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2016 Oakland Raiders Gameday 7

Coaching Staff ASSISTANT QUARTERBACKS 8th season in NFL ■ 2nd season with Raiders Jake Peetz enters his eighth NFL season and his second with the Silver and Black. Peetz begins his first season as the team’s assistant quarterbacks coach after spending the 2015 campaign as the senior offensive assistant. He joined the Raiders last year after a stint in 2014 as the offensive quality control/assistant wide receivers coach with the Washington Redskins. In his first season with Oakland, Peetz contributed to an offense that featured four Pro Bowlers, including two in the backfield with RB Latavius Murray and FB Marcel Reece being selected. Working primarily with the running backs, Peetz helped Murray become the Raiders’ first 1,000-yard rusher since 2010 and saw the offense post an improvement of 51.3 total yards per game from the 2014 season. In 2014, Peetz helped the Redskins receiving corps finish eighth in the NFL with an average of 278.8 receiving yards per game. WR DeSean Jackson led the team with 1,169 receiving yards and added six touchdowns in his first season with the team. WR Pierre Garcon led the team with 68 receptions. Prior to joining the Redskins, Peetz spent the 2013 season as an offensive analyst under Nick Saban at Alabama, assisting the quarterbacks and helping the Crimson Tide to an 11-2 record. DEFENSIVE BACKS 22nd season in NFL (12 as a player) ■ 3rd season with Raiders ASSISTANT SPECIAL TEAMS 8th season in NFL ■ 2nd season with Raiders 38 Gameday MAGAZINE Alabama spent the first 13 weeks of the season as the nation’s top-ranked team and boasted the nation’s consensus top recruiting class for 2014, according to Rivals.com, ESPN.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com. Peetz began his NFL coaching career with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2008, spending five seasons there. He was named offensive assistant/assistant quarterbacks coach in 2012 and he assisted quarterbacks coach Greg Olson in addition to handling quality control duties. Prior to being named offensive assistant, he spent two seasons as the team’s BLESTO scout. He initially joined the Jaguars as a scouting assistant in 2008. Before joining the NFL ranks, Peetz served as an offensive quality control coach at UCLA, assisting offensive coordinator Norm Chow with the quarterbacks. He joined the Bruins as a defensive quality control coach in 2007. Peetz began his college coaching career in 2006 at Santa Barbara (Calif.) City College, where he served as the safeties coach and special teams/strength and conditioning coordinator. JAKE PEETZ Marcus Robertson enters his third season with the Raiders and his second as defensive backs coach, after being promoted from assistant defensive backs coach in 2015. A 12-year NFL veteran as a player and former All-Pro safety, Robertson has served as an NFL assistant for nine years. In 2015, Robertson helped a young crop of defensive backs step into starting roles and contribute at a high level. He tutored third-year CB David Amerson, who joined the Raiders prior to Week 3 and quickly assumed a starting role. Amerson went on to post a franchise record 26 passes defensed and rank second on the team with four interceptions. Under Robertson’s tutelage, second-year CB TJ Carrie was able to assume a dual role as cornerback and safety, helping the team allow only 202.9 passing yards per game over the team’s final eight contests despite multiple injuries within the unit. Robertson’s unit was also instrumental in helping Oakland’s defense finish ninth in the NFL in red zone efficiency (51.7 percent) and 11th in the league in third-down conversion percentage (37.5). Robertson also continued to advise S Charles Woodson, as the 18-year NFL veteran earned a Pro Bowl selection in his final NFL campaign. Woodson led the team with five interceptions, his most as a Raider since his rookie season of 1998. He notched four interceptions over a three-game span from Weeks 3-5, helping him earn AFC Defensive Player of the Month honors for October after notching three interceptions over a two-game span. As the assistant defensive backs coach with the Silver and Black in 2014, Robertson tutored Woodson, who led the team in tackles (160) and interceptions (four). Woodson earned Defensive Player of the Week accolades for his performance in Week 12 against the Kansas City Chiefs when he became the first player in NFL history to post 50 career interceptions and 20 sacks. The defensive backs also contributed to a defense that finished in the top half of the league in red zone efficiency (15th, 52.6 percent) and third-down conversion percentage (14th, 38.5). While serving as secondary coach with Detroit in 2013, Robertson helped the Lions finish seventh in the league with a total of 92 passes defensed. The Lions’ defense also excelled in red zone efficiency and third down conversion percentage, thanks in large part to the secondary. The unit led the NFL in third-down conversion percentage (30.3) and finished second in the league in red zone efficiency (38.1 percent). Robertson also tutored