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Huff switching from FS to CB in 2012

By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 at 2:59 pm in Oakland Raiders.

In the first of what promises to be a slew of changes, Michael Huff is converting from free safety to cornerback next season.
Huff played cornerback at times during a stellar collegiate career at the University of Texas. He has played it sparingly for the Raiders during his six-year career, mostly in the nickel package.
However, without a proven option opposite seven-year veteran Stanford Routt, coach Hue Jackson has decided to move Huff in an attempt to shore up a weakness.
The Raiders tried veteran Chris Johnson in that spot this season. However, a groin injury suffered by Johnson in training camp derailed his season.
From there, the Raiders used rookies DeMarcus Van Dyke and Chimdi Chekwa, as well as veteran Lito Sheppard.
None panned out as well as hoped for, if not expected.
Huff is excited about the prospect of taking on a new challenge. He always has fancied himself as a versatile player who is capable of playing any position in the secondary.
At cornerback, Huff will be able to match up better against receivers who aren’t as big and strong as the players he dealt with on a regular basis at safety.
Chuck Bresnahan remains the defensive coordinator for now. However, it’s likely that Jackson will insist upon a change once a general manager is hired.
If there is a change, the new defensive coordinator would be told by Jackson that Huff now is a cornerback.
So, in essence, the Raiders are hoping that Huff that can fill the void created by the departure of Nnamdi Asomugha to the Philadelphia Eagles via free agency before the 2011 season.

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  • Calirock83

    too much dead weight on this team

  • http://nra.org Raider Ray

    I’m out of here. Hopefully next time I post Jive Turkey Jackson will be fire. Peace.

  • doriangray

    and then many of u are dumb as hue and the raiders coaches. its jist sad.. if we cant come up with sumtin better than michael frikkin huff at corner we are doomed to lose.

  • mcfadden20.

    I think moving Huff to CB would do wonders like Hue does know what are players strengths n weaknesses like how he helped McFadden last year n
    N it will help Huff too

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Huff should stay at FS, and play NB only. We should resign Branch, and add a good CB in FA.
    This Defense needs 1 CB, 1 LB, 1-2 DL, and a new DC.

  • mcfadden20.

    Code black x3

  • doriangray

    we are as bad in the secondary as the dallas cowboys. who by the way nee to realize that they havent had a decent corner since deion sanders .

    but anyway. . screw mcfadden now,,, if that soft wuss cant play 14 games next season throw him away.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Hue didn’t know Branch can return kicks.

  • doriangray

    no! moving huff to corner is a horrid tragedy in the making . remeber what im sayin.. just lik ei told everybody in memphis that drafting hasheem thabeet with the 2nd overall pick was a terrible decision. & all i heard was ” u cant coach size”

  • Pretty Rick

    Not too worried about Huff at corner. He’ll move back to FS after Chekwa beats out the entire group in training camp.

  • Twocents

    When you give up your rights just to be secure you are essentialy a slave.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Huff is probably more of a problem at Safety, where he has to tackle, and make hits across the middle.

  • doriangray

    this defense needs a tough azz linebacker . maybe goethel is that guy. and this defense needs a real defensive end. too bad the giants have all of them . and this defense needs asolid corner to play with routt.
    and a safety like ryan clark that isnt afraid to tackle.

  • Just Fire Baby

    LOL, I liked Thabeet coming out of college.

    Thought he would be a defensive presence, but guess that didn’t happen.

  • doriangray

    mike huff cant play in the NFL . hes just too afraid. only way hell be a real safety is if they take him to train with alistair overeem and he gains like 15 pounds of muscle & reads a book on how not to fear men and then maybe hell be effective

  • HuegePileOfCrap

    Raider O Says:

    Hue didn’t know Branch can return kicks.

    ———————-

    It seems he doesn’t know a lot of sh!t that he should.

  • Just Fire Baby

    and a safety like ryan clark that isnt afraid to tackle.

    ************************

    You hear the story about why he isn’t playing this weekend?

    Crazy stuff.

    We need a Ryan Clark, sans the sickle-cell thing, as he can’t travel to Denver.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Huff is probably more of a problem at Safety, where he has to tackle, and make hits across the middle.

    ***

    I don’t know, Kell. I think it’s a common myth that Huff can’t tackle. He gets burnt like toast when he’s asked to play corner more often than not

    I would say that Huff should stay at centerfield, but with Matty G snagging 5 INT’s in a part-time role when we picked this guy up off the street makes we think Huff doesn’t belong there either. He might be just as overrated as Stan Routt ???

  • Raiders for life

    Not much information about Mark Davis out there. Al kept him in the shadows. I read that he graduated from Chico St so I’m sure he’s thrown back a few and puffed on Nevada county’s finest.
    I hope he keeps the team and makes some good solid decisions this offseason.

