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Broncos name Marcus Robertson defensive backs coach

Posted Jan 17, 2017

An All-Pro as a player, Robertson brings 10 seasons of coaching experience with the Titans, Lions and most recently the Raiders.

Marcus Robertson

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- With Joe Woods moving up to defensive coordinator, the Broncos had a position to fill in the secondary, and did so by adding Marcus Robertson, a former All-Pro who enters his 11th season on NFL sidelines this year.

Robertson is the second coach from last season's Raiders staff to join the Broncos; Oakland offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave agreed to terms to become Denver's quarterbacks coach last Friday.

A veteran of 12 seasons as a player that included a first-team All-Pro selection in 1993, Robertson played 10 seasons with the Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Titans before closing his playing career with Seattle. He returned to Tennessee as the club's director of player development from 2003-06 before moving to the sideline as assistant secondary coach in 2007.

Robertson spent five seasons on Tennessee's sideline before a two-year stint with the Detroit Lions, then coached by former Titans assistant Jim Schwartz. He moved on to Oakland in 2014 as assistant defensive backs coach with Woods before moving up to secondary coach in 2015 when Woods joined the Broncos.

While in Oakland, Robertson coached certain Hall of Famer Charles Woodson, and guided him to a pair of outstanding seasons in the twilight of his playing career before his retirement. Woodson was a Pro Bowler and a second-team All-Pro in 2015, giving him his first such honors in four years.

Woodson intercepted nine passes in his final two seasons -- and his first two working with Robertson -- after he picked off just two passes in his first two years after converting to a full-time safety role.

“He’s helped me see the game better as a safety,” Woodson told The Oakland Tribune in 2014. “I can play the game, but having a guy like him, one of the best coaches I’ve been around in my career, and helping me get better has been a key for me.

“What I tried to get him to see is how you see the game from that perspective, how you get yourself in position to make plays,” Robertson told the Tribune.

That vision and perspective could help the development of safeties Will Parks and Justin Simmons in particular as they prepare for their second season together this year.