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Charles Woodson: Tom Brady can thank me that he’s married to Gisele Bundchen

Tom-Brady-Charles-Woodson-tuck-ruleAnytime the New England Patriots are in the AFC Championship Game (and it has happened quite often over the past decade or so), we are reminded of the tuck rule. That infamous play against the Oakland Raiders in 2002 that was ruled an incomplete pass instead of a fumble helped fuel a dynasty. Charles Woodson is the one that forced the fumble that never was, and the seven-time All-Pro defensive back hasn’t forgotten about it.

During an appearance on the NFL Network on Sunday, Woodson said Tom Brady owes his glamourous life to that call.

Woodson may be flattering himself a little, but we get the point. If that play was ruled a fumble, who knows if the Patriots would have gone on to win three of the next four Super Bowls. I’m not going to assume Gisele Bundchen is shallow enough to only marry Brady for his fame and success, but we also can’t assume they would have met if he never gained celebrity status.

Then again, you could say the same about a lot of plays in sports history. That’s the way it goes, and Woodson has nothing to do with Brady being in the 2014 AFC Championship Game. He’ll just have to get over it.

Rick Neuheisel: Charles Woodson didn’t have impact of Myles Jack

Myles Jack UCLA

The praise has been rolling in for UCLA true freshman linebacker Myles Jack, who was also the Bruins’ leading rusher in a win over Arizona last weekend. Jack had eight tackles, a fumble recovery, two passes defended, and he rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown on six carries. The only recent player who would serve as a fair comparison to Jack would be Owen Marecic, who played linebacker and fullback for Stanford, and once scored touchdowns on consecutive plays (one on offense and the other on defense). Before that, Charles Woodson did damage as a two-way player and won the Heisman Trophy for Michigan in the 1997 season, though he primarily played defense.

[Previously: Myles Jack stars at running back for UCLA, plays both ways]

Woodson was stellar as a defensive back and also scored five offensive touchdowns in his career, per College Reference. But former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel, who is now an analyst with the Pac-12 Network, believes Woodson didn’t have the same kind of impact on the field that Jack did.

Jack Wang of the LA Daily News wrote up a great article on Jack’s two-way prowess. In the article, he included this quote from Neuheisel.

“[Charles Woodson] didn’t have the same kind of impact that Myles had the other night,” Neuheisel said.

He might be right. If UCLA continues to allow Jack to run the ball — and that is a possibility with all their injuries at the running back spot — he could end up having more of an impact that Woodson did in ’97. He won’t win the Heisman, but it’s arguable that he’ll be doing more for his team.

Bruins fans would sure love to see Jack play more on offense considering he’s probably the team’s best rusher.

Charles Woodson surprised by criticism of Aaron Rodgers’ leadership

Aaron-Rodgers-PackersOakland Raiders defensive back Charles Woodson was teammates with Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay for seven years. Woodson is as familiar with Rodgers as any veteran who has called Lambeau Field home since 2005, and he has been surprised by the attacks on the quarterback’s leadership ability.

Throughout the offseason, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings has been critical of Rodgers and the way he supposedly refuses to hold himself accountable for things that go wrong. Donald Driver later added that he understood where Jennings was coming from, albeit with a much kinder delivery. All of that chatter confuses Woodson.

“I didn’t understand that part, either,” Woodson told ESPNWisconsin.com. “There’s no question in my mind that A-Rod’s the leader of that team and he does a great job. Maybe he thought he had some friends where he doesn’t have some friends. Now that those guys are gone, they’re voicing this. I don’t know how that’s fair.”

Not only does Woodson feel that the comments are unfair, he said Rodgers has single-handedly won games for the Packers when their defense was struggling.

“I would say this: There’s been times throughout my career there when defensively we put a piss-poor product on the field, and we’ve been in games and won ballgames solely on the arm of Aaron Rodgers and the legs of Aaron Rodgers and what he’s been able to do throwing a ball to a Greg, a Donald, a Jermichael (Finley),” he said. “A couple years ago, we were 15-1, and if we have any other quarterback other than Aaron Rodgers, we’re 7-9.”

Woodson’s remarks about his former teammate sound more in line with what you would expect players to say about a phenomenal talent like Rodgers. He may have some flaws like anyone else, but he is a Super Bowl MVP and arguably the best quarterback in the league. Jennings is likely just bitter that the Packers didn’t want him back. Driver insists he was misunderstood with his comments. Whatever the case, I’m more apt to believe Woodson.

