Why Charles Woodson will be missed

Charles brings a toughness, years of experience and intangibles that could never be measured to the Green Bay Packers. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

If there hasn’t been a news outlet that has neglected to post at least a brief something about the surprising news that Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Woodson has been lost for six weeks due to a broken collarbone, I haven’t been able to find it.

Sir Charles, so eloquently knighted by all of Packers Nation, will be difficult to replace – I take that back – he will never be replaced. However the Packers coaching staff decides to retool the defense around Woodson’s loss is yet to be seen, but no matter how that is done, there will be a big hole. Yes, the Packers have some interesting possibilities and some youthful alternatives (Casey Hayward, Jaron McMillian, among others), but gone will be Woodson’s 15 years of experience and leadership – that no doubt is the biggest loss.

The intangibles are difficult to measure, so let’s just take a look at Woodson’s numbers. While we know the intangibles will be difficult to replace, but so will his concrete contributions.

Take a look at the numbers. These are provided by www.pro-football-reference.com:

 

But Woodson is not to be undone by anyone. Not only has he provided tough defense, turnovers and touchdowns throughout his career, he has also returned kickoffs and punts. In other words, he has scored … a lot

 

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