Marcus Robertson enters his first season with the Silver and Black as assistant defensive backs coach. He spent the previous two seasons with the Detroit Lions.
Last season, CB Rashean Mathis led the Lions defense with 16 passes defensed, helping Detroit finish seventh in the league with a total of 92. With two interceptions in 2013, CB Chris Houston reached 10 picks since joining the Lions in 2010, and became the second Lions defensive back to record 10 INTs since 2000.
In 2009, Robertson was promoted to the Titans’ secondary coach and Tennessee finished that season eighth in the NFL in interceptions (20) and second in interceptions returned for touchdown (4). Over the span of his three seasons coaching Tennessee’s secondary (2009-11), the Titans were second in the NFL in average passing yards/completion (10.55).
In 2008, three of the four Titans secondary players (CB Cortland Finnegan, S Chris Hope, S Michael Griffin) were invited to the Pro Bowl for the first time in their careers. Overall, the defensive backs collected 19 interceptions, which ranked second in the NFL in interceptions by a secondary. The Titans ranked ninth in pass defense and seventh in total defense.
Robertson’s first season assisting with the secondary was 2007. That season the Titans improved from 27th to 10th in pass defense and from 32nd to fifth in overall yardage allowed.
Robertson served as the Titans’ director of player development from 2003-2006. He spent those four years assisting players with their career transition into and out of the NFL through continuing education, financial education and dealing with family matters through player programs. Robertson and his staff won the Winston and Shell Award in 2006 for their innovation and commitment to player development in the NFL.
Robertson played 12 NFL seasons after being drafted out of Iowa State in the fourth round by the Houston Oilers in 1991. He played his first 10 seasons in Houston/Tennessee and finished his career with Seattle (2001-02). Robertson’s NFL career was highlighted by All-Pro seasons in 1993 and 1997. He played in 157 games (144 starts) with 851 tackles, 24 interceptions and 1.5 sacks.
PERSONAL: Robertson was inducted into the Iowa State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009, where he starred as a cornerback and totaled 257 tackles, six interceptions and nine forced fumbles during his four-year career. In 2012, Robertson earned a bachelor’s of science degree in management and organizational development from Bethel University. A native of Pasadena, Calif., Robertson and his wife, Holly, have three children: Morgan, Milan and Marcus Andrew.
Defensive Coordinator Jason Tarver spoke to the media after Thursday's practice as the Raiders get ready to travel to Cleveland to face the Browns in Week 8 action.