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LONDON – Charles Woodson was hard and cold in his assessment of the Raiders Week 2 loss to the Houston Texans. The veteran free safety has a strong bond with Raider Nation and was disappointed in the effort given to paying customers.
Woodson saying, “We suck,” among other colorful things, became national news during the next week, but his frustration really hit home hardest.
The Raiders weathered a storm of negativity over the last week, from reports that Dennis Allen’s job was in jeopardy to discussion that so many veteran imports didn’t have anything left in the tank.
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Woodson's comments were often used to describe that adverse stretch.
The future Hall-of-Famer said on Sunday that his comments were not spoken out of anger or malice. They were a calculated, designed as a motivational tool. He thought the Raiders needed some tough love, doled out as a blunt force trauma.
It would be sensationalist and a smidge overdramatic that Woodson spurned far better play in Sunday’s 16-9 loss to the New England Patriots. That was a true team effort, from the coaching staff to the veterans to a rookie class yet to experience an NFL win.
“It was a much better effort,” Woodson said. “It’s still a loss, which is disappointing for us. We fought our hearts out, but just came up a little bit short.”
Despite a week’s discussion that his job was in jeopardy – something the players couldn’t have ignored – Allen wouldn’t comment on whether his team’s improved play was an unspoken vote of confidence.
“Listen, we went out there to try to win a football game,” Allen said. “That’s all we can focus and that’s all we will focus on.”
Woodson, however, understands the pressure that comes with losing. He says the Raiders are fighting for each other, coaches included.
“Anytime you lose, a lot of people’s jobs are going to be in question. A lot of players too,” Woodson told reporters on Sunday. “But, like any team, guys are prideful.
"Guys don’t want to have someone lose a job on their watch. And I think every man in here would love to keep their own job and love for the coaches to keep their jobs too. So, we’re going to continue to fight for our staff. Hopefully next week we can come up with a win.”