Oakland Raiders to Start Michael Huff Against the Broncos; Should We Be Worried?

Ramone BrownSenior Writer ISeptember 27, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 13:  Safety Michael Huff #24 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after making an interception against the Dallas Cowboys during the preseason game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 13, 2009 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Last season many Raider fans were calling Michael Huff a bust. And this offseason those same fans were calling for him to be cut from the roster.

Now, after coming into week three of the season, Huff has three interceptions, a fumble recovery, and a few tackles. A lot of those fans who were calling him a bust seem to have a short memory as they seem to have fallen in love with him.

With our short memories, a lot of us Raider fans have forgotten why we were calling Michael Huff a bust. No one ever questioned his coverage skills as he consistently shut down some of the best tight-ends in the league. The reason we were all calling for Michael Huff's head was because he is a horrible tackler.

This Sunday Michael Huff is set to start against the Denver Broncos. Let's hope he doesn't remind us why we all called him a bust.

Michael Huff at free-safety is the last line of defense. So far at FS Hiram Eugene has seven tackles and a pass he jarred loose with a big hit on a receiver. Had Huff been in the same positions would he have made those tackles or would the plays have resulted in long runs?

To answer your question, the Michael Huff of the past would not have made all of those tackles. The Michael Huff of 2009, who knows but we will likely find out soon. Let's hope that Michael Huff has improved his tackling skills like the rest of the defense has.

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One dis-heartening fact is that until this week Huff's play has been limited to passing downs. That suggests one of two things. Either his tackling skill is still suspect and the Raiders weren't willing to risk him in run support. Or, like Jarrod Cooper suggested, Michael Huff is still in Al Davis' dog house.

In case Huff isn't a viable option on running downs Tom Cable has a plan in place. According to Cable Michael Huff will be spelled with a combination of John Bowie and Michael Mitchell.

So what do you think? Is Michael Huff a liability and a cause of concern for the Raiders or just a cause of concern for apposing offenses?

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