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Q&A with Charles Woodson

On what it means to win AFC Defensive Player of the Week:

Woodson:"I guess I'll be cliché and say that it's always a great feeling to have something like this happen to you. It's great. The best part about it though is that you win the game, so I feel good about that."

Q: I saw you on the set of NFL Network and they were asking you and you didn't sound like you were remotely thinking about hanging it up, and why would you with the way that you're playing?

Woodson:"The funny thing is that I never thought about getting to 17 [seasons], so I'm not thinking about going into the 40's. I don't know. I'll continue to say it, I feel great, and why that is I have no clue, but I do, so I'll play this season out and then we'll see what happens after that."

Q: Do you think that you're playing at a level maybe as good as you've been since you won Player of the Year?

Woodson:"I mean, I'm playing well. I think I'm playing well. I think, if we're just comparing to other safeties or DBs in the league, I think that I would fare pretty well in that respect, and I'm having fun playing. I think the greatest thing for me this year is the addition of [Assistant Defensive Backs Coach] Marcus Robertson. I've said that countless times already, but he's really helped me see the game better from a safety position. Yeah, I can play the game, but having him, having a guy who I feel like is one of the best coaches I've been around in my career, and helping me get better, has been a key for me."

Q: You said you were going to wait until after this year to kind of determine what happens, but you are playing at a high level. Obviously, there will be teams interested. What would be the one hang up?

Woodson:"I always thought that it would all depend on how my body felt at the end of the season, and with saying I don't know what I'm going to do, we still have five games left. I mean, that's five games in the NFL where you're out there hitting and doing the things that you do. I don't know."

Q: If it was all things equal, you make it through the rest of the season healthy, are you playing next year?

Woodson:"No question."

Q: Do you think you have still have unfinished business here?

Woodson:"No question. It would mean a great deal to play here and to get back into the playoffs and have a chance at going to the Super Bowl. Coming into this season I had all the confidence in the world that we would be a much better team then what we are. With that being said, I still believe in the process, and like I said, I don't know what happens after this year, but if I do decide to play again and it's here, I'm going to have the same confidence because I believe that they will continue to bring in the right people. I believe that the draft class they had this year, I think it's a great draft class. You add to that and then you bring a few more people in via free agency, and who knows what can happen. I've said this to a few people, the team we played Thursday night, they were looking at 0-16 a few years ago, and now all of a sudden, they're a team that the last couple of years they've been in the playoff hunt. It can turn fast and it takes a couple of people here or there, and it takes guys to buy in to what's going on and move in the right direction, and who knows what can happen. It can happen very fast."

Q: Derek Carr said he came to you early on and said, 'I want you to tell me whenever you see something that I might want to know,' and that you've been good about going to him. Have you found that these young guys are lot like him on this team? Is that why you feel good?

Woodson:"Yeah, I think so. Derek, he'll reach out to me. TJ Carrie, me and him have had conversations, and you like that. You like to have young players that are hungry, players that want to get better, make themselves better players and they just try to glean from you whatever they can as players. I think that those are the kind of young players we have here right now. Those players are only going to get better. All of them have been thrown into the fire and gotten great experience playing in this game, playing in the NFL, and I think they're only going to get better from year one to year two. Then a guy like Sio [Moore] who's a young guy, I think he's only going to get better. I think there's a good group of young guys here that is going to be the core of this team going forward."

Q: You say you feel great; what's your secret?

Woodson:"No, I told you, I don't know. People ask me all the time, 'how do you keep going?' I don't know, man. I'm just blessed I guess."

Q: So no fast food though?

Woodson:"Yeah, I eat fast food."

Q: So you eat McDonalds?

Woodson:"I eat whatever. I don't eat too much of it, but yeah, I'll eat it."

Q: The last couple of games, you guys have played, defensively, probably your best back-to-back games and with guys like [Larry] Asante and Brandian Ross on the field filling roles who weren't even deemed good enough to make this team on the 53-man roster. How has that transpired do you think?

Woodson:"Honestly, I think those guys would probably say the same thing, Marcus Robertson. He has been a great teacher. I've been around a few guys that can- for myself, being the kind of athlete that I am, it takes a lot for me to really listen to you, and if I think you know what you're talking about, then I'm going to listen. This is a guy who I know, knows the game by what he tells me and what he sees, what he's been through in this game, and for those guys, I think he's been able to do the same thing. He's been able to explain why you do certain things, how you fit certain plays, different angles on the field, and guys have been receptive to it. He's made those guys better, and I think those two guys are hungry. I look at Larry, he was, I believe at home before they called him back. This guy will run through a brick wall, literally. He's hungry and I think Brandian's no different, but having Marcus in those guys' corner has been a big help to them."

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