"I just think we are in the dog days right now," Robinson said. "They are trying to fight through everything. They have soreness. There are a bunch of them banged up.
"I think you just have to look for them to bear down and concentrate on their assignments and get through it."
"I tell them this all the time, they aren't going to feel like they did before the first practice at any point in the season," he said. "It's dog days. It's hard. They have to just keep digging down. Our leaders have to step up and help push the team.
"I think we are getting better. When we are rolling, we are a better defense.
"It's just a point in camp where we are physically tired and mentally tired. There is a drainage there from all of the work. You just have to push through these things."
Robinson sounded a lot like offensive coordinator Garrick McGee, the representative from the coaching staff after the Monday afternoon practice. Both coaches mentioned dog days of camp as the contributing factor in some sluggishness in some areas.
"We just have some inconsistencies," Robinson said. "We have some guys dinged up and some others have to try to fit in and we see the difference. When we have all of our ones out there, we are pretty efficient. We know our assignments."
Robinson confirmed that Anthony Leon will concentrate on outside linebacker, perhaps in nickel and dime looks, after struggling at free safety in the first 10 days of camp.
"It's a good move for our team and I think it's a good move for him personally," Robinson said. He likes it. He likes being around the ball. We put him there yesterday and it seemed like a natural. He has a big body and he likes contact. I think today he got dinged up a little as we went along."
That leaves a void at safety. Rudell Crim returned to practice after an injury in the scrimmage. But he didn't appear to have clearance in some of the full contact drills early and that left room for work for others at safety.
"Daunte Carr and Dustin Cain had not got a lot of reps and have been inconsistent," Robinson said of the second teamers in the scrimmage. "I think they settled down some as they went along. Maybe early they puckered a little bit. We just had to set down with them in there and see if they fit after Crim went out.
"I think Elton Ford has stepped up at safety."
The Hogs are probably alright at three slots at safety. Along with Crim, it appears that Tramain Thomas and Elton Ford are able to play both safety slots. Crim can probably play free and strong. In the UA system, the safety slots are interchangeable because of formations flips.
Overall, Robinson thinks the defense is improved, but he didn't like some of the inconsistencies in the scrimmage Saturday.
"I think the ones took control as it went along," he said. "We just have to start faster. But there were way too many missed tackles.
"I think we were opportunistic. There weren't a lot of interceptions, but I thought there were quite a few forced fumbles.
"The seconds did not do very well. I thought they were lethargic and that was disappointing."
Linebacker seems to be the position that still needs definition. With Jermaine Love on the sideline, it looks like middle linebacker is wide open. Freddy Burton appears to be the man stepping up.
"We are going to keep Freddy at mike and just fight through at the other outside linebacker spots," Robinson said. "Matt Marshall looks like he is going to help at strongside. He looks like he's getting a mindset. He had been kind of aloof there. Ryan Powers looked like he was stepping up yesterday morning. He looks like he's got more knowledge. Then, we moved him back to the twos and I didn't like his focus. He does have the size and the speed."