All-Time Raider Defense

* Defensive line Tackles: First team -- Chester McGlockton. Popular? No. Underachiever? Yes. But he was a four-time All-Pro in six years. That's more All-Pro seasons than any pure defensive tackle in franchise history. He may have been a first-class cancer on the locker room but you can't deny performance. Otis Sistrunk -- Versatile defensive lineman who could line up inside, over the tackle or over the tight end. One-time Pro Bowler in seven years. Honorable mention -- Tom Keating.

 

* Defensive line
Tackles: First team -- Chester McGlockton.
Popular? No. Underachiever? Yes. But he was a four-time All-Pro in six years. That's more All-Pro seasons than any pure defensive tackle in franchise history. He may have been a first-class cancer on the locker room but you can't deny performance. Otis Sistrunk -- Versatile defensive lineman who could line up inside, over the tackle or over the tight end. One-time Pro Bowler in seven years. Honorable mention -- Tom Keating.

Ends: First team -- Howie Long. Another Hall-of-Famer and that makes him an automatic choice. His 84 career sacks do not include the 7.5 he had as a rookie, when the quarterback sack was not an official stat. Five-time All-Pro and member of the 1980s All-Decade Team. Just does not seem right that he played for the Raiders while in Los Angeles (1982-1994). Ben Davidson -- Bounced around the NFL before finding a home in Oakland and became a vital member of the famed "Eleven Angry Men" defense. Three-time AFL All-Star who personified the Raiders nasty image. Honorable mention -- Greg Townsend.


* Linebackers
First team -- Ted Hendricks.
This Hall-of-Famer was nicknamed "The Mad Stork" and had long arms and great instincts. He is also a member of the NFL 75th Anniversary Team and 1970s Team of the Decade. Phil Villapiano -- Played with great intensity and was an intimidating hitter and a four-time Pro Bowler. Rod Martin – He was really at his best when it counted and holds the record for most interceptions in a Super Bowl. The two-time All-Pro made plays despite a lack of size. Honorable mention -- Dan Conners.


* Defensive backs
Cornerbacks: First team – Current Raider Charles Woodson may eventually make this a three-deep first team. Willie Brown.
Hall-of-Famer and member of both the 1960s and 1970s Team of the Decade. He played 16 years at a demanding position and is the all-time leading interceptor in franchise history. Mike Haynes -- Hall-of-Famer and member of the 1980s Team of the Decade. Sticky cover man who combined size and speed. Honorable mention -- Lester Hayes and Terry McDaniel.

Safeties: First team -- Jack Tatum. Hard-hitter who was often accused of going over the edge. Three-time Pro Bowler who had the most career interception yardage in franchise history. Vann McElroy. A hard-hitter and a two-time Pro Bowler in five seasons. Honorable mention -- Dave Grayson.


* Specialists
Punter: Ray Guy.
Member of the 1980s Team of the Decade and it's a sham that he's not in the Hall-of-Fame. So what if he's a punter, he had a booming leg and set the standard for his position.

Kicker: George Blanda. Talk about a
luxury. He is Hall-of-Famer, who was a kicker and quarterback and the only player to celebrate a silver anniversary.

Returner: Brown.
Not a full-time return man but made an impact when he did. Besides his receiving accomplishments, Brown made the Pro Bowl twice as a returner.

Coach: John Madden.
An emotional leader with great player relationships. Recorded a 112-39-7 record, one Super Bowl and eight playoff appearances. His teams exemplified his spirit.

Team: 1976.
Breezed through the AFC West with a punishing defense. Dominated on both lines and made mincemeat of Minnesota's front-four in the Super Bowl.

 


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