AFC West: Marcus Robertson

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen has completed his staff with the addition of four assistants, the team officially announced Thursday.

Earlier in the week the Raiders confirmed the hiring of Joe Woods as defensive backs coach. Marcus Robertson will join Woods as the assistant DB coach as they replace Johnnie Lynn and Clayton Lopez. The Raiders last season had franchise worsts in touchdown passes allowed in a season (33) and passer rating against (105.1).

Also, former Dallas Cowboys placekicker Chris Boniol replaces Keith Burns as assistant special-teams coach under Bobby April. Sebastian Janikowski is coming off a season in which he missed nine field goals and his 70 percent conversion rate was the third worst of his career. Boniol was the Cowboys’ assistant special-teams coach the past four years.

Lastly, Vernon Stephens was named assistant strength and conditioning coach after John Grieco was promoted with the retirement of Al Miller. Stephens spent the past four years as the San Diego Chargers’ assistant strength and conditioning coach.
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Not only have the Oakland Raiders avoided losing quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, who interviewed for the Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator position last week, the Raiders also filled a pair of vacancies on the staff by hiring Joe Woods as the defensive backs coach and Marcus Robertson as the assistant secondary coach.

The team confirmed the hiring of Woods, and Robertson's signing has been widely reported.

The only vacancy on coach Dennis Allen's staff remaining, then, should he choose to fill it, is assistant special teams coach. As such, and with some $60 million in salary cap space, a full complement of draft picks, including the fifth selection overall, and a completed-for-all-practical-purposes coaching staff, the Raiders are primed for the offseason.

DeFilippo interviewing in Cleveland can only help him in terms of experience down the road (the Browns hired Kyle Shanahan).

And in Woods and Robertson, who replace Johnnie Lynn and Clayton Lopez, the Raiders are hoping to improve upon their franchise worsts of touchdown passes allowed (33) and passer rating against (105.1).

Woods was with the Minnesota Vikings the past eight seasons -- the Vikings were 31st against the pass last season while the Raiders were 28th -- and Robertson, who played 12 years in the NFL and was an All-Pro free safety with the Houston Oilers in 1993 -- was an assistant the past two seasons with the Detroit Lions.

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