Michael Huff Improving At Cornerback

He’s no Nnamdi Asomugha…well…according Michael Huff he’s better than Aso but we know that’s not the case. Anyhow…

Huff Daddy isn’t going to be confused with Oakland’s former shutdown corner but if he continues to improve there’s no telling what kind of career Huff might have from here out.

One thing is very clear and that is that no matter who was coaching the Raiders in 2012 Huff was going to do time out on the island. Hue Jackson said Huff was going to make the fulltime move to corner before Reggie McKenzie was hired and quickly relieved Jackson of his duties. With Dennis Allen in place Huff was slated to remain at safety in an expanded Charles Woodson-like role. As we know that lasted only as long as the two veteran corners McKenzie signed lasted.

By week four Huff had taken over fulltime at corner which is where he would have ended up any way had Jackson kept his job. So in many ways this was a foregone conclusion.

What also looked like a given was Huff getting toasted like bread at Quiznos every Sunday. His first few outings at corner induced a similar reaction to when I heard National Treasure was working on its third installment. Cringing was mandatory every time an opposing QB dropped back to pass.

But to Huff and the coaching staff’s credit they kept at it as there were no other solutions in sight. The result has been a much improved and more comfortable Huff. In fact, I’d argue that Huff’s transition to playing corner in the NFL has gone much better than his transition to the NFL from college.

It’s not like playing corner is totally new to Huff. As a rookie he did time in the slot and saw plenty of the same action last season. It’s just a much different animal when you’re on your own out on the island. That’s where Huff and Asomugha have something to debate. Huff would argue that Aso didn’t have nearly the responsibilities he does in Allen’s new defensive scheme.  Of course Asomugha can just read the list of Hall of Fame receivers he’s shutdown to end the debate.

But what really matters above all is winning. What has kept Huff employed in the NFL is his willingness to do whatever the coaching staff requires. In that regard he’d play linebacker if Coach Allen asked him to and I’m sure that after a month of that he’d be telling Rolando McClain how much better he is. Of course, in that case Huff might actually have an argument.

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