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Oakland Raiders’ First Step: Huff Goes to CB in 2012, What’s the Next Move? Fan’s View
The Oakland Raiders' safety Michael Huff will be moving to cornerback next season, in the first of probably many changes that the Silver and Black will see over the coming months. This is good news, but the even better news that most fans would like to see is the firing of defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnanhan. The team will also be bringing on a General Manager some time in the near future, but we'll look at that in a moment.
Huff is a versatile player and played cornerback at times for the University of Texas, and sparingly for the Raiders in the nickel package during the six years he's been with the team. As safety, he's had his moments, but he's also been somewhat inconsistent.
The main reason Huff was chosen for the Silver and Black in the first place was due to his versatility. In 2010, in the game between Oakland and San Diego, Huff played cornerback and recorded a sack as well as an interception.
Head coach Hue Jackson tried a variety of players in the position this year, and, as we know, it didn't go as well as expected. Veteran Chris Johnson suffered a groin injury and then had a horrific incident he had to deal with personally. Rookies DeMarcus Van Dyke and Chimdi Chekwa, and veteran Lito Sheppard were also used. I think Huff's move will be a good one.
The bigger question is, how long will Chuck Bresnahan remain as defensive coordinator, and who will come in as the General Manager? Will Jackson tell the new GM that Huff is moved to cornerback, and how will that go over with the new boss? A lot of questions are up in the air right now, and it might be awhile before we find out.
A GM may be hired before any more changes, including hiring or firings are made, we'll have to wait and see how it all plays out. Jackson says he'll likely be a part of the process in making that decision, and I believe he should be. Some people are quick to judge the failings of the team on his head, but with the cards he was dealt, and the fact that it was his rookie year as a coach, I believe he should be given another year and a better defensive coordinator to work with before throwing in the towel.
K.C. Dermody grew up in the Bay Area of California, and has been anOakland Raiders fan from the time she could walk. She has continued her loyalty to the team through its many ups and downs over the decades, and has been privileged to meet several of her favorite players, including famed quarterback, Jim Plunkett . Follow her at www.facebook.com/KCDermodyWriter, Twitter @kcdermody, or www.kcdermodywriter.com.
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