Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Raiders coaching staff filling out
By Paul Gutierrez
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.