Once a Raider, always a Raider. That has long been the motto as few NFL teams routinely retain the services of their players as often and frequently as Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders do. Today the Raiders announced another addition to Hue Jackson’s staff by appointing Hall of Famer Rod Woodson as cornerbacks coach.
Woodson is the latest member of the staff with Silver and Black roots. He joins the recently promoted Greg Biekert and the newly appointed Steve Wisniewski as former Raider players turned coaches to jump aboard the Jackson train.
When last we saw Woodson in Silver and Black he was a starting safety on a Super Bowl bound squad. While his career ended as a member of the last line of defense Woodson made his mark as one of the best corners to ever play the game. The longtime Steeler was inducted into the Hall just two years ago. He brings a wealth of knowledge to a unit that is among the NFL’s best.
Of course, much of what Woodson will be doing next year will be predicated on just what happens with free agents Nnamdi Asomugha and Stanford Routt. Few cornerback tandems were as difficult to throw on as the Aso-Routt combo. Woodson will be instrumental in getting the most out of a couple of young corners – Walter McFadden and Jeremy Ware – that have shown some potential.
While no official word has been made on just who is in charge of the defense, the staff being built is one that has Coach Jackson fired up.
“I’m excited that we have a Hall of Fame player who is coming back to the organization.I was extremely impressed during the interview process with his communication skills and I’m looking forward to Rod imparting his wealth of knowledge to our players.”
Woodson will no doubt be an asset to this team. The secondary was already one of the team’s strengths and it stands to reason things will only improve under his tutelage.