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Is it wrong to hope for an injury to this scUM?

Discussion in 'Professional Football' started by tibor75, Sep 1, 2004.

  1. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned

    Woodson prepared to focus on season

    By Dennis Georgatos, Mercury News

    Charles Woodson didn't get the contract he wanted. The four-time Pro Bowl cornerback for the Raiders made no apologies for trying.


    "Damn right," Woodson said Tuesday after ending his prolonged holdout by signing the $8.782 million tender the Raiders extended in February, when they made him their exclusive franchise player.



    "I'd be lying if I said it wasn't about the money. What player doesn't want to make a boatload of money? I'm one of those players. It didn't get done."


    Woodson missed both spring mini-camps and all of training camp in the holdout that failed to produce the long-term contract he sought despite repeated talks over the past six months between Raiders executive Michael Lombardi and Carl Poston, Woodson's agent.


    Woodson received no assurances the discussions would reopen this season on a new contract. Further, Woodson dismissed reports the Raiders had fashioned a proposal exceeding the seven-year, $63 million contract cornerback Champ Bailey received from Denver.


    "Don't believe everything you hear," Woodson said. "I'm not getting what I want, but this is business. It happens. I'm still going to make good money. I'm not tripping about that."


    Neither were his teammates, who gave him an unconditional welcome, or his coaches, who put him to work immediately. Still, Woodson made clear he had no patience for anyone, Raiders fans included, who were unable to relate to his motives.


    "If you can't understand that, you can't understand me as a man, trying to do what I feel is necessary for me and mine, then that's your problem," Woodson said. "If you're bitter at me about that, that's fine. I'm still going to come out here and play football the way I know I can play football and that's it."


    No sooner did Woodson sign the tender than he was back with the team for his first practice since last season. But Coach Norv Turner said Woodson isn't game-ready and won't play Thursday in the exhibition finale against the St. Louis Rams.


    "He looked really good," Turner said. "He's awfully quick and using his hands extremely well. . . . I think everyone knows what impact players can do for a game, do for a season, so it's great to have him in."


    Added fellow defensive back Nnamdi Asomugha, "Everybody is relieved. It's like, `OK, now we can get ready for the season and start to gel.' "


    In the days before the Raiders' Sept. 12 opener at Pittsburgh, Woodson will be getting a crash course on first-year coordinator Rob Ryan's defense.


    Woodson said he has enough time to learn the scheme.


    The greater problem may be adjusting to the league-wide tightening of the illegal chuck rule banning contact with receivers 5 yards beyond the line of scrimmage as well as defensive-holding and pass-interference calls.


    Woodson greeted the heightened enforcement plans with disdain.


    "I'm gonna punch, grab, kick, scratch, whatever I've got to do out there on the field to win, so it don't even matter," Woodson said. "It's pretty ridiculous. You know, they try to be fan-friendly to make more money, they want more offense and that type of thing, at the expense of defense. But I don't see it being a problem. They've got to let us play football. That's the bottom line."


    Turner said whether Woodson likes it or not, he'll have to adjust to the stricter enforcement of the rules.


    "He doesn't need to grab and he doesn't need to hold. He's a great cover corner," Turner said. "There's a lot of people making the adjustment to the way they're calling it, and he's going to have to make that same adjustment."


    Though Turner said Monday that Woodson would start the season as the Raiders' nickel back, on Tuesday he seemed to leave the door open to his return to the starting lineup by the opener.


    "We're going to do everything we can to get him ready and we'll see where he's at late in the week next week," Turner said. "We'll make a decision based on how he handles everything."


    For his part, Woodson said he's focusing on football and putting the money issues on the back burner.


    "That's done with," he said. "This season is about to be under way. If something else happens, it happens. If it doesn't, maybe I'll be going through this again next year."
     
  2. BuckeyeSoldier

    BuckeyeSoldier 2 time Reigning BuckeyePlanet Poker Champion

    right and wrong are subjective, so no... no its not. wish away tibs.
     
  3. Brutus1

    Brutus1 Don't be penurious, donate to the BP Spring Dr.

    Ok, I'm a Raider fan and no, it's not wrong. He's been way overrated since he came into the league. The new chuck rules will only hurt the team becuse he'll get at least 2/3 a game. He gets burnt more than you would think. He's certainly not worth the money he wants.

    Maybe you can put a hex on him when he's in town for the opener, Tibs.
     
  4. LoKyBuckeye

    LoKyBuckeye I give up. This board is too hard to understand. Staff Member

    We can only hope that he tears an ACL or something. You can thank Dieon Sanders for the pay scale being all out of wack at the corner back spot. Teams wanted to make sure they signed the next Neon Dieon so they are paying these guys way too much compaired to what they are worth.
     
  5. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    :( i almost bought a woodson jersey a few years ago. thank god i didnt. (raiders fan....went with the tim brown jersey instead)

    listening to this asshole talk...theres no question as to where he went to school.
     
  6. ysubuck

    ysubuck Be water my friend.

    He's finally going to be making the money that he made while he was in college at UM :biggrin:


    And I don't think you should ever wish injury on someone. We'll see how good he is with the new rules. It's going to be more about athleticism than technique now.
     
  7. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    i think its fine to wish injury in drastic cases. for instance...i hoped about as hard as you can hope that the yankee plane wouldve crashed into the ocean on its way back from japan.....but the pilots and staff ejected in time. :biggrin:
     
  8. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    I am saving all my injury wishes for the f***ing solja.
     
  9. AKAK

    AKAK If you hear the siren its already too late Staff Member

    How would that go?

    I can send you some little Chubby Statues, and some of some six armed Chicks if that would help.... Assuming that you don't have all that stuff already... also... remember to use a live Chicken... the KFC kind is a little iffy.. We've all seen Maojr League.
     
  10. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned

    you're a disgrace for even thinking that.
     
  11. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    He has an ego the size of the "big house", I hope he tears an ACL....if that is wrong so be it.
     
  12. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    yes im the disgrace around here tibor :lol:

    im so anti-OSU and youre so pro :rofl:
     

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