Woodson Talks Coaching

New cornerbacks coach Rod Woodson spoke with the NFL Network on Monday. He spoke about his new job and what he hopes to accomplish with his players, but was brief when asked about a certain free agent...

New cornerbacks coach Rod Woodson spoke with his former colleagues at the NFL Network on Monday. Woodson didn't say anything earth-shattering, and was short in his response to the issue of Nnamdi Asomugha's free agency.

Of course, with Woodson's hiring, it immediately calls into question whether or not he'll have any influence on bringing Asomugha back. Asomugha and Woodson share a great relationship, and Asomugha has publicly credited Woodson for helping him throughout his career.

Woodson spoke about how he'll draw from his 17-year career in the NFL and what he hopes to accomplish as a coach.

Below is a transcript of Woodson's interview with the NFL Network:

RW: "I've been thinking about coach for quite a long time. I was offered a job when I first retired seven years ago, and after spending 17 years in the league I wasn't ready to do it then. But the last couple of years, I've been thinking about it, talking to all my guys and friends who are coaching in the league. I talked to Mr. [Al] Davis and then I talked to Hue [Jackson], and I was offered the job and I just didn't want to pass it up. I didn't want to live my life in regret, not taking the opportunity to try this thing called coaching in the National Football League out. So I'm going to give it a shot and see how it works out."

On how he'll impart his wisdom onto his players…

RW: "Well, I think the first thing is the players have to empty themselves out quite a bit … to let the coaches give them the knowledge that they need to perform on the field and put them in the position to make plays. So hopefully, playing on the field, I can give them the first person take of it, and what I did on the field and things I enjoyed doing to make it successful, to get balls in my hands. Hopefully, if they can do that and if I can do that, we'll have a better secondary.

On unlocking the secrets of playing in the secondary…

RW: "Everybody has a different tool bet. Some guys have a lot of tools on their tool belt, some guys don't. I think what I have to do is give those guys more tools on their tool belt, so when they go on to game day they can perform, and put them in positions that they're comfortable with to make plays. As Tony Dungy told me when I first came into the league, ‘if you catch the ones that come to you, you can lead the league every year.'

On bringing back the teaching element in pro football…

RW "I know free agency has something to do with that. But I think true teaching, true coaching of the why, not the what, to do in the National Football League, I think that's gone to the wayside. More so because younger guys are playing and coaches don't get a lot of time to stay around. They get two or three years, and if you don't win, you're out of this league and you're not the head coach for that football team. So, I just want to have the fundamentals of the game brought back to the position. All the great teams have it. I think if you can have a well-coached football team, you have an opportunity to win a lot of football games, and hopefully I can impart some wisdom to the players on the field and off the field."

On which coach will have the greatest influence on his philosophies…

RW: "Well I think it's a mixture. I would like to think a little Chuck Noll, a little Bill Cowher, a little Tony Dungy, a little Rod Russ, a little John Fox. I think all those guys are going to have a blend of what I do and what I say to the players. I've been around a lot of great guys. I've been very blessed to have a lot of great teachers in my playing career. And to give back to my players, I think it's going to be a blend of all those coaches together. I don't think one should overshadow the other. I think having that side of it should help me be a better coach on the field with those players because I've been through the fire, and hopefully they can trust me enough that I'm going to tell them the right thing to do and not the wrong thing."

On Nnamdi Asomugha…

RW: Well hopefully Nnamdi will come back. I think that we're going to do some different things this year on the defensive side. Some more looks, some more things for the corners to make plays, get them to face the football hopefully a little bit more so they can get interceptions, so they can be playmakers for this defense. And if we can do that, and we can get a Nnamdi Asomugha back in Oakland—one of the best corners in the National Football League—it makes my job a lot easier.

On spending long hours at the Oakland Raiders' facilities…

RW: Already here—this morning since eight o'clock. I'm going to be here until nightfall, so yeah I'm ready for it. I know it's a lot of long hours. I'm just asking my wife if she's ready for it.


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