Rod Woodson to coach Raiders DBs


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.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • RaiderRetribution

    You do realize Mr. Woodson is still in shape, should Mr. Branch miss a tackle, or blow a cover assignment, should Mr. Routt get burned; Rod just might demand a uniform and show’em how it’s done!

  • J Hill

    So it’s a rookie we draft or Veldheer at C this year, eh?

  • RaiderRetribution

    I think there is a window currently where teams can sign their own players and unconditional free agents, but that’s it.

  • RaiderRockstar

    The Comeback Player of the Year will still see a salary hike of more than $10 million in 2011


    does Mike Vick have enough coin to pay back his debtors yet?

    didn’t he file for bankruptcy ???

  • YoungAmerican

    Santana Moss or Malcolm Floyd would be good veteran additions.

    Santonio Holmes will cost a lot of money and Braylon Edwards drops a lot of balls. VJ will take a huge trade package, and Sidney Rice will too most likely.

  • RaiderRockstar

    here is the event calender on NFL.com


    Jan. 2 — Regular season ends.

    Jan. 8-9 — Wild Card Weekend.

    Jan. 15-16 — Divisional Playoffs.

    Jan. 23 — Conference Championships.

    Jan. 30 — Pro Bowl, Honolulu, Hawaii

    Feb. 6 — Super Bowl XLV, North Texas

    Feb. 23-March 1 — NFL Scouting Combine, Indianapolis, Ind.

    April 28-30 — NFL Draft, New York City.

    Aug. 6 — Pro Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2011 Enshrinement, Canton, Ohio.


    nothing about Free Agency!

    it started March 5th last year

  • RaiderRockstar

    back to the grind.

    CYA gents

  • bcz24

    J Hill Says:
    February 15th, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Some teams are signing players regardless of this CBA business. Teams CAN sign players now contrary to popular belief.

    We need to sign some of our guys now!
    This is not true. Teams ARE able to use the franchise tag but no multi-year contracts can be extended. The only players that can be signed are those not currently on any roster. Free agency was to begin on 3/3/11, but with no CBA in place this will not happen.

  • DMAC

    Later peoples!
    Go A’s!
    Go DUBS!
    Go Cal Bears!
    Go Raiders!

  • YoungAmerican

    2) OG/OT Benjamin Ijalana (Villanova), DT/NT Phil Taylor (Baylor), CB Jimmy Smith (Colorado), CB Curtis Brown (Texas), or OG/C Stefan Wisniewski (Penn State)

    3) C Jake Kirkpatrick (TCU), OLB Casey Matthews (Oregon), OLB Greg Jones (Michigan State), or OT Marcus Gilbert (Florida)

    4) DT/NT Ian Williams (Notre Dame) or OG/OT Will Rackley (Lehigh)

    5) CB Davon House (New Mexico State), C/OG Brandon Fusco (Slippery Rock), or OG/OT Darrius Morris (Temple)

    6) DE/DT Cedrick Thornton (Southern Arkansas)

    7) WR Ricardo Lockette (Ford Valley State) or RB Robert Hughes (Notre Dame)

    Then attempt to bring Miller, Asomugha, Seymour, Wimbley, Huff, Routt, Bush, Reece, Condo and Cartwright all back into the fold.

    If Huff walks, sign Jarrad Page to compete with Stevie Brown.

    If Bush walks, sign Le’Ron McClain or bring in a rookie.

    If Asomugha walks, sign(/trade for?) Jonathan Joseph and/or find a CB via the draft.

    If Routt walks, sign Richard Marshall, Eric Wright, or find a CB via the draft.

    Sign Santana Moss to give the receiving corps a much-needed veteran presence.

  • Anything new? We have a DC yet or is Chucky B the man?

  • I hope Woodson can coach. Being a great player does not usually translate into coaching skills.

  • “Nobody could support the Raiders. They’re evil.”

    Donald Rumsfeld

  • J Hill

    The only players that can be signed are those not currently on any roster.


    I’ve seen more than one report of a team signing their players to contracts. The CB from GB comes to mind.

    According to a source with access to NFL Players Association contract information, Williams signed a four-year extension that is worth $33 million. The source said the deal was dated Nov. 26, which was last Friday, and averages $8.25 million per season, a figure that is topped by 11 other cornerbacks in the league.

  • I thought the Raiders were waiting for one of the Super Bowl coaches to be their new DC?

    What, that was a media conspiracy?

  • RedneckRaider (The Real MaddenRaider-Hater; seriously, I hate that guy…)

    Borrowing from DMAC’s signoff:

    Screw baseball!!!
    Go Gunners!!!
    Go Mem Tigers!!!
    Go Raiders!!!

    Later all.

  • r8rwill

    bcz24 and bauce sorry for the delay, i don’t think center and tackle are interchangeable, i think weldheer is so intelligent and motivated he can do it with ease, his penalties come from him worrying about speed rushers getting around him, at center he doesn’t have that problem…i am not saying he wasn’t good at lt because he was. he lead several student body left sweeps and downfield he is devastating. none of that changes if he plays center.. the only center in this draft big enough to handle the noses in our division is pouncey and he’ll be long gone by the time we pick..veldheer can play center from day one and be there ten or fifteen years from now..

  • J Hill

    Dakota Says:
    February 15th, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Anything new?



    Gasoft still shooting jumpers and escorting other guards to the rim.

  • J Hill Says:
    February 15th, 2011 at 12:29 pm
    The only players that can be signed are those not currently on any roster.


    I’ve seen more than one report of a team signing their players to contracts. The CB from GB comes to mind.

    Any player that has been released and has four or more years in the NFL can sign with any team until the CBA expires. Three years or less and they have to pass through waivers. Teams can also re-sign their own players until the CBA expires.

