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Packers plan to keep Charles Woodson at corner

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With Nick Collins‘ future unclear after the neck injury that ended his 2011 season and Charles Woodson getting a year older, there’s been some speculation that the Packers would move Woodson to safety this year.

Mike McCarthy put the kibosh on those notions, though. Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that McCarthy has no plans to move Woodson to safety full-time even if Collins is unable to return from his injury.

“I think the closer Charles is to the ball the more dangerous he is and more impact he has to the offense,” McCarthy said. “He’s the most instinctive defensive player I’ve ever been around.”

According to McGinn, Woodson played slot corner 70-75% of the time in 2011 with the rest of his snaps coming as an outside corner or safety. He did a good job in that spot over the second half of the season, even as the Packers gave up the most passing yards in the league as a total unit. Some of that was a function of the big leads the team built in many games, but there were definitely flaws exposed in the pass defense in the regular season and in the playoff loss to the Giants.

Those overall struggles still need to be addressed. Finding a way to create a more consistent pass rush would certainly help as would a return to form by Tramon Williams on the outside, but the safety position will need to be addressed in case Collins isn’t able to make a full recovery.

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26 Responses to “Packers plan to keep Charles Woodson at corner”
  1. skoobyfl says: Feb 28, 2012 12:06 PM

    Green Bay’s defense is so horrible, they make the Buffalo Bills look like champions.

  2. joetoronto says: Feb 28, 2012 12:09 PM

    I see allot more holding and PI penalties coming this year.

    I’ve always admired CWood, but he just doesn’t have the wheels to play CB anymore.

  3. shieldsisland37 says: Feb 28, 2012 12:11 PM

    Woods freelancing has to stop. He cant just run wherever the heck he wants. Man up and rush the passer. I hate you DomCapers. #Draft 7 defensive players.

  4. Little Earthquake says: Feb 28, 2012 12:16 PM

    Big mistake.

  5. machester52 says: Feb 28, 2012 12:18 PM

    Chuck still has some in the tank. Collins will be fine. Our defense will be at the top next year.

  6. lbpackfan says: Feb 28, 2012 12:20 PM

    shieldsisland37 … love the name!

  7. packfaninchitown says: Feb 28, 2012 12:22 PM

    This is good news, Woodson is a freak! The Pack will turn the defense around for the 2012 season and will be contenders for the crown once again.

  8. MossMoon2Packers says: Feb 28, 2012 12:24 PM

    In that case, we can continue to see Woodson’s deteriorating cover skills. With his experience and veteran savvy, Woodson will still get some picks. But, for the most part, opposing QBs will continue to throw Woodson’s way knowing that a decent WR will get open against Woodson.

  9. rickastleydancemoves says: Feb 28, 2012 12:27 PM

    If he’s playing that much in the slot, why is he making top corner money? Playing 75% in the slot means he doesn’t have the speed to run with the the top receivers anymore, and he should be playing safety . Champ Bailey is lined out wide every play and only goes in the slot if the team tries to sneak their best receiver there.

  10. broncobeta says: Feb 28, 2012 12:29 PM

    Corner?

    That’s what he plays?

    He acts more like a linebacker sometimes.

  11. rpiotr01 says: Feb 28, 2012 12:33 PM

    The entire secondary needs to go through a remedial tackling course. The whole defense seemed content to rest on 2010′s laurels – that won’t cut it in this league, you need to stay hungry.

  12. binkystevens says: Feb 28, 2012 12:40 PM

    Seriously what happened to that defense this year? They went from 2nd in NFL in yards allowed in 2010 to setting a record last year for most passing yard allowed? It can’t just be because they lost Jenkins to the Eagles and Nick Collins for the season – or can it? I say get some big mean d-linemen in the draft who can collapse the pocket, and maybe a rushing OLB as well. That way the secondary won’t get beat as much deep, but will be rewarded for their risk-taking nature that has been defined by Woodson

  13. hatesycophants says: Feb 28, 2012 12:42 PM

    I know their fans can’t accept the likelihood, but… Two teams coming back down to earth in 2012 are the Packers and the 49ers. Broncos never actually left the ground, so their 8 – 8 season will be good enough for them. Sorry. Have fun!

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  14. jhumbe says: Feb 28, 2012 12:44 PM

    Woodson gets away with more contact and holding than anyone else in the league based on reputation… he’s not very good in coverage.

  15. cannonballdookie says: Feb 28, 2012 12:44 PM

    skoobyfl says: Feb 28, 2012 12:06 PM

    Green Bay’s defense is so horrible, they make the Buffalo Bills look like champions.
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    Their defense wasn’t the reason they lost either of their two games last year. With that said, they still badly need a pass rusher opposite Clay Matthews.

  16. rodgers4nflmvp says: Feb 28, 2012 12:50 PM

    hatesycophants says:
    Feb 28, 2012 12:42 PM
    I know their fans can’t accept the likelihood, but… Two teams coming back down to earth in 2012 are the Packers and the 49ers. Broncos never actually left the ground, so their 8 – 8 season will be good enough for them. Sorry. Have fun!
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    You jealous bro? GB and San Fran are built to be contenders for years unlike your proven crop of dirty players in Detroit. Have fun watching the packers contend for the crown again while the lions choke and miss the playoffs.

