NAPA — Time heals all wounds?
Tell it to Charles Woodson.
The NFL officiating crew made its annual trip to Raiders training camp Friday to go over rule changes and points of emphasis.
The one of most interest to Raiders fans was the modification of the "tuck rule."
In short, quarterbacks who abort a passing motion and bring the ball back to their body and lose possession are charged with a fumble.
Previously, the rule held that it was still part of the passing motion and considered an incomplete pass, even if it wasn't always enforced that way.
It was under that rule on Jan. 19, 2002, that official Walt Coleman determined that what appeared to be a fumble by Tom Brady after a sack on a Woodson blitz was an incomplete pass rather than a fumble recovery by linebacker Greg Biekert.
It came after a lengthy replay delay and extended a New England Patriots drive that ended in a game-tying 45-yard field goal in a driving snow by Adam Vinatieri.
The Raiders then lost, 16-13, in overtime.
When told the NFL video presentation would include that change, Woodson, with a bittersweet laugh, said, "I don't need no lesson in that."
Woodson was spared the indignity of having to watch his sack-fumble of Brady once more. The NFL video instead made no reference to the play that made the tuck rule famous, instead showing examples of the play in games last season involving the St. Louis Rams and Cincinnati Bengals.
Following the presentation, NFL official Pete Morelli said, "The philosophy prior to this year was that you could never define when the arm stops.
"Now, with all the technology, you know, 'Hey, he's not passing.'"
Asked if under the new rule if the Brady play would be a fumble, Morelli said, "Yes, I think so."
Not that it's any consolation to those who were on that losing playoff team in Foxboro Stadium.
"None of us on that team I don't think will ever get over it," Woodson said.
"If you lose a game, you lose a game. You've got to deal with it. But when you feel like a game was stolen, that hurts because it's a missed opportunity and a chance to move on in those playoffs. It probably burns for everybody on that team."
The NFL voted to change the tuck rule last March, and former Raiders tackle Lincoln Kennedy, who was at practice Friday, wondered what took so long.
"Why now?" Kennedy asked. "It's 12 years too late."
Kennedy said he remembers standing on the field near the Raiders bench with Biekert and Woodson while Coleman was reviewing the play.
"Charles and I were talking, and when we first saw the video, it was like, 'What are they reviewing? It was a fumble,'" Kennedy said. "Then Biekert said, 'They're going to overturn it.' I told Greg he was out of his mind.
"And then he said, 'They're going to overturn it because they're taking too long, and we're the Raiders.'"
— The timing was right for veteran kicker Sebastian Janikowski to sign a four-year contract extension. The Raiders may have as much as $50 million in salary cap space next year. When punter Shane Lechler's deal came up in the offseason, general manager Reggie McKenzie had little maneuverability.
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