ALAMEDA— Back in March, LaMarr Woodley said the Raiders were a playoff team. He got slammed for it.
The concept was considered laughable, even with several upgrades over a team that went 4-12 last season.
Woodley stood by his statement on Tuesday afternoon, saying it was more of an attitude than a bold prediction.
“People definitely reacted when I said this was a playoff-caliber team,” Woodley said. “That should always be the main objective. If your goal is to go 8-8, I don’t want you on my team. We’re aiming for the top. Anything less is unacceptable.”
Woodley reviewed last season’s game tape and saw a competitive group that struggled under pressure.
“After going back and looking at Raiders games from last year, they were in a lot of close games and couldn’t seal the deal,” Woodley said. "During the offseason, they brought in guys who know how to win. You need that attitude to get to the next level.”
Woodley’s resume commands respect, and he believes he and veterans like Justin Tuck can step in and turn this team around quickly.
“You have to bring in guys from winning programs and let them lead,” Woodley said. “The Raiders have done that. There are guys who know how to win. Now we need the younger guys to buy in to it.”