Originally Posted by TheNextStep
I've got to disagree with you there. Woodson has been flat out playing for a couple of years now. Ask yourself: When was the last time Woodson got rolled up and smoked the way Johnson or Porter beat Champ last year?
The answer is three years ago, defending Terrell Owens, first game back from injury.
Speaking of injuries, the guy's missed four games in the last two years (one of them, he was completely healthy for but Callahan sat him, almost inciting a full blown "we ain't playing" mutiny by the rest of his defensive backs). In 2002, he missed significant playing time but that was a broken collarbone, not something like an ACL where you worried if the guy can come back or not. Woodson's detractors love to point to injuries but I think that's something that is SEVERLY overstated.
It's funny, honestly, because I think so many people have been beating the "Woodson is overrated" drum for so long (and without much cause, IMO) that the guy is actually underrated nowadays. I've seen people make top TEN lists of corners and leave the guy off. That's just crazy.
I gotta agree with this..painfully its true. We tend to state that the lack of a pass rush took away from bailey's ability to "shutdown" receivers. Well if thats true its got to work for oakland as well, where their fat squad didn't exactly strike fear into opposing lineman. If Bailey is great without a pass rush, but elite when there is one. The same would be true with Woodson. I'd still take Bailey over Woodson because of general attitude, but Woodson and Bailey are pretty much on par with each other.