Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson is having a career season, and is a big reason – if not the No. 1 reason – that the Packers’ defense jumped to the top overall ranking this week after the team’s 34-12 trouncing of the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving.
According to the Journal Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein, the last time a Packers defense ranked No. 1 was Week 3 of the 2001 season, when Ed Donatell was defensive coordinator. The team finished No. 12 overall, mostly as a result of giving up 524 yards in a 34-25 victory over the New York Giants in the final week of the regular season.
As we noted earlier this week, Woodson is having the best season of his career at age 33. He’s on pace for 78 tackles, three sacks and 10 interceptions. All of those would be career highs. Woodson has already registered a career high with four forced fumbles. He’s tied his career high with two touchdowns. And Woodson is a guy who’s made five Pro Bowls and been named All Pro three times.
Barring injury or a disastrous end to the season, Woodson definitely deserves to be the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Hands down.
The last time a member of the Packers won the honor was 1998, when all-pro defensive end Reggie White registered 16 sacks and led the team to an NFC wild card appearance. White’s defense finished the season ranked No. 4 that year. This year’s Packers unit is on pace to finish at that level or better under Woodson’s leadership.
Now in his 12th season, Woodson is tied for second in the league in interceptions with seven. He’s been the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week, was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month in September and was the only Packer to make Pro Football Weekly’s midseason All-Pro team.
NFL Defensive Player of the Year would be a fitting way to cap what has so far been a spectacular season.
Hands down???? Um, heard of a guy named Jared Allen. Or Darren Sharper. I know Pack fans (I mean un-biased bloggers) can’t convince themselves of it, but both have outplayed Woodson, and are on teams staring a playoff bye week in the face. The Pack’s D has been pretty good, but that secondary has been torched TWICE by Favre. Oh, and if memory serves, I’d say Allen was the best defensive player in either of those two Packer/Vikings meetings. Hands Down.
Jared Allen sacks and tackles.
Charles Woodson sacks and tackles and intercepts and scores touchdowns and runs back kicks and bats down passes and blocks…
They just aren’t in the same class.
First off, GPN, Allen has both an interception and touchdown this year. Don’t treat him like football scum.
And Steffen, why get personal? I’m just pointing out the Allen is having the best statiscal year on a 10-1 team. Darren Sharper, is doing the same for an 11-0 team. What’s the Packers record? More importantly, what has that Woodson-led secondary looked like against any sort of competent quarterback (no, Tony Romo is not one). Man up, don’t blame the freakin coaching staff.
And you call us morons. Hello mirror.
Jared Allen is a one dimensional player. He has one move (Rushing upfield hard and fast) He is atrocious against the run because he’s always trying to pad his sack stats.And speaking of padding his stats, the guy would have 5 sacks if it wasn’t for those games against Green Bay and their sieves at left tackle. The guy has talent, don’t get me wrong but is stats are inflated against bad talent.(He’ll dominate TJ Lang but get shut down against Joe Thomas) Also, his interception and touchdown were more a case of being in the right place at the right time.
Woodson is one of the most versatile players in the league, he can do everything out there as evidenced by his stats. Hell, how can Allen be defensive MVP of the league when he isn’t his own teams? That person would be Kevin Williams.
My intention was not to “treat Allen like football scum.” There’s little question Allen is a good football player. Anyone who says otherwise is delusional.
My point is simply that Allen and Woodson just aren’t in the same class. One interception and one touchdown doesn’t change that fact. Allen is a good defensive end. Woodson is a great all-around football player.