Monday the Raiders announced that Hall of Fame defensive back Rod Woodson will be joining the coaching staff. He will hold the title of Position Coach: Cornerbacks. Lionel Washington is the current Raiders’ defensive backs coach and all indications are that won’t change.
Woodson becomes the second new defensive hire since Hue Jackson was named the Head Coach. Chuck Bresnahan was brought in as a defensive assistant. Greg Biekert was promoted to linebackers coach last week as well. Woodson coached under Bresnahan in Baltimore so this could be further proof that Bresnahan will be the Raiders next defensive coordinator.
Woodson played for the Raiders during his final two seasons in the NFL. The first year he suited up for the Raiders he was named first team All Pro. That was also the year the Raiders went to the Super Bowl in 2002. Woodson fondly remembers his short time with the Raiders.
He was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame two years ago. He spent most of his career with the Steelers before spending some time in Baltimore. But when he was set to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, he was asked what the greatest moment of his NFL career. To which this was his response:
“I would have to go to the 2002 season with the Oakland Raiders. We started out 4-0 and then we went 0-4. We were playing the Denver Broncos. They were driving down to score the go-ahead touchdown really early in the game. Griese dropped back and threw it right into my hands and I took it in for a touchdown. We went up by ten. That really changed our season around and we went on to the Superbowl.”
Despite only spending two seasons in Silver and Black, it clearly left a strong impression on him. He long emulated Jack Tatum and his style of play and Woodson always embodied that Raider style and attitude. Good to have him back.