  • YoungAmerican

    Veldheer – Ijalana – Kirkpatrick – Campbell – Henderson

    I have Campbell and Henderson on the right side because that’s what Al wants to see.

    Either way, that lineup is not half bad…

  • 569.J Hill Says:
    February 15th, 2011 at 12:33 pm
    Dakota Says:
    February 15th, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Anything new?



    Gasoft still shooting jumpers and escorting other guards to the rim.


    I hope last night’s game spurs a trade.

  • Jhill,

    With the Lakers signing a 20 year, $3 billion dollar deal with Time Warner Cable, I think they can afford to now pay the luxuary tax.

    Trade for Tayshaun Prince or Rip Hamilton.

  • J Hill

    So Dakota …

    Are you really telling me that you like Gasoft at C?

    Keep Gasoft because Bynum might be injured and Odom can’t play C?

    I bet he can as well, if not better than Gasoft.

    Ratliff, Joe Smith, Caracter, and Odom can give up lob dunks just as well as Gasoft can.

  • No, I like Gasol at PF with Bynum at C.

    I really want a PG that can stay in front of people and a SF who can contribute.

  • J Hill

    With the Lakers signing a 20 year, $3 billion dollar deal with Time Warner Cable, I think they can afford to now pay the luxuary tax.


    I missed that one.


    In that case, I’d be all for keeping Gasoft and his 20 million dollar contract, lol.


    Artest = 6th man

    Bring back Sasha!

  • Jhill,

    Gasol isn’t going anywhere…..as Al would say; “get over it!”

  • Keeping Bynum and Gasol together is key to beating teams like the Celtics, Orlando and San Antonio.

    We lose a major advantage in size if we go with Bynum or Gasol at C and Odom at PF.

    If you could guarantee me we would be facing the Bulls in the finals, then yeah, trade one of them for Melo!

  • I’d trade Kobe for Melo and Billups tomorrow.

  • J Hill

    Shaq and Jermaine O’Neal will be out of the league next year.

    So will Yao.

    San Antonio??? You really giving Blair that much credit?

    There are NO “power” teams out there that would keep me from trading one of our “bigs” for Carmelo.

  • Dakota Says:
    February 15th, 2011 at 12:52 pm


    Gasol isn’t going anywhere…
    How about either of you two Laker fa66ots?

  • djohnnyg

    525.BoJacks Says:
    February 15th, 2011 at 11:31 am
    # DMAC Says:
    February 15th, 2011 at 11:31 am

    # bcz24 Says:
    February 15th, 2011 at 11:21 am

    San Diego just franchised Vincent Jackson
    Malcolm Floyd, anyone??????????????
    Hell no


    Malcom Floyd is way better than ANYTHING we have right now.

  • buckeyeraider


    Sorry to interupt the NBA chat, but your concern in post 563 is a valid one. Sometimes the all time greats don’t make very good coaches. See Magic Johnson in NBA…there’s a basketball reference for you.

    I’ve heard that truly great players, even though they had to work hard at their craft …have such natural talent and skill that it’s hard to relate to and/or teach that to average players.

    I’m not too worried about Woodson, though. The guy seems like a natural teacher. Nnamdi credits his success to working with Rod. Learning how to study and watch film.

    If you’ve ever seen the footage of him at Niner or even Bengal mini-camps you can really tell that the players are buying what he’s selling. The guy has credibility and their respect, obviously.

    The guy seems like a natural communicator and teacher.
    I think he has the makings of a very good coach. he says he’s prepared to do the work and put in the hours. The last step was running past the Mrs.

    I think it’s an excellent hire and he should really do well.

  • buckeyeraider

    * running “it” past the Mrs. Gotta get the lil misses approval first. The commitment. The long hours and such. lol.

  • djohnnyg

    538.bcz24 Says:
    February 15th, 2011 at 11:40 am
    I follow Sapp on twitter and he has been silent so far on hiring of Woodson.
    He was silent when I asked him how he could spout so much garbage about the Raiders, but how he never had a problem cashing their checks. It was retweeted a bunch of times too.

    Tell Sapp he’s a stumbling, bumbling turd. Big fat piece of fat arse.

    He’ll never own up to the FACT that the reason he knocks the Raiders is becuz he sucked here. He tries to use the “Al Davis screws everything up” excuse as to why he sucked. He’s a coward who won’t man up and take responsibility for his suckage. “Oh, you know how Al Davis is…hahahahahahahahahuhuhu” Nobody could succeed in Oakland. Don’t pay attention to how I played there, it was Al’s fault”.

    Woodson has more class in his finger than Sapp does in is whole fat, bloated body.

  • buckeyeraider

    new post

  • ohioraider

    76.priesttj Says:
    February 14th, 2011 at 2:10 pm
    There is a guy named KoolKell on here he keeps telling us that no coach with options will ever come here. Now we just hired a coach who has been objective in his criticism of the the organization and yet he comes HERE and coaches the team. Now tell me why would he do that?

    He knows how Al Davis operates and how he treats coaches and players and what he supposedly does to DC’s and how he wont let a coach coach. So why would he come here?

    Is it because he knows its a bunch of mullarkey or is he naive? Which is it? All you Al Davis specialist please tell me why a claay guy like Rod Woodson would coach for the meglo-maniac named Al Davis knowing his history.

    That’s an easy one. Because you survive two years in Alameda and it’s a feather in your cap when you interview for a HC position elsewhere. I can just hear the GMs inteviewing candidates: “Heh, heh, well you survived there you can survive anything.” For most of these guys, it’s a raw cost/benefit analysis: will the time spend in Al’s purgatory pay off for me?

    Trust me, Winston Moss is asking himself this question as we speak.