21st Season in NFL (17 as a player)
6th Season with Raiders
Rod Woodson returns for his 21st NFL season, 17 as a player, and his fourth season with the Silver and Black, second as cornerbacks coach. Woodson served as assistant defensive backs coach from 2015-16. Woodson is in his second coaching stint with the Raiders, having coached cornerbacks for the Silver and Black in 2011.
In 2016, the defensive unit strengthened as the season progressed, with the unit ranking 11th in the NFL in total yards allowed per game from Week 7 to the end of the year. The team also ranked second in the NFL in takeaways, forcing 30 turnovers on the year. Offseason free agent acquisition S Reggie Nelson received a Pro Bowl nod, the second of his career. Nelson’s veteran leadership on the field proved beneficial for the entire secondary, as newcomer CB Sean Smith provided strong play throughout the season, finishing tied for second on the team in interceptions, and rookie S Karl Joseph earned considerable playing time and success in 2016, stepping into a starting role early in the season and provided solid play throughout, posting 76 tackles (51 solo), one interception, six passes defensed and one fumble recovery in 12 games. Joseph was named to the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team for his efforts.
In his first season back with the Raiders, Woodson helped develop a talented secondary led by 18-year NFL veteran S Charles Woodson, who earned a Pro Bowl selection in his final season after leading the team with five interceptions. In total, the defense produced 14 interceptions, up from just nine in 2014. Woodson helped the pass defense improve drastically over the season, as the secondary allowed an astounding 111.7 fewer passing yards per game over the team’s final eight games after giving up 314.6 yards per game in the first eight contests. Woodson’s 2015 campaign was also marked by the transformation of several young prospects into versatile starters, including CB David Amerson. After joining the team prior to Week 3, Woodson quickly got the third-year player up to speed as Amerson went on to post a franchise-record 26 passes defensed with four interceptions and one interception returned for a touchdown.
In 2011, Woodson helped tutor a cornerbacks unit for Oakland, as the team finished 8-8. CB Stanford Routt finished second on the team with four interceptions and led the team with 15 passes defensed.
Woodson participated in the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship Program with the Denver Broncos during the 2014 offseason. In 2013, Woodson interned in training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Woodson worked as an analyst for the NFL Network and for the Big Ten Network from 2003-2011. He also worked for Westwood One as a college football analyst from 2012-2013.
PERSONAL: Native of Fort Wayne, Ind. …Played 17 NFL seasons after being drafted 10th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1987…In 1993, had eight interceptions, 28 passes defensed, two forced fumbles, two sacks, blocked a field goal attempt, recorded a team high 79 solo tackles and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year…Played 10 years with the Steelers from 1987-96, primarily at cornerback and returning kicks and punts…Spent 1997 with the San Francisco 49ers before switching to safety and joining the Baltimore Ravens from 1999-2001…Played in 26 games, all starts, with the Raiders from 2002-03, totaling 10 interceptions…In his 17 NFL seasons, he recorded 71 interceptions, good for third all-time; a then-NFL-record 1,483 interception return yards; 2,362 punt return yards and 17 touchdowns…Holds NFL record with 12 interception-return touchdowns…Named to the 1990s All-Decade Team…Voted to 11 Pro Bowls, a record for defensive backs…Was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009…Was an All-American defensive back at Purdue (1985-87), where he played running back, wide receiver, cornerback and safety…He and his wife, Nickie, have five children.
Silver and Black Productions sat down with assistant defensive backs coach and Hall of Famer Rod Woodson and talked about the young talent in the Raiders secondary.
Assistant defensive backs coach Rod Woodson is back in Silver and Black and is looking forward to teaching the young group of Raiders cornerbacks.