Sometimes as a fan you feel like you know more than the paid professionals. While that might not at all be the case it certainly feels that way after a few IPAs on a Sunday morning. In some instances it is very much true as every Raider can attest to after living through the Norv Turner regime.
When it comes to Michael Huff that certainly has been the case for Raider Nation. For years silver and black faithful have been calling for Huff Daddy to make to the move to cornerback. Finally those pleas have been heard.
Steve Corkran reports that one of the many changes coming to Oakland’s defense involves Huff departing his position of free safety for a permanent place playing opposite Stanford Routt.
As a rookie Huff impressed covering tight ends and has since made the occasional appearance as a nickel corner. This year Huff saw extended time covering slot receivers and let’s just say he was very hit or miss. But when you consider the other players Oakland tried at corner this year Huff’s prospects of securing a starting job must look good.
I think it is safe to assume Chris Johnson has seen his last action as a Raider. Injuries robbed CJ of most of the season but his form had been slipping the last two years.
Rookies DeMarcus Van Dyke and Chimdi Chekwa showed some promise but neither was able to find a consistent role. Chekwa’s season was cut short by injury and DVD is still very raw.
All of the aforementioned issues at corner left veteran Lito Sheppard to start the balance of the season opposite Routt. Keep in mind Lito was cut after just one week in camp and was later re-signed midway through the season. While Sheppard gets props for doing the best he could considering the circumstances he is by no means a long term solution.
Now that doesn’t mean Huff has a job waiting for him. He’ll have to go out and prove he can be an every down corner. While the former Longhorn played the position in college he was drafted as a safety and has spent his time in the NFL bouncing around in different roles as the last line of defense.
While this move is long overdue it is by no means the answer. Hue Jackson has plenty to do in the coming months to get this defense up to par. Firing Chuck Bresnahan would the next order of business for Jackson if he wants to continue down this path of following the advice offered by Raider Nation.