The Oakland Raiders confirmed today they have hired Vikings former defensive backs coach, Joe Woods to the same position along with former Lions secondary coach Marcus Robertson as assistant defensive backs coach.
Woods was among the top potential candidates I had listed last week for the job. Here are his credentials:
Was recently part of Leslie Frazier's staff in Minnesota before they cleaned house. Woods had been the Vikings' defensive backs coach the past eight seasons and last through two head coaches. In total, he has coached at the NFL level for ten seasons after having been an assistant at the college level for 12 seasons.
In Woods' eight seasons as a defensive backs coach in Minnesota, his passing defense was ranked 31, 32, 18, 19, 10, 26, 24, and 31.
Robertson has been coaching defensive backs at the NFL level for the past seven years. In his two previous stops in Tennessee and Detroit, he worked his way up from assistant secondary coach to secondary coach both times. He was ousted in Detroit along with Jim Schwartz and his entire staff from last season.
In Robertson's four seasons as a secondary coach, his passing defense was ranked 31, 29, 14 (Titans), and 23 (Lions),
The Raiders staff was kept nearly intact this off-season with just defensive backs coaches Clayton Lopez and Johnnie Lynn, along with assistant special teams coach Keith Burns, and strength and conditioning coach Al Miller not returning. Miller was replaced by assistant strength and conditioning coach, John Grieco.
Filling the defensive backs coach position was the top priority on the staff. The Raiders waited until after the Super Bowl to make the move.
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