Although his production was down in 2012, we are not that far from a 2009 season when Charles Woodson edged out Darrelle for defensive player of the year. Woodson picked off 9 that year, three for scores. They were virtually neck and neck in their overall PFF grade that year, Woodson with a 34.4, and Revis with a 32.9. QB’s threw for a passer rating of 51, which wasn’t much worse than Darrelle’s 32. Obviously Woodson can play.
After a down 2010, Charles Woodson had a big 2011 with 7 INTs. But how did he grade out?
Darrelle Revis led the league that year with a 24.6. Charles Woodson, however, wasn’t so well off with the grade, posting a mere -0.3. His best rating all year long was a 2.8. Ratings like this tell me that he has lost a step. In 2012, neither Revis or Woodson played much, so a comparison is not necessary.
However, the drop off in his play is hard to ignore. From the high grade of 34.4 in 2009, to a 1.4 in 2010, to a negative in 2011 is just not good. He moved to safety in 2012, which is a great play for versatility, and did record an INT, his 55th, as a safety. However, a broken collarbone limited his season to only 7 games.
Think about where this team is at as well. Coming off of the 6-10 debacle that was 2012, are we at a point where a veteran DB is going to make the difference in putting this team back where it belongs? I doubt it. If you are going to bring in a 36 year old defensive back, that addition needs to serve as the last piece of the puzzle, the one that takes your team over the top.
If Charles Woodson is going to play again in 2013, he needs to go to a team that is close. It doesn’t make sense for him to come here, and the Jets have young talent in the defensive backfield, so it doesn’t make sense for them to sign him either.