Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Raiders' defense going back to Davis years
By Bill Williamson
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Al Davis Oakland Raiders were known for playing man-to-man coverage in the secondary.
The late Oakland owner would be pleased. The 2013 Oakland Raiders are going back to those days in essence.
The Raiders have to spend a lot of energy trying to improve the secondary, in particularly at cornerback. They signed Tracy Porter and Mike Jenkins in free agency and used the No. 12 overall pick on D.J. Hayden. All three players are man-to-man type players.
Head coach Dennis Allen’s area of expertise is the secondary. His New Orleans Saints were a man-to-man coverage team. Last year, in Allen’s first year in Oakland, the Raiders didn’t have the players do as much man coverage as Allen wanted.
“We’re not going to exactly do what Mr. Davis’ teams did, we will be more exotic, there will be some different looks,” Allen said. “But man-to-man is where we are going to start. It all starts with coverage. You have to win your coverage battles.”
Allen is excited about the additions of the cornerbacks and the recent signing of Charles Woodson, who will play safety. Allen said he made quick improvements in New Orleans after the Saints used the top of the draft and free agency on the secondary.
“We think we’re going to be better there,” Allen said. “It’s been a point of emphasis.”