But, was this year really Robinson's fault?
I don't think it was. For one, the part of the team he controlled improved a lot. It went from simply impossible to watch, to not really all that bad in less than a year. That's a hell of an improvement over one season.
Robinson's aggressive NFL style defense was a welcome change here in drop
back zone land. The
And while their stats did improve this season over last, the defense was much better than even their stats told this season -- I don't care if you are the 2000 Ravens, the 1986 Bears, or the Little Giants, there is no way you can be successful as a defense if your offense does nothing.
In many cases,
So that brings us to the real question – is Greg Robinson and his staff responsible for the precipitous decline of the offense?
To some extent, they have to be. Part of being a coach is adjusting to
the talent you have on your team, and I think Greg Robinson would admit that he
has made some mistakes in that area. However, the real problem here is that
My father said it best, "I've always been able to point to one area (on offense) that was going well before. But I just cannot find it on this team – they're just plain bad."
Neither quarterback has proven he can win a game and the receivers are very young. The best tight end on the team keeps getting hurt, and I can't think up a word to describe how bad the offensive line has been this year. With a bad offensive line, a pretty good/decent running back like Damien Rhodes can't be successful.
That's what people may fail to realize around here. Greg
Robinson didn't walk into
That's why I shudder when people compare
Weis walked into a pretty good situation at Notre Dame – he had a top
quarterback and plenty of offensive talent at his disposal. They weren't bad –
Notre Dame started out 5-2 in 2004 and had a win over top-ten
Robinson, on the other hand, walked into house that had no roof, no indoor plumbing and a crumbling foundation.
The only option when your house is in the condition that Robinson found
This explains the "they weren't this bad last year" arguments being made
at Thanksgiving dinners all across
When you put athletes who are suited for an option attack (and not great athletes for that offense either), and you put them into a pass-first precision offense like the west coast, what do you think is going to happen?
Well, I'll give you a clue. It starts with a one and ends with a 10. You
guessed it -- it's
And as often as it is said that players win and coaches lose, you cannot pin this one on GRob.