By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, February 14th, 2011 at 12:57 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders announced the hire of Hall of Famer Rod Woodson Monday as a defensive backs coach.
Woodson will replace Lionel Washington, who is no longer on staff, and concentrate on cornerbacks, while holdover Kevin Ross will work primarily with safeties.
Since his retirement after the 2003 season, Woodson has worked as an analyst for the NFL Network as well as with the sports programs at Valley Christian High School in Dublin. Woodson also did some analysis for the Big Ten Network.
Woodson has remained in the Bay Area since his retirement, with a home in Pleasanton. It was at his home where cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha went to watch film with Woodson and pick up knowledges and nuances about the game. Asomugha has credited Woodson for helping with his confidence and skill set, and having him on staff can only help if the Raiders make a competitive offer during his upcoming free agency, pending resolution of a collective bargaining agreement.
Although Woodson’s concentration will be with cornerbacks, his expertise will be welcomed in all areas of the defensive backfield. He was a key figure as a free safety for the Baltimore Ravens and had his last big year at that position for the Raiders in 2002, returning three interceptions for touchdowns.
Woodson joins linebackers coach Greg Biekert and offensive line assistant Steve Wisniewski as players who were with the club in the decade of the 2000s and have since returned as coaches.