July 28, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson (21) looks on during training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field in Green Bay, WI. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE
If there is one thing that Charles Woodson is good for right now, it's the cold hard truth. In a recent interview on WSSP's The Big Show, Woodson was asked about how the defense can improve from last year. His response was as simple and straight to the point:
I think we have to play with more energy. Speaking of last year you never really seen us as a whole group very excited out there on the field really having the type of fun that year we went to the Super Bowl. I think it's really all about guys getting excited about their jobs, going out there and having fun and of course knowing what you have to do when you're on the field, but go out there and let it all hang out and be a football player.
This is statement is not coming out of the blue for Woodson. Last year he made similar comments about the defense and the need for the defense to improve its play. As for the energy coming out of the Packers' locker room this year? Well quotes from Aaron Rodgers address the renewed energy on behalf of many in the locker, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
As much as many pundits are down on the Packers defense this year due to last year's disappointing performance, it doesn't seem that the problem for the team is talent. As Woodson's quote alluded to, there needs to be an renewed sense of urgency and energy to the way the Packers play defense this year. This focus on the attitude of the defense was echoed again by Woodson when asked how the team plans to irmprove its tackling in the secondary this year...
You can practice tackling all day, but tackling is an attitude and tackling is want to and you have to have an instinct for it. It's hard to coach a player to really be a good tackler. I knew as a young player that tackling was going to be a part of my game and I just went out and did it. I worked hard at doing it. I think with the guys we have out there on the field when your time comes you have to make a play. On a certain guy you have to go out there and do it. The practice and that stuff you do that during the week, but in game time is when we need you to step up and make it happen. Everything is controlled in practice. You can look good, but when it comes time on Sunday afternoon what are you going to do? We need that attitude that you're guy is coming and its' up to me to get him down. We gotta get him down.
Hopefully the heartbreaking loss to the Giants last year, the added competition for jobs and playing time, and race for a second Super Bowl in three years will help get that attitude and energy back in Green Bay once again.
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