GREEN BAY, Wis. -- In many ways, things are different for Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson. In other ways, they're the same. Different: He's playing in a 3-4 defense. The same: He's playing left cornerback and jumping routes. Different: His early morning wake-up call no longer requires an alarm clock; his 7-month-old son takes care of it. The same: He has returned to a team that did almost nothing in free agency despite his plea after the season to add some veteran help on defense. Mostly, the changes are out of Woodson's control and for a 32-year-old veteran of 11 NFL seasons change can be difficult. However, fatherhood fits him nicely. And as far as football is concerned, he's taking things in stride, hoping he can produce another stellar season like the one last year. So far, he looks like a natural in Dom Capers' 3-4 scheme. He picked off quarterback Aaron Rodgers Sunday and no longer is sounding the alarm about the Packers needing some new blood on defense. All in all, he feels better than he did the day after the 6-10 debacle of 2008 ended. "I do, I do," Woodson said after the morning practice Sunday. "Absolutely (better than 6-10). I don't see a repeat of last year. I feel good about the personnel we have. Though everybody doesn't think we have the people here to run this defense, I believe we do. So I look for big things out of this defense." That's quite a turnaround from what Woodson had to say the day after the Packers finished their season with a 31-21 victory over the Detroit Lions. It wasn't a Ryan Braun-type condemnation of the defense, but he did suggest that Thompson consider shopping the market. "No question," Woodson said at the time. "It's needed." As it turned out, the only free-agent addition Thompson made on defense was picking up safety Anthony Smith after the Pittsburgh Steelers declined to make him a qualifying offer. That's not exactly an Albert Haynesworth-Bart Scott kind of move. What seems to have placated Woodson most is the switch to a new defense. Even though Woodson thrived in defensive coordinator Bob Sanders' man-to-man scheme, not everyone else did, and the result was inconsistency all over the place. A secondary that tied for third in the NFL with 22 interceptions and led the league with 685 return yards and six touchdowns has no business being part of a 20th-ranked defense and a 6-10 team. Changes needed to be made. "After this (last) season we hadn't made any changes," Woodson said. "But shortly after that, they changed defenses. You get a new coordinator, draft rolls around, you get two pretty good first-rounders and you have a pretty good draft overall. "All of a sudden things change." Perhaps most encouraging to Woodson was what happened after that. He started to see his teammates warm-up to a scheme that allowed for more than one way to play coverage, sent pressure from all over the field, and most importantly, wasn't predictable. "When you watched our games, I'm sure you could call out what we were running a lot of times," Woodson said of Sanders' defense. "It's one thing for things to look the same every play, but you can't just run the same thing every play. This defense gives us a great chance to give the offense different looks." The biggest change is that he and starting mate Al Harris have gone from playing man-to-man coverage every down to playing a great deal of zone. That means lining up off the line of scrimmage and facing the quarterback. "(This is an) opportunity for our corners and really our whole secondary as a whole to play with a lot more vision, particularly on first and second down," coach Mike McCarthy said. "We're not lining up as much with our back turned to the quarterback as we have in the past, and I think it's going to be a real benefit for us." For Woodson to have a better year than he did in 2008 -- 79 tackles, a career-high seven interceptions, two touchdowns, 20 pass break-ups and three sacks, most of it done on a badly sprained big toe and some of it while playing safety--he'd have to make a deal with the devil. No such pact was made as far as anyone knows, but when Woodson broke in front of Donald Driver on a deep in-route and caught Rodgers' pass square in the chest, it sure looked that way. Woodson admitted having his first child -- "I've never (felt) anything like that"--required him to play dad more than it did prepare for the 2009 season, but when it became time to get serious, he came to Green Bay and spent nearly two months working out at the team's facility. It was then he began to learn the defense. "When I came in for mini camp, my head was spinning," Woodson said. "Of course, it was all new terminology and then also a totally new defense. So I didn't have a clue. I was just running around out there a little bit." Given his football aptitude, it didn't take him that long to understand the entire scheme, but it required some classroom work that he probably wouldn't have had to do had the scheme stayed the same. His early impressions are that the defense is on the right track. "I think we are better," Woodson said. And that would be different.