Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive backs coach Joe Woods on the sidelines against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Add 4 To Coaching Staff


The Oakland Raiders have hired four new assistant coaches for 2014, according to a release on their official website.

Joe Woods is coming on as defensive backs coach, Marcus Robertson as assistant defensive backs coach, Chris Boniol as assistant special teams coach and Vernon Stephens as assistant strength and conditioning coach.

Woods spent the last eight years with the Minnesota Vikings and has been in coaching for more than 20 years at the collegiate and NFL levels, including two years with Tampa Bay in 2004-05.

Robertson spent the last two seasons with the Detroit Lions, including last season as secondary coach, and he also coached five years with the Titans.

Robertson also played safety in the NFL for 12 years, earning All-Pro honors with the Houston Oilers in 1993. He was with the Oilers from 1991-96, the Tennessee Oilers in 1997-98 and the Tennessee Titans from 1999-2000—all the same organization—before spending his final two seasons with the Seahawks in 2001-02. He retired with 24 career interceptions.

Boniol was assistant special teams coach in Dallas the last four seasons and kicked in the NFL for six years, from 1994-99, with the Cowboys, Eagles and Bears. His 96.4 field-goal accuracy mark in 1995 is the seventh-highest single-season mark in NFL history.

Stephens spent six years with the Chargers, also as assistant strength and conditioning coach.

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