´ Steel Curtain Rising: Rod Woodson Returns to NFL as Raiders Secondary Coach

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Rod Woodson Returns to NFL as Raiders Secondary Coach

The Steelers have not announced who will replace departed secondary coach Ray Horton yet. But we know for sure that former Pittsburgh Steeler and NFL Hall of Famer Rod Woodson will not be under consideration.

Not any source had associated Woodson’s name with the vacancy.

Six years ago, things were different, however.

After he retired from the Radiers, Steelers head coach Bill Cowher tried to entice Rod Woodson into the coaching booth, but number 26 declined, instead opting for the press box.

The Oakland Raiders announced today that Rod Woodson had joined Hue Jackson’s staff as the team’s cornerbacks coach.

As a general rule of thumb, great players do not make great coaches – look at Mike Singletary’s stint in San Francisco for proof.

Woodson however, offers potential to be an exception. Rod Woodson matched his athletic gifts with a cerebral approach to the game. At any number of points both during and after his career, Woodson went at great pains to single out coaches who’d improved his understanding of the game.

Acknowledged defensive geniuses like Dick LeBeau and Dom Capers have toped his lists, but so have men like Tony Dungy and Rod Rust, two mentors whose time with Woodson was far more limited.

Because he’s a Steelers great, Steel Curtain Rising wishes Woodson all the best in his new coaching endeavor – last long he fails to find success at the Steelers expense.

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