May 28, 2013; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive back Charles Woodson at the press conference after organized team activities at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Charles Woodson Confident in Raiders Secondary


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.

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  • Stanley Carr

    Love it! Go Raiders!

  • Luis Hernandez

    You can’t tell me the tandem of Jenkins and Hayden, with Porter at the nickel, with Branch and Woodson holding down the back end, and with Moore, Burris and Burnett at LB, that this defense hasn’t improved. Having Bartell and Spencer, two aging and injury prone DBs, holding down the corners last year was a joke, and I’m sure everyone knew we were setting up for failure once word got out. To be expected, those guys didn’t even last a month. With the cap issues we’ve had, what were we to expect with no money to hire real talent. This time, McKenzie struck gold with these additions to our secondary, and our defensive unit will be vastly improved.

    Under coach Tarver, our defense last year was still horrible, but seemed to pull together at times and actually seem like an NFL caliber defense. We went toe to toe with the falcons and almost pulled out a victory if CP3 hadn’t thrown that pick six at the end of the game. (To think my wife wasted money on a CP3 jersey, which I wore very proudly, just for him to pretty much turn his back on raider nation, after giving up so much to acquire him and give him a second chance. What a prick.) With that performance alone, I knew that given the talent, Tarver could turn us into the defense we used to have. Now that we have the talent, the secondary should be the bright spot of our defense.