Before Hue Jackson was given his walking papers he alluded to Michael Huff making the fulltime transition to cornerback. Once Dennis Allen arrived he made assurances that Huff figured in as a Charles Woodson type in his defense.
Come Sunday Huff will be making his move to corner which in essence is like going right back to square one.
Guess it didn’t matter who was coaching the Raiders in 2012. Either way we were going to see Huff at corner. We’re still waiting for that whole Woodson scenario to reveal itself but for now we’ll just take a competent corner that can stop middle of the road receivers from having career days.
With the Pittsburgh Steelers coming to town and Oakland’s cornerback situation is looking worse than Kathy Griffin after a meth bender. The panic button is fully exposed and Allen’s finger is hovering just above. Sad thing is it’s already too late to hit that button. The time to do so would have been the second Reggie McKenzie put his few chips on Ron Bartell and Shawntae Spencer.
Bartell could be lost for the season and Spencer might not be seen again for months. That’s called snake eyes.
Therefore Huff will get lots of reps at corner on Sunday as he tries to slow Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown. Both men are capable of carving up the best of NFL corners so they’ve got be salivating at the prospects of matching up with Huff and whatever collection of practice squad castoffs Allen will have in uniform.
Huff is the last of the Raiders scholarship athletes. So this could be his last opportunity to play as a starter in the NFL. While Huff has played his best ball in recent years he’s still nowhere near the player you’d expect to be picked 7th overall. Perhaps the challenge of helping to salvage whatever is left of an already disastrous season will push Huff to new heights. Let’s hope so because anything less could result in Raider Nation having to suffer through perhaps the worst secondary in NFL history. At least we’ll know that things can’t get any worse.