A modern NFL defense is the order for the Oakland Raiders in 2012 and count veteran safety Michael Huff as a major advocate of the change in philosophy.
The Oakland defense has long been considered out of date. As the Raiders transition from the late Al Davis to the Reggie McKenzie regime, defense is a major priority, especially since the unit has suffered in recent years. McKenzie hired Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as head coach. He is the first defensive-minded head coach of the Raiders since John Madden was hired in 1969.
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The whispers for years have been that owner Al Davis was the de facto Raiders' defensive coordinator and that the owner had a hand in game plans and scheme.
Thanks to Michael Huff, they aren't whispers any more. Huff is one of many defensive players who are enjoying the transition to a multiple scheme with head coach Dennis Allen and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver.
"Nothing personal, but obviously, before with Al, rest in peace, he had his hands in all the defense," Huff said. "He had all his little things he liked to do. Now with D.A. (Dennis Allen) out there, we've got all kinds of blitzes, we've got 3-4, 4-3 fronts, just a lot of variety and different things going on. So I'm going to love it."
Huff said it was commonplace for opponents to opponents to know what the Raiders were running defensively merely by the way they lined up.
"Everybody knew," Huff said. "I'm in the middle of the field. I'm in the post, we're pretty much man-to-man on the outside. It was pretty simple. We really didn't blitz much. We let our front four get after them. That's how it was, so we dealt with it."
"We don't want (the offense) knowing pre-snap what we're in," Huff said. "The main thing is, they have to learn as the quarterback drops back, still guessing what we're in, kind of learn on the fly. Then hopefully our front four will get after them."
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