1.) Introduction: If there is one member of the Packers secondary that played consistently this year it’s Charles Woodson. Despite struggles around him, Woodson remained the heart and soul of the Packers defense. The former Defensive Player of the Year is the locker room leader and the big playmaker in the Packers secondary.
3) Expectations coming into the season: Woodson was expected to bounce back from his collarbone injury and return to form as the most dangerous player in the Packers secondary. After only two interceptions during the regular season in 2010, the hope was Woodson would make more plays on the ball and force some more turnovers. Along with Tramon Williams, Woodson was expected to be part of the most lethal cornerback tandem in the NFL.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Woodson’s best game of the season came in Week 7 in the Metrodome against the Minnesota Vikings. With a closer than expected game due to good play by rookie QB Christian Ponder, Woodson’s two interceptions and four pass deflections helped the Packers hang on to a 33-27 win which was crucial in them finishing with a perfect record in the NFC North.
It’s like beating a dead horse, but again we have to point to the playoff loss against the New York Giants. Woodson wasn’t totally at fault for the hail mary touchdown pass right before the half, but he was there in time to make some kind of play on the ball and he didn’t. On a day the entire secondary got shredded, Woodson as the leader should have stepped up and made some plays and return focus to a deflated defense. He didn’t
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Woodson by far was the most consistent player in the Packers secondary. This isn’t really a surprise but given the gap between him and Williams and Sam Shields (both whom I think regressed by the way), it’s surprising he had the season he did. Opponents still threw at him and he made them pay. His clutch playmaking skills helped preserve some wins as the Packers set a franchise record for regular season victories.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: As stated earlier, Woodson (along with the rest of the defense) needed to make plays when they had to and they didn’t. This isn’t to lay the blame solely at the feet of Woodson as the leader of the defense, but superstars need to make the plays when their team needs them and in a rarity, Woodson failed to do so.
Season Report Card:
(B+)Level of expectations met during the season
(B+) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(C) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: B——————
Kris Burke is a sports writer covering the Green Bay Packers for AllGreenBayPackers.com and WTMJ in Milwaukee. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) and his work has been linked to by sites such as National Football Post and CBSSports.com. Follow @KrisLBurke