The Raiders hired Hall of Fame defensive back Rod Woodson as a defensive backfield coach Monday, bringing to three the number of those who wore silver and black in the past decade and are now on the coaching staff.
Woodson, who has been an NFL Network analyst and worked as a volunteer assistant in the athletic department of Valley Christian High School in Dublin, replaces Lionel Washington.
Woodson will work primarily with cornerbacks, with holdover Kevin Ross coaching the safeties. However, Woodson's all-around expertise will be valuable, as he played the later years of his career as a Pro Bowl caliber free safety for Baltimore and Oakland after being a star cornerback with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"It's an honor to be back with the Raiders and be able to talk to Raider players about true football," Woodson said.
Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, scheduled for free agency this year pending resolution of a collective bargaining agreement, has credited with Woodson with helping elevate his game.
As a struggling young corner dealing with a position change from safety, Asomugha went to regular film sessions at Woodson's Pleasanton home.
"I'm excited that we have a Hall of Fame player who is coming back to the organization,'' Raiders coach Hue Jackson said in a statement. "I was extremely impressed during the interview process with his communication skills and I'm looking forward to Rod imparting his wealth of knowledge to our players."
Other Raiders on staff who played with the Raiders in the 2000s are linebackers coach Greg Biekert, elevated from assistant linebackers coach to primary linebackers coach, and offensive line assistant Steve Wisniewski.
The Raiders still have yet to name a defensive coordinator, although former defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan has returned to the staff but has yet to be given a title.
Both Biekert and Woodson played for the Raiders on defense under Bresnahan.