We know how to win.”
Woodson seems to have high hopes for his group that includes a few newcomers, including himself, as well as a couple guys who have been with the team through their recent struggles. The team clearly addressed the secondary during the offseason with the names mentioned above.
He also added some words about the chemistry that they have already seen after just a few days of practice, and he seems confident in his ability to add to the team, both on the field with his Pro Bowl-caliber play, and off the field with the leadership and experience that comes with his being a 14 year veteran.
This is Woodson’s second stint with the Raiders, so I am sure he is excited to help get this team back on the right track.