INDIANAPOLIS — No one might blame Rod Woodson if he declined to take part in an NFL promotional occasion involving the staff that lately dismissed him from its teaching employees.
Woodson, although, isn’t holding a grudge towards the Raiders.
He has agreed to flip the coin that may decide whether or not Oakland or San Francisco will choose with the ninth or tenth general decide in April’s draft. The gathering to interrupt the tie, which got here about due to equal 2017 data (6-10) and opponent profitable percentages (.512), shall be held Friday morning on the NFL Scouting Mix in Indianapolis.
One of the crucial storied defensive backs in NFL historical past, Woodson labored as one in every of Oakland’s secondary coaches the earlier three seasons beneath head coach Jack Del Rio. His employment ended when Jon Gruden changed Del Rio and Derrick Ansley was employed as defensive backs coach beneath new defensive coordinator Paul Guenther.
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Relatively than categorical bitterness about not being retained, Woodson expressed understanding Tuesday about why Gruden made the transfer.
“Usually, most coaches need to go in a unique path for probably the most half,” Woodson stated throughout an interview with Gil Brandt and me on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “Jon needed to go in a unique course. However for me, I spent a complete of 4 years teaching (in Oakland). It was enjoyable. It was exhilarating as a result of I’m a grassroots sort of man. Giving again to what was given to me was excellent. I really like my guys in my room.
“Sadly this previous yr for the Raiders, we didn’t play as much as our requirements on offense, protection or particular groups. No one performed properly sufficient. That’s the rationale they made the (head teaching) change.”
Apart from Woodson’s departure, Oakland’s secondary has undergone one other main shift since Gruden’s hiring with the discharge of cornerback David Amerson, who subsequently joined the Chiefs. Woodson was bullish on the signing, which helped pave the best way for the Chiefs’ pending commerce of standout cornerback Marcus Peters to the Rams.
“He understands the sport,” Woodson stated of Amerson. “I feel their protection is easier than ours so he can simply line up and play.
“The one factor I really like about D.A. is that he by no means panics when his again is to the soccer. Loads of occasions you’ll see DBs not actually figuring out the best way to play to the arms of the receiver. And he’s a prepared tackler. It’s a superb addition.”
Woodson additionally believes Oakland’s secondary will obtain a serious improve this yr when Gareon Conley rejoins it. A 2017 first-spherical decide, Conley missed virtually his complete rookie marketing campaign due to a shin ailment.
Woodson stated he evaluated Conley as an equal atop the 2017 draft board for cornerbacks alongside his ex-Ohio State teammate Marshon Lattimore, who gained NFL Defensive Rookie of the Yr honors enjoying for the Saints.
“As soon as he’s wholesome, I feel G-Cash goes to be an actual good participant,” Woodson stated.
Woodson was an apt choice for Friday’s coin flip. After enjoying 10 seasons with the Steelers, Woodson confirmed he was absolutely recovered from a critical knee damage when enjoying for San Francisco in 1997. Woodson then spent the next three years with the Ravens earlier than ending his profession with Oakland in 2002 and 2003.
Woodson additionally served as an assistant secondary coach for the Raiders in 2011.
Woodson joked he was “engaged on my coin toss fairly a bit. I need to be certain that I do not mess it up.”
As for his skilled future, Woodson stated he’s considering a return to media. Following a 17-yr enjoying profession that earned him Professional Football Corridor of Fame induction in 2009, Woodson labored for NFL Community, the Huge Ten Community and Westwood One Radio earlier than his most up-to-date Raiders tenure.
“I could make a prediction at that job and do not need to be proper,” Woodson stated with amusing. “You might be incorrect typically and OK together with your job.
“As a coach, once you’re not proper you will get fired.”
Woodson and Del Rio know that each one too properly.
Alex Marvez might be heard from eight-eleven a.m. ET Wednesday by way of Friday on SiriusXM NFL Radio reside from the NFL Scouting Mix in Indianapolis.