Charles Woodson is clearly sensing that the Raiders are a new organization from top to bottom. And he definitely wants to be part of it. According to Woodson, he believes in what the Raiders are doing so much that he want to help in any way he can. The word that seems to keep popping up is “turnaround”.
“I’m looking forward to a very positive season. I think we’ll compete this season with anybody that we play,” said Woodson
The first day of camp is today Friday July 31st, with a single practice that’s said to be going from 10:20 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the team’s summer complex at Redwood Middle School.
With a dismal record of 3-13 last year one can understand the excitement and that coaches and players alike are chomping at the bit to take this new team in a better direction.
Building a new team begins at the top of the coaching pyramid with newly minted head coach Jack Del Rio. This is Del Rio’s second time as an NFL head coach. His first gig was with the Jacksonville Jaguars where he presided as top dog for 9 years starting in 2003. In between the Jaguars and the Raider Del Rio spent three years as defensive coordinator for Colorado’s single NFL franchise, the Denver Broncos.
Woodson is impressed with Del Rio’s experience noting that there is advantage in having been both a head coach and defensive coordinator for multiple teams. Woodson appears confident in what Del Rio brings to the table based on the fact that he "has seen a lot and knows a lot".
Woodson has an incredible history in the NFL in his own right. He has been a defensive powerhouse for a grand total of 18 seasons; that in and of itself is truly amazing. Woodson has been in the Pro Bowl 8 times and was AP defensive player of the year in 2009. He is the one and only player in NFL history to amass 50 picks and 20 sacks across an illustrious career. Last season alone he led the team with four picks and 160 tackles (105 of them were solo tackles. Yikes!). He added nine passes defensed, one fumble recovery and one sack. He received AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors against KC. He was also named the recipient of the team’s Commitment to Excellence Award. Whew! That’s incredible... especially in a 17th season.
If anyone is in a position to make claims about Raiders coaches or players he has certainly earned that right.
And he hasn’t begun to slow down.
Woodson states he is looking to “try to make this the best season that I can possibly make it, from a personal and from a team standpoint.”
We have no doubt Charles Woodson is a sure bet to produce results both as a player and as a leader come this 2015 NFL season!
Scott Davis writes several blogs and has several social sites that are focused on the Oakland Raiders.