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Raiders hire Rod Woodson as defensive backs coach

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One of the best defensive backs in NFL history is about to start coaching the defensive backs of the Oakland Raiders.

Hall of Famer Rod Woodson has been hired as Oakland’s defensive backs coach, the Raiders announced today.

For new Raiders head coach Hue Jackson, that’s a huge name to add to the coaching staff. There are few men more respected around the NFL than Woodson, an 11-time Pro Bowler who played 10 years for the Steelers, one for the 49ers and four for the Ravens before finishing his career with the Raiders in 2002 and 2003.

But it also seems like a little bit of a head-scratcher, as Woodson has always seemed completely content as a father, husband, youth sports coach and NFL Network analyst. The rigors of NFL coaching will presumably change Woodson’s life significantly.

Woodson already lives in the Bay Area, however, which makes it easier for him to take the job without too big of a disruption to his family life. And Woodson isn’t known for doing something if he’s not committed to doing it right. So the Raiders appear to have pulled off a major coup for their coaching staff.

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  1. jutts says: Feb 14, 2011 2:36 PM

    He is probably tired of Rich Eisen. Couldn’t blame him for that.

  2. oldhighs says: Feb 14, 2011 2:37 PM

    Good choice if the Raiders are going to try and bring Nnamdi back into the fold. Woodson could also be a huge asset to the young guys on the team like Jeremy Ware and Walter McFadden.

  3. ghostrider25 says: Feb 14, 2011 2:40 PM

    Bummer. I liked Rod on NFLTA.

    *sigh* I guess this means I can look forward to more Brian Baldinger and Jamie Dukes.

  4. house068 says: Feb 14, 2011 2:41 PM

    He is horrible on TV. Couldn’t remember that he lost a Super Bowl with the Steelers. Sheesh. Good luck in coaching. Probably better off.

  5. iamjustinm says: Feb 14, 2011 2:45 PM

    I thought he was a great TV analyst. I’m pretty sure this guy will be great at anything he does. I’m sure Al Davis has kept in touch with him for all these years. Once a Raiders, always a Raider.

  6. dewalt2990 says: Feb 14, 2011 2:46 PM

    There can’t be nearly as much pressure on a position coach as there is a coordinator or head coach. He’s probably just testing the water out, see how he likes it.

  7. Deb says: Feb 14, 2011 2:50 PM

    Oh my. First thought is that I hate to see him make this move in the midst of so much unrest, and hope working for Davis will be a positive experience. My wild and crazy dream for this off-season was for the Steelers to make a free-agent play for Asomugha, but if the Raiders are bringing in Woodson, they’ll probably do what’s necessary to secure their star. Ah well, the Steelers never play those reindeer games in free agency anyway.

    We know the Raiders are on the verge, so this is a win for them. Wish Woodson and his family all possible success.

  8. greenall12 says: Feb 14, 2011 2:52 PM

    big woodson fan, i hope he does a great job. also him and Nnamdi seem like good friends so may be another factor that leads him to stay in Oakland

  9. alpod says: Feb 14, 2011 2:56 PM

    what an exciting hire! came out of nowhere.

  10. crabcakeandfootball1 says: Feb 14, 2011 2:59 PM

    Rod’s Hold on Playa story was second worst only to Irvin. But, good luck in OAK, Rod.

  11. njhitman says: Feb 14, 2011 2:59 PM

    Pitt should of jumped on him since they do need a defensive coach

  12. kazkal says: Feb 14, 2011 3:03 PM

    —He is probably tired of Rich Eisen. Couldn’t blame him for that.—

    Why? Rich is probably was 2nd most likable NFL talking head after Rod.Better then all the Jokes ESPN puts on to the air.

  13. renaissanceman87 says: Feb 14, 2011 3:07 PM

    How do people think he’s horrible on TV? He’s slick and works good on television.

    Anyways, perhaps the Raiders saw the success of the Packers hiring Kevin Greene to be their linebackers coach and wanted in on some of that action?

  14. joetoronto says: Feb 14, 2011 3:11 PM

    Bouya, I like it allot!

    Not a whisper about it either, even sweeter. :)

  15. tdk24 says: Feb 14, 2011 3:18 PM

    Probably wanted to get away from Dukes. That dude is horrible!

