Oakland Raiders add Hall of Famer to coaching staff

By ericschmidt

The Oakland Raiders added a Hall of Fame player to their coaching staff yesterday, Rod Woodson. Woodson returns to the team he last played for to start his coaching career. He spent the bulk of his playing time with the Pittsburgh Steelers but also spent time with the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens before finishing his career with the Oakland Raiders. Woodson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in his first season of eligibility two years ago.

Woodson earned a Super Bowl championship while he was with the Baltimore Ravens but has an impressive list of personal achievements. He is an 11 time Pro Bowler, currently he holds the NFL records for career interceptions return yardage and touchdowns and he ranks third in NFL history with 71 interceptions.

The Raiders hired Woodson to be the team’s cornerbacks coach, but he could suddenly find himself with a depleted secondary if and when the free agency period begins. The Raiders could find themselves without All Pro CB Nnamdi Asomugha, CB Standford Routt and FS Michael Huff, are all slated for free agency.

The hiring of Woodson is a bit unconventional though, since the Raiders are a team without a current defensive coordinator.

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