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By earjerseyqq130 on Feb 12, 2014 07:16 AM
Injury to Packers' Woodson creates leadership hole


Fifteen years, 206 regularseason games, two Super Bowls, one Heisman pose and that look just for rookies can't be dumped on another Green Bay defender and dressed up as leadership.


So with the news that Woodson is out for six weeks or so with the broken collarbone he suffered last Sunday in the victory against St. Louis, the challenge is on him to continue to lead the team off the field while others try to assume more active leadership roles on it.


"The leadership, I would think, would be missed," Jacksonville coach Mike Mularkey said. "I know how wellcoached they are; they'll have somebody step in there and they'll be just as efficient but I don't know if you can make up for the leadership that will be lost with not having him on the field."


And christian louboutin sandals cheap so, the Packers will first make sure they do not lose him away from the game.


"Charles is not gone; he's just not on the field playing," said another veteran with nearly 200 games on his r receiver Donald Driver. "He'll show that leadership on that sideline. He's done it at the Super Bowl and he'll do it once again."


Driver was referring to Super Bowl XLV when Woodson broke his collarbone the first time but still did his sideline duty of rallying the rest of the secondary. That presence will remain. There is some rehabilitation for this kind of injury, but Woodson will not be withdrawing as he rests and waits for his collarbone to heal.


"Shoot, he might be here now more than he's ever been," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.


Whether Woodson is around the players while getting treatment or talking to them over a meal at the cafeteria, he must remain a fixture within christian louboutin leopard print sneakers this team.


"Charles is basically a coach on the field. Jennings said. "He tells us, look for these things on certain formations and stuff. With his leadership skills and our preparation, I think we'll be OK."


If he takes the full six weeks to recover and there's already some speculation that it might not be that long that means he will miss about five games, get a break with a bye week and possibly return Dec. 9 against the Detroit Lions, where he's had a history of playing very well.


Remaining an active member of the team won't just boost his own morale, it could help direct a team that is playing a lot of rookies and playing better on defense overall. Woodson's guidance and his eye for the game remember he saved a 12man penalty against the Rams by calling a timeout can be taught to the next generation of corners and safeties. What Woodson has is credibility, a presence right up there louboutin slingback black in Green Bay with Reggie White or LeRoy Butler.


Meanwhile, defensive lineman Ryan Pickett will, almost begrudgingly, take over as the defensive leader with a nod to Tramon Williams, who will have to lead the secondary.


"I don't call myself . . . that," Pickett said. "We all need to take it on, but of course I'm the oldest, the next most experienced, so people naturally look up to me because of that. So I don't mind that role.


"I find myself trying to do all the other things the right way. You try to lead by what you do. 'Wood' was a leader, but it wasn't that he said much. He didn't regularly get in front of a room full of people and start talking. He led by example."


Woodson's ringside manner will also be missed. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers said on his radio show this week Woodson might be one of the toughest players he's ever been around. Woodson also led the Packers by pounding running backs. Though slowed on some plays by his 36 years, he was still an effective defender in the run and took on running backs almost joyfully.


"Somebody's got to take the role and be more christian louboutin wedges 2014 physical now that Charles is out," rookie corner Casey Hayward said. "He's one of the most physical guys on our team. Hopefully I can take that role and be more physical as well. But I feel like everybody needs to take that role and be physical."
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