Yes, I know Packer fans are watching the highlight of Johnny Knox and wondering: How did Charles Woodson, the Packers best cornerback and supposed candidate for Defensive Player of the Year, get burned so badly by a rookie? Well, it happens, especially when the rookie runs a 4.3 40 or whatever coming out of college.
Directly after the game, I thought Woodson had a sub-par game. He missed tackles, he was out of position a couple of times and he didn’t seem to be effective when he was called on to rush the passer.
Then I watched the game again.
Remember when NBC put up a live shot of Greg Olsen and a little graphic about how he had zero catches up until that point in the evening? Yeah, that would be because of Charles Woodson.
Wood was all over Olsen and when he wasn’t, he was busy coordinating the defense to be sure Olsen was taken care of. That’s right, the coaches trust Woodson so completely that they annointed him the quarterback of the defense. He is making all the defensive calls. He had a direct hand in much of what you saw on the defensive side of the ball last night.
Woodson, like all great playmakers, is a gambler. Last night, most of those gambles, especially in coverage, did not pay off. They will. But that’s why you will occasionally see him out of position. Most of the time he is lurking, trying to bait the quarterback.
He may have been quiet on the stat sheet, but make no mistake, Charles Woodson is still the man.
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