  • Calirock83

    Lets get some freaking boar hunters on defense

  • Just Fire Baby

    Sucks that Huff was hurt most of this year, because I thought 2010 was his best year, and at times he was our best defender.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Mark Davis is proud Chico Alum, just like your boy.

    We build achievers.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Well the secondary is set:

    CB Huff/DVD/Sheppard
    FS Giordano/Mitchell
    SS Branch/Boyd
    CB Routt/Chekwa/Sheppard

    just win baby!!!

  • Dakota

    Fk Michael whiff
    Fk Slowlando mclazy
    Fk Tommy belly
    Fk overpaid penalty machine routt
    Fk old ass can’t stop the run Seymour

    Cut them all!

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Lito Sheppard is trrible.

  • RaiderRockstar

    If healthy, Goethel will beat out McClain for the MLB job.

    Groves & Brown will probably be shipped out along with Blackstock and Trev Scott

  • hwnrdr

    Dammit…no word yet?

  • Just Fire Baby

    If healthy, Goethel will beat out McClain for the MLB job.

    ****************************

    LOL

    Goethel is slower, smaller and less athletic.

    But other than that, he might have a chance!!!

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    MAKES ONE WONDER IF THERE IS A DISAGREEMENT ABOUT WHO ALL TO FIRE OR THEY R JUST FINALISING THE $$

  • RaiderRockstar

    JFB,

    think Mark Davis can lure Aaron Rodgers to Oakland with those NorCal roots when he’s a free agent in 2015 ???

  • Raiders for life

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 3rd, 2012 at 7:09 pm
    Mark Davis is proud Chico Alum, just like your boy.

    We build achievers
    ######################

    LOL!! My wife went to Humbolt St. and escaped with only minor brain damage. She would never have survived Chico.

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post!

  • firehue

    has hue been fired yet?

  • RaiderSam

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 3rd, 2012 at 6:07 pm
    “Wheatley WON’T GO DOWN!!!!”

    One of the great calls ever

    =========

    Call of legend, along with “he’s got it he’s got it..TOUCHDOWN RAIDERS” in the Tim Brown winning score against the Niners in 2000

    and of course…he’s stylin and high stepping…”Touchdown RAIIDERSSSS…And now this joint is off the hook!!” against the Dolphins in that 26-0 playoff win at the Coliseum, also in 2000

  • RaiderSam

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    January 3rd, 2012 at 7:18 pm
    JFB,

    think Mark Davis can lure Aaron Rodgers to Oakland with those NorCal roots when he’s a free agent in 2015 ???

    ——————–

    the greatest QB in GB since Favre, with stock holding Packer fans ready to riot?

    doubt it – although they franchise QB Matt Flynn, its a distinct possibility, especially if Raiders get McKenzie or Eliot Wolf in the fold.

  • RaiderSam

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 3rd, 2012 at 7:05 pm
    and a safety like ryan clark that isnt afraid to tackle.

    ************************

    You hear the story about why he isn’t playing this weekend?

    Crazy stuff.

    We need a Ryan Clark, sans the sickle-cell thing, as he can’t travel to Denver.

    =========

    That’d be Ray Ray Armstong, Miami – in 2013 – that dude is the truth.

    or Aaron Henry of Wisconsin (3rd round, 2012)

  • ghosttothepost

    I met Mark Davis at a Biletnikoff golf tourney party a few years back. No doubt he’s puffed the magic dragon a time or two. He’s not nearly as dynamic as his dad, in fact he’s really kind of laid back and kind of quiet. Not sure he’s going to actually making the decisions — I’m thinking Madden is going to be making a lot of them, which is fine by me.

  • ghosttothepost

    I’m amazed pock-faced Norv saved his job by beating the Raiders. I don’t know whom I despise more, Norv or The Rat Man Shanahan. Either one would sell their mother’s soul to the devil just to beat the Raiders.

  • ghosttothepost

    Belated Christmas wish: Raiders find a way to grab a 1st round draft pick and grab WR Blackmon from Okie State. He’s a stud.

  • RaiderSam

    Ghosttothepost Says:
    January 3rd, 2012 at 8:20 pm
    Belated Christmas wish: Raiders find a way to grab a 1st round draft pick and grab WR Blackmon from Okie State. He’s a stud.

    ————–

    He’s a lock for Minnesota or St Louis. Looking identical to Dez Bryant (hopefully, more mature)

  • 303Raider

    Hue is Staying my friends!!

    He is the reason we win division games, why the hell would we fire him?

    We are undefeated on the road in our division since HueJax is with us!

    Get us a GM, d coordinator, and let’s get this thing rolling next year baby!!

  • 303Raider

    Court land Finnegan would be nice!!

    In HuE we trust!!

  • mcfadden20.

    Code black x4

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