Charles Woodson knows that the Oakland Raiders are looking to put together their first wining season in a quite a while, and he believes that they are headed in the right direction.
Woodson, a 15-year veteran who signed with the Raiders in the offseason, talked to the media following minicamp on Thursday.
“I really see a new attitude from where they’ve been previously,” he said. “You’ve got a head coach who’s in his second year and he’s trying to establish that winning mindset around here. Defensively, we have a bunch of new guys in who weren’t here last year and don’t know about the troubles last year.”
Woodson was drafted by the Raiders and spent eight seasons in Oakland before moving on to Green Bay. He was the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1998.
Now, he has returned to Oakland, and just wants to win.
For me, it doesn’t really matter the expectation parts of it. It doesn’t matter the record, for me. I’m going to play hard regardless, but you don’t want players that have been around here that haven’t won in a long time that had winning seasons and had the fan base excited about what you’re doing. You’ve got to establish that. For me, I’m going to come out here and play hard regardless, but you want everybody to have that same mentality.
Winning may be difficult for the Raiders next season, with the major overhaul that their roster went through and lowered expectations.
However, Woodson is a guy who has plenty of experience, and it’s definitely a positive that he sees a “new attitude” with the Raiders.