  17. muskyhunter2542 says: Feb 28, 2012 12:53 PM

    hatesycophants says:
    Feb 28, 2012 12:42 PM
    I know their fans can’t accept the likelihood, but… Two teams coming back down to earth in 2012 are the Packers and the 49ers. Broncos never actually left the ground, so their 8 – 8 season will be good enough for them. Sorry. Have fun!

    Ahhhh, thats just wishfull thinking on your part!!!

  18. packerstexansfan says: Feb 28, 2012 1:35 PM

    binkystevens says:
    Feb 28, 2012 12:40 PM

    Seriously what happened to that defense this year? They went from 2nd in NFL in yards allowed in 2010 to setting a record last year for most passing yard allowed? It can’t just be because they lost Jenkins to the Eagles and Nick Collins for the season – or can it? I say get some big mean d-linemen in the draft who can collapse the pocket, and maybe a rushing OLB as well. That way the secondary won’t get beat as much deep, but will be rewarded for their risk-taking nature that has been defined by Woodson

    They weren’t the only reason, but they were a huge reason. Neal was supposed to take Jenkins spot as the good rushing DE, but he’s done nothing but show some potential, and then get hurt. So overall, looking like a bust. Since theres no decent lineman, we’ve got Raji overworked. And the other OLB was decent in 2010, where as last year, they did nothing, no matter who was in. We had injuries slow down Williams and Burnett throughout the season, and Peprah just isn’t that good. Add in the lack of a pass rush, and the secondary was just having to hold for too long. I’m not a big x’s and o’s guy, but I think Capers changed up schemes to try to account for the missing players as well, which, we can all see didn’t go very well.

  19. jhtobias says: Feb 28, 2012 1:42 PM

    I know their fans can’t accept the likelihood, but… Two teams coming back down to earth in 2012 are the Packers and the 49ers. Broncos never actually left the ground, so their 8 – 8 season will be good enough for them. Sorry. Have fun

    How Sweet ! Don’t worry Lions fans you always have the refs to blame for every loss you have had in the last 20 years. Also umlike other temas you also get to compete for the arena football league title every year.

  20. thinwhiteduke76 says: Feb 28, 2012 2:36 PM

    Woodson is still a good player despite his age starting to show up, but I would not pin all the blame on him or the secondary for how bad they were this year.

    The Packers had absolutely ZERO pass rush. Clay Matthews is one guy, he can’t do it all. And no I am not trying to say that the loss of Nick Collins and Jenkins is the only problem.

    That secondary was over worked having to do all the heavy lifting all year because they absolutely could not get any pressure what so ever on the quarterback. There is a reason teams like San Francisco and Houston manage to constantly disrupt the passing attack, and it helps a lot when you have a good pass rush forcing the quarterback out of his comfort zone and forcing bad passes in the wrong places. The Packers gave up even trying to get pressure after so long. They’d drop their Linebackers back in coverage, and let them get burned just like their corners and secondary. When a quarterback has ALL DAY to throw the ball, expect to see tons of long passes down the sideline. And when you refuse to not double cover a receiver that is being targeted more than once, expect to see lots of passes his way (Watch highlights of Packers defense letting Vincent Jackson burn them in SD, and Victor Cruz in the regular season game vs NY)

    Charles Woodson is a future Hall of Famer and he did the best he could last year, regardless of the bad games where he would totally get burned, I would say he gave it his best try. He must have did something right to rack up some interceptions, but it’s not like he had a ton of help when the defense couldn’t pass rush or blitz.

  21. glac1 says: Feb 28, 2012 3:09 PM

    yikes… I hope he isn’t our starter. He hit the wall.

  22. farvite says: Feb 28, 2012 3:11 PM

    He belongs in the deep patrol at this point.

    Kinda don’t get this.

  23. jimmysee says: Feb 28, 2012 3:46 PM

    skoobyfl says: Feb 28, 2012 12:06 PM

    Green Bay’s defense is so horrible, they make the Buffalo Bills look like champions

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    Is that the 15-1 Buffalo Bills of which you speak?

    Oops, excuse me.

  24. stavreafavre says: Feb 28, 2012 4:02 PM

    Woodson doesn’t have the temperament to play safety, what with his guessing and route-jumping. Unfortunately, the rest of the Pack’s DBs started to play the same way. They have to find a disciplined safety either in the draft or free agency, even if Collins can come back. And since they went from near the top in sacks in 2010 to near the bottom in 2011, they absolutely must get help at DL and LB. Do that and they’re among the favorites; don’t and they aren’t.

  25. titletown21 says: Feb 28, 2012 7:17 PM

    Derek Dreher, FS, 6’1” 215#-UW-La Crosse- Local talent (from Madison, WI) FS in this years draft class who just finished training at CES down in Atlanta, GA and performed above average in all testing (against all D1 athletes). 4.44 electric 40 yard dash, 6.47 3-cone drill, 3.94 pro agility shuttle, 10’4” broad jump. The kid has great ball skills and can cover ground at safety, hopefully the Packers give him a close look.

  26. childressrulz says: Feb 28, 2012 11:58 PM

    Getting Collins back and adding a pass rush will do wonders for the Packers. T. Williams might need to be reminded why he gets paid. If he doesn’t pick it up right away this year it should be his last as a Packer same with Shields.

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