A lot of hey was made after the Viking game about Charles Woodson's statements regarding Dom Capers not blitzing enough and how the cutting of Anthony Smith had left the secondary vulnerable. And while I agree with both those statements, I'd hope that Woodson would talk a bit less after a game in which he played so horribly.
Which he most certainly did.
No, he wasn't a target the way Al Harris obviously was. And no, he didn't get near enough opportunities to rush the passer. But going back and watching just Woodson it's very clear he needs to do more with the chances he IS given. If Woodson is going to live up to the hype that was generated this preseason (and I fully admit to being on board that bandwagon) he needs to play much, much better than he did Monday night.
Below is possibly the most ergergious of his offenses against the Vikings. I remember watching it live and wondering aloud (with many profanities thrown in) how, on a 3rd and 9, the tight end can be left so wide open for an easy first down when the Packers had the Viking offense pinned deep in its own territory. The answer? Woodson blows the coverage. Take a look: He clearly has the tight end in man coverage, shadowing Shiancoe as he's going across the formation. Unfortunatley, Woodson gets caught looking at and being drawn up by the playaction, allowing Shiancoe an easy release into the flat and a completion for the first down. Unforgivable.
The Packers have few truly exceptional players. Woodson is one of them. When your blue chip players play badly, you usually lose. Woodson needs to refocus on his game, shut the hell up about everything else and get back to playing dominating football.
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