Holden & Danny: Woodson Says Redskins Will Struggle To Contain Falcons Playmakers
NFL Hall of Fame defensive back joined the Holden and Danny Show on Wednesday to discuss a wide variety of topics across the NFL. But the Hall of Famer seemed very impressed with Washington’s young rookie Quarterback. However, the biggest issue for the Redskins this week won’t be on offense, according to Woodson.
“You have Michael Turner, Julio Jones, Roddy White and Matt Ryan at Quarterback, and if you can contain any of them they still have Tony Gonzalez at Tight End,” said Woodson about the Falcons offense.
He mentioned how the biggest struggle for the Redskins will be their secondary against the taller receivers of the Falcons in Jones and White. However, the Redskins can’t just focus on stopping the Falcons receivers. Woodson added that he doesn’t envy the task ahead of Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.
“Pick your poison, do I want to stop the pass and go to a 2-shell look or stop the run and put 8 men in the box,” said Woodson.
As for the Redskins offense, Woodson was very complimentary of the Redskins young signal-caller in Robert Griffin III.
“He’s the gas that makes the car go, and he’s young and you want young players to play better than most play as a rookie — and he is,” said Woodson before he noted that though he thinks Griffin is a special quarterback, he’s not quite yet the best in the NFC East.
However, Woodson did seem pretty certain that both Griffin III and Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck were headed to fantastic careers in the NFL, but Griffin III may have the upper-hand for now.
“He [Robert Griffin III] is patient in the pocket, but he can scramble,” Woodson said. “He’s very mature in the pocket. Andrew Luck is very mature and can do everything [Griffin III] can do, but once [Griffin III] is on the edge he can beat a lot of guys.”
When Woodson took a look around the league, two main things stood out to him:
— The NFC West and the New York Jets. Woodson said after seeing the Jets get dismantled by the 49ers that they just weren’t as good as people believed, and injuries had a big part in that.
“Tim Tebow will probably get his shot if Sanchez keeps playing like he did last week, but his role will expand if he’s successful when he’s in,” Woodson said. The Tebow question had to be asked after Jets Owner Woody Johnson had brought up the Tebow situation.
“The NFC West might be the best division in football.” Woodson declared, however, he did note the St. Louis Rams are still severely lacking behind the other three teams in the division.