Originally published on Silver & Black Report on Feb. 3, 2014
The Oakland Raiders have reportedly filled their open defensive backs coach vacancy, doing so with the hiring of Joe Woods.
Woods spent his last eight years as the defensive backs coach for the Minnesota Vikings before he was let go this offseason as the front office fired head coach Leslie Frazier and his staff.
Woods' secondary helped contribute to a Vikingsg defense that ranked sixth in the NFL in 2008 and 2009. It was the first time that a Vikings defense has been ranked in the top ten for consecutive years since 1993-94.
Woods has a total of ten NFL seasons under his belt.
The Raiders has also reportedly hired Marcus Robertson as their assistant defensive backs coach.
Robertson was also relieved of his duties along with his head coach when the Detroit Lions fired Jim Schwartz.
Robertson has served as assistant defensive backs coach and secondary coach with both the Tennessee Titans and Detroit Lions.
There's no question the Raiders needed something to change with their secondary as they continuously gave up record numbers through the air. The Raiders gave up team worsts with 33 touchdown passes allowed and a 105.1 passer rating against.