Raiders ready to run 'real defense'

June, 13, 2012
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A modern NFL defense is the order for the Oakland Raiders in 2012 and count veteran safety Michael Huff as a major advocate of the change in philosophy.

The Oakland defense has long been considered out of date. As the Raiders transition from the late Al Davis to the Reggie McKenzie regime, defense is a major priority, especially since the unit has suffered in recent years. McKenzie hired Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as head coach. He is the first defensive-minded head coach of the Raiders since John Madden was hired in 1969.

Allen is bringing an aggressive, modern defense with multiple looks. Huff told reporters Wednesdsay, via the Bay Area News Group, he is thrilled to finally be in a “real defense.”

“We’re just looking forward to playing for a defensive head coach, getting to play a real defense,” Huff told reporters. “So, I’m definitely looking forward to that this year.

“Nothing personal but, obviously, before with Al, rest in peace, he had his hands in all the defense,” Huff said. “He had all his little things he liked to do. Now with D.A. out there, we got all kinds of blitzes, we got 3-4, 4-3 fronts, just a lot of different variety and a lot of different things going on. So, I’m going to love it.”

I can’t disagree with Huff. There is no doubt it’s time for an infusion of fresh defensive ideas in Oakland.

Meanwhile, second-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor said he expects to start working out with former Oakland quarterback Rich Gannon soon as he continues to try to improve as an NFL quarterback.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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