H/T Shutdown Corner

Tracy Porter seems angry about having to give his No. 24 to Charles Woodson

Charles-Woodson-RaidersTracy Porter wore jersey No. 22 with the New Orleans Saints for the first four years of his career and again with the Denver Broncos last year. However, he decided he wanted to wear No. 24 when he signed with the Oakland Raiders earlier this offseason. Now that Oakland has brought back Charles Woodson, that plan has been spoiled.

Woodson wore No. 24 with the Raiders from 1998-2005. When the 36-year-old veteran returned to the city where he began his career, the team apparently decided he could have his old number back — even though Porter had already claimed it. Porter did not seem pleased.

Porter can say he wasn’t mad, but the first tweet makes it pretty obvious that he was. Typically players work out some sort of deal when they want a certain jersey number that a teammate is already wearing. We have heard of veterans exchanging diapers for a jersey number or paying for it outright, but it’s usually up to the player who claimed the number first to decide if they want to give it up.

Back in May, Woodson said he was still negotiating with Porter to try to get the number. If the number was indeed straight up taken from Porter and given to Woodson, I can understand why he’s upset. That’s usually not the way it’s handled.

H/T Shutdown Corner

Charles Woodson: We don’t need luck against Jay Cutler, he’ll throw it to us

Thursday night in Green Bay couldn’t really have gone any worse for Jay Cutler and the Bears offense. After passing all over the Colts in Week 1, Chicago was confident it could enjoy similar success against the Packers. The Packers are not the Colts, and the 23-10 final reflected that.

Earlier this week, Cutler and Brandon Marshall basically said Green Bay’s defenders would be making a mistake if they tried to get physical and play press coverage against the Chicago receivers. Considering Cutler finished the game with a modest stat line of 11-for-27 passing, 126 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions, I think it’s safe to say the Packers knew what they were doing.

“I don’t know if we took (Cutler’s comments) personal,” Charles Woodson said after the game according to the Chicago Tribune. “But we thought it was kind of funny, that all of a sudden they were the team to beat because they got a couple of new guys. They had no answers up front.

“Jay is a guy, he’ll give you a chance. You just have to be in position. It’s the same old Jay. We don’t need luck, Jay will throw us the ball. Proof is in the pudding.”

Woodson couldn’t be more right. In seven career games against the Packers, Cutler has thrown 15 interceptions compared to only eight touchdowns. His QB rating of 60.5 against Green Bay is by far the lowest against any team he has played more than two games against. The Packers defense has figured out a formula for beating Cutler and the Chicago offensive line, and obviously the addition of Marshall did not crack the code.

H/T The Big Lead

Charles Woodson Punched Dave Thomas, Avoids Ejection, Will be Fined

Packers safety Charles Woodson took a swing at Saints tight end Dave Thomas in Thursday night’s season opener and somehow managed to avoid ejection. What’s even more stunning is that the event took place right in front of a referee. Woodson was penalized for the play but he should have been tossed. The Pro Bowl defensive back admits he lost his cool on the play. He should be happy he didn’t get thrown out the way other players who have thrown punches have been. The referee may have missed the play, but the NFL won’t. A fine is assuredly coming.

Darrelle Revis Was Robbed by Charles Woodson for Defensive Player of the Year

Forgive me if I begin sounding somewhat like Rex Ryan for saying that Darrelle Revis deserved Defensive Player of the Year over Charles Woodson. I’m not saying that Woodson didn’t have a fantastic season but I am saying that Revis was more dominant. To me, Revis missed out on the award because his stats weren’t as pretty as Woodson’s. Woodson had nine interceptions, three returned for touchdowns, two sacks, and 74 tackles. Those are good numbers. Revis had six interceptions, one returned for a score, no sacks, and 54 tackles. Good numbers but not eye-popping the way nine picks are. Revis was by far more dominant than Woodson, he just didn’t make the types of plays Woodson did, probably because he was so good teams were afraid of him. In fact, the stats opponents didn’t accumulate against him tell the story better than his own stats do. Check out the stats for opposing receivers against Darrelle Revis:

The stats after week 12 don’t reflect specifically what Revis did against that player man-to-man but what the opposing team’s top receiver did against the Jets. Chances are most of those numbers were against Revis though. It’s plain to see that Revis was nothing short of dominant even against the League’s best players. He impacts opposing team’s gameplans by essentially erasing their top receiving threats. Did Charles Woodson do that? I think we saw in the playoffs that he was no match for Larry Fitzgerald. Yes he did have a strip — another pretty play — but I doubt Revis would have been lit up in the same way. No Revis’ stats weren’t as appealing as Woodson’s were, but he was the more dominant defensive player. Revis deserved Defensive Player of the Year.

(half the stats from the chart courtesy of Revis Island)