Marcus Robertson enters his second season with the Raiders and first as defensive backs coach, after being promoted from assistant defensive backs coach in 2014. A 12-year NFL veteran as a player and former All-Pro safety, Robertson has served as an NFL assistant for eight years.
As the assistant defensive backs coach with the Silver and Black in 2014, he tutored S Charles Woodson, who led the team in tackles (160) and interceptions (four). Woodson earned Defensive Player of the Week accolades for his performance in Week 12 against the Kansas City Chiefs when he became the first player in NFL history to post 50 career interceptions and 20 sacks.
While serving as secondary coach with Detroit in 2013, Robertson helped the Lions finish seventh in the league with a total of 92 passes defensed. Robertson also tutored CB Chris Houston, who totaled two interceptions in 2013, becoming the first Lions defensive back to record 10 career picks since 2000. He served as defensive assistant/secondary coach in his first season with Detroit in 2012.
Robertson was the secondary coach for the Tennessee Titans from 2009-11, helping the team rank second in the NFL in average passing yards/completion (10.6) during that span. In 2009, the Titans finished eighth in the NFL in interceptions (20) and second in interceptions returned for a touchdown (four).
Robertson’s coaching career began as the assistant secondary coach with Tennessee for two seasons (2007-08). In 2008, the Titans secondary boasted three Pro Bowl selections, including CB Cortland Finnegan, S Chris Hope and S Michael Griffin. Overall, Tennessee defensive backs collected 19 interceptions, which ranked second in the NFL in interceptions by a secondary. In Robertson’s first season assisting with the secondary, 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 2003-06. He spent those four years assisting players with their career transition into and out of the NFL through continuing education, financial education and administering player programs. Robertson and his staff earned the Winston and Shell Award in 2006 for their innovation and commitment to player development in the NFL.
PERSONAL: Native of Pasadena, Calif. …Played 12 seasons as a safety with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Oilers/Tennessee Titans (1991-2000) and the Seattle Seahawks (2001-02)…Selected by Houston in the fourth round (102nd overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft…Played in 162 career games with 144 starts, totaling 24 interceptions, 1.5 sacks, nine forced fumbles and 11 fumble recoveries…Earned All-Pro honors in 1993 after recording a career-high seven interceptions and three fumble recoveries with one touchdown…Also totaled five interceptions with three fumble recoveries and two touchdowns in 1997…Inducted into the Iowa State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009…Earned a bachelor’s degree in management and organizational development from Bethel University.