I’ve been thinking about this for a while now. When Charles Woodson came to Green Bay, he came to the Packers with the hope of getting to the playoffs and winning a championship. He’s accomplished plenty in his football life, but clearly the one thing he wants more than anything is a Super Bowl ring. Charles Woodson is one guy who will not take these playoffs lightly as this may represent as good of an opportunity for his team to make a deep run. (I remember Woodson being particularly disappointed after the loss to the NYG a few years ago. The man is driven to get this title.)
Woodson may be a quiet guy who mostly just goes about his business, but we’ve all seen moments of passion from the guy – like when he makes one of his diving shoestring, TD-saving tackles and gets up to celebrate a bit. He loves the game and he loves to win. My guess is that few guys on the team dislike losing more than Woodson – especially when it comes to the playoffs.
Woodson knows he has a chance Sunday to have a huge impact on this game. Whether it’s blitzing, fake blitzing and picking off passes, disrupting the timing of pass plays, making great tackles on RB McCoy or the dangerous Vick, stripping the ball from anyone who dares run by him – could be any of a number of things that Woodson does so uniquely well. But there is something that tells me he may want this one as badly as he’s wanted a game any game before. A win here and he knows the Pack has a chance anyway, to get on a run and get to the Super Bowl. As good as the other playoff teams are, no team is much better this year, if at all, than the Packers. And nobody knows this better than Charles Woodson.
Charles – you dominate Sunday and I’ll buy a case of your wine!