CB Chris Houston, who totaled two interceptions in 2013, becoming the first Lions defensive back to record 10 career picks since 2000. He served as defensive assistant/secondary coach in his first season with Detroit in 2012, when the unit finished 10th third-down efficiency (36.5 percent). Robertson was the secondary coach for the Tennessee Titans from 2009-11, helping the team rank second in the NFL in average passing yards/completion (10.6) during that span. In 2011, the Titans’ defense finished eighth in the league in points per game (19.8), fourth in the NFL in passing yards allowed per attempt (6.1) and 10th in red zone efficiency (47.9 percent). In his first season as secondary coach in 2009, the Titans finished eighth in the NFL in interceptions (20) and second in interceptions returned for a touchdown (four). Robertson’s coaching career began as the assistant secondary coach with Tennessee for two seasons (2007-08). In 2008, the Titans secondary boasted three Pro Bowl selections, including CB Cortland Finnegan, S Chris Hope and S Michael Griffin. Overall, Tennessee defensive backs collected 19 interceptions, which ranked second in the NFL in interceptions by a secondary. In Robertson’s first season assisting with the secondary, the Titans improved from 27th to 10th in pass defense and from 32nd to fifth in overall yardage allowed. Robertson served as the Titans director of player development from 2003-06. He spent those four years assisting players with their career transition into and out of the NFL through continuing education, financial education and administering player programs. Robertson and his staff earned the Winston and Shell Award in 2006 for their innovation and commitment to player development in the NFL. MARCUS ROBERTSON Tracy Smith enters his second season with the Raiders, serving as the team’s assistant special teams coach. He is entering his eighth NFL season in 2016. In his first season with Oakland, Smith oversaw a special teams unit that led the league in kickoff return yards (1,268) and total return yards (1,540). In his first season with the team, the Raiders allowed only 22.7 yards per kickoff return, improving from 32nd in the league in 2014 to 13th in 2015. Under Smith’s guidance, the team also blocked five combined extra points and field goals, tied for the most in a season by any NFL team since 1995. In 2015, Smith also helped P Marquette King improve his accuracy and precision, leading to one of the most prolific punting seasons in team history. King placed 40 of his 83 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line, a franchise record and the second most in the NFL in 2015. King earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors after placing a team-record six punts inside the San Diego Chargers’ 20-yard line in Week 16. Smith joined Oakland after spending the previous three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, assisting current Raiders and former 49ers special teams coordinator Brady Seely on one of the top units in the NFL. During that time span, the 49ers ranked in the top 10 in field goals made (ninth, 86) and opponents punt return average (ninth, 8.3). San Francisco also ranked in the top five in net punting average (fourth, 41.3) and gross punting average (third, 47.5). In 2014, the 49ers special teams unit was led by K Phil Dawson and P Andy Lee. Dawson connected on 25-of-31 field goal attempts, including the second-most made field goals in the league of 50-or-more yards (six). He also became one of 19 players in NFL history to surpass 1,500 points scored for his career. Lee finished the season with the sixth-highest punting average (46.8) in the NFL. In 2013, San Francisco’s specials teams unit ranked second in the NFL according to The Dallas Morning News’ Rick Gosselin’s annual special teams rankings. Dawson set a franchise record with 27 consecutive field goals made. Dawson also set single-season career highs with 140 points, 44 made PATs and 32 made field goals. Lee ranked third in the NFL with a 48.2 gross punting average and fourth in net punting average (41.7). The 49ers fielded one of the strongest special teams units in the NFL in 2012. Lee led the NFL with 43.2 net punting average, while also ranking fifth in the league with a 48.0 gross punting average, on his way to All-Pro honors. San Francisco also led the NFL in starting field position (31.8- yard line) and ranked second in the NFL in opponents starting field position (24.9-yard line). Smith spent the 2011 season with the Seattle Seahawks as a coaching assistant. Prior to joining the Seahawks, Smith served as a special teams assistant with the Cleveland Browns, working under Seely. Before making the jump to the NFL, Smith served as the tight ends coach at Utah State from 2006-08. Smith spent 2005 as the offensive graduate assistant at LSU. In his position, he worked with the Tiger quarterbacks. Prior to coaching at LSU, Smith was a restricted earnings coach working with tight ends and serving as the team’s video coordinator at Stephen F. Austin. TRACY SMITH


2016 Oakland Raiders Gameday 7
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