  16. docredskin says: Feb 14, 2011 3:29 PM

    He was horrible on tv. The television viewer’s gain is the Raiders’ loss. Great players seldom make good coaches and he was a great player.

  17. marvsleezy says: Feb 14, 2011 3:31 PM

    Wow, I hear Davis already fired him and hes not going to pay him the money owed on his contract. I saw this coming.

  18. huejackson says: Feb 14, 2011 3:40 PM

    this hurts PFT feelings alot,
    but this goes to show all you raider bashers in the media, Players LOVE playing for the Raiders they love the raiders so much they always try to get back in as coaches or in the front office.
    This hurts PFT cause woodson said that he considers himself a raider more than anything and Al Davis is the best owner in the Nfl.
    Who is gona stop the raiders next year?
    NOBODY!

  19. beastofeden says: Feb 14, 2011 3:40 PM

    Oh goody!!

    Now he show Stanford Rout how to REALLY get juked.

  20. bbrophy1 says: Feb 14, 2011 3:44 PM

    Perhaps it’s just a precursor to his former teammate Darren Perry being the defensive coordinator

  21. grogansheroes says: Feb 14, 2011 3:52 PM

    Don’t know how he can afford the pay cut!

  22. rudy112 says: Feb 14, 2011 3:57 PM

    Good move by the raiders, hiring Woodson just shows the direction this team is taking.

  23. duffer58 says: Feb 14, 2011 4:02 PM

    Rich Eisen is 100 times better then idiots on Espn. Good luck with Raiders Woodson.

  24. techvet says: Feb 14, 2011 4:09 PM

    He had the Packers winning the Super Bowl. Let’s see if he can use his skills to get the Raiders back in the saddle. As bbophy1 noted, is this being done to lure Darren Perry away from the Packers?

  25. stairwayto7 says: Feb 14, 2011 4:22 PM

    Dieon and Mike Irvin are wondering why they will never got a coaching job!

  26. rajbais says: Feb 14, 2011 5:02 PM

    I’m gonna miss Rod on TV. He had the uniqueness and coolness that many analysts don’t have. He wasn’t cheesy or avidly goofy, but different in a good way.

  27. lunarpie says: Feb 14, 2011 5:03 PM

    techvet,
    He picked the Pack to win the Super Bowl. I wonder why he’d want to coach the Raiders!?!? Maybe because he knows the Raiders will be a contender next year! JUST WIN BABY!!!

  28. chucknoll says: Feb 14, 2011 5:05 PM

    Steelers shuda been all over that once horton left i know tomlin asked john lynch to come in las yr maybe he will ask again

  29. tomthebombtracy says: Feb 14, 2011 5:05 PM

    Part of Rod’s deal is he has to keep Al Davis in Band-Aids for his forehead.

    Too bad the Steelers don’t play the Raiders in ’11. As much as he dissed Big Ben this year, I could see a payback.

    New Steelers DB coach? Just a hunch. John Lynch. Played on the TB SB team with Tomlin as DB coach.

  30. mikebyrne1502 says: Feb 14, 2011 5:06 PM

    Great Hire, I also thought that Marshall should try and go into coaching as well, maybe the RB coach for the Rams?

  31. JSpicoli says: Feb 14, 2011 5:07 PM

    But no one who has any merit or options would EVER chose to work for the Raiders, riiiight?

    I mean, I read it here and from all the other ratards in the press how this is the case, for sure, without a doubt. They can’t be wwwwwwrong, could they? I mean, no one ever would go to work for the Raiders.

    Woodson surely must have had no job, or other options.

  32. mikebyrne1502 says: Feb 14, 2011 5:11 PM

    rudy112 says: Feb 14, 2011 3:57 PM

    Good move by the raiders, hiring Woodson just shows the direction this team is taking.

    Really by hiring and unproven coach, one hell of a player but how do you know he’s going to be able to coach em’ up?

    You guys just fired the coach that had this team going in the right direction, and you think that a Woodson hire ultimately makes up for it? No dogging Woodson, but to say this team is heading in the right direction will be better judged at the end of the 11′ season.

  33. randyinman says: Feb 14, 2011 5:22 PM

    Great players are seldom great coaches. I will miss him on TV.

  34. deebo92 says: Feb 14, 2011 5:54 PM

    iamjustinm says:
    Feb 14, 2011 2:45 PM
    I thought he was a great TV analyst. I’m pretty sure this guy will be great at anything he does. I’m sure Al Davis has kept in touch with him for all these years. Once a Raiders, always a Raider.

    ——

    You do realize hes more patronized for being a Steeler than a Raider? Hell hes more of a Raven than he is a Raider.

  35. voyager6 says: Feb 14, 2011 5:55 PM

    This isn’t surprising. Woodson sent training camp last year interning in Cincinnati. It was clear then he was going to go into coaching eventually.

  36. bigdogg34 says: Feb 14, 2011 6:21 PM

    Great move for the Raiders, not so much for Woodson.

  37. rudy112 says: Feb 14, 2011 6:24 PM

    Hey mikebyrne take it easy, u must be a hater or something I’ve been a raider fan since 78′, I’ve seen it all the Bowls and the 2-14 seasons. By hiring Woodsen we bring in not only a HOF but a guy who knows how to win. We’re a very young team and even though he’s never been a coachI’m sure he can teach them something. NATION

  38. bwisnasky says: Feb 14, 2011 8:03 PM

    Actually mikebyrne, that team won 8 games last year in SPITE of Cable.. not because of Cable… in fact, it was truly Hue Jackson that spurred the Raiders offensive revival…. you know, the guy that Al just handed the keys to the car to? So is the Woodson hiring a great thing? That remains to be seen, but getting rid of Curly and his womanizing ways and replacing him with a guy that took an offense that scored 200 points to one that scored over 400 seems to be a pretty good idea to me.

  39. raiderapologist says: Feb 14, 2011 8:04 PM

    bigdogg34 says: Feb 14, 2011 6:21 PM

    Great move for the Raiders, not so much for Woodson.
    —-
    Great move for Woodson, too. If he succeeds he gets the credit, and if he fails, Al will get the blame.

  40. ant63ss says: Feb 14, 2011 8:23 PM

    Feb 14, 2011 5:11 PM
    rudy112 says: Feb 14, 2011 3:57 PM

    Good move by the raiders, hiring Woodson just shows the direction this team is taking.

    Really by hiring and unproven coach, one hell of a player but how do you know he’s going to be able to coach em’ up?

    You guys just fired the coach that had this team going in the right direction, and you think that a Woodson hire ultimately makes up for it? No dogging Woodson, but to say this team is heading in the right direction will be better judged at the end of the 11′ season.

    I think Woodson is going to make a great coach. Nnamdi Asomugha credits Woodson with making him into the player that he is today. When he was drafted everyone clowned the raiders for taking him in the first round. He struggled at first, but Woodson showed him how to work and watch film. Now he is the best corner in the league.
    Btw- If Cable was such a good HC why was he not given a job in either the NFL or college? The reason is because he is not a good HC. He is an excellent o-line coach, but that’s it. He will never sniff a HC position in the NFL again.

  41. rayguyreturns says: Feb 14, 2011 8:36 PM

    Woodson had a good 40 time, so it was inevitable that Al would hire him.

    All kidding aside, Rod is a winner and whatever he does he’s a winner at it. I’m really glad to see him on board. That interception he made in Denver on Monday NF was the football highlight of a lifetime for me.

  42. Canyonero says: Feb 14, 2011 10:13 PM

    Wow, one of the all great players. I thought he was a total natural on the NFLN set, he did a tremendous job.

    Can’t believe I’m saying it, but I may end up rooting for the Oakland Raiders a couple times next season..

  43. slickster35 says: Feb 15, 2011 1:58 AM

    You have to start in the minors before being called up to the big leagues.

    The fade so desperate to hire a totally unexperienced guy? No one with coaching credentials will touch that dumpster of a team.

  44. Grulks says: Feb 15, 2011 2:16 AM

    Darren > Rod. Both were pretty damn good though.

  45. godofwine330 says: Feb 15, 2011 9:29 AM

    I liked Rod. I found out about this from Warren Sapp on his chat. I hope it works out for him, but, with him living in the area already it is an easy commute. Not like him moving to Buffalo or Cleveland.

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