Rod Woodson Joins Hue Jackson's Oakland Raiders Coaching Staff

The Raiders new coaching staff, led by former offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, has added Hall of Famer Rod Woodson as defensive backs coach.

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Rod Woodson Joins Oakland Raiders As Defensive Backs Coach

Rod Woodson has joined Hue Jackson’s Oakland Raiders staff as defensive backs coach, the team announced Monday. Woodson is a Pro Football Hall of Famer who played most of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens. He also has Bay Area connections, having played a handful of seasons for the Raiders and San Francisco 49ers.

Woodson is giving up an NFL Network gig to get back into the game. He’ll have the chance to work with a young, athletic defense, and has to be especially excited about having the chance to coach Nnamdi Asomugha, perhaps the NFL’s best cornerback, should the free agent choose to re-sign.

Woodson on returning to Oakland:

It’s an honor to be back with the Raiders and be able to talk to Raider players about true football. I’m looking forward to working with the organization and the challenges of the 2011 season.

The Raiders release calls him a “Raider Legend,” but seriously guys, he only played there for two years. Still, this is an impressive hire for Jackson, as plenty of young defensive backs around the league grew up watching Woodson play.

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Report: Hue Jackson Promoted To Head Coach Of Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders reportedly stayed within the organization to find a replacement for head coach Tom Cable. Shortly after word leaked that Cable wouldn't have the option on his contract picked up, the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting offensive coordinator Hue Jackson will be promoted to head coach. Jackson has seen interest in his services pick up recently, with the San Francisco 49ers asking for, and receiving, permission to speak to him about their vacant head coaching position.

Silver and Black, the San Francisco Chronicle's Raiders blog, had the details of Cable's departure and the hiring of Jackson.

Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson will take over as the new head coach, a source close to Jackson said.

Oakland had until Dec. 17 to decide whether to pick up a two-year option in Cable's contract. Cable, who started with the Raiders as an offensive line coach, finishes up 17-27 as head coach since taking over from Lane Kiffin on an interim basis in 2008.

Oakland would be the first head coaching job for Jackson, who's spent time with a variety of teams in various assistant coaching capacities. Before joining the Raiders, Jackson was the quarterbacks coach for the Baltimore Ravens after spending a brief, one-year stint as offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons.

The Raiders finished the year at 8-8, their best record since 2002. Oakland appeared to be moving in the right direction under Cable's leadership, giving Jackson a head-start as he takes